By no means a landslide, the late Charles Darwin made an impressive showing in a Georgia election. Almost 4000 voters chose the dead biologist over incumbent Paul Broun, who made headlines recently for his comments that evolutionary theory are lies from the pit of hell. Broun had similar comments for the Big Bang theory and other aspects of the sciences.
At an event listed as a "Sportsman's Banquet," held at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, GA, Broun stated,
"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 that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior."
Additionally, Broun identifies as a young-earth creationist, which was made clear when he stated,
"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. 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 has been quoted as saying the science behind evolutionary theory, as well as modern cosmology and astrophysics, is designed to hide the true age of the earth. Further comments by brown include,
"What I've come to learn is that the Bible is the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. 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."
Darwin, who is the father of evolutionary theory, died in 1882. In spite of his being dead for over a century, he managed the nearly 4,000 write-in votes thanks to a biologist at the University of Georgia, which is in Broun’s district.
Here is a video of Broun's speech:
The effort was part of a campaign in protest of Broun, who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology committee.