Representative Paul Broun sits on a congressional science advisory committee, which is a little odd since he has such disdain for scientific theories regarding evolution and the Big Bang. Due to some inflammatory comments that the Georgia Representative made to a church group, Bill Nye the former Science Guy has concluded that Broun is not fit to sit on a science advisory board.
Nye has been extremely vocal this year about the state of American science. According to Nye, America is being held back in the world of science because creationism is still being taught in school. Needless to say, Nye was shocked to learn that Broun, a member of the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, believed that evolution was a “lie from the pit of hell.”
“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. For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old … He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”
Broun stirred some controversy last week when a video surfaced of him talking to a church group. Broun said that everything he has been taught about evolution and the Big Bang were “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” Broun said that those scientific teachings were created to “keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Here’s the video of Broun’s comments.
Are you surprised that Broun is a member of a scientific committee? Do you think Bill Nye is right? Are people like Paul Broun holding American science back?