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Marco Rubio Thinks Evolution is a “Mystery”

Marco Rubio Thinks Evolution is a “Mystery”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) just got serious about a run for the Republican presidential nomination, telling GQ magazine he’s not sure whether Earth was created by God in seven days or in “seven actual eras” and that parents should be encouraged to teach their children “multiple theories” on the Earth’s age.

In the interview, Rubio, who ironically sits on the Senate’s Science Committee, refused to embrace evolution, calling it “one of the great mysteries” of life. “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,” Rubio said in the interview.

Rubio’s comments signal a softened approach to religious extremism by conservatives. Make no mistake about it, these are religiously extremist comments, and they are designed to shore up evangelicals. But Rubio’s rhetorical framing is completely different. In 2010 and 2012 the base took extremist anti-immigrant, anti-woman positions and went on the offensive with them, cramming copy-cat legislation through states across the country. Conservatives framed the debate as one of good v. evil, Christians v. everyone else and voters overwhelmingly rejected the message.

Rubio knows this, which is why his creationism is masked in the language of diversity and inclusiveness. “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,” Rubio said. ”I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in seven days, or seven actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”

Confusing faith with science and then legislating based off that confusion has been the calling card of the religious right. We’ve seen this on climate change, abortion rights and now, more broadly, basic and core scientific principles that are the foundations of biology, astronomy and most of our science curriculum. Rubio and other religious conservatives would like us to believe that the problem lies in a culture that is hostile to religious rights rather than the fact that this country was founded on the belief of a secular government that kept matters of faith out of matters of civil life.

So, beware this new softened, inclusive tone from conservatives. They may sound like a more sophisticated and tolerant group but when you strip it all away it’s the same religious zealots directing the show.


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10:18AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

And Sarah....that old lie about Darwin recanting his theories of evolution is exactly that...A LIE!

10:17AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

KW....think about it. Magic and mystery and invisible friends are MUCH easier and more fun than having to actually study science and THINK!

Magic, mystery and invisible friends are also much more comforting because they can promise eternal life, reunions with dead family and friends and, most of all, a feeling of superiority---"WE shall live forever because we're believers and THEY are not!"

8:50AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Why do people have such a hard time believing in science? Maybe its because evolution offers a logical explanation and religious myths are much more entertaining and fantastical!

6:36AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:11AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Heather M is right. And the Word says that God created the world in 7 days...

Darwin, in later years recanted this theory.

2:14AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

It's scary to see such childish mentalities and plain stupid, under developed people in positions of power in the most powerful country in the World; makes Obummer look a real star. Obummer's real asset is that he isn't George Bush or anybody as stupid as Bush; otherwise, he's been a bit of a disappointment in his first term. Let's hope he now starts to kick ass.
What is the most worrying is that such low level intellects as Rubio just could have his finger on the nuclear button; I mean, this guy's a senator for Heaven's sake.

7:42AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Yet another reason to keep church and government separate. Most of us 'learned' this stuff when we were in grade school. Clearly Mr. Rubio, none of us would mistake you for a scientist and you certainly have no place on the science committee. If you want to embrace the 'great mysteries of life', please feel free to do so at the pulpit of some church, not from the seat of government.

2:19PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Mr Rubio - if its such a mystery, I suggest you go back to school and retake all your science classes. Science!

6:22AM PST on Nov 23, 2012


4:42AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

The Word of God says that a day is as a thousand days to God and a thousand days as a day.

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