Write-in votes for Darwin may be result of Broun's comments

7:54 PM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
US Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) (CNN)
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ATHENS, Ga. -- According to the Augusta Chronicle, the race for the 10th Congressional District ended with more than 4,000 write-in votes from Athens-Clarke County being cast for Charles Darwin.

The write-ins were an apparent response to comments from incumbent US Rep. Paul Broun. At a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell in late September, Broun referred to evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory as "lies from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

"God's word is true," Broun said, according to a video posted on the church's website. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

Broun also said he believes the planet Earth is about 9,000 years old and was created in a literal six days. His beliefs are shared by fundamentalist Christians who believe the account of creation enumerated in the Bible are literally true.

Broun, a Republican medical doctor, ran unopposed by a Democratic candidate in the general election.

Darwin, a 19th Century English scientist, established through his studies that all species of life have descended from common ancestral life through a natural pattern of evolution. Darwin's evolutionary theories were published in his 1859 book, "On the Origin of Species."

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