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How do you decide that when Genesis speaks of "the floodgates of the sky" (Genesis 7:11), or when Isaiah compares the sky to a tent set up over the disk of the Earth (Isaiah 40:22) it can't mean what it actually says (the implied picture -- the sky as a dome with hatchways set over a flat disk -- is common to many ancient Near East cosmologies, yet very, very few young-earth creationists think these passages mean what they literally say)? For that matter, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Pope Urban VII agreed that biblical passages such as Joshua commanding the sunto stand still at Gibeon implied a geocentric cosmos, yet few YECs think the Bible teaches that, either. Science has been modifying scripture interpretation for centuries.
Disagreement is not persecution. Not voting for a candidate is not persecution. Comparing "gotcha" questions for Rubio with persecution is basically asserting that he has a right to high elective office -- not merely a right to run, but a right to be elected and a right to have the press act as cheerleaders.
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