This past weekend the Chicago Sun-Times decided to inform Chicago area readers of the importance of the views of a Congressman from Georgia. Actually, they just decided to run an AP article about this important Congressman, who made important remarks that all the readers in the Chicago area needed to learn about, even though these important remarks were actually about a week old and were made to the Congressman’s church.
What could be so important to Chicago area readers you ask? Did the Congressman make disparaging comments about the State of Illinois? Did he comment on the recent Chicago public school teachers strike? Did he propose budget cuts that would disproportionately impact the voters in the State of Illinois? Of course not silly – why would the paper (or the AP) want to report on something of substance to its readers. Instead, they wanted to alert all the Chicago area readers to the following:
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.
The Republican lawmaker made those comments during a speech Sept. 27 at a sportsman’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats.
“God’s word is true,” Broun said, according to a video posted on the church’s website, http://bit.ly/TefuyK. “I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and 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 are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Broun also said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. Those beliefs are held by fundamentalist Christians who believe the creation accounts in the Bible to be literally true.
Let me say right here that even though I don’t agree with Rep. Broun when it comes to his views of evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory (first developed by a Catholic priest!) I suspect, although I can’t be totally sure unless I reviewed his voting record, that Representative Broun would do a much better job for the citizens of my Congressional district than the current Democratic hack who occupies the position. Indeed I bet that Rep. Broun and I share many, if not most political views as fellow conservatives, and I could care less that he doesn’t share my views of certain scientific truths as long as he reliably votes to shrink federal spending, protect the unborn, defend the traditional definition of marriage, reduce onerous business regulation, increase domestic energy production, etc., etc. In other words, the AP and the Chicago Sun-Times run a story like the one above so all of its so-called sophisticated readers can sneer and scoff at Rep Broun and the people who elect him and pat themselves on the back for holding much more so-called “enlightened” views. Meanwhile, many of them elect politicians who are slowly bankrupting the country, passing immoral legislation when they aren’t passing legislation that is ineffective or just plain foolish and doing the kinds of crazy things that we expect from liberal politicians (they are thick on the ground here in Chicago).
I refuse to play along. In fact, the first thing I thought of when I read that story was Rep Todd Akin, who I thought was also shamefully treated by the media as well as the Republican establishment. Although in Rep Akin’s case it was even worse – the guy admitted he said something foolish and yet no one was willing to give him a break (even though we need that Senate seat and even though McCaskill can be beat if we give Akin the support he needs). Again, all the sophisticates don’t want to touch Akin with a ten foot pole because the guy said something stupid but give someone like President Obama a total pass for sitting in Reverend Wright’s pews for roughly twenty years. The hypocrisy and double-standards of the media shouldn’t surprise, but it still does; and their contempt for those folks out there who are fighting the good fight but might not be as smooth on their feet as a liberal politician who is literally passing evil legislation – it just boggles the mind.
Don’t play along and stand up for the Rep. Brouns of the nation – they need our help.