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Welcome To The New-Old Republican Party: Marco Rubio Says He Doesn’t Know How Old Earth Is

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite much soul searching and calls for change among conservatives following President Barack Obama‘s re-election, one of the party’s rising stars voiced a very familiar evasion when asked how old the Earth was recently.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was on many shortlists for the Republican vice presidential nomination, and delivered a well-received speech at the convention. And given the focus on Hispanic voters since election day, Rubio is sure to be mentioned even more as a contender in 2016.

In an interview with GQ magazine this month, Rubio told the interviewer that he is “not a scientist” when asked how old the Earth is:

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.

No, Sen. Rubio, it’s not a mystery. The Earth is 4.54 billion years old (give or take a half-billion). And if scientists someday revise this number, it will be because of new found geological or astrophysical evidence, not because of theology.

And yes, this does affect the GDP and economic growth. American industry is suffering from a lack of qualified candidates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. What does it say to students struggling in these subjects when they see public figures walk all over empirical evidence and the Socratic method?

Also, Green Technology jobs present a huge opportunity for sustainable growth. But how can we encourage this industry, and preserve the Earth itself for future generations, while bowing to groups that believe environmentalism is ”contrary to God’s mandate for man to fill, subdue, and rule the Earth (Genesis 1:28)”? (Some extremists even believe there is little point in preserving a world that will be destroyed and replaced with a “wonderful” new kingdom.)

While you’re busy protecting the rights of parents to tech religion, Sen. Rubio, the rest of us will be ensuring that teachers can still teach science.

[via The Huffington Post]

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