Congressman Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia, is just as extreme as "legitimate rape" Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell alleged in his "The Last Word" program. "Anti-scientific, bat crap crazy thinking is really the current Republican brand," he said.
Akin and Broun sit on the House Committee on Science. Broun likes to refer to himself as a scientist because he was a practicing physician with college-level science training. Broun was seen on a YouTube video of the Bridge Project, declaring on September 27:
God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell, and it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.
You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the Earth is but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says.
And what I've come to learn is that it's the manufacturer's handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individual, 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. 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.
O'Donnell read portions of the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy concerning barbaric punishments for rape, rape victims and adultery, pointing out that politicians like Broun do not actually read the Bible and use it as "the manufacturer's handbook," but merely thump it as a political salesman's tool. Watch: