Monday, November 19, 2012

Let the pandering for 2016 begin...

Obama has only just been re-elected, and Florida senator Marco Rubio has already started pandering to the "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge" crowd. Here he is in an interview in the Dec. 2012 issue of GQ:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: 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.

Of course, the reverend John Lightfoot already solved this mystery in a sermon in the early 1800s, determining that the earth was created in 3960 BC, or, to be even more precise: "That the world was made at equinox, all grant — but differ at which, whether about the eleventh of March, or twelfth of September; to me in September, without all doubt." (from Whole Works, 1822, vol. 7, p. 322).

Since Rubio thinks there are multiple theories (after all, bishop Ussher's more famous calculation has creation in 4004 BC), he is not, apparently, interested in any of the scientific knowledge accumulated in the past two centuries. Ignorance for president in 20165. Yeah!!

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