In response to mounting criticism of Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, one pastor made an unusual analogy: He implied being transgender is just like saying people can “decide what temperature they want the earth to be.”
Evangelical Christian Pastor Tom Ascol, the head of Grace Baptist Church in Florida, took the following sarcastic shot at the LGBTQ community:
As a transclimatist I am being triggered by of all the cis-thermalists who are complaining about President Tump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Why can’t everyone just decide what temperature they want the earth to be? Geo-absolutism is so yesterday. I say the earth is 72° everywhere.
In four sentences, Ascol made one of the worst analogies of all time. And not just because he offended everyone from trans people to PTSD sufferers to environmentalists. The comparison is bad because it makes no sense. Nobody believes we can change objective reality through wishful thinking… except for maybe Christians like Ascol.
The post was filled with supportive comments for Ascol’s so-called argument, including fans calling for him to run for President. One responder said, “We need to self-identify as living in whatever climate we want. Climate identity is fluid, not fixed dont’cha know?”
Perhaps even funnier than his followers’ blind support is the status Ascol posted just before his flawed analogy. He quoted the late politician Daniel P. Moynihan: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
You are entitled to your own opinion, Pastor Ascol, but not your own facts. And the scientific facts show gender exists on a spectrum.