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). 



  1. jpeckjr says

    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.

  2. woodroad34d says

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

  3. Geoff says

    Right. “In my humble opinion”. There is NOTHING humble about ‘the vulgar pig-boy’. Nothing.

  4. Nirgal says

    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.

  5. Joseph Singer says

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

  6. Onnyjay says

    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.

  7. Leroy Laflamme says

    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.

  8. Rafael says

    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.

  9. MajorTom says

    “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.

  10. crazycorgi says

    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.

  11. jjose712 says

    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

  12. billmiller says

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

  13. Acronym Jim says

    “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.

  14. jpeckjr says

    @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.

  15. revchicoucc says

    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.

  16. Koskalaka Maricón says

    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!

  17. Mary says

    And if you believe in a conservatism with dignity you can’t believe in Rush Limbaugh – or Sarah Palin.

    Glad we got THAT established!

  18. Hagatha says

    Global Warming is bullwookie. And even if it weren’t, what our domestic enemies like Naomi Kline and Chris Hayes want to do will have ZERO effect on the environment. They simply want to give billions of dollars to useless turds like Evo Morales and Sosa or whomever is running Honduras today.

  19. anon says

    His demographic is evangelical males, so he’s saying you can’t be an evangelical (mostly Methodist or Baptist) and believe in GW. His audience would not even consider someone outside of their own religion. In that sense he might be right, since evangelical males correlate strongly with conservative anti-global warming ideologies. However, he’s mostly doing it for yucks.

    His show isn’t being dropped. He lost sponsors and one radio network has dropped his show to be replace in most markets by Savage (not Dan) or Levin. His show will continue on the two other large networks that have been carrying him.

  20. jamal49 says

    Conversely, if you believe in God and a moral order to the universe, you can’t believe in Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is the best argument ever that there is no God.

  21. Ninong says

    Dear RNC:

    Please pick Rush Limbaugh to moderate your first Republican Primary debate. Think of the great questions he would ask, like…

    Do you believe in God? All will say yes.

    Do you believe in Evolution? All say no.

    Do you believe in global warming? All say no.

    Do you believe in gay marriage? All say no.

    We need to get the Republican Party’s primary candidates competing against each other to see who can be the biggest idiot.

  22. John says

    That argument is lost on me. I don’t believe in God, and I do believe in man-made global warming.

  23. FuryOfFirestorm says

    The fact that Rush makes millions spewing stupidity, hatred and ignorance is proof that there is no God.

  24. says

    Please see my article in Reports of the National Center for Science Education:….
    As a rabbi, I reconcile scientific findings with my faith — we contribute to global warming and the wellbeing of the earth is in hour hands. I am deeply saddened by religious climate change deniers, holding high national office, using their faith to delay and defeat measures that would protect the climate — that’s a violation of the boundary between church and state

  25. Caliban says

    Well I know that when *I* seek guidance on issues of morality and spirituality, the FIRST thing I ask myself is “What would Rush Limbaugh do?!” [/sarcasm]

    Actually the only things where Limbaugh’s expertise might come in handy is how to find a “Dr Feelgood” who’ll write you bogus prescriptions and if the child-sex-trade in certain countries is really all it’s cracked up to be.

    Oh, and how many zeroes you have to add to a check until Elton John will sell himself out. (Relatively few, as it turns out.)

  26. Merv says

    Christians have always rejected science and always will. It’s one of the core tenets of their religion.

  27. Jason says

    Just saw the clip on All In w/ Hayes.
    Inglis starts going off about nuclear missiles when all he had to say is that we have evidence in our ability to control something that we didn’t create every time we block a river with a dam…or the 80’s smog problem in LA or acid rain corrected to tolerable levels by legislation, or that time we began to repair the ozone after having destroyed a large part of it, simply by changing our behavior. It’s not the statement we need to disprove it’s the logic…. just because we didn’t make it doesn’t mean we can’t break it.
    We also need to draw attention to his audience’s regular display of willingness to believe things without facts (ie faith). The irony of having to take the statement based on faith in Rush’s reasoning because you’re a “person of faith” is kind of a ruse. Like Rush is just creating a religion, l. ron hubbard style, just to demonstrate how stupid people are willing to become when confronted with a charismatic used car salesman