Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Paul Broun race

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 12:43 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. — Charles Darwin, the 19th century naturalist who laid the foundations for evolutionary theory, received more than 4,000 write-in votes in Athens-Clarke County in balloting for the 10th Congressional District seat retained Tuesday by five-year incumbent Republican Paul Broun.

A campaign asking voters to write in Darwin’s name in the 10th District, which includes half of Athens-Clarke County and takes in a swath of eastern Georgia, began after Broun, speaking at a sportsmen’s banquet at a Hartwell church, called evolution and other areas of science “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

“I can’t ever remember seeing a (write-in ballot) report that long,” Athens-Clarke County Elections Supervisor Gail Schrader said after releasing the write-in numbers to news media Thursday morning.

In addition to the write-in votes cast for Darwin in the district race, a handful of votes for the long-dead British scientist were cast in other races, and a host of other names were included as write-in votes in races, including the congressional contest.

A considerable number of votes were cast in Athens-Clarke County for the legitimate write-in candidate in the race, Brian Russell Brown, of Augusta, who has waged write-in campaigns for other major political offices in previous elections.

Broun received 16,980 votes in Athens-Clarke County and 209,917 votes across the district.

The write-in totals for Darwin in the other 24 counties making up the 10th Congressional District will be widely available early next week when the Georgia secretary of state’s office certifies election results. The vote totals for the legitimate write-in candidate in the race also will be available early next week.

COLUMBIA COUNTY WRITE-INS

In Columbia County, which includes part of Broun’s district, Darwin got eight write-in votes against Broun.

Lee Anderson, who was running in the neighboring 12th District, received five write-in votes, and John (or “Ron”) Barrow got three.

All got more than the qualified write-in candidate, Brian Russell Brown, of Augusta, who received just one write-in – putting him in a tie with Copernicus, Iron Man and Anikin Skywalker, among many others.

Columbia County News-Times

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/08/12 - 01:54 pm
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Hmmm.

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/08/12 - 03:33 pm
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Dixieman

Will you ever evolve and quit monkeying around ;-)

usafveteran
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usafveteran 11/08/12 - 04:15 pm
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The ignorant know nothing about Darwin

If these individuals who wrote in Darwin's name knew anything about him, they would realize that Darwin was a Christian, who was laid to rest in a Christian Church, and he would be appalled by the way his theories are being used by those who seek a way to evade responsibility for their actions and shun the teachings of the Scriptures.

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palmetto1008 11/08/12 - 05:41 pm
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Huh, uscavet??

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Huh, uscavet??

OJP
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OJP 11/08/12 - 06:12 pm
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One major change the GOP needs to make is

to quit being the party of the scientifically illiterate.

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stcrispy 11/08/12 - 07:01 pm
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@usafvet Darwin's view on

@usafvet

Darwin's view on xtianity evolved over his life, but he did not consider himself
"by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. "

and

"I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age." He agreed that Christianity was "not supported by the evidence", but he had reached this conclusion only slowly."

The "Lady Hope" story was debunked by Darwin's sister who was his caretaker when the events are alleged to have happened.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Charles_Darwin

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/08/12 - 07:35 pm
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Ever notice how atheists....

Ever notice how atheists.... can't bring themselves to type the word Christian? Typing quotes must be excruciating!

Say_No_Way_To_Yaweh
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Say_No_Way_To_Yaweh 11/08/12 - 09:10 pm
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@Gage Creed

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I can bring myself to type Christian, but prefer to refer to them as "Adults with Imaginary friends"

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myfather15 11/08/12 - 09:26 pm
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I do believe this is the

I do believe this is the same Darwin who stated "There is absolutely zero evidence to prove that one species has ever evolved into another." Even he realized it was just a theory, maybe others should do the same. But ooooooh noooooo, you "scientific" people are way to smart to get anything wrong. Good day to ya!!

Say_No_Way_To_Yaweh
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Say_No_Way_To_Yaweh 11/08/12 - 09:59 pm
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@myfather15 - Source for Darwin Quote?

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Do you happen to have a source for your Darwin quote, I cant seem to find it documented as you've quoted it. I wouldn't be surprised if he had doubts since he was pioneering a new idea.

