Surprise: Slate calls out Obama for saying same thing as Rubio
posted at 6:39 pm on November 20, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham
A good read and a surprisingly fair treatment in that it actually addresses and condemns comments from Obama that are nearly exactly the same as Rubio’s:
And here’s then-Sen. Obama, D-Ill., speaking at the Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on April 13, 2008:
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?
A: What I’ve said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it … it may not be 24-hour days, and that’s what I believe. I know there’s always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don’t, and I think it’s a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I’m a part. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live—that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true. Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible: That, I don’t presume to know.
His partial conclusion:
In light of these concordances, to call Rubio a liar or a fool would be to call our nation’s president the same, along with every other politician who might like to occupy the Oval Office. If a reporter asks a candidate to name the age of Earth, there’s only one acceptable response: Well, you know, that’s a complicated issue … and who am I to say?
I’m not offended by either statement and think their formulation of “seven eras” or something other than seven 24-hour days of creation is a pretty decent way to soften the tension between Biblical teachings and scientific truths— a pretty common tension among Americans outside the ranks of liberal national news writers who insist even speaking to that tension is a betrayal of the worst kind of willful ignorance.
It’s pretty common that Americans both value scientific truth and discovery and all its fruits and still hold their religious beliefs dear. Reconciling the two is something many of them have wrestled with from time to time throughout their lives, though I agree with Rubio that pondering it may take a backseat to whether they have jobs and can raise their children. Here’s one guy who’s probably thought about it a bit:
In 2009, [President Obama] appointed Francis Collins, the brilliant geneticist, to head the National Institutes of Health. Collins is a thoughtful Christian who happens to believe in the virgin birth and the resurrection. “There’s nothing inconsistent with God on rare occasions choosing to invade the natural world in a way that appears miraculous,” he told Time magazine in 2006. “If God made the natural laws, why could he not violate them when it was a particularly significant moment for him to do so?” This man runs a $30 billion program in biomedical research, and he runs it pretty well.
Why does that scientist hate science!
Also worth a read, from Matt Lewis: Marco Rubio should know that science and God do not have to be at odds
Since we know there’s a spotlight on every single Republican candidate and politician for this particular (I think rather dumb) question, they might as well be thinking about how to answer it.