Check out this supercut of Republicans denying climate change using the Bible

Check out this supercut of Republicans denying climate change using the Bible

Dec 2, 2013

Despite the near-universal consensus by scientists that climate change is a real thing that exists, many in the Republican Party are still in denial. One of the ways the GOP refutes all this silly scientific evidence is by invoking religion. Check out this supercut video from Climate Desk showing Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Joe Barton (R-TX), and hotshot movie producer Rick Santorum explain how climate change isn’t real, because God:

The thing is, this cannot possibly be all about religion. If it were just about religion, and not, say, corporate interests, I can’t imagine they’d be so vastly invested in denying climate change. Santorum isn’t even an evangelical! He’s Catholic, so I don’t even know what he’s on about there. The Catholic Church believes in climate change, 100%. Denying Climate Change and being all “We have to pollute the earth for Jesus!” is so not a Catholic thing. The Pope himself not only believes in climate change, but is pro-environmentalism and anti-fracking. Even Pope Benedict, who was very conservative, believed in it and encouraged Catholics to care for the earth. As did Pope John Paul II.

Is some of it about religion? Sure. An evangelical friend explained to me that the idea here is that it’s really important for them to believe that God is so super awesome and powerful that he wouldn’t make a world it was possible to destroy. That’s understandable, and I get that. However, even if you do believe that, it’s not like it could hurt to not pollute. It’s not like not destroying the environment would take anything away from you, religiously. It’s not like you’d die and go see St. Peter at the pearly gates and he’d be all “You were a great person and super devout, but you used environmentally friendly light bulbs, so we’re going to have to send you to Hell! Sorry!”

If it were truly a religious thing, taking care of the environment would be a straight up “no harm, no foul.”

But, this is about people using religion to defend corporate interests. Which feels pretty crappy to me. I feel like they are exploiting people’s deeply held beliefs about the world in order to make things more economically comfy for their buddies in the oil business and elsewhere.

Not to mention the fact that, even if you do believe that your God really hates recycling, that’s not really an argument you get to have as far as public policy is concerned. That is your personal, private belief. I mean, what if I belonged to a religion that said everyone had to wear silly hats, and then went about trying to enact legislation to enforce that? You would say “Hey, that’s your religion, and you can wear that glow-in-the-dark sombrero if you choose, but it’s not mine and I would prefer to go hatless.” You know, because that is how we do things in America.

 

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