Limbaugh Cites His "Religious Beliefs" To Dispute Pope Francis' Warning About Man-Made Climate Change
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From the January 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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LIMBAUGH: A companion story to the methane and drilling story is with [the] Pope. Reuters: "Pope Wades Into Climate Change Debate; Says It's Mostly Man's Fault." Well, this pope sure has got his priorities right. Climate change, the biggest thing facing Catholicism and Christianity. You believe this? You know, when this guy came out with his economic statements and I said it's Marxism, the world erupted in outrage that I would dare characterize the Pope as a Marxist. But his economic policies and philosophies as he explained them were completely that. And then if I'm not mistaken, the Vatican went on a -- what do you call it -- circle the wagons tour. 'That's not what the Pope was saying. The Pope is not a Marxist.' Okay, fine. They had to dial it back.But aboard the papal plane -- this is from Reuters. The reporter is on board the Alitalia plane that's ferreting [sic] the Pope around."Pope Francis weighed into the global debate about climate change on Thursday, saying that he believed that man was primarily responsible, and that he hoped this year's Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment. The Pope said that his long-awaited encyclical on the environment was almost finished, and he hoped it would be published in June, in time to provide food for thought ahead of the UN climate meeting in Paris in November. Speaking to reporters on the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila, he was asked specifically if man was mostly to blame for climate change."He said, "Well, I don't know if it's all man's fault but the majority is, for the most part. It is man who continuously slaps down nature."Man. You know, folks, I've got to really watch it here. We're talking about the Vicar of Christ here. The Vicar of Christ believes man is not part of nature? Okay, I'm going to leave it there. My religious beliefs are what -- one of many things that inform me, that we couldn't have any impact on the climate, the planet, the globe, creation, no matter what, no matter how much we wanted to. It's beyond our reach. But that's just me. I'll leave it there.