Why I could never, ever bear to associate myself with the leadership, ideology, or members of the Republican Party.
The latest is from Senator James Inhofe of OK, anticipating Pope Francis’s encyclical:
“My point is, God’s still up there,” Senator James M. Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who is one of the leading climate-science doubters in Congress, said on a Christian radio program in 2012. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate is, to me, outrageous.” [via]
Got that? The way this clodpate sees it, pollution, toxic waste, plague, etc. are all part of god’s plan and we’re damn fools if not sinners to try to alter it. God’s still calling the shots, so cease-and-desist Rotary International’s stop-polio project. Hey, River Blindness is all good, too. And AIDS babies? Hey, God’s “still up there,” so don’t even bother. Why even?
The problem of evil has been a real issue for the world’s religionists for like, forever. In sum: If your god is omnipotent and all-loving, how can he tolerate the genormous exercise of evil in the world? The slaughter of innocents, the suffering of souls, etc. Religious thinkers have offered answers that range (IMHO) from the irrelevant to the asinine. With this vapid contribution, include Inhofe among them.
And he’s not alone: the entire ‘Pub intelligentsia have come forward to denounce not only Pope Francis’s scientific views, but his Christianity!
This is who ya gotta be to be a ‘Pub in this day and age. Include me out.