imo, it's an automatic disqualifier.  however it is further evidence that the GOP may not be interested in distancing itself from its Evangelical base. i highly doubt that Rubio actually believes in a young earth, but his reluctance to plainly discuss a scientific fact for fear of alienating himself from the loons that he wants to vote for him means that he is unqualified for the highest office in the land.  

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Truly a moving statement, Loren. I'm flushed with enthusiam.

Funny!  But seriously don't you think that of the two Rubio is more of a threat to secularism?

I would take Trump before Rubio or Cruz for that very reason.

They are all bad news of one sort or another, but I have a greater fear of Trump because he is so inexperienced and uninformed.

Yes, leave it to the Repuglicans to efficiently eliminate the marginally sane ones.

Rick Santorum and another Congress critter (Rep. Crescent Hardy, R, NV) were both stymied when asked, during endorsement statements for Rubio, to name one of Rubio's accomplishments. Cruz's claim to fame is he tried to stop the government again and he wants to impose Christian sharia on the country. They're both empty suits.

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

(My emphases)

At the Verizon Giganto-Center in Manchester the night before the New Hampshire primary, Trump bounds onstage to raucous applause and the booming riffs of the Lennon-McCartney anthem "Revolution." The song is, hilariously, a cautionary tale about the perils of false prophets peddling mindless revolts, but Trump floats in on its grooves like it means the opposite. When you win as much as he does, who the hell cares what anything means?

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in less than a year Trump has succeeded in turning the USA into a massive high school

And again, I have to ask, where's the substance of Trump's campaign?  Trump appears to be the apotheosis of sizzle, of delivering the right applause line at the right time, but I've yet to hear him speak substantively on POLICY of any sort in any serious detail.

So ... where's the beef, Donnie?

Substance? He don't need no stinkin' substance. (We found that out in 1979.)

Even his signature issue—deporting 11.5 million illegal immigrants in twenty-four months—is without substance. That would require deporting over 15,750 every day for two years at a time when the immigration courts are underfunded and overbooked or else violating the law and not providing hearings at all.

Just a thought about the creationists/evangelicals and their possible candidate:

“My Kingdom is NOT of this world”.  (John 18:36)

Participation in politics runs counter to that notion. With their literal tendencies, I would think that persuading evangelicals to NOT vote would NOT be all that difficult.  Do they really think that their vote will somehow alter the will of God when it comes to his plans for America? 

Holding oneself to vote for the proper position of God seems a bit presumptuous when humbly admitting one’s mortal abilities…God being omnipotent and all.

So, I propose  a “LET GOD DECIDE” campaign among the evangelical Christian communities.  Don’t they think that God would rather you let Him handle all this? 

A good observation, Asa, though with one problem: those who believe give every appearance of wanting to establish their god's kingdom in THIS world, the proverbial "heaven on Earth."  All their machinations here seem to equate with the same kinds of actions they might entertain to bring about the second coming.

Besides, you know the song: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (But Nobody Wants to Die!)! [chuckle!]


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