I’m not thrilled with all the taxpayer money being spent for Pope Francis‘ visit to the United States. But that’s not why Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is protesting his visit.
Gosar says he won’t attend the Pope’s address next week to a joint session of Congress because the leader of the Catholic Church is too rational for his liking:
Gosar, a Catholic, said it was a tough decision to make, but he has decided to stay away from the address because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood.
“I don’t need to be lectured by the pope in regards to science or false science,” Gosar said Thursday, calling the pope “hardly a scholar with regards to the climate.”
Gosar — a dentist — wants to ignore the Pope on climate change because he’s “hardly a scholar”… but he won’t listen to the actual scholars because their “studies” don’t match up with his science denialism. Who exactly does he listen to on the issue?As for abortion, make no mistake: Pope Francis is firmly pro-life, as the Catholic Church dictates. But he has reached out to women who have had abortions and said they can be forgiven (as if they did something that requires forgiveness). So he’s reaching out to women who have had abortions without saying he condones their actions.
And what has the Pope said about radical Islam? That groups like ISIS were committing a “profoundly grave sin against God,” but we shouldn’t equate Islam with violence since most Muslims are good people. Minus the God bit, I find nothing to argue with there.
So the Pope has spoken out on these issues. But because he occasionally pays attention to scientific evidence, and shows empathy for people who have been in tough situations, and doesn’t feel the need to denounce people he disagrees with, he’s doing something wrong.
Gosar won’t be satisfied until we see Pope Donald Trump.
I would love to see members of Congress make the point that the Pope shouldn’t be addressing Congress because it suggests Catholics have a privilege no other religious or non-religious group gets. But to dismiss him because he’s not adequately delusional?
Coming from the Sarah Palin wing of the GOP, Gosar is hardly one to talk.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)