Yes, Marco Rubio IS a creationist

Some people around the series of tubes are having a laugh at GOP rising star Senator Marco Rubio for saying not only does he not know how old the earth is, but that the issue is a matter of debate between science and creationism:

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… 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.

Yes, Senator Rubio, we certainly can answer that.

Some people have taken the devil’s advocate position that what Rubio is saying should be defended, because he makes some mention of deferring to experts, and that’s a step in the right direction relative to the broad anti-science sentiment on the American right.

I don’t think even a generous parsing of Rubio’s comments can support that reading, though. It seems pretty clear that he’s saying we should give false balance between reality and creationist twaddle. And when you look at Rubio’s history, his creationism isn’t all that hard to see.

In Florida in 2008, creationists tried to water down teaching on evolution by introducing SB 2692. Marco Rubio voted in support of this creationist legislation. Moreover, although Senator Rubio seems to indicate in the above quote that he thinks children should be taught both the creationist views of the parents as well as what science actually says, in reality, Rubio opposes public schools teaching science that conflicts with creationist parenting:

The “crux” of the disagreement [over teaching evolution in public schools], according Rubio, is “whether what a parent teaches their children at home should be mocked and derided and undone at the public school level. It goes to the fundamental core of who is ultimately, primarily responsible for the upbringing of children. Is it your public education system or is it your parents?”

Rubio added, “And for me, personally, I don’t want a school system that teaches kids that what they’re learning at home is wrong.”

Senator Rubio is a creationist, who supports creationist legislation, and does not want public schools to teach scientific reality because it conflicts with creationist parenting.

And just a reminder, creationist Senators are nothing particularly new, nor are they restricted to the Republican party:

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3 responses to “Yes, Marco Rubio IS a creationist

  1. Time for a story:
    In 4005BC there was this handsome and not-at-all misogynist northern guy in upper Levant who met an ugly dark-skinned girl from south, she had crossed the gates of tears to get to this lavish land of Paradox. He had sex with her and lo, in 4004BC she birthed two beautiful children one male and a one female. When the girl from the south wondered “How will our children get along in here?” the man answered: “oh, there’s the whole world waiting for them”. The girl asked ” What’s the world?”, and the guy answered:”that’s just a word I made up. It’s all this that surrounds us. I doubt there’s much use for it because one should always know what they’re talking about.”

  2. I am not a scientist, but I quite satisfied with the scientific consensus on pretty well anything scientific. Presumably some of it will be wrong but it’s unlikely to be very wrong and any wrinkles will get ironed-out sooner or later.

    I was horrified to learn the C of E’s position, or at least the one being pushed by my Mother’s local branch is literal acceptance of the biblical ‘accounts’. With Adam & Eve and all that Genesis crap. My Mother has fun stirring it up.

  3. As it happens, I was just reading a post at Bishop Hill’s where I saw a comment of yours that was remarkably polite, well-reasoned and could have served as an example to all for climate discussions, myself included. My compliments and best wishes for a happy holiday season.

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