An ignoramus and proud of it, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA.) is apparently serving in Congress while waiting for a juicy role as one of the fanatically religious townspeople in “Inherit the Wind,” should a local production materialize. For it was good people like Broun, with his level of education, certitude and Godly conviction, who occupied the town of Dayton, Tennessee during the Scopes “Monkey Trial,” the famous legal battle over the teaching of evolution that inspired the fictional stage adaptation of the event authored by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, perhaps the best high school drama club play that ever graced Broadway.
Those science-hating, God-loving people of Dayton’s imaginary stand-in, “happy Hillsboro,” get to do a lot of revival meeting singing, and scream “Praise God” and “Read your Bible!,” and join in choral renditions of “We’ll hang Bert Cates from a Sour Apple Tree,” a reference to the play’s junior high science teacher, who, like the real John Scopes, dares to defy Tennessee law and teaches his students that the world isn’t only 9,000 years old, that Adam didn’t ride around on a triceratops and that mankind evolved from more primitive primates. Broun would be terrific at the singing and screaming, I’m sure.
What he wouldn’t be well cast as is a member of the House of Representatives’ Science Committee, unless he is the equal of Robert DeNiro or Daniel Day Lewis in playing characters completely different from himself….since, after all, he has the proud ignoramus thing going. And yet, disgracefully, that’s his real life occupation, just like his fellow committee member and good friend Todd Akin. Here’s Broun speaking to a 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27th:
“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. It lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. 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.”
Yup, that’s what the Bible says (sort of) all right, and Broun has every right to believe that if he wants to, just like the real townspeople of Dayton believed it in…1925, when Clarence Darrow got fundamentalist champion and three-time Democratic presidential nominee Williams Jenning Bryan to admit on the witness stand that those “six days’ were not “as we know them,” as Broun asserts, but in fact may have lasted millions of years. They were ignorant, all right, but DNA hadn’t been discovered yet, not had several thousand fossils of prehistoric creatures, nor had black holes and all sorts of other things that render the simplistic, metaphorical explanations of creation in the Bible an impediment to human progress, wisdom and advancement. Those townspeople had some excuse for trying spread stupidity far and wide. Broun does not, just as there is no excuse for House Republicans allowing such a science dolt to have any influence on national science policy whatsoever.
There are two more depressing facts to know about Rep. Paul Broun:
1. He is an MD, thus exploding the popular theory that an advanced degree means you are more trustworthy to make laws than your typical sanitation worker, and
2. He is running unopposed.
Take me now, Lord!
Facts: Huffington Post 1.
Source: Huffington Post 2
Graphic: Screen Insults
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