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Evolutionist Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Georgia

Evolutionist Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Georgia

Reuters - 2 hrs ago

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia congressman who attacked the theory of evolution found himself with an unlikely opponent in Tuesday's election when 4,000 voters in one county cast write-in ballots for the 19th century father of evolution, British naturalist Charles Darwin.

In a speech, Paul Broun, a physician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee, called evolution and the Big Bang Theory, "lies straight from the pit of hell."

Since Broun, a Republican, had no opposition in the November general election, a University of Georgia plant biology professor, Jim Leebens-Mack, and others started a write-in campaign for Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution.

"We don't feel our interests are being best served by an anti-science fundamentalist representing us on the Science, Space and Technology Committee," Leebens-Mack told Reuters Friday.

The write-in votes in Athens-Clarke County will not count officially since Darwin was never certified as a write-in candidate, but Leebens-Mack hopes the campaign will encourage a strong candidate, Democrat or Republican, to challenge Broun in 2014.

"I think there could be Democratic opposition but even more likely is having a rationale Republican who understands issues like global warming, scientific reasoning more generally," said Leebens-Mack.

Broun received 16,980 votes in Athens-Clarke County, home of the University of Georgia, Broun's undergraduate alma mater.

Meredith Griffanti, Broun's press secretary, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

by Anonymousreply 711/10/2012

that's interesting. . . .

by Anonymousreply 111/09/2012

Evolve!

by Anonymousreply 211/09/2012

If they'd made a very concerted effort starting in spring semester, including voter reg drives in a college town, I have a feeling Darwin, while not beating Broun, would have been some very stiff opposition.

by Anonymousreply 311/10/2012

How is someone who doesn't believe in science and technology qualified to sit on a house of reps committee? I don't get how American politics works sometimes. This guy might as well start talking about magic and witchcraft, and instead of being a laughingstock he's an elected official.

by Anonymousreply 411/10/2012

[quote]How is someone who doesn't believe in science and technology qualified to sit on a house of reps committee? I don't get how American politics works sometimes. This guy might as well start talking about magic and witchcraft, and instead of being a laughingstock he's an elected official.

And how can he be a doctor?

by Anonymousreply 511/10/2012

See link for 371 pages of write-ins from that district. There are some pretty good ones in addition to Darwin!

by Anonymousreply 611/10/2012

I remember living in Kansas when these anti-evolution clowns made a stealth move to take over the state board of education. Once they were in as a majority, they immediately started changing curricula. It was really humiliating to admit that I came from a state where elected officials didn't believe in evolution. And a lot of parents were really up in arms because missing a year or two of this knowledge at the wrong time could really affect their ability to score high enough to get into scientific areas.

by Anonymousreply 711/10/2012
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