In the latest example of Marco Rubio giving confusing answers to basic questions that try to straddle the line between strict Bible bumpin' and sane, the Florida senator says that his faith informs him that homosexuality is a sin. Though, he went on to clarify that lots of things are sins.
"Faith teaches that it is," Rubio replied when asked by The Tampa Bay Times as to whether he thinks homosexuality is a sin. "That's what the Bible teaches, and that's what faith teaches. But it also teaches that there are a bunch of other sins that are no less. For example, it teaches that lying is a sin. It teaches that disrespecting your parents is a sin. It teaches that stealing is a sin. It teaches that coveting your neighbor or what your neighbor has is a sin. So there isn't a person in this room that isn't guilty of sin. I don't go around pointing fingers in that regard ... As a policy maker, I can just tell you I'm informed by my faith and my faith informs who I am as a person but not as a way to pass judgment on people."
Let's get the parsing out of the way. Not all faiths teaches homosexuality is a sin, and not all interpretations of the Bible are necessarily so cut and dry on homosexuality.
The answer is vague in the same way his now infamous answer was to the question of how old he thinks the earth is.
In the same interview however, Rubio tried to explain his non-stance on the Earth's age.
"I believe that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and I think scientific advances have given us insight into when he did it and how he did it," Rubio said. "But I still believe God did it. And I think that's how I've been able to recognize that and I think that's consistent with the teachings of my church. But other people have a deeper conflict."
Rubio also remained vague when it came to another topic: his political future.
"As I approach 2016 (I need to decide) do I want to continue that in the Senate, is there some other opportunity out there, or do I want to return to the private sector and give someone else a shot."
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