A Der Spiegel Climate Denialism – Anti-Pope Connection?

Speaking of the devil — as a follow-up to my earlier post And the Anti-Earth, Anti-God, Satanist Award goes to… — I saw the CatholicCulture.org head, Phil Lawler (formerly with the Exxon/Koch-funded Heritage Foundation), on Raymond Arroyo’s World Over this week. 

There was no mention of environmental issues; the Lawler segment was focused entirely on the priest abuse/church cover-up scandal.  There was another segment on a different topic, so they could have had something on the environment, but at least it’s better than their damning environmentalists as a bunch of ne0pagan-pantheist-anti-human-atheists.  Nevertheless this too could be a anti-environmental tactic — the silent treatment and diversion to other topics.  Gotta watch ’em like a hawk.

I wouldn’t even be thinking all this paranoid conspiracy theory stuff, except Lawler mentioned a Der Spiegel series against the Pope (that the Pope knew) v. a later Wall Street Journal article that interviewed the same vicar general, who said the Pope didn’t know.   Well, I don’t know which is right, though I want to give the benefit of the doubt to the Pope.

What I’m thinking is, who has it in for the Pope, aside from the usual suspects — atheists, some seriously anti-Catholic Protestants, priest sex-abuse victim attorneys, etc?  I can’t imagine Exxon/Koch or any other climate denialist industry, group, org, or person could be happy with the Pope’s outspoken admonitions about our environmental responsibilities.

As soon as I heard “Der Spiegel” the climate scientist bashing efforts mentioned on RealClimate.org came to mind.

I’m not saying there is a climate denialist dog in the attack against the Pope.  In fact anti-environmentalist Catholics sort of like the Holy Father — they just ignore what he has to say about the enviornment, or focus on that greater sin of being an environmentalist, which translates as a neopagan-pantheist-anti-human-atheist.

However, it does smell just a bit like rotting red herring.


2 Responses to “A Der Spiegel Climate Denialism – Anti-Pope Connection?”

  1. annie Says:

    Koch. Are you referring to the former mayor of NYC? He just made an impassioned statement in support of the Pope. I guess I’m not following this Lynn.

    I was listening to 840 a.m. The Patriot this morning. It’s a local, conservative talk radio station. A woman was on. Didn’t catch her name but she subs for O’Reilly sometimes. Anyway, she was going on and on to Mr. Cameron. She was saying Mr. Cameron this, and Mr. Cameron that. Everytime she could say Mr. Cameron instead of using a pronoun, she did. I came in in the middle of it so was a bit baffled. But then I put it together that she was talking about James Cameron and in a very mock worshipful tone. You would have loved it.

  2. lynnvinc Says:

    Hi, Annie. No, I was referring to Koch Industries, which I didn’t even know existed until a few weeks ago. They don’t have any name-brand products to identify them, and they are privately owned, but are one of the biggest oil companies in the world, right up there with Exxon. The story broke that they have been funding climate denialist orgs, like The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, etc to the tune of 3 times what Exxon funds (you can see Exxon’s funding here, & search orgs &persons being so funded – http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/exxon-secrets ).

    For the Koch story see: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries

    Unfortunately they are infiltrating religious organizations as well. But it’s understandable. Think, if you were the devil (or a gigantic oil company) where would you do your dirty work? As I suggested on another blog, the devoil is not seeking to ruin the souls of the lost, but of the righteous.

    RE James Cameron — I had to look up the name. Well, our niece took us to see AVATAR, and it was pretty spectacular. I didn’t mind any of the dorky stuff, like living in the tree and them being pantheists. That isn’t too different from some tribal peoples we study in anthro, but more in a caricature way. I’m not against other people’s religions, as long as they hold to “thou shalt not kill” and aren’t out to get me. The way we Carmelites convert people to Christianity is be being little and being good. As St. Francis said, “Go out and preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.” The only thing in the movie I had a distaste for was how militaristic the Pandoran people were — but that’s understandable; it wouldn’t be much of a movie if everyone just stood around smiling at each other.

    However, AVATAR sure did add fuel to the anti-environmental Catholics’ (& other backwards religious folks’) fire — they’ll be saying, see, we TOOLD you, environmentalists are a bunch of evil pantheists.

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