Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Marco "Flat-Earth" Rubio

by Edd Doerr

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reportedly wants to run for President in 2016. However, when recently asked by GQ's Michael Hainey "How old do you think the earth is?", the Florida Boy Wonder ducked and replied, "I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians."

No, Marco, it is not. There is a scientific consensus that the universe is about 15 billion years old and our planet  well over a billion. Science, Marco, not theology. And by the way, as Marco claims to be a Catholic and a person of some education, he should be aware that the Catholic Church for quite some time has ceased arguing with scientists about the age of the earth and evolution (though it has yet to reconcile itself to what science has to say about human development prior to birth).

It seems obvious that Marco's political ambitions are leading him to go after the fundamentalist vote, something that Nov 6 should have shown him is not likely to put hin in the White House.


Don Wharton said...

Modern Republicanism is devolving into a functional brain disease which precludes a resonable relationship with reality. NASA's more precise age of the universe is 13.7 billion years and the age of the Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years.

Vincent said...

It IS a dispute among theologians. Not among scientists, but theologians do dispute it. To which I say who gives a flying flip what theologians have to say about how old the earth is. Is Rubio planning on running for theologian general?

Edd.Doerr said...

Thanks, Don, for correcting my numbers. I dashed off my comment in response to a piece about Rubio in the NY Times. -- Edd