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    Default Republicans hate science. Don't try to deny it.

    Paul Broun's beliefs are ridiculous, but the fact that the Republican party put this idiot on the House Science Committee is infuriating. I want to punch an evangelical in the face.

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman’s Banquet last month.

    “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,” Broun said. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

    According to Broun, the scientific plot was primarily concerned with hiding the true age of the Earth. Broun serves on the House Science Committee, which came under scrutiny recently after another one of its Republican members, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses against pregnancy.

    “You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth,” he said. “I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.”

    Broun — a physician, with an M.D. and a B.S. in chemistry — is generally considered to be among the most conservative members of Congress, if not the most. He drew national attention in 2010 for saying he did not know if President Obama was an American citizen.

    In his speech, a clip of which was provided to TPM by The Bridge Project, a non-profit progressive tracker, Broun credited his literal Biblical interpretation with driving his approach to government.
    The full 47-minute speech, posted by the Liberty Baptist Church, can be found here.

    “What I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it,” he said. “It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.”

    TPM reached out to a spokeswoman for Broun, but did not immediately receive a response.
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    Honestly, though, isn't this old news?
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    The Republican party is a disgrace. I don't know what else to say.
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    It's not so much the political group as it is the "religious nutjob" group. Unfortunately these two groups overlap in the states far, far, FAR more than those two categories ever should.
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    It depends if you mean real Republicans who believe in the traditional conservative values or these evangelical and corporate whackjobs who've hijacked the party and are corrupting conservative political terms for their own ideological gain.

    Cause those guys hate science, yes, but insofar as I was when I was just a standard conservative, I didn't hate science at all. I hate science more now as a libertarian than I did as a conservative
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    Opposition to critical thinking is canon policy.

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values
    clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based
    Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging
    the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    Opposition to critical thinking is canon policy.



    From page 12

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    There was an entire thread on this already.
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    Devil's talk, science is, all of it. You want to distract yourself from the REAL issues at hand to explore things like embryology (lolz who cares about embryos??? hippies, thats who, dirty hippies) go right ahead. But when your kids suck at life don't come crying to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    Opposition to critical thinking is canon policy.



    From page 12

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    and they still get votes despite these shenanigans
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    I don't understand why you guys never hesitate to lump all republicans together, but when some idiot of a democrat shows up he's automatically some kind of fringe member that doesn't represent the party at all...

    There are idiots in both parties, while it's true that there are trends, it's simply annoying how you all seem to act as if things like this are true of all republicans...
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