A driving force for the inception of the National Atheist Party consisted of a growing impatience and disgust in elected representatives throughout the nation who embodied, perpetuated or relied upon ignorance, religious pandering, anti-science sloganeering, and a refusal to draft policy based on evidence and fact.
“On matters of basic science and peer-reviewed knowledge, from evolution to climate change to elementary fiscal math, many Republicans in power cling to a level of ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.”
One of the most recent vocal affronts to reason and reality comes from a consistent, long-time offender: Representative of Georgia’s 10th district, Republican Paul Broun.
Broun calls himself a scientist due to an education in chemistry and medicine, but he seems unable to grasp the basic tenets of the scientific process and critical thinking. In videotaped remarks made Sept. 27 before a church group, Broun stated:
“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… 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’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.I believe that 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 individually. How to run our families, how to run our churches. But it (the Bible) teaches us how to run all our 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.”
-Paul Broun, Republican Member of the House Science Committee
Statements such as these are mortifying to the National Atheist Party which seeks to politically represent U.S. atheists and all who share the goal of a secular government by gathering the political strength of secularists nationwide while being guided by the values of secular humanism and evidenced-based reasoning.
Broun is also known for presenting a federal Personhood Bill co-sponsored by Todd Akin and Paul Ryan that would extend full personhood rights to fertilized eggs.
Broun has 0% and/or F ratings from the National Education Association, American Library Association, American Nurses Association, SEIU, AFL-CIO, Human Rights Campaign, National Organization for Women, League of Women Voter’s, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, American Civil Liberties Union, and MANY MORE. Paul Broun also received a 0% rating from the 2011 Secular Coalition for America Congressional Report Card.
The National Atheist Party is in complete agreement with Bill Nye in regards to Representative Broun:
“Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun’s views are not in the national interest,” “For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old.” “He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”
Due to Representative Broun’s hostile attitude toward science, fact, and reason, the National Atheist Party urges its membership and all secular advocates to sign this petition via Change.org for Broun to be removed from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
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