Anti-Evolution Rep. Broun Wants to Stay on Science Committee

In September, Broun denounced widely accepted scientific theories as 'lies straight from the pit of hell.'

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun doesn't think GOP leaders will mind his anti-evolution comments.
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Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun famously declared two months ago that evolution and the Big Bang Theory were "lies straight from the pit of hell," but Broun doesn't believe that will negatively affect his chances of retaining a seat on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the next session of Congress.

"Congressman Broun intends to return to the Science Committee providing his waiver to serve on three committees is extended," spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti told U.S. News on Monday. "We expect to know by the end of the week."

In a rousing Sept. 27 speech at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., Broun dismissed several widely held scientific beliefs.

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"God's word is true. I've come to understand that," Broun said. "All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior. There's a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I believe that the Earth is about 9,000 years old. I believe that it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."

A video of the speech appeared on YouTube and the remarks quickly became a national news story. Broun, first elected in a 2007 special election, was running unopposed in November. After his comments surfaced, 4,000 voters opted to cast write-in ballots for "Charles Darwin."

According to Griffanti, Broun doesn't expect the kerfuffle to weigh on House leaders deciding committee assignments. "No, that's not something we're concerned about," she said.

If Broun retains his assignment, he will return to the science committee without an ideological compatriot -- Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who lost an initially promising Senate bid after claiming victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

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Steven Nelson writes for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at snleson@usnews.com.