Chris Rodda, Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and the author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History, writes for Freethought Blogs about the disturbing link between the House Science Committee and the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
What nobody seems to have noticed is that Akin, Broun, Neugebauer, and all the other members of Congress spewing these idiotic faith-based “science” theories have something else in common besides being ignorant twits. They all belong to Congressman Randy Forbes’s Congressional Prayer Caucus. These are the wingnuts who do things like holding prayer vigils to pray that votes on legislation go their way.
I first became aware of the Congressional Prayer Caucus back in 2007, when the founder of this nut brigade, Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia, introduced H. Res. 888, his resolution “Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation’s founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as ‘American Religious History Week’ for the appreciation of and education on America’s history of religious faith.” That resolution, which has been re-introduced several times since 2007, was a litany of historical revisionism, with seventy-five “Whereas” clauses packed with same American history lies used by Forbes’s good buddy pseudo-historian David Barton.
Then, because of working for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I happened to notice something else about the Congressional Prayer Caucus. There is always a disproportionate number of Prayer Caucus members on the House Armed Services Committee. There are roughly twice as many Prayer Caucus members on the Armed Services Committee as there are proportionally in the House as a whole.
Knowing that both Akin and Broun are Prayer Caucus members as well as being members of the House Science Committee, I decided to look at the make-up of the Science Committee, and here’s what I found: