It’s time for another Moment of GOP Ignorance, but first, a look back at a previous one.
A few days ago, I posted Say NO to creationist vouchers, a cross-post by my eighteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin, who is still fighting creationism law:
On April 18, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the most expansive and sweeping voucher program in the nation’s history, the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program (or the SSEEP). The SSEEP is, in effect, a creationist voucher program, diverting precious state and local resources from public schools and into the coffers of radical religious schools. During the last several months, state, national, and international media have exposed the program’s enormous flaws: among other things, it is providing millions in taxpayer dollars to at least twenty schools that teach Young Earth Creationism instead of evolution; it is funding several schools that appear to lack basic infrastructure; it is propping up a school that is led by a self-appointed “apostle and prophet.” It is funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves evolution.
Now Think Progress is reporting that Marco Rubio is making his own ignorance very public in an interview he did with GQ. He’s scratching his little empty noggin trying to figure out how old the Earth is. Here’s a hint from– What are they called again? Oh yeah– scientists:
The generally accepted age for the Earth and the rest of the solar system is about 4.55 billion years (plus or minus about 1%). This value is derived from several different lines of evidence.
Rubio’s flirtation with creationism should put him right up there on Zack’s list. Here he is, right there with Bobby Jindal as a new, shiny GOP darling, one who they’re hoping will help lead them out of that dark wilderness called RomneyFail:
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
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.
Think Progress then jars us with a reminder that Rubio is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.
The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.
This GOP Moment of Ignorance is now adjourned.