Among scientists who attend to matters of religion, one of the most famous quotes from the 20th century is this couplet by Pope John Paul II, circa 1987: 'Science can purify religion from error and superstition; Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.'
'The Pope wants more government control of the world’s economy'
'It’s charitable to suppose he does. But if he does, then we have to wonder why he’s thrown his lot in with disreputable politicians whose primary goal is to increase their powers. Does the Pope really think a strengthened world government will lead more folks to Heaven?'
Many facets of the new religion are merely substitutes for aspects of the old religion. The crucifix has been replaced by the wind turbine; priests have been replaced by climate scientists; false prophets by the likes of Al Gore and Prince Charles; hair shirt penance and daily ritual by recycling; pilgrimages and purgatory by IPCC conferences; and so on. Conservatives naturally feel towards environmentalism as they do towards Scientology or pastafarianism or Jedi: why subscribe to a silly, made-up new religion when you’ve got a much preferable one sanctified by 2000 years of history?
“While Pope Francis’ environmental call may have increased some individuals’ concerns about climate change, it backfired with conservative Catholics and non-Catholics, who not only resisted the message but defended their pre-existing beliefs by devaluing the pope’s credibility on climate change,” says Nan Li, lead author of the study.
Obama EPA Chief Gina McCarthy: 'I would waste no time with climate deniers. If they haven't figured it out by now, what in God's name can anyone say to them that would make them figure it out. The science is overwhelming. I don't check out flat earth society, and I'm not talking to climate deniers. That's it.'