October 13, 2012

The Oct. 7 news brief “Congressman calls evolution a lie” described comments by Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.), who stated, “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.” 

This should concern people who care about America’s place in the world.

It is dangerous that a member of the House science committee holds these views. Mr. Broun willfully dismisses tens of millions of hours of research, experimentation, analysis, investigation, hypothesis generation and testing, peer review and rigorous application of the scientific method by tens of thousands of scientists over centuries.

His views, if allowed to spread, will hasten the diminution of America’s leadership in science and technology. China, India and other nations will eat our lunch, and people like Mr. Broun will be responsible.

Our nation has been at war for more than 11 years against religious extremists who want to drag their own populations, and ours, back into the Dark Ages. What I have learned from Mr. Broun is this: Our religious extremists are just as sad and backward as their religious extremists, but apparently we allow ours to help make policy at the national level.

Brian N. Deppa, Annapolis