It turns out that Marco Rubio, the new hope of the Republican Party, can not answer a simple question or simply punt it to the experts. In a GQ interview released on Monday, he was asked “How old do you think the Earth is?” The embarrassing “word salad” that followed went like this:
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.
Excuse me? It actually is important. If you don’t accept science, then don’t see how you could handle national policies with regard to climate-change, fossil-fuel exploration, carbon-emission, or even inter-planetary exploration. If you don’t accept science, how will you promote America’s lagging science education in the classroom. If you don’t accept science, then perhaps you better stay away from your evidence-based doctor when you get sick. And in term of politics, do you understand anything about the separation of state and church? Did you ever take Civics 101?
Bobby Jindal called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party.” It is exactly quotes like the one above that put our nation’s future at risk. Can we please have a Science Debate 2016. Pretty please?