Marco Rubio is getting beaten up by the press for not decisively and convincingly saying he thinks the world is billions of years old. It has become the new litmus test in the media. Believing what was believed to be literally true for a few thousand years is now nutty.It is nutty.
For thousands of years, people believed animal sacrifices would end droughts. But if a US Senator on the Commerce and Science Committee said we should slaughter some goats for rain, I'm pretty sure we would, in fact, deem that "nutty."
Christian homeschool kids, often taught that the world is not as old as some believe and who routinely kick the rear ends of the ivy prep kids in academics, are considered stupid.
Truth be told, I think the world is billions of years old, but I have no doubt God created it.If they're taught that, and accept that teaching, those Christian home schooled kids aren't necessarily "stupid" -- they're just ignorant. And faith of any kind requires doubt, otherwise it's just blind fanaticism.
What a mess.
This is what happens when your party is inextricably linked with a fundamentalist religion.