Congressman draws fire for calling evolution, Big Bang ‘lies from the pit of hell’
Bill Nye, left, has blasted Rep. Paul Broun, who attacked Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
October 10th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
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Congressman draws fire for calling evolution, Big Bang ‘lies from the pit of hell’

Washington (CNN) – A U.S. congressman is attracting attention and criticism for an online video that shows him blasting evolution and the Big Bang theory as “lies from the pit of hell” in a recent speech at a church event in his home state of Georgia.

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” U.S Rep. Paul Broun said in an address last month at a banquet organized by Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

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  1. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Can the get any more stupid!? Probably....
    OBAMA 2012

    October 10, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. maf

    Yikes! I have relatives in Georgia. . . it is really tough for me to visit them when I know of the extremists there that pose as politicians!!
    Keep on your scary trail y'all . . . I'm going to stay abreast of science and technology, not about some fictional book called the "Bible".

    October 10, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Borderless

    To the people in his district, you have an obligation to get people like that out of government. You would think by now when we actually have a rover on Mars and we are planning manned mission to that planet, all the flat earth, creationist types would have died off.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 10, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. mcskadittle

    what is the republican leaderships rational for putting this guy on the science committee?

    October 10, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Is the Earth really only 6000 years old ?

    If my wife puts aspirin between her knees will she not become preagnunt ?

    “lies from the pit of hell” sound more like the GOP mantra !

    Mitt Romney / Paul Broun
    The power of Myth 2012

    October 10, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. jean2009

    Georgia? Well if stupidity is not their drinking water it must be in the gene pool!

    October 10, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Remember that this Represenative is on the House Science committee. This shows how we are being stunted by religious conservatives that don't want to move beyond their comfort zone. I believe that we were created (over time) by our Creator to have the ability to reason and learn. Without that, we are no better than the other primates that exist. If someone takes literally the creation story in the Bible, then that person is a fool. G-d is smart enough to write towards the audience. Government should be supporting science because to do otherwise would have a government sponsor of religion.

    October 10, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    too bad this moron is likely in a district that says "hallalujah:" to his ignorant rants so he'll get reelected with no problem

    October 10, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    This guy isn't fit to serve in Congress, and he's really not fit to dwell in modern society. The scary part is that most Republicans share the same insane views. Please stop voting for Republicans America, they're still stuck in the stone age (or about 3000 years ago according to their timeline).

    October 10, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
    in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things,
    through whom also He made the world.

    And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature,
    and upholds all things by the word of His power.
    When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
    Hebrews 1:1-3

    October 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Welcome to the modern Republican Party – ignorance on steriods that often informs their public policy positions.

    October 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Larry L

    The American Taliban... How could anybody accept a degree from Liberty University as genuine? No wonder more Americans are drifting away from religion every year.

    October 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow... Science is now reduced to opinion?

    Experiments that did in Embryology and the conclusions reached were all based on observable fact. Was the devil at work there, rather than God? I prefer to believe it was more the work of the later...

    October 10, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. aaron

    The congressman needs a savior...from ignorance.

    October 10, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    He actually thinks the earth is 9,000 years old. I'm not even going to get into evolution, the ice age or photosenthesis because that will make these teavangelicals heads explode.

    October 10, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. gt

    big bang theory....a theory..."consideration:to look at. view...not a fact .....got to do better than that....

    October 10, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. rs

    Further proof of the degree of delusional thinking that is alive and well within the Republican Party. That the GOP places this fool on the House Science Committee would seem to indicate their complete lack of rational thinking. No wonder the GOP has stopped making sense about anything!

    October 10, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Evergreen

    His comments have left me speechless.

    October 10, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Rob Charlotte, NC

    you guys dont know Hartwell. LOOOL. worse than the armpit :-)

    October 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Bill, NY

    To quote Mr. T, "I pity the fool." Science is merely the study of God's wonders with many riddles left by God for us to figure out.

    October 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Sick and tired

    What is really scary is this guy chairs the house science commity(sp).

    October 10, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Lisa P

    It's idiots like Rep. Paul Broun that cause me to understand that having a personal savior is an utterly pointless endeavor. Being so stupid that you don't even know that you're being had, so incurious that you can't be bothered to find out, or so beaten down that you just don't care pretty much accomplishes the same end, and without all the hocus pocus mumbo jumbo mythological nonsense.

    October 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Bessy

    Can anyone look at this guy and honestly think that he doesn't look insane ? WOW ! Why do these people keep voting people like this into office ? Scares the hell out of how some people think.

    October 10, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. wjmccartan

    This guy is just as sad as that other republican knucklehead that said women who are raped don't get pregnant because they have magic juices to stop the pregnancy, tools.

    Lucid One

    October 10, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |