June 22. 2015 By Jack Jodell.
URGENT BULLETIN! 26 TRAITOROUS DEMOCRATS JOINED WITH CONNIVING HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PASS A SEPARATE STAND-ALONE TPA BILL AUTHORIZING FAST TRACK FOR OBAMA AND THEN SENT IT BACK TO THE SENATE. THIS SNEAKY MOVE MUST BE DEFEATED AT ONCE! CALL 1-202′-225-3121 RIGHT NOW AND DEMAND TO TALK TO YOUR SENATORS’ (FFICES IMMEDIATELY AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON FAST TRACK AND NO ON THE TPP!!!! DO THIS NOW!!!!
Our master podcaster Burr Deming is taking a little well-deserved summer breather. so in place of one of his brilliant Monday podcasts, I would like to begin this week by paying tribute to a most deserving public figure: Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic church. For those who haven’t heard, this trailblazing Pope issued the first encyclical of his young papacy last Thursday, and he chose CLIMATE CHANGE as its main topic. Papal encyclicals, of course, are official statements delivered by the Pope to his followers in the church. especially members of the church hierarchy such as cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and so on, and reflect his positions on major issues facing the church. Unbeknownst to many, Pope Francis actually majored in Chemistry, and worked for a time as a chemist before entering the priesthood. His background in science is what enables him to address this topic authoritatively in a unique way, encompassing both scientific and theological perspectives. Like most encyclicals, this one is quite lengthy. For the sake of brevity, in this post I will focus on only several of its major and relevant points. 1). CLIMATE CHANGE – IF NOT MET HEAD ON – WILL HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES. He says,“Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost forever.” He also asks,“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” That is a question greedy, lazy, and fearful adherents to our current economic and governmental systems should seriously begun to ponder and act upon! 2). OUR USE OF TECHNOLOGY OFTEN LEADS US TO DESTROY NATURE AND EXPLOIT POORER PEOPLE. Francis warns that“by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion.” So much for the ridiculous notion long argued by proponents of capitalism and “free” markets that “the market will solve all poblems” and should be left alone rather than being regulated! 3). CHRISTIANS HAVE WRONGLY INTERPRETED SCRIPTURE, AND SO MUST NOW “forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.” In other wotds, we do NOT have the right to plunder or endanger or even eliminate other species as we see fit. 4). WEALTHY NATIONS ARE DESTROYING POOR COUNTRIES AND THE PLANET IS GETTING WARMER. Francis states, “The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming.” This means we must STOP using fossil fuels and begin using cheaper and safer renewable fuels – NOW! 5). THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS. He writes that “Recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment…the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good…there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago.” Wouldn’t it be nice if our greedy business community, their stockholders, and their bought-out government stooges thought of the common good too, rather than just their own wallets all the time? 6). WE, AS INDIVIDUALS, MUST ACT – NOW! Pope Francis advises, “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness,” In other words, it is up to each of US to protect the environment and this planet as a whole rather than relying solely on others. We can best achieve this by immediately implementing our own personal conservation measures. There are many cynics who immeduiately dismiss anything the Pope says or does as hypocrisy, pouinting to the numerous mistakes the Catholic Church has made all throughout history. I would suggest that such a stance is a cop-out, and evidence that the person saying it is either a climate change denier or is too lazy and irresponsible to begin acting immediately. Others, like far-right former PA Senator Rick Santorum, completely miss the point. “The chuch has gotten it wrong a few times on science,” this blathering numbskull said in a recent talk radio interview. “and I think that we are probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality.” Of course, the typically ill-informed Santorum completely (conveniently?) overlooks the FACT that Francis IS a scientist as well as a moral theologian. Perhaps the ignorant former Senator would be happier if the Pope devoted his time solely to castigating homosexuals and those who have had an abortion and let the earth itself go to hell? Utterly preposterous! Still others, like wealthy-from-oil presidential wannabe Jeb Bush, dismiss the Pope by saying, “…I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or cardinals or my pope.” Maybe you had better start doing so, Jebby boy, because if you’re getting it from your brother George, God help us all! Sorry, you greedy corrupt oilmen like the Koch Brothers – I know you view the Pope’s message as a direct threat to your already far too high profits. Sorry, all you bought-out and thoroughly corrupted obstructionist politicians like Jim Inhofe – the party’s over and it’s time to start facing reality. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. CLIMATE CHANGE IS LARGELY MAN-MADE. Hats off to Pope Francis for recognizing it and for making it our moral obligation to deal with it! 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