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Rubio Comment Stirs Creationism Pot

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — A comment by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that Earth’s age is “a dispute amongst theologians” has touched off new debate about whether the GOP is “anti-science.”

Rubio, during an interview with GQ, was asked how old he thinks Earth is.

“I’m not a scientist, man,” he said. “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.”

Rubio said he wasn’t qualified to answer the question but “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,” he said. “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.”

During an interview Tuesday on CNN, Jeb Bush Jr. — son of Republican former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — said the question was “strange” and Rubio’s response was “kind of a head-scratching type of answer.”

He said the Republican Party needs to be “a kind of pro-science and pro-technology party. And I think Marco Rubio is just that.”

“The party’s been pushed in this area of kind of anti-science and anti-technology and I don’t think that’s true. We’re a young and dynamic party.

“But we also can’t forget about our traditional values, things like faith and family,” Bush said. “And Senator Rubio certainly represents that.”

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  • jopa

    When it was explained to Orly Tates about the bones of Lucy being found in Africa that dated back millions of years, all she said was “Right, I want to see the birth certificate”.

  • simonbirch

    career politician will make sure to walk both sides of the fence and talk from both sides of his mouth…what did you expect him to say? I agree with Warren Buffet…if the economy does not grow…they got to go! Make them pay social security like the rest of us and most of all….STOP letting them vote their OWN raises!! …what a joke

  • s c

    People, Amerika’s ho bag media works for the gubmint. WHY can’t you see that? If it was important to ‘Republicans,’ there are ways to skirt the ho bag media, stick it to the media and Amerika’s ho bag lobbyists, Kongress and the White House – all at the same time.
    S T O P playing the game! Even Horse’s Rump McCain realizes that the media will NEVER give you an even break unless your nose is rammed up the gubmint’s posterior. Bypass the _____. Use the internet while it’s still available. Are we supposed to think that conservatives and ‘Republicans’ don’t have the money to put together their own media?
    No wonder utopians have it so easy. Stop playing that _____ game. Put the pasture muffin in THEIR pocket! Either you love freedom, or you might as well get used to being in chains. What the _____ is REALLY between your ears, people?

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THE ISSUE IS, RELIGIOUS-CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS WHO BELIEVE IN “Adam&Eve,” SHOULD “MAKE IT THEIR BUSINESS” TO NEVER SUPPORT GOVERNMENT SPENDING FOR SPACE EXPLORATION.

    IT IS SILLY FOR SOMEONE – ON ONE HAND – TO BELIEVE “God created The Heavens and Earth,” THEN – ON THE OTHER HAND – WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY MOONS A PLANET HAS, OR, SPECULATE ON WHETHER A SMALL CELESTIAL BODY IS A PLANET OR DWARF.

  • JimH

    I never understood the idea that if you believe in God you can’t believe in science, or if you study science you can’t believe in God.
    The Bible wasn’t meant to be a science book. It wasn’t written for that reason.
    God gave us the brains to discover what is around us. You can have both God and science.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “JimH,”

      SIR, THE POINT IS, ARTICLES LIKE THIS “BLOW” THE DEBATE WIDE-OPEN!

      “Bible-Thumpers” SAY THE “Garden of Eden” – HOME OF THE FIRST MALE AND FEMALE – IS LOCATED IN THE FERTILE VALLEY BETWEEN THE TIGRIS- AND EUPHRATES RIVERS [MODERN-DAY IRAQ]. SCIENTISTS SAY THE FIRST HUMANS CAME FROM EASTERN AFRICA [MODERN-DAY ETHIOPIA].

      THIS PLACES POLITICIANS IN A QUANDRY. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS JEALOUS OF ORIENTAL NATIONS LIKE, CHINA AND TAIWAN, BECAUSE ORIENTAL CHILDREN – WHO WORK IN “SWEAT-SHOPS” – KNOW HOW TO MANUFACTURE ALARM CLOCKS AND OTHER SMALL ELECTRONICS. ORIENTAL CHILDREN’S SUPERIORITY IN SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY HAS CAUSED AMERICA TO BECOME OBSESSED WITH “BOLSTERING” OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

      SO, PEOPLE OF PIETY ARE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN RELEVANCE.

      • JimH

        Hi Christopher,
        One can have a technical mind and still believe in God.
        The old Nuns tought me and my classmates science and math in Catholic school.
        There was no conflict.
        I don’t know who believes their relivance is being threatened, but I believe most religious people understand science isn’t a threat to God.
        You can have both.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “JimH,”

        WELL, SIR – IF, “You can have both.”, WHY IS THE “EVOLUTION” DISCUSSION SO SCARY FOR PEOPLE?

      • JimH

        Hi Christopher,
        I can’t answer that. If we find someone who is scared, we can ask.
        They can explane their concern’s.
        There are many of us who believe in God and are also comfortable with science and math. It’s taught in Catholic and Christian schools and universities all over the world.
        I don’t believe it’s the issue many want to make of it.

    • Harold Olsen

      I’ve heard scientists say words to the affect that the more they learn about science the more they believe in God.

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