HBO host Bill Maher challenged GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview on his show on Friday to explain why Maher, as an atheist, backs Pope Francis in his stance on climate change, and why Santorum, as a Roman Catholic, does not.
"What I want to ask is, I mean, I'm not a Catholic, I'm an atheist," Maher said. "But I like the pope better than you do. You're saying the pope should stick to what he knows, and I find that ridiculous."
While the encyclical was received favorably by the U.N., as well as by scientists who agree on man-made climate change, Santorum suggested that the pontiff should "leave the science to the scientists" and focus more on religion.
Santorum said in January following Obama's State of the Union address that it is yet to be proven whether man really is having a significant impact on climate change.According to Santorum the Pope should leave the science to the scientists and stick to what he does know. If this is what he believes why doesn't Santorum have to leave the science to the scientists as well and stick to what he does know, which of course is nothing.
"And number two, and this is even more important than the first, is there anything we can do about it? And the answer is, is there anything the United States can do about it? Clearly, no. Even folks who accept all of the science by the alarmists on the other side, recognize that everything that's being considered by the United States will have almost — well, not almost, will have zero impact on it given what's going on in the rest of the world," the former Pennsylvania senator added.
Santorum is an attorney and politician, not a scientist, yet he obviously thinks it's OK for him to comment on climate change. What a hypocrite.
If only he would leave the science to the scientists.
By the way this is from the Wikipedia entry on Pope Francis:
He attended the technical secondary school Escuela Técnica Industrial N° 27 Hipólito Yrigoyen, named after a past President of Argentina, and graduated with a chemical technician's diploma. He worked for a few years in that capacity in the foods section at Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory where his boss was Esther Ballestrino. Before joining the Jesuits, Bergoglio worked as a bar bouncer and as a janitor sweeping floors, and he also ran tests in a chemical laboratory.Perhaps Pope Francis could just toss Santorum right out of here.