ATLANTA — Having denounced evolution as a lie “straight from the pit of hell,” Republican Rep. Paul Broun has won himself a new political opponent: Charles Darwin.
Now scientists are questioning whether Broun, a medical doctor and Baptist from Athens, should serve on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee if he rejects widely accepted scientific ideas. And a talk radio host in nearby Atlanta is trying to rally voters to cast write-in votes for Darwin, the English naturalist who first published his theory of evolution in 1859. …
A Facebook page titled “Darwin for Congress” went up Oct. 8 urging supporters to take a stand against Broun. As of Tuesday it had just 45 “likes” — less than half the membership of a similar Facebook group calling for Broun’s ouster from the House science committee.
As of this post, the likes are up to 614. Here’s the Facebook page. What a catchy campaign slogan: Evolve!