Republicans won’t give up on Creation ideas (Updated: Of COURSE earth is old!)

This piece was originally published on Nov 20, 2012

Rubio: OK for parents to teach ‘multiple theories’ on Earth’s age

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he’s not certain whether the planet was created by God in seven days or in “seven actual eras” – telling GQ magazine it’s up to parents to teach their children either a faith-based history of Earth or a scientific one.

In a wide-ranging interview with the men’s publication, Rubio refused to be pinned down about his personal views on the Earth’s creation, calling it “one of the great mysteries” of life.

“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,” Rubio told GQ when asked how old he thinks the Earth is.

“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.”

What a narrow-minded view! You don’t need to be a scientist to figure out that evolution is the way life on earth works. It just is. It’s NOT a question. Science has everything to do with solving many of our pressing problems around the world. Technology will be the key to many of our future decisions regarding what we can do to sustain and enhance our society. Republican conservatives like this consistently exhibit how out of touch they are with the findings of science and are clueless on how science works.

This piece has some insight on the politics:

Confusing faith with science and then legislating based off that confusion has been the calling card of the religious right. We’ve seen this on climate change, abortion rights and now, more broadly, basic and core scientific principles that are the foundations of biology, astronomy and most of our science curriculum. Rubio and other religious conservatives would like us to believe that the problem lies in a culture that is hostile to religious rights rather than the fact that this country was founded on the belief of a secular government that kept matters of faith out of matters of civil life.

So, beware this new softened, inclusive tone from conservatives. They may sound like a more sophisticated and tolerant group but when you strip it all away it’s the same religious zealots directing the show.

Why Marco Rubio Needs To Know That The Earth Is Billions Of Years Old – Forbes.

As an aside, I wrote a piece about what one university is doing to prepare future leaders who are NOT scientists what science is all about. Check it out in my Sounds Sciencey column.

UPDATE: (6- Dec-2012) Rubio: “There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth”

The Florida senator clarifies that he believes the Earth is “at least 4.5 billion years old”

After dabbling in creationism earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., clarified that he does believe that scientists know the Earth is “at least 4.5 billion years old.”

“There is no scientific debate on the age of the earth. I mean, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old,” Rubio told Mike Allen of Politico. ”I was referring to a theological debate, which is a pretty healthy debate.

  5 comments for “Republicans won’t give up on Creation ideas (Updated: Of COURSE earth is old!)

  1. November 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    “I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States”

    The Senator is being disengenuous. He knows very well that is not the only issue facing the country today, and that it is certainly not the only thing that laws will be proposed about or enacted. His constituents have a right to know his ideas in that area if it will affect how he votes on ANYTHING. It should be a crime to withhold that information from the public from whom he gets his job.

  2. November 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    How the earth was created probably has an indistinguishable affect on decisions regarding the national budget. But how you decide who or what is the authority on what is real when you don’t or can’t to do your own research, does say a lot about a person’s ability to think critically. If you are going to rely on the word of an ancient manuscript over the word of many people over the centuries who HAVE taken the time to study the subject, ideas that have been peer reviewed, tested, retested, corrected when they don’t pass those tests, then you are not someone who we should rely on to make good decisions about anything terribly important. Either he can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy, or he doesn’t care enough to make that distinction. Either way, he shouldn’t be in a place of authority.

  3. Phil
    November 21, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    It bodes ill when a member of the science committee cannot distinguish between science and religious belief. If this is the standard of his thinking, what will happen if his church tells him research into stem cell research should be banned?

  4. Mr. Shreck
    November 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    We will suffer this nonsense as long as we politicize education and science by putting politicians in charge of them. Getting elected and knowing anything about science are generally uncorrelated. Why do we continue to act so baffled when things like this happen?

  5. December 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I think he’s just trying to avoid upsetting the evangelical base. Just based on the answers he gave, I think he actually takes the science side of it.

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