I dont think you understand "scientific" people, scientists are constantly testing theories, and by testing I mean trying to prove them wrong. There are countless times that new evidence has proven that our previous best guess was wrong. The great thing about science is that our scientific understanding of the world changes in the face of new evidence, unlike faith based beliefs. There currently aren't any evidence based competing theories to Evolution, none.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/08/12 - 10:30 pm
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Christians

can believe in evolution and the big bang (or other) theories for the creation of the universe and yet have their faith be the center of their lives, live by it, and do much good in this world for others and for their own souls.

Chris 232
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Chris 232 11/09/12 - 12:51 am
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Just the facts:

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1. Evolution is true.
2. We are all apes- seriously, we really are
3. It's a delusion to think that faith and science are compatible.
4. There is little, if any, evidence for "God."
5. As Tuesday night proved, the republican party and right wingers are an endangered species that deserve less protection than the spotted owl.

Any questions?

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wayne2410 11/09/12 - 05:46 am
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A major change the democrats

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A major change the democrats could make is quit being the party of arrogant, pompous asses. As to Darwin, who is to say evolution is not the tool God used to achieve his works? We don't really know and neither do they.

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Tullie 11/09/12 - 07:12 am
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Christ vs X

It doesn't bother me when I see X used in place of Christ. Atheists need to brush up on their usage of the term:

Abbreviations used as Christian symbols have a long history in the church. The letters of the word "Christ" in Greek, the language in which the New Testament was written, or various titles for Jesus early became symbols of Christ and Christianity. For example, the first two letters of the word Christ (cristoV, or as it would be written in older manuscripts, CRISTOS) are the Greek letters chi (c or C) and rho (r or R). These letters were used in the early church to create the chi-rho monogram (see Christian Symbols: Christmas Ornaments), a symbol that by the fourth century became part of the official battle standard of the emperor Constantine.

The exact origin of the single letter X for Christ cannot be pinpointed with certainty. Some claim that it began in the first century AD along with the other symbols, but evidence is lacking. Others think that it came into widespread use by the thirteenth century along with many other abbreviations and symbols for Christianity and various Christian ideas that were popular in the Middle Ages. However, again, the evidence is sparse.

In any case, by the fifteenth century Xmas emerged as a widely used symbol for Christmas. In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type. In the early days of printing typesetting was done by hand and was very tedious and expensive. As a result, abbreviations were common. In religious publications, the church began to use the abbreviation C, or simply X, for the word "Christ" to cut down on the cost of the books and pamphlets. From there, the abbreviation moved into general use in newspapers and other publications, and "Xmas" became an accepted way of printing "Christmas" (along with the abbreviations Xian and Xianity). Even Webster’s dictionary acknowledges that the abbreviation Xmas was in common use by the middle of the sixteenth century.

So there is no grand scheme to dilute Christianity by promoting the use of Xmas instead of Christmas. It is not a modern invention to try to convert Christmas into a secular day, nor is it a device to promote the commercialism of the holiday season. Its origin is thoroughly rooted in the heritage of the Church. It is simply another way to say Christmas, drawing on a long history of symbolic abbreviations used in the church.

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Bizkit 11/09/12 - 08:57 am
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Sadly the majority of

Sadly the majority of American don't believe in evolution and it is independent of political party or religion-and education to some degree except biologist (nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution).

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TParty 11/09/12 - 08:57 am
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Darwin was science literate.

Darwin was science literate. Which is more than Broun, who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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Humble Angela 11/09/12 - 09:35 am
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If Democrats can vote when

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If Democrats can vote when they are dead, it only stands to reason that they can be on the ballot when they are dead as well.

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Bizkit 11/09/12 - 09:54 am
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Please Tparty tell me you are

Please Tparty tell me you are jesting. Isn't Broun a physician??? How can you get through college and medical school and be science illiterate??????????????????????

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KasparHauser 11/09/12 - 10:01 am
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I do believe this is the same

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I do believe this is the same Darwin who stated "There is absolutely zero evidence to prove that one species has ever evolved into another." Even he realized it was just a theory, maybe others should do the same. But ooooooh noooooo, you "scientific" people are way to smart to get anything wrong. Good day to ya!!

