Remove Anti-Science Congressman from House Science Committee

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Target: John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Remove congressman who does not believe in science from the House Science Committee.

Paul Broun, a Georgia congressman and member of the House Committee on Science recently declared that he does not believe in evolution or the Big Bang theory and that these ideas were created as a way of tempting people away from religion. He proudly admitted to using his religious beliefs to guide his political decisions and encouraged others to do the same. In addition to being a member of the science committee, he is the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the programs developed by the committee. Broun does not belong in a position that allows him to have so much influence on the country’s scientific research and should be removed.

Broun admitted to taking everything the Bible says literally, believing such things as creationism and the Earth being less than 10,000 years old. Even more dangerous is that he, along with several other members of the committee, has stated that he does not believe in climate change.

He not only uses the Bible for moral guidance in his personal life, but believes the teachings of the Bible should determine how government is run. Additionally, he admitted to believing the Bible whenever its teachings conflict with scientific data. Personal beliefs should never take the place of science and someone in his position should not be forcing religion on others.

Paul Broun has been placed in a powerful position that allows him to influence the outcome of the country’s scientific research, but he has stated that his religious beliefs supersede his acceptance of scientific data. His preference for the Bible over science could lead to him doubting other accepted truths about science, which would significantly impact the country’s future. The future of science in the country depends on his decisions, but someone who does not believe in science does not belong on the science committee, and he should not be supervising important scientific research that will affect so many people.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Congressman Boehner,

Congressman Broun recently admitted that he does not believe in basic scientific facts, such as evolution, and that he instead uses his religious beliefs to influence the decisions he makes as a congressman.

Broun has been given an incredible amount of responsibility as not only a member of the House Science Committee, but a chairman of the overseeing subcommittee. Someone in his position should be trusted to use his best judgment to improve scientific research, but this is not possible when his decisions are based on the teachings of the Bible.

Because Broun has now openly declared that his religious beliefs override scientific fact and that he sees no harm in imposing his personal views on others, he must be removed from the science committee and replaced with someone who values and believes in science.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. Rebecca Powers says:

    I’m almost ashamed to army that I’m from the same state as this ridiculous idiotic excuse for someone that’s on the science committee. Let me assure you folks, NOT ALL GEORGIANS believe this way!!!

  2. Christianity does NOT preclude acknowledging & using scientific facts to make changes in our behavior. To try and undo some of the damage we have done to our world.

  3. paul carter block says:

    That this shambling imbecile has been voted into public office is, in itself, astonishing but that he has been granted a postion on a “science” committee dives headlong into the realm of pantomime. America, what are you doing?

  4. Pamela Wolfe says:

    The guy doesn’t believe in science so he bases his decisions (about scientific matters)on the Bible? Not exactly a confidence-inspiring situation is it? So he makes his decisions on HIS understanding of the Bible. The original scriptures were NOT written in English, but were translated (and nobody can be sure just how accurately) into modern-day languages. That’s stumbling block number one. Then take the personal understanding of each person who reads (the same) text. Add to that the interpretation of the text in diverse contexts ….. see where I’m going? All this to say HE HAS NO PLACE IN THE POSITION HE OCCUPIES !

  5. If Congressman Broun really knew his Biblical history, then he would realize that some of the greatest scientific discoveries were made by theologians. So it by no means goes contrary against the Bible, but actually goes hand in hand with the Bible. “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15.

  6. It brings the US system into complete disrepute that an individual who does not understand science should be on such a committee. He should be a church official perhaps but certainly not having any responsibility to science which he admittedly does not understand.

  7. Brad Stevens says:

    Happy to see this petition. Now lets start another to prevent another science denying politician, Lamar Smith, from becoming chair of the House SS&T committee.

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