Marco Rubio Calls Age of Earth a ‘Great Mystery’

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Marco Rubio is a Republican senator from Florida. He is sometimes called the “crown prince” of the Tea Party movement. He will likely run for president in 2016. He sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He is not a scientist.


As has been widely re-reported, the December issue of GQ features an interview with Mr. Rubio in which Michael Hainey asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?”

Mr. Rubio responded:

I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

Written By: Juliet Lapidos
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43 COMMENTS

  1. *Facepalm of massive proportions.*
    There is so much wrong with his answer, that I don’t even know where to begin to pick it apart. I do feel compassion for the American people though. It can’t be easy to watch these kind of politicians represent your country.

  2. @OP:disqus  – I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says,

    Actually he has just said that he can’t .. and is looking for information under the wrong subject title!

    I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians

    ..and the buffoon thinks that theologians discuss HISTORY.

    .. Not a scientist and not a historian either!

    Marco Rubio is a Republican senator from Florida. He is sometimes called the “crown prince” of the Tea Party movement.

    Ah!  A TEA-PARTY REPUBLICAN – ignorant and proud of it – with an idiot grin for the voters!  .. .. .. .. … ..   an obvious qualification for Tea-Party candidature!

  3. Oh, it gets worse.  

    Along with Rubio, Boozman (the moron from AR who holds with the moron Senator from MO that women can somehow terminate a pregnancy caused by rape without medical intervention) and Pryor (another moron Senator from AR who was interviewed by Maher in Religulous regarding his ideas on creationism) are on the Science and Space subcommittee of the Committee of Commerce, Science and Transportation.  

    I know that makes everyone feel much more comfortable.

  4. “Crown prince” or more likely “clown prince”.  What an imbecile!  He doesn’t even know his own bloody Bible! 
     6 days Rubio, 6 days! Hasn’t he heard of the Sabbath, when “almighty” God rested?

    Perhaps he and Paul Broun should get together and write a treatise about the art of science denial? Maybe invite Todd Akin to write the preface?

    (Hand approaches head with alarming speed!)

  5. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says.

    Yes, parents can teach their kids whatever they like. The question is, what should the taxpayer be funding public schools to teach? Any old shit, or facts?

  6. Rubio:

    I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

    The poor numbskull still hasn’t realised that the Biblical explanation of the universe is being rejected by the US citizens very quickly!  Even  William Lane Craig, fellow of the so-called Discovery Institute,  admits that the universe is some 13.7 billion years old. How many more “Dover” type court cases do the YECs have to lose before the excreta covers Jesus’ statue?  A few more yet perhaps, but I for for one, am sure that the American citizens are far from the backward hicks often portrayed by the likes of Broun and Rubio. They ( B & R),  are like the noisy kids at Christmas blowing their trumpets and banging their drums, whilst the more mature present are actually trying to exchange ideas!

  7. The thing to remember here, he is believed to be the first person to be actively running for the republican nomination for 2016. He has been visiting Ohio and establishing the groundwork committees.

    Many in the GOP believe his youth and ethnicity make him a very good choice, hopefully offsetting the drifts in that demographic that the most recent presidential candidates had. Now all he has to do is choose a female as VP candidate (say Bachman) and they think they have the bases covered.

  8. “this is a country where people should have the opportunity to TEACH them all” (emphasis my own)
    Surely he means LEARN them all.

    And if he means learn that one of them is based on all the available evidence and the other(s) are contradicted by all the available evidence, then I agree with him.

    He should also learn that recorded history says the Earth is older than is implied by the bible, and that the recorded history (of Egypt and other ancient counties) makes no mention of the Great Flood.

    He is at least touching the truth when he says “I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that”.   Only scientists are qualified to answer that question, not biblical fundamentalists.

  9. No, no. “Teach the controversy!” is a core mantra of American evolution- and global warming-deniers. Make it appear to young minds that creationist theory is on equal footing with evolutionary theory, that global warming science is somehow controversial.

  10. The age of the earth is a dispute amongst theologians, according to Mr. Rubio. I first think of Hitch, who said of them: “Can anyone imagine a more bankrupt intellectual exercise?”

    Second, I think: no it isn’t. The man’s a twit.

  11. “Teach the controversy” is used to teach that Intelligent Design is a rival “scientific” theory to the Theory of Evolution.

    My point is that students should learn that ID is a completely inadequate way of explaining how the world is, that it isn’t in any way “scientific”, and that there is no controversy.   If students aren’t made aware of the basic dishonesty (and outright stupidity) of ID, they may still be tricked by it later.

  12.  

    Age of Earth a ‘Great Mystery’ -  ” Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras,

    All evolutionary development of galaxies, stars, planets and life, is a great mystery to those with a functional  IQ of 7.

    Retard politicians’ handbook rule: 1.01 –
    Just keep talking until you can think of something to say!

  13. @rdfrs-87115ae0d309915a4e8d74a706aeae16:disqus 
    I think that most scientists or scientific minded people do not go into politics because it is not, in fact, an intellectual enterprise.  There are no correct answers only opinions.  Feelings matter.  I cannot tell you how many of hese pontificating windbags sit and preach as if they are saying something true and honest when all they are doing is stating an opinion that ultimately benefits themselves.  Or they benefit one group of people at another group of people’s expense.

    I am so tired of hearing about different politicians’ economic plans.  As if these plans are anything other than an experiment.  So, now we get to endure Obama’s experiment with or economy.  That’s all it is; experiment.  He (and nobody else) does not know the outcome of his policies… we have to “trust” him.

    Scientists do not go into politics because politics is a pseudointellectual wasteland.

  14. “I do feel compassion for the American people though. It can’t be easy to watch these kind of politicians represent your country.”

    What are you on about?
    Study after study and poll after poll show that at least half of Americans are much dumber and ignorant than Marco Rubio.
    He represents USA perfectly.

  15.  

    prietenul
    Let’s hope he knows something about commerce or transportation!

     

    No doubt! – but this is probably limited to his campaign sponsorship – and his own publicity tours!

  16. “I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I
    can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst
    theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic
    product or economic growth of the United States.” Well spotted, Marco. This guy is as sharp as a tin-tack, hey?

  17. But it does have lots and lots to do with gross domestic product and economic growth.  it absolutely does.

    First, this shitwhistle thinks that all the oil (what our global economy is based on) was poofed into existence 6000 years ago.  This is ridiculous in it’s own right but, more importantly, he has no idea where this product comes from.  He probably thinks that when we use the last drop, god will poof us some more.

    Second, and way way more important….  As a President (or leader of any kind) he needs to surround himself with experts and advisors who know what they are doing.  His policies and/or changes to policy must be guided by experts because he himself is (admittedly) not an expert (at anything).  Here is where his unwillingness to see the facts and the experts results should bite him on the ass.

    I do not want a leader who is not only ignorant of the world around him but simultaneously unwilling to examine and understand straight forward science.

  18. I really like this guy! He’s much better looking than Romney; he’s smartly dressed and looks very cheerful.
    He can also read an autocue.
    That should be enough to get the votes.
    The other details of running an administration should be left to the backroom boffins.

  19. It’s little wonder that America is behind the world in a viable educational system. How can he expect our children to excell in the global market when they are inundated and stymied by the crap of unproven science in the classrooms of America. A TRUE IDIOT!

  20. “…I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.”

    So the age of the earth has no consequences for trying to find oil? I hope that the next gas station he pulls into refuses to serve him. Why should he benefit from the science that he denies?

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