An Embarrassment to the Collective of Human Intelligence
Well, just when you thought it was safe to read the news, another member of the denizens of douchebaggery rears their ugly head (metaphorically speaking) and vomits out another putrid, utterly ignorant stream of ignorant bullshit. My blood pressure hit a peak high when I read the remarks of Georgia State Rep Paul Brown (Republican – as if I had to even write that).
Even after having had time to digest them, I still feel like I crammed a dozen Habaneros down my throat, with a Texas Pete chaser. Jesus Christ on a cracker, how the fuck does someone like this end up in the State House of Representatives, let alone be a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology and a medical doctor?
At the risk of being served with divorce papers, I had actually seriously considered running for political office – something I had promised my wife I would never do. Yes, I would lose horribly, but the idea that this guy is running for re-election in November, totally unopposed, is almost enough to make me start looking for one bedroom apartments. Seriously, though, this fool was apparently invited to give a speech a couple of weeks ago at an event listed as a “Sportsman’s Banquet” that was held at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell. Some of his words included,
“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Additionally, this individual is one of those morons who still believe the earth is about 9,000 years old, and that it was made in six literal days. Did I mention that he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. I know, right? Talk about your “WTF?” More of his words,
“You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”
Wait! It gets better! Or funnier. Or sadder. Or mindbogglingly inane. Broun is convinced that the science behind evolutionary theory, as well as modern cosmology and astrophysics, is designed to hide the true age of the earth. Yes, you read that right. I’ll wait here for a minute while you go back and absorb that… This is the height of tin-foil, conspiracy theory asshattery and correlates to those other ignoramuses who believe that either their God or Satan (pick one, they can’t seem to agree) set up the earth “pre-aged,” complete with fossils, etc., etc., yadda, yadda, for a variety of equally idiotic reasons that only the most gullible would believe.
So, how does Broun’s fundamentalist, ignorant, science-denying religion affect his ability to legislate in the fine state of Georgia? Well, lets let him answer this,
“What I’ve come to learn is that the Bible is the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.”
Did you get that? Never mind that the bible is a collection of books written in the bronze and iron ages, during a time when the knowledge about almost every aspect of our existence was based on myths, legends and superstitions that were taken from even older myths, legends and superstitions. It’s like a layer cake of ignorance. I find it totally unconscionable that we have a person making legislative decisions that directly effect how science is applied to a plethora of agencies within state and local government agencies and schools who is guided by a world view that includes completely outrageous interpretations of the cosmos, our oceans, weather patterns, human physiology and just about everything else that encompasses reality – a place where he apparently frequents on rare occasions. Broun is one of those people who I like to call “wrong.”
You know, I wouldn’t even mind if he held an allegorical interpretation of the bible. You know, normal people who haven’t discarded the understanding that science is not the enemy of their faith and have no problem integrating their beliefs into the real world, etc., etc. But this dolt is a biblical literalist, which means,
“The theological view that the contents of the Bible should be seen as literally true, as opposed to being interpreted as allegory, literature, or mythology. Literalism is the basis of several different pseudoscientific positions, such as Young Earth Creationism, Deluge Theory and the Flat Earth Theory. A belief in Biblical literalism requires one to ignore huge amounts of modern science and its supporting evidence, and to replace provable, rational explanations with various versions of ‘God did it.'”
If you have the time, the stomach, and are within close proximity to a toilet bowl, listen for yourself:
Paul Brown 2012 Testimony at Bridge Project