Creationist Wisdom #286: Paul Broun Supporter

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Athens Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia. It’s titled Broun’s position isn’t theoretical.

Yes, dear reader, the letter refers to Paul Broun, about whom we previously wrote Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. At that post you can see the video in which he said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” He’s a serious contender for the hotly-contested title of Craziest Man in Congress.

The Athens Banner-Herald is located in Broun’s congressional district, and Athens is also the location of the University of Georgia, so today’s letter is of particular interest. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:

While you may not agree with Rep. Paul Broun’s recent comments regarding creation, in which he noted his belief in the biblical account that the earth was created in six days, at least he had an authority upon which to base his views.

We experienced a genuine thrill upon reading that sentence. What wonders lie ahead? It won’t take long to find out:

The Bible says, in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The first chapter of Genesis goes on to note that “God made light and separated it from darkness.” Throughout the rest of the chapter, we can see God made the land, gathered the water together and made the land produce vegetation. He also made the sun, moon and stars and positioned them in the sky. Next, he made all the animals, birds and sea creatures.

Ooooooooooooh! So that’s where Broun gets his scientific information. Until now we weren’t aware of that. Let’s read on:

And then, in Genesis 1:26-27, God says, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female, he created them. And God saw everything he had made, and it was very good.”

Wow — this changes everything! Broun isn’t the fool we thought he was. He actually has solid authority for his scientific opinions. Here’s how the letter ends:

You may not agree with what Dr. Broun said about creation, but Dr. Broun based his statements upon the truth of God’s word, and not upon a theory like the theory of evolution.

We’re grateful to the letter-writer for pointing this out to us. Before reading today’s letter we thought Broun was an idiot. Now, after considering what we’ve just learned, we realize we were wrong. He’s not just an idiot — he’s a flamingly ignorant, hopelessly incurable idiot. Not only that, but he’s the perfect man to represent his district.

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #286: Paul Broun Supporter

  1. As always, I’m left with the feeling that the newspaper employees who have to comb through the ‘letters to the editor’ submissons intentionally pick the wacky ones.
    I guess we should be somewhat thankful. Every local letter that talks about the religious basis of creationism is just another nail in the creationist coffin when there’s a local court case.

  2. True, but it also perpetuates the “controversy” and adds legitimacy to the creationist view point by giving them equal time for poorly thought out ideas.

  3. Charley Horse

    If you look up the writer of the letter/ article, you will find
    that she resides in a small town/ village named Hull. Her
    address is also that of the Gideon Society. Imagine that.

    When I saw the town’s name below the article I had to
    check it out. I lived for several years in Hull, Mass. Was
    glad to see that there was a Hull in Georgia.

  4. @eric: Note that the headline description, that Broun’s position is not “theoretical”, is the contribution of someone on the paper’s editorial staff.

  5. Well enough said about that. Physics doesn’t work, modern geology is incorrect(sll your car), paleontology doesn’t show that life evolved on the earth and astronomy(including Galileo’s work) is crazy. I feel good now.

  6. Tom, aren’t they just using ‘theoretical’ in the usual sense for creationists, i.e. theoretical as opposed to scientifically baseless, without methodological merit (see intelligent design) or mere concrete reference to authority?

  7. In the Comments to the original article, scroll down to a series of .jpg images contributed by “Follow the Money” which features a jigsaw puzzle box and its mismatched contents.

    Creationists would blindly insist that the Truth™ is the puzzle illustration on the box in spite of the scientific evidence of the incompletely assembled puzzle.

  8. “the perfect man to represent his district”? I think not!

  9. Curmudgeon: “Ooooooooooooh! So that’s where Broun gets his scientific information.”

    Since nearly all biblical evolution deniers these days are to some extent take the Omphalos loophole, and since the word “Omphalos” refers to the navel, would it be safe to say that they pull their “scientific” information out of their belly buttons? 😉