1. Citation, please. Your personal BELIEFS are of NO consequence to the Reality of Darwin's life and work.

2. Citation, PLEASE, as you obviously don't understand even the most basic working of Science as a process that is forever involved with testing and improving it's theories and understanding of Reality. It's RELIGION that is terminally infected with the bigotry of never being wrong, on the threat of death to all the heretics. And, it's the ghetto of belief that is the home of the current Medieval GOP.

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Bizkit 11/09/12 - 10:18 am
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Well Darwin was correct about

Well Darwin was correct about common descent and natural selection (as one means of evolution) but he was wrong about gemmules-and the fool had Gregor Mendels paper on plant hybridization and genetics and didn't bother to read it. So it took decades before the modern synthesis fused darwin and mendel with a gene-centric view-which is now just a part with multilevel selecton and a heirachial approach. However science is a process and it is completely feasible that parts or all of the theory could be falsified-it hasn't nor do I believe it will but the reality is that scientist have to be open to such a turn of events.

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TParty 11/09/12 - 10:40 am
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" How can you get through

" How can you get through college and medical school and be science illiterate"

When you say the crazy anti-science things the man was saying, that's how. World 9,000 years old?!?!

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Bizkit 11/09/12 - 10:45 am
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Do you think he really

Do you think he really believes such rhetoric or is he vying for votes??? You know them ho's will say anything for a vote. I know a physicist who believes as much too-which just boggles my mind. He must have got a mail order degree or somethin'.

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mafarmerga 11/09/12 - 11:17 am
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myfather15 wrote:

I do believe this is the same Darwin who stated "There is absolutely zero evidence to prove that one species has ever evolved into another."

WHAT?? Darwin's magnus opus, On the Origin of Species, represented 30+ years of gathering evidence in support of speciation. Indeed speciation (or transmutation as it was called in the early 19th Century) was a well established concept when Darwin published in 1859.

What ARE you talking about? Where did you make up that stuff and then have the audacity to put it in quotations as if Darwin ever actually said such a thing???

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loblolly 11/09/12 - 11:33 am
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Leave the

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Bible thumpers alone. First, we get a Muslim as President, and then there's this claim the world is older than 6k years. Next thing, they will be trying to convince me that man actually went to the moon, but I'm no fool!

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TParty 11/09/12 - 11:44 am
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"What ARE you talking about?

"What ARE you talking about? Where did you make up that stuff and then have the audacity to put it in quotations as if Darwin ever actually said such a thing???"

He said he believes it's the same Darwin. And faith is stronger than any evidence or facts you can provide.

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Tullie 11/09/12 - 12:19 pm
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Bizkit said:

Sadly the majority of American don't believe in evolution and it is independent of political party or religion-and education to some degree except biologist (nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution).

Really? And here I was beginning to wonder if there was some correlation to believing you evolved from monkeys/apes and also were a democrat.

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Bizkit 11/09/12 - 12:38 pm
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I am NO Democrat!!!!!!!

I am NO Democrat!!!!!!! We aren't related to monkeys just share a common ancestor with chimps. We didn't "evolve" from chimps. But we share some commonalities too and also the obvious differences. Think of it this way. You read a book-it could be the Bible or Origin of a Species. Now you state the tenets of either as the book states. That's what I did. I've done the same for the Bible too. I never stated whether I believe in either just the facts as I've read them. Now personally the fact is I believe in both. Oddly enough religions evolved so it becomes circular and inclusive. What other species has bothered to ponder their origins-Science and Religion are evolutionarily related too both came from the same abilities of logic, reason, and intuition. You can believe one is right, none are right, and all are right. I choose the later.

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HenryWalker3rd 11/09/12 - 12:52 pm
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1 question to ponder

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Are humans still evolving?

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HenryWalker3rd 11/09/12 - 12:55 pm
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God created man. Darwinisim

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God created man.

Darwinisim is another attempt to remove the Creator from the minds of the masses.

To believe that as complex as we humans are, we evolved from apes makes me wonder what the next evloutionary period will produce.

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loblolly 11/09/12 - 01:55 pm
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I believe

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this would be a great national agenda item for the Republicans. Priority items: 1. criminalize rape victims, 2. ignore Latinos and African Americans, 3. Criminalize teaching of evolution. Now this is definitely a winning agenda. Just have faith, and it will be so.

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