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Old 11-20-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Keep it up guys...right down the drain of irrelevance.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) raised eyebrows Monday when he told GQ he couldn't answer a question about the age of the earth because "I'm not a scientist, man."

Having a top prospect for the 2016 presidential nomination say the age of the planet is "one of the great mysteries" comes at an awkward time for a party attempting to rebuild from its Nov. 6 drubbing at the hands of voters turned off by the GOP's embrace of social conservatives. But Rubio is hardly alone among potential Republican presidential contenders. Other big names for 2016 have weighed in publicly at various times over the years to position themselves as supportive of creationism proponents.

To science education advocates, these public statements fall into two categories: craven political panders to the conservative base and expressions of actual doubt in basic scientific principles. Both are disconcerting, the advocates say, and whether or not a president stands up for science has a broader impact than the education battles where creationism most often comes up.
Creationism Controversies The Norm Among Potential Republican 2016 Contenders - Yahoo! News

 
Old 11-20-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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To be fair, science isn't 100% sure of the exact figure either. It's somewhere between 4.494 billion and 4.585 billion years.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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At least one Republican can see how absurd this is.

Jeb Bush Jr. calls Rubio’s Earth comment ‘strange’

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On CNN Tuesday morning, Jeb Bush Jr. — the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush — said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave “kind of a head-scratching type of answer” to a recent question about the age of the Earth.

“We’ve got to be a kind of pro-science and pro-technology party. And I think Marco Rubio is just that,” Bush said. “On the Earth question, I guess I have to read more closely in terms of getting a better understanding, but, yeah, kind of a strange response, I guess.”
But then, I guess since Jeb Bush is currently neither a Republican office-holder nor a Republican office-seeker, he doesn't have to pretend to be embarrassingly ignorant of science.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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But then, I guess since Jeb Bush is currently neither a Republican office-holder nor a Republican office-seeker, he doesn't have to pretend to be embarrassingly ignorant of science.
He might be trying to be the first to claim the "sane" territory for 2016.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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To be fair, science isn't 100% sure of the exact figure either. It's somewhere between 4.494 billion and 4.585 billion years.
Which is a far cry from the 6-10,000 creationists think it is.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: NC
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and people wonder why only 6% of scientists are Republican.

http://www.people-press.org/2009/07/...-and-religion/
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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To be fair, science isn't 100% sure of the exact figure either. It's somewhere between 4.494 billion and 4.585 billion years.
Agree. Nothing wrong or slanted with Rubio's response.

Why would a reporter without an agenda ask the question?
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Which is a far cry from the 6-10,000 creationists think it is.
... who will nonetheless go on to cite science's inability to pinpoint the exact moment of creation on April 17, 4,539,997,989 B.C., sometime between lunch and cocktail hour, as incontrovertible evidence that everything scientists say is wrong and the Bible is the only 100% inerrant source of such information.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Murika
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These people are simply unbelievable. No wonder our nation faces so many problems with unthinking morons in positions of power and a base that supports this nonsense.

Can't wrap your little mind around how your cell phone works? Must be god doing his miraculous work.
Got raped? No worries - your body will reject the pregnancy.
Humans not hairy like apes? See, evolution is fake.

I can only hope that the larger majority of people with brains will eventually completely drown out these idiots.
 
Old 11-20-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Agree. Nothing wrong or slanted with Rubio's response.

Why would a reporter without an agenda ask the question?
Rubio essentially said it's perfectly ok to teach children anything you want. Should we replace Chemistry with Alchemy, or Astronomy with Astrology?

It's pretty scary that a potential leader of the free world can't grasp basic scientific facts.

People like this should not be running the country.


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