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Broun: Evolution, embryology are 'lies'

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., in Washington, March 18, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., in Washington, March 18, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., says he was expressing "his personal beliefs" when he said evolution is a lie "straight from the pit of hell."

Broun -- a physician and the chairman of a House subcommittee on science, space and technology -- said in a speech Sept. 27 in Hartwell Ga., the Bible "teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society."

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"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."

"Dr. Broun was speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues," Broun spokeswoman Meredith Griffanti said in an email to the (Athens, Ga.) Banner-Herald.

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"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," Broun said in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet. "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."

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An excerpt of Broun's speech was posted on YouTube and the church subsequently posted the entire 47-minute speech on its YouTube page, the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reported Saturday.

Broun won a special election in 2007 to fill a House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Charlie Norwood.

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