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Petitioning Representative Paul Cook and 2 others

House Leaders: Establish knowledge standards for members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Representative Paul Broun of Georgia recently declared that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” He believes the Earth is 9,000 years old and was created in six days. Representative Broun is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

This is a disgrace. The House Science Committee makes crucial decisions regarding national priorities for scientific research. If the United States is to remain a world leader in science and technology, these decisions should not be made by people who do not understand basic principles of science or whose personal beliefs lead them to reject empirical evidence.

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Letter to
Representative Paul Cook
Representative John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi:

Representative Paul Broun of Georgia recently declared that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” He believes the Earth is 9,000 years old and was created in six days. Representative Broun is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

This is a disgrace. The House Science Committee makes crucial decisions regarding national priorities for scientific research. If the United States is to remain a world leader in science and technology, these decisions should not be made by people who do not understand basic principles of science or whose personal beliefs lead them to reject empirical evidence.

We urge you to consult with educators at organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the National Center for Science Education with the goal of establishing basic knowledge standards for members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.