The pope has been freaking out American conservatives. He keeps saying things that annoy right-wingers.
In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.
“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.
“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.
Look at that: acknowledging the reality of climate change, and promoting socialism. Rick Santorum, a Catholic, has now caused my brain to explode in response.
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.
OK, Rick, you’ve got it. Listen to the scientists.
97% of climate scientists agree that global climate warming is going on, and that it is caused by human activities.
At least 99% of biologists accept evolution.
We done now?