Florida senator and president-wanna-be Marco Rubio refused to tell GQ how old he thinks the earth is, explaining:
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 econ
omic 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.
Mr. Rubio surely knows that, according to Gallup, 46 percent of Americans and 58 percent of Republicans believe in creationism, or more specifically that “God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.” Mr. Rubio probably figured that these same Republicans have no truck with geologists, and that there was no advantage to stating clearly that the earth is 4.54 billion years old.As Juliet Lapidos in the New York Times notes:
But if his response was more proof of cunning than idiocy, it was still ludicrous. There’s “a dispute among theologians” and “there are multiple theories.” It follows that there’s no objective reality (it’s “one of the great mysteries.”) Therefore we should throw up our hands and “teach them all.” Conservatives often accuse liberals of relativism, but Mr. Rubio grabbed that mantle by arguing that all viewpoints are equally valid.