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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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