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Rush Limbaugh: 'If You Believe In God, You Can't Believe In Global Warming'

During a recent speech which announced the creation of the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, John Kerry described "global climate change" as "a challenge to our responsibilities as the guardians--safe guarders of God's creation." Those comments apparently didn't sit well with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, who spoke out against Kerry's remarks on his soon-to-be-dropped radio show earlier this week:

"See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create."

Thankfully, ThinkProgress presented overwhelming evidence to the contrary in their report, stating that:

"In reality, millions of church-goers in the United States already recognize that the evidence for climate change is undeniable. A December 2012 survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that strong majorities of most American faith traditions agreed that the recent string of natural disasters were the result of climate change, especially among mainline protestants (65 percent) and Catholics (60 percent)."

Of course, those attempting to support Limbaugh's assertion may argue that popular opinion does not necessarily dictate the rules and teachings of any particular church. Luckily, ThinkProgress goes on:

"What’s more, scores of religious institutions have responded to our shifting environment in ways that fully acknowledge humanity’s role in creating the crisis. The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have all issued statements or launched initiatives aimed at acting on global warming, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops has an entire section of their website dedicated to combating climate change and its disproportionate impact on the world’s poor." 

Praying-in-churchApparently, Pope Francis even recognizes the existance of the phenomenon, and made it apparent as part of a prayer earler this year:

"Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

Unfortunately, according to ThinkProgress, Limbaugh isn't alone in expressing this erroneous sentiment, and chronicled similar statements made by members of Congress:

"On Tuesday, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) told constituents that 'It wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the earth.' North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx lamented that some environmentalists 'think that we, human beings, have more impact on the climate and the world than God does.' Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) told a congressional hearing: 'The earth will end only when God declares it is time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.'"

Perhaps all of these public figures should consult those sitting next to them on Sunday before speaking on behalf of their entire congregations (or religion). 


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  1. Kerry sees God every time someone buys a bottle of Heinz ketchup.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 17, 2013 8:42:09 PM

  2. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer who says provocative things like this to keep people paying attention to him. He is not a theolgian or clergyperson, so he has no credentials for talking about God. He is not a scientist, so he has no credentials for talking about climate science. He is an entertainer who uses these kinds of topics to keep people paying attention to him. Don't pay attention.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 17, 2013 8:52:47 PM

  3. Really? How would he know? Isn't that the sin of vanity; something most Republicans wallow in in abundance.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 17, 2013 8:55:36 PM

  4. Right. "In my humble opinion". There is NOTHING humble about 'the vulgar pig-boy'. Nothing.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 17, 2013 8:58:42 PM

  5. Can we create life, according to his definition?


    Well, then, if we believe in God, we can't believe in murder. In the sense that it would be impossible for a man to control something he can't create.

    Yeah... there seems to be something wrong about that.

    Posted by: Nirgal | Aug 17, 2013 9:02:54 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 17, 2013 9:33:08 PM

  7. Limberger is a frikkin' entertainer/shock jock/provocateur. He doesn't know chit about science or global warming.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Aug 17, 2013 9:34:30 PM

  8. @Jay: You're an ass.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Aug 17, 2013 9:37:34 PM

  9. Everybody knows God doesn't work the weather, it's a staff assistant job, maybe an intern. No surprise at all that the Lush Windbag babbles nonsense, the news would be if he actually uttered something that made sense.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Aug 17, 2013 10:16:40 PM

  10. SAY WHAT???

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 17, 2013 11:48:51 PM

  11. GEOFF said it. This arrogant bigot wouldn't know humble if it got up & slapped his smug face. He may say provocative things to attract attention, but he attracts the wrong kind.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 18, 2013 12:10:35 AM

  12. Ah don't listen to this nonsense. I just got a Stromer electric bicycle and it is the coolest, fastest way to get to work and around town. I wish more people would give them a try, these things are awesome.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 18, 2013 12:11:21 AM

  13. "You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create."

    Hmmm... We can't create dogs (from scratch anyway), but we can do a fair job of training them. We can't create a tree, but we sure do a good job of trimming them, grafting them, and sometimes destroying them. We can't create a river, but we seem to have constructed dams to control their flow.

    Rush has a simple argument to explain everything, and those arguments are perfect for the simple minded.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Aug 18, 2013 1:32:13 AM

  14. Rush Limbaugh is the biggest hypocrite out there. He has no right to be talking about God, religion, or "family" values after his track record of adultery and drug addiction. Everyone knows his real god is a bottle of Vicodin.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Aug 18, 2013 3:13:18 AM

  15. All that fat is clogging his small brain. Climate change is real. God is not.

    Posted by: Mmike1969 | Aug 18, 2013 4:03:33 AM

  16. jpeckjr: Sorry but this is not provocative, it's stupidity at its finest

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 18, 2013 6:19:03 AM

  17. And by the way, global warming is not only created by men. At the end of the permian period it was an incredibly global warming provocated by volcans.
    There are a lot of periods of global warming in earth history (not provocated by men's action), but of course if you believe the earth has 7000 years only or something stupid like that, it's impossible to make any argument

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 18, 2013 6:21:08 AM

  18. Christianity - especially the variety practiced in America - is a mental illness.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 18, 2013 7:05:35 AM

  19. Al Franken said it best:

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 18, 2013 8:18:05 AM

  20. Now the morbidly obese, draft dodging, drug addict, and world renown expert on EVERYTHING is an evangelist! What a total PIG!

    Posted by: billmiller | Aug 18, 2013 8:19:32 AM

  21. "You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create."

    According to Limbaugh the Judeo-Christian God must be an atheist since according to biblical scripture, God designated mankind to be "stewards of the earth."

    I wonder which god Limbaugh worships? Oh yeah, himself.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 18, 2013 10:13:18 AM

  22. @jjose712 / 6:19. Stupidity, I have found, is among the most provocative forms of speech. Saying something stupid provokes immediate reactions of one kind or another.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 18, 2013 10:29:53 AM

  23. Perhaps RL is right that we can't control something we can't create. But we can influence and affect it. So while we human beings didn't "create" the planet's climate from either a scientific or theological view, we are influencing it and affecting it by our actions in ways that are causing the climate to change and become warmer.

    Posted by: revchicoucc | Aug 18, 2013 10:34:23 AM

  24. Thanks for this post, RJ. As the oft-self-proclaimed, titular head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh's 15 minutes of fame are about two decades past their sell-by-date. RIP Rush! I knew William F. Buckley, Jr., Rush, and you've never been fit to tie, let alone touch, his shoelaces. Conflating global climate change advocacy and devotion to faith in God has even this atheist shaking his head in disbelief!

    Posted by: Koskalaka Maricón | Aug 18, 2013 10:41:55 AM

  25. And if you believe in a conservatism with dignity you can't believe in Rush Limbaugh - or Sarah Palin.

    Glad we got THAT established!

    Posted by: Mary | Aug 18, 2013 11:23:21 AM

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