by: Richard Elliot Updated:OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. —
Political experts don't believe video of
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., calling evolution "lies straight from the pit of hell" will hurt him in his district.
Video surfaced on YouTube over the weekend showing Broun, from Oconee County, speaking at a Sept. 27 Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga. In it, Broun talks about his beliefs.
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell," the video shows Broun saying. "This is a really young earth. I don't believe the earth is but 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
Broun, a medical doctor, was elected to Congress in 2007. His district stretches from
Augusta, north through Athens and all the way to the North Carolina state line.
Broun serves on the House Space, Science and Technology Committee. He is running unopposed for re-election in November.
"This is a conservative district," said University of Georgia political science professor Dr. Charles Bullock.
Bullock said with the exception of the more liberal Athens-Clarke County area, Broun's views are more in line with the rest of his congressional district.
"The things he said wouldn't play well with the university community, but the university community doesn't even come close to dominating the electorate in his district," said Bullock. "Most of his constituents seem to be quite pleased with the job he's doing, whatever he's saying. He got a round of applause at the end of (the video), so that suggests that there are a number of people in his district who very much agree with him."
Neither Broun nor his staff could be reached for comment.