On September 27th, 2012, Dr. Paul Broun Jr. stated in a banquet at a Baptist Church that, “God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. 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.”
Broun is Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He is also a medical doctor and has a degree in chemistry.
Because of his scientific education and statement, many evolutionists are declaring Broun as un-scientific and saying he is rejecting solid, scientific fact. Bill Nye, when interviewed for the CNN report, said that, “It’s very much like saying you think the earth is flat. It’s not flat. You can show that, you can prove that to yourself.”
The above statement is a rather famous saying that is used against creationists. Accordingly, creationist Jason Lisle, whom CNN had interviewed as well, says of Nye’s quote that “no evolutionary diatribe is complete without a reference to creationists being like those who believe in a flat earth. Here Bill Nye repeats the old false analogy fallacy by conflating observable science with absurd conjecture. The roundness of the earth (which is Scriptural – Isaiah 40:22, Job 26:10) can be confirmed by the methods of observational science. Can particles-to-people evolution be demonstrated today? Of course not. If Bill Nye thinks that evolution can be proved, then let him prove it. So far, no one has been able to do that.”
Lisle also got to air his professional opinion when CNN aired his quote, “The idea that the universe is sort of a big cosmic accident, well if that’s the case, then why would it obey laws like E equals MC squared. That’s kind of convenient, isn’t it? I mean if it’s just a big accident why would it obey nice neat mathematical laws that the human mind can understand. It doesn’t make sense for it to just be a big explosion. It makes sense that it was created by the mind of God.”
Nye also got to voice his own opinion, through the reporter of CNN, about the opposite belief, evolution. The reporter summarized Nye’s argument as, “Bill Nye says the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Nye says we know that because of something called radiometric dating that determines the age of meteorites and asteroids. We can also look at fossils and the layering of the earth and dinosaurs are believed to have roamed the earth 225 million years ago.”
As the debate seems to heighten between the online and televised comments, Broun is still under pressure as people tell him to keep his own religious opinions to himself, even underneath the roof of a church.
You can see more of the debate and questions at The Rest of the Story. You can also watch the controversial clip below: