It seems as if there are wars on everything these days – women, religion, the rich, terror – though unfortunately not error. This sort of sociological war mongering comes from the Ignorati, a class of people who are firmly against anything that smacks of actual fact. Their willful ignorance manifests itself in a number of ways, large and small. They prefer to rely on “evidence” offered by anything from the Bible, to like-minded politicians, to fringe scientists and beyond.
Last week, Congressman Paul Broun (R-Lunatic, GA) pronounced evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory, “lies straight from the pit of hell”. It would be easy to dismiss him as a crazed crackhead. After all, there are a lot of them in Congress. But there are two things that make his ravings particularly scary – he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology where he chairs the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. And, he holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of GA and medical degree from the Medical College of GA.