What’s the matter with embryology?

by Greg Mayer

A number of readers have wondered what Georgia congressman Paul Broun has against embryology; it was number two in his hit list of hellish lies (evolution and the big bang being one and three, respectively). The answer, of course, is that Broun must be a proponent of scientific storkism, another major scientific theory that is being suppressed by the academic elite. Tom Tomorrow blew the lid off the story several years ago.


  1. Posted October 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    A number of readers have wondered what Georgia congressman Paul Broun has against embryology

    Perhaps he connects it with abortion.

    • Marella
      Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps he doesn’t know his arse from his elbow?

      • Posted October 8, 2012 at 4:28 am | Permalink

        Perhaps his elbow is his arse?

        • Yiam Cross
          Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

          I think he has his elbow up his arse and is having trouble finding either. And walking.

    • Sastra
      Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      I’m willing to bet this is a reference to Ernst Haeckel and his embryo drawings. Creationists love to trot out Haeckel.

  2. RedSonja
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m guessing he failed a class in undergrad and is still bitter. Assuming, of course, he isn’t actually just an anti-intellectual control freak ignoramus.

  3. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Posted on picture page by joandenoo, and transferred to the comments here by GCM:

    This puts the science vs. religion into such clear perspective, one can hardly ignore the message. Being tolerant of willful ignorance is intolerable.

  4. Posted October 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I met a friend who had been a Biology teacher in High School for 30 years. He was glowing because he had read a small Jehovah’s Witnesses book on Evolution and now he knew that he had been wrong for so many years!!.

    • Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      JWs talk evolution? I have never gotten down to read Watch tower or whatever they call those publications of theirs. So the teacher now thinks evolution is false or what is the new revelation?

      • scaryreasoner
        Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

        Probably this booklet, or something like it:


        • Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

          Well, the people who wrote that article had enough times in their hands working overtime to discredit science and show their ignorance about everything science!
          They should keep to religion where they can fool a few people but again as Bob Marley noted ‘you can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time.’

  5. Mark Joseph
    Posted October 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    More of the same, and just as good:

    Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New ‘Intelligent Falling’ Theory at http://www.theonion.com/articles/evangelical-scientists-refute-gravity-with-new-int,1778/

    The Scientific Case Against Craterism at http://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/the-scientific-case-against-craterism/

  6. Posted October 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    While I was ready to write this off as another “hick congressman” story, what *really* blew me away was to find out this joker sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Along with Todd “legitimate rape doesn’t lead to pregnancy” Aiken, no less! I kid you not:


    *That* should be a national scandal.

  7. Steve in Oakland
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Tom Tomorrow seems to get it right more often than he gets it wrong.

  8. Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I’m glad to see Storkism getting the notice it deserves, since it’s the subject of my one and only mention in wikipedia:


  9. Ludo
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Don’t you think that Paul Broun uses the word comprehensive term for scientific and medical research on embryonic stem cells? Maybe even as a tag for a broader range of things, everything related to human reproduction and embryo’s (for example prenatal diagnosis)? I thing it is a mistake to underestimate people like Paul Broun: he probably knows very well what he is doing and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He is, I think, tuning in on the wavelength of his audience: uneducated Christian citizens.

    • Ludo
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      Sorry! Typo in the first sentence.
      Here is the right text:
      Don’t you think that Paul Broun uses the word embryology as a tag for scientific and medical research on embryonic stem cells?

    • Posted October 8, 2012 at 4:38 am | Permalink

      Well said, Ludo. It’s a great mistake to underestimate our opponents. You don’t get to be a congressman without going through brutal competition, even if it’s only within your own party. And we have to fight our battles in the world as it is, not the world as we would have it be.

    • RFW
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      It may be that whats-his-face simply doesn’t understand the distinction between “embryonic” and “embryology”.

      This kind of confusion has led, for example, to the word “chemical” having pejorative connotation these days. And “pesticide” becoming equated with “poison”, as though the flea powder one puts even on cats (carbaryl) being thought of as a deadly substance.

      This tendency to false, alarmist interpretations of innocent words has a silver side, however: the Botanical Garden at the University of BC includes an “economic plant” garden, in which the berry bushes reside. It was a long-standing problem that visitors would eat the berries when ripe leaving none to be peered at by later visitors. Solution? Put up signs “This area sprayed. Do not eat berries.” Sprayed with water, that is.

      Morons on the march.

  10. MKray
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    And the Nobel Prize announced today (Monday) seems to this physicist like embryology!

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    It could be Braun’s worried about embryonic stem cell research, but maybe he’s flipped about the whole “”ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” thing where the earlier something developed in evolution, the earlier it appears in embryos (most of the time)

    Rather disturbing that Braun is an MD with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry.

    Braun’s website as of time of this posting has no mention of this at all.

    Bill Nye has weighed in at the Huffington Post here

  12. suwise3
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    nice try. but EVERYONE knows it was not storks, it was pterodactyls. get it right.

  13. ColdThinker
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I doubt politicians like Broun really believe what they preach. But whether they do or not is probably irrelevant to them. What they seek is power, and those in power have mostly preferred to keep their subjects as blind and ignorant as possible.

    But Broun and his ilk may actually believe that ignorance creates a more obedient and submissive citizens, and consider these qualities essential to a decent and orderly society. Some facts and truths are regarded as harmful and must be suppressed at all costs. Denial and lying is acceptable, because it is perceived as serving a greater good.

    Through the eyes of this sad, fearful world view, people must seem essentially evil and untrustworthy.

  14. noel goldsmith
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    thanks for this now i know about the flying spaghetti monster, too

  15. Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Sex ed: Teach the Controversy!

  16. Posted October 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on christianagnostic and commented:
    I couldn’t pass up on sharing this funny and insightful post on ID….

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