A few weeks ago we — like everyone else — wrote about Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s sensational blunder regarding the age of the earth. See Marco Rubio and Creationism.
Our last Rubio post has links to show that we’ve been writing for years about some of the spectacularly stupid things he’s said — about creationism and about separation of church and state — but we always felt he was smarter than that. Nevertheless, as long as he was willing to pander so shamelessly, we felt that he lacked integrity, which is a far greater defect than ignorance.
Now, however, Rubio seems to be coming to his senses. At least he might be. At the CNN website we found this story: Rubio clarifies age of the Earth answer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attempted to clear up Wednesday his controversial answer to a question about the Earth’s age last month.
“Science says (the Earth) is about 4.5 billion years old. My faith teaches that’s not inconsistent,” Rubio said at a Politico Playbook Breakfast in Washington. “God created the heavens and the Earth, and science has given us insight into when he did it and how he did it.”
Except for hard-core creationists, almost every politician in every party will give an answer like that, so we have no objection to Rubio’s latest statement. But that’s not all he said. The CNN story then tells us:
“The more science learns,” he continued, “the more I am convinced that God is real.”
We wonder what recent scientific research finally convinced Rubio. Was it the discovery of more than a thousand extra-solar planets so far? Or maybe it was the Higgs boson? He doesn’t tell us, so let’s continue with the CNN story:
On Wednesday, one morning after he gave a high-profile speech, Rubio said he doesn’t “regret” his answer but wishes he had given “a more succinct” response.
Let’s give him credit for realizing that he blundered, and badly. A hard-core creationist wouldn’t regret a single word. We continue:
Rubio said he was originally talking about the “theological debate” over the Earth’s age-not the “scientific debate,” which he said has definitively established the planet is at least 4.5 billion years old.
Okay, that’s fair enough. Here’s one more excerpt:
“My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live, that that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true,” Obama said at a CNN presidential forum. “Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible? That, you know, I don’t presume to know.”
Again, that’s typical of every non-creationist politician. We can accept it. If Rubio continues to maintain his distance from the lunatics (who are to be found in both parties, by the way) then he may prove himself to be acceptable. At the moment, we’re not at all certain, but we’ll keep an open mind.
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