ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Republican Georgia Congressman Paul C. Broun picked up a famous critic after he made comments ridiculing evolution and the Big Bang Theory as, “lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
Science educator and TV personality Bill Nye said Rep. Broun is not qualified to be a member of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
“Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun’s views are not in the national interest,” Nye told The Huffington Post in an email. “For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old,” he continued, contradicting a remark made by Broun later in the video. “He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”
The initial videotaped remarks from Rep. Broun were made Sept. 27 before a church group.
Broun called what he had been taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang theory “all lies straight from the pit of Hell,” adding that the lies were intended to “keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Broun earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia before obtaining a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Broun isn’t the only Republican member of the committee to have attracted criticism recently for expressing opinions contrary to what is generally considered scientific fact.
In August, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) came under fire for saying that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” seldom get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Broun is running unopposed for reelection to a fourth term in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia.