Jun 30, 2010
This video of Rand Paul, Kentucky’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has been making the rounds online. It was taken earlier this month at a conference for Christian homeschoolers, where Paul was asked when he became a Christian (which he answers) and how old he thinks the earth is, to which he responds:
I’m gonna pass on the age of the earth. I think I’m just gonna have to pass on that one.
Why not answer? Apparently, Paul doesn’t think the question is relevant, later saying:
I’m not running for minister. I’m more than willing to stand up and say I’m a Christian, but I don’t think I have to go into every detail of what my religious beliefs are. If I were going to be the minister of their church, they’d have a right to ask me that.
But what Paul believes about the age of the earth is hardly a “detail.” For one thing, we know that how people answer that question is a “strong predictor” of what they think and know about evolution. And as Barbara Morrill of the Daily Kos points out:
The voters of Kentucky might want to know if Paul thinks that dinosaurs walked the earth with humans.