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Journal of No. 118

November 19th, 2012

Headdesk @ 01:38 pm

Via Bad Astronomy: Senator Marco Rubio takes a swing and a miss on a reasonably easy question in a GQ interview:

“How old do you think the Earth is?”

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.

'Back off, man, I'm not a scientist!' Yeah, well if so, maybe Senator Rubio shouldn't be sitting on the Subcommittee for Science and Space.

Of course, his answer is really a non-answer. I'm not sure what would be worse, that Rubio is a YEC, or that he knows quite well that the earth is billions of years old, but won't say so, because that would be too unpopular among his voting base.
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Journal of No. 118