Having determined that Marco Rubio will be the GOP nominee for President in 2016, the vermin in the media wasted no time trying to trip him up with idiotic questions about religion. This is from a GQ interview in Iowa.....
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.
The answer is far longer, but Rubio skillfully dodged the trap. This idiot was hoping to catch Rubio pandering to the creationists that occupy the base of the republican party by saying the Earth is only 6,000 years old(as many otherwise intelligent Christians inexplicably believe), exposing his an ignorant, religious nutjob, or essentially alienate him from the base by catch him saying the Earth is 4.5billion years old, which is the scientific estimate.
Sadly, it's answers to idiotic questions like that that the media hopes to fixate on during an election to paint the GOP candidate as a dumb, religious moron....and many republican candidates for office step right in the trap. Clearly we aren't very bright with our answers or they'd stop pestering us with questions like this.
For me, we were designed to be scientifically curious. And that curiosity combined with the ingenuity to design amazing machines to answer basic questions about our environment are what we humans do, above all else.....that and soften our brains with reality TV, are what we do.
If science says Earth dates back 4.5billion years, I have to believe that is true and somehow rectify that fact with what I believe religiously. My faith doesn't compel me to believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old. We have records, and Keith Richard's liver, that date further back than that.
Rubio wisely side-stepped the trap but he should always be wary in every interview for gotcha questions like that....for the next 4 years.