Marco Rubio Doubles Down on Dumb Pandering and Hypocrisy

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Last year, Marco Rubio gave an interview in which he famously told a GQ reporter that there was no way he could know how old the Earth is because he's no scientist, man.

(Hint: It's 4.5 billion years old.)

(Also, holy crap, it's already been a year??)

But last week, Rubes was given a chance to clarify his statements while visiting England. And basically he gave some contrived political answer, while doubling down on the dumb.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Not Sure How Old the Earth Is

Rubio had traveled across the pond to discuss foreign policy and basically introduce himself, and likely scare the crap out of, England as it begins to take a gander at potential future presidential candidates.

When the BBC approached Rubio with the question about the Earth's age and, more important, his ensuing answers, Marco went into STOP, DROP, AND PANDER mode by calling his answers less than "artful" while continuing to bang the faith drum so that his constituency doesn't completely abandon him.

"Maybe I didn't give the most artful answer," Rubio told the BBC. "But the truth is that science [says] the world is about 4.5 billion years old... And that's not incompatible with what my faith teaches. My faith teaches that in the beginning, God created the universe, the heavens, and the earth. When he created them, how he created them, science enlightens us in that regard. But that doesn't take away from the fact that the origins of our creation was not an accident. I don't believe life is an accident. I don't believe the universe was an accident. I think it was created by a divine being, by God, an all powerful God that created the entire universe. The good news is I live in a free society where I'm allowed to believe that. And some people are allowed to believe in something differently."

Ah... well-played.

This is, of course, a little different from what he told Politico last December when discussing the question of the Earth's age by giving his many-theories theory:

"At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created," he said. "And I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all."

Anyway, when the BBC interviewer follows up the question, Rubio digs himself into a deeper ideological hole by telling the Brits that, in America, you're free to believe what you want.

"The bottom line is... they can apply their faith teachings to whatever they want. And if in fact they decide what their faith teaches is incompatible with science, they have the freedom to believe that."

He then says something interesting.

"I think a respect for other people's beliefs, that are not harmful to anybody else, allows us to respect that difference. But that being said, my personal opinion is that my faith is not incompatible with science. In fact the Catholic Church, which I am a member of, teaches that in fact science enlightens our faith and in many respects confirms the existence of God."

Obviously, Rubio has his faith. And that's fine. He's also pandering the crap out of those who believe what he believes (most of whom believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old).

But in discussing a person's right to be uneducated in science, Rubio laid out the "respect for other people's beliefs, as long as they are not harmful to anybody else" card.

And, sure, that's a delightful philosophy.

Except, of course, when a person believes in something Marco Rubio doesn't believe in.

Then it's up to Marco Rubio to make things happen and protect America from itself.

So the British got to see who Rubio truly is: a champion of simpletons and small-minded morons the world over.

Hey, that's what makes America great.

Suck on that, England.

U-S-A!!! U-S-A!!

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No where in the Bible does it say the earth it less than 10,000 years old. Bishop Ussher calculated the date of creation from the Scriptures to be in 4004 B.C. but that is just a worldly estimate based on who knows what methods. As Albert Einstein summarized in General Relativity, time does not run consistent anywhere in the universe and this has been tested by NASA and many other physicists. An astronaut will perceive time to run faster than a person on earth simply because they are further away from earth's gravitational pull. I would think that an omnipresent being who created the universe would have a far different concept of time than us human beings.


Sounds like this nimrod who wrote the story hasnt realized that Rubio has a point. The great thing about this country is the freedom of religion. Where your not being killed for being a differwnt faith as your leader ( Iran of example). I want to see something ethical and truthful from this writer for once. Why no talk about the millions of people in florida who lost their insurance and doctors due to obamacare. Or how most of what obama called junk insurance polices were junk cause they didnt cover birth control or abortions. ( 2 things i personally dont need coverage for but still have to have it.) You know thar is like forcing everyone to have auto insurance when they dont own a car or drivers license. But no lets just make up bs stories.

KennyPowersII topcommenter

If only it was the old Monty Python crew questioning Marco.


Wow, Rubio is making America look completely moronic across the world and not just Florida.  Talk about know the BBC is laughing at us because of Rubio right now.  Creationism..its NOT a science.  Can we start electing people who know this fact now?

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Especially on these topics, I believe we all pretend to have the answer. That answer manifests itself in our actions, and forms a culture. Don't allow other perspectives to annoy you, they're coming from people's own experiences, and we don't share all the same vantages. Nail the guy on being a lock step party-liner who gets barked orders from someone with a much bigger ego, who cares what his personal views are on creation, & the universe.

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

Good point, Andrew, but I don't mind the fact that Rubio doesn't have all the answers to life's questions. It's that he pretends to have them that gets on my nerves.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Not a Rubio fan, in any sense. He's plastic and spineless. This article, however, seems petty. Do you honestly think Rubio has the answer to questions we still collectively ask and have no definitive answer? He's a sales guy, not a philosopher. He works social situations for his own benefit, he doesn't contemplate or formulate the theoretical. We're all entitled to our beliefs. Shaming his, or anyone's for that matter, calls for questioning one's motives in doing so. We get it NT, you want the guy gone, I do too. There's plenty of other ammunition you can grab.

winsomelosesome topcommenter

Boy, talk about trying to make something out of nothing.  He SAID his faith is "not incompatible" with the earth being 4-5 million years old.  Not good enough for ol' Chris.  No, time to make a mountain out of a mole hill.  And who gives a shit how old the earth is.  How does that affect me?  I just hope it lasts one more day.

If you're going to go after Rubio, and you seem unable to not go after him, make it on something meaningful.


Its pretty meaningful when he cannot figure out basic science and insists on using pseudoscience instead.


@smdrpepper Since Boffins have stated that 95% of the universe is made up of something they have no clue of (dark matter and dark energy), how is it anyone's right to say their beliefs are more factual than another's. Its recently been in the news that the universe is actually a hologram with "scientific" evidence backing it up. Who is to say the hologram didn't hit the power button 6,500 years ago. 

I am not one to think the universe is so young but to deride someone for their beliefs in it's creation is wildly hypocritical. 

winsomelosesome topcommenter


Yea.  Keep telling yourself shit like this matters.  Reallly important stuff.  I'm sure Great Britain is holding its collective breath in shock.

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