It goes to the fundamental problem that arises at the confluence of religion and observable fact. Someone who believes the Earth is only 9,000 years old has no business representing the country as part of the House Science Committee, or the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. I'll be all for rescinding that position the instant they begin teaching Darwinism in Sunday school.
And how much of the business of those committees deals with this question of cosmology? Is a religious person incapable of voting on or otherwise overseeing anything scientific? If so, why? What if the topic in question—let’s say funding for cancer research—has absolutely nothing to do with the age or creation of the universe?
Let me be clear here. I don’t give a flying crap what anyone thinks
, and I did clearly say that “I only care if whoever it is wants to somehow force me to accept their own position.” There is a stark difference between people having religious beliefs—even going so far as to reject science in holding those beliefs—and people trying to force others to accept their views. If Rubio wants schools to teach creationism, I would have a problem with that. But if Rubio himself personally believes in creationism, I don’t give a flying eff. Good for him.
And while I’m not personally religious myself in the least (and am certainly not a Christian), I do not—as Ossa and Gaucho seem to be saying—think less of people who are. There are personally rational reasons that someone may choose to embrace the tents of a religious faith. For example, that religion might give them a context for their own existence, a moral code to follow, and a measure of assurance for the future—all things the universe itself doesn’t seem included to provide on its own. It doesn’t mean that they’re stupid.
Finally, the libertarian in me must point out that if government gets out of both the “school” and “science” businesses, then this question is moot, as absolutely no one would be forced to fund any program or attend any school with which they disagree.