Thursday, June 18, 2015

On the matter of climate change: Pope Francis 1, Jeb Bush 0.

For Bush, religion is for church on Sunday, but come Monday, it's politics as usual. And, for Bush, science has no place at all.

Steve Benen at MSNBC/Rachel Maddow has a succinct review of the Pope's message and conservative reactions to it. "Reactions"? Well, try political pushback.

Here is Benen's quote from the AP release on what the Pope is up to.

In a sweeping manifesto aimed at spurring action in U.N. climate negotiations, domestic politics and everyday life, Francis explains the science of global warming, which he blames on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that he says harms the poor most. Citing Scripture and past popes’ and bishops’ appeals, he urges people of all faiths and no faith to undergo an awakening to save God’s creation for future generations.

It’s an indictment of big business and climate doubters alike.

The religious leader added that there is no doubt "most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity."

See why the so-called conservatives are Pope-bashing? (BTW - why is bashing the Pope and foisting a lousy environment onto our children "conservative"?) Back to Benen:

Among Republican presidential candidates, meanwhile, the responses have also been quite hostile, most notably from Roman Catholic candidates. Rick Santorum got the ball rolling two weeks ago, and Jeb Bush echoed the criticisms this week.

In fact, campaigning in Iowa yesterday, the Florida Republican argued, "I don’t go to Mass for economic policy or for things in politics. I’ve got enough people helping me along the way with that."

Scriber suggests firing all of them and hiring a guy named Francis.

It seems difficult for Bush to even imagine the climate crisis as a moral issue. For him, global warming is "political," and therefore outside his church’s purview.

And Bush appears incapable, or unwilling, to step back and regard human-induced climate change as a matter of science, not politics.

We don’t often see this posture. Prominent leaders from the faith community disagree with Republicans all the time – on health care, immigration, poverty, and capital punishment, among other things – but GOP politicians rarely respond, "Stay out of this; it’s none of your business."

But with the pope investing considerable energy in combatting the climate crisis, U.S. conservatives are effectively declaring that his perspective has no place in the debate.

Fortunately, Francis doesn’t seem to care.

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