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The Pope has Santorum on his Hands about Global Warming Denial

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A prominent American politician this week publicly called out The Pope, telling him quote “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists.” What a refreshing change from the usual! I can’t possibly think of a single thing to criticize about this statement.

Oh, except for all the context, which is this: the politician was Rick Santorum, and he was telling the Pope to shut up about how we need to do something about global warming.

That’s right, Rick Santorum, who believes that global warming doesn’t exist, thinks we should leave climate science to the climate scientists, 99% of whom agree that global warming exists and is probably caused by humans.

Rick Santorum, who believes that evolution doesn’t exist and that God made the universe exactly as it is today, and who has tried to get the government to recognize the Christian belief of intelligent design as official science that is taught in schools, thinks that the Church should stay away from matters of science.

Brilliant.

This is the kind of absolutely head-smacking hypocrisy that only the most entrenched true believers of capable of without having their heads physically explode from the effort required to hold two completely diametrically opposed ideas in it at the same time.

Wait, here’s another quote:

“I think when we get involved with controversial political and scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible,” he remarked.

Rick Santorum, who believes that the morning after pill causes abortion, which doctors will happily inform you is untrue, and who believes that female suicides increased following Roe v Wade, which statisticians will happily inform you is untrue, thinks that the church should stay away from controversial political and scientific theories.

So that’s it, everybody, Santorum has officially lost the last shred of self-awareness he once possessed. If you were to give the Turing Test to both him and a toaster, the toaster would fool you for longer. Also it wouldn’t take away your access to basic healthcare. And it has a special button to toast bagels. I guess what I’m saying is, Toaster for GOP presidential candidate 2016.

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3 Comments

  1. June 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm —

    His antipathy toward the Vatican actually dates back past Ratz Benedict all the way to Pampers-Soilin’ Wojtyla (JPII). He has criticized the Vatican’s and the Council of American Bishops’ positions on immigration, unions, minimum wage, fair taxation, wealth inequality, torture, and yes, several times in the past, global warming. His whole “Good Catholic” schtik is as transparent as Pat Buchanan’s and Peggy Noonan’s. They agree that pre-marital sex, birth control, divorce, and homosexuality are the Great Satans of the modern era, all invented in 1967 by The Jefferson Airplane and draft-dodging negroes — but anything whatsoever the Catholic church says about workers or poverty or the developing world or brown people is simply an apostasy that they should have run by Pope John Birch before preaching from their polluted insufficiently Libertarian pulpits.

  2. June 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm —

    The frothy one is even funnier when you consider what the scientists say.

  3. June 9, 2015 at 6:36 am —

    Let’s not forget the part where Pope Francis studied chemistry and worked as a chemist before entering seminary…

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