Media Freak Out Over Rubio’s Remarks on Age of the Earth

The media are in full freak-out mode over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s comments about the age of the Earth.

“I got a chill when I read Rubio’s statements,” Phil Plait, an astronomy blogger, wrote in a story at Slate.

It all started when GQ magazine published an interview with the Republican senator on Monday that included the question, “How old do you think the Earth is?”

Scientists estimate that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, though Christians cite the Bible in saying the Earth is younger. It’s the sort of question meant to give insight into whether someone believes in evolution or creationism — or both.

“I’m not a scientist, man,” Rubio responded to the question from the GQ reporter, going on to explain that the question is “one of the great mysteries.”

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