Answers in Genesis Defends Paul Broun

You already know about Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. The Congressman from Georgia says that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

But as crazed as Broun is, he has defenders. Look what we found at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

Their defense is in AIG’s News to Note, October 13, 2012 — “A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint.” It’s the fifth item at their news summary, titled “Congressman shares belief that evolutionary teaching creates a stumbling block to understanding our need for our Savior.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and their scripture references omitted:

Georgia Congressman Paul Broun is being mocked by many in the media for his public stand on the truth of God’s Word. Speaking September 27 at the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia, the Congressman declared, “God’s Word is true.” In contrast to the truth of God’s Word, he said the things he was taught about evolution, embryology (no doubt referring to its use to support evolution through the theory of embryonic recapitulation), and the big bang were lies. And those lies, he says, are “from the pit of hell” because they create a stumbling block to keep people from understanding their need for a Savior.

He is indeed being mocked. AIG continues:

Dr. Broun’s assessment of the terrible impact of the popularization of evolutionary dogma should remind us of the words of Jesus Christ [scripture quote omitted]. Understanding the origin of sin, guilt, and death provides a firm foundation for seeing the need to depend on God’s grace through Christ’s shed blood for salvation.

You read that correctly — the Congressman reminds AIG of Jesus. Let’s read on:

Some of the jibes directed at Congressman Broun have been based on his identification of himself “as a scientist.” Dr. Paul Broun is a medical doctor, a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his residency at the prestigious University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently chairs a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology. Many remarks in the media have been quite nasty, and many headlines declare him to be “anti-science.”

It’s not that he’s anti-science — although he is. That’s bad enough, but our principal problem with the guy is that he’s in Congress — and he’s insane. We continue:

This sort of name-calling is absurd, as a physician is as much a scientist as an astronomer or a geologist or a biologist. Each has an area of specialty. Medical doctors spend a great deal of time learning advanced levels of basic science as a foundation for even more advanced levels of medical science. … {A]cquiring a belief in Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and young earth creation does not strip a scientist of his or her credentials or the ability to understand and apply sound scientific principles.

Sorry, AIG — young-earth creationism undermines everything else. Here’s more:

Congressman Broun declared his belief in a young earth with creation in six literal days. He mentioned that scientific data back up his beliefs. As we often point out, it is only by making worldview-based interpretations of data rooted in unverifiable ideas of uniformitarian naturalism that scientists can claim the earth is over four billion years old.

As we said, the man is insane. Moving along:

The Devil’s lies have been fooling people ever since Eve heard the serpent question God’s truthfulness and character. Dr. Broun fingered the real liar — the Devil — when he said the lies of evolution are from hell.

We don’t want to repeat ourselves yet again. Here’s the end of AIG’s defense of Broun:

Jesus said to those Pharisees who perverted God’s Word [scripture quote omitted]. Many of those Pharisees doubtless thought they were right. The same can be said of many evolutionists who sincerely believe what they teach, but the source of evolution’s lie is the Devil, who is using the evolutionists to deceive the whole world.

So there you are. You may think the Congressman is totally bonkers, but AIG regards him as a great scientist and a great man.

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16 responses to “Answers in Genesis Defends Paul Broun

  1. I wonder if the good doctor performs exorcisms? When he meets with scientists, does he try to cast out demons?

    Maybe he uses voodoo on his opponents. Could be why he is unopposed this time.

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    Can’t get creationwiki to load it’s definition of Uniformitarianism. This post (or Ham’s) must have caused their servers to be overloaded with folks googling to figure out what the heck that is.

  3. Dr. Broun fingered the real liar — the Devil…

    I sure am glad I’m not the sophomoric type who’d take that statement the wrong way.

  4. If the Devil is the one who invented it, why did he wait for Charles Darwin to visit the Galapagos Islands before whispering the idea in his ear while he was asleep?

  5. lordgriggs1947

    AIG – bonkers. Case closed.

  6. “He mentioned that scientific data back up his beliefs.”

    As I recall from the short video, he never explicitly stated what his issues were or what scientific data backed up his beliefs, only the assertion that it didn’t fit within his world view. Given his audience was a bunch of Baptist rubes, it’s easy to see how they gave all those amens to his little talk, no thinking required.

  7. AiG said:

    The Devil’s lies have been fooling people ever since Eve heard the serpent question God’s truthfulness and character.

    If the Devil is out to fool people, is it possible that the Devil wrote the Bible to fool us? If this is the case, then that would certainly skew one’s “worldview”, I would think.

  8. But Ken KNOWS that the Devil can fool anyone but the Hambo.

  9. Sorry, Ken, Paul Broun is not a scientist. Having a degree in a science-related field does not make you a scientist. Most MDs are not scientists, they are technicians who use science as much as they use PR and empathy to get the job done. Some are active in research and work collaboratively with other scientists, but I’d wager Herr Congressman Dr. Philosopher Theologian Broun is not a scientist.

  10. Sorry. I know it’s juvenile, but I can’t get past the idea of Broun fingering the Devil. Do you think this happens weekly? Does the Devil leave money on the dresser for Broun to “buy [himself] somethin’ purty” after they’re done?

    So many questions!

  11. Todd Akin and Paul Broun caught fingering.

    Heh, heh, heh – that was cool!

  12. TA: Excellent linked story – thanks! I’m sure Ham will not let that pass…

  13. TA: Ditto Ed’s comment. I especially like the alliterative “…the creationist crackpot Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis—the organization that established the fundamentalist funhouse called the Creation Museum…”

  14. Ed/RSG: If you didn’t see it, this is in reply to AIG criticism. I’m not copying the link here, but you can find it about 2/3rds of the way down the page is the middle of this:

    “Answers in Genesis jumped at the chance to critique my criticism …”

  15. embryology (no doubt referring to its use to support evolution through the theory of embryonic recapitulation)

    Well, that may explain it. There were several science bloggers scratching their head and going ‘Embryology? Wtf does he have against embryology?’ Maybe he doesn’t like it because some bad, old creationist arguments against evolution mention Haeckel. Literally because of an 1800s creationist objection to an 1800s scientific theory about the same subject.