YellowKing wrote:I take it you would say the same of Obama?Unfortunately, the age of the earth is not "one of the great mysteries," Senator Rubio. You are either an actual idiot or pandering to them.Q: Senator, if one of your daughters asked you—and maybe they already have—“Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,” what would you say?
Huh. I didn't realize GQ (or it's audience, if you'd rather) was one of Obama's daughters!GQ, interviewing Rubio wrote: How old do you think the Earth is?
How old were the Obama girls in 2008? 10 and 7, right? I can see myself explaining literal vs. allegorical Biblical passages to my son at 10, if he asks, but at 7, there's no way he would have been ready for it.
I'm willing to cut Obama more slack than Rubio, for three reasons:
First, the question to Obama was worded as a question from his daughter, while Rubio's was not. Maybe Obama would have said the same thing if flat out asked "How old is the earth?", but that wasn't what he was asked.
Second, Obama was speaking at "Messiah College", where he probably didn't want to be hit by large numbers of flying shoes, whereas Rubio was being interviewed by GQ, which probably wouldn't have pelted him with shoes even if he'd said Santa wasn't real. I can forgive some degree of tailoring your message to your audience, and Obama did continue on in that speech to say that evolution is real. Unless I'm wrong about who reads GQ, Rubio wasn't talking to a fundamentalist audience, so he doesn't have that excuse.
And finally, I'm not worried about Obama or his party trying to sneak Genesis 1 into my science classroom. I know the same can't be said about Rubio's party, and I have no idea where Rubio himself really stands. Yeah, that's not really fair, but that's reality - I'm willing to overlook a little 'pandering to the idiots' if I'm sure you recognize that they really are 'the idiots'. If I think you may be one of them, I'm not cutting you any slack.