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Friday, October 28, 2016

Pope Francis is getting a big welcome to Washington, DC, where he will deliver an address to Congress next week. But one Republican congressman, Paul Gosar of Arizona, says he won’t be going — because the pontiff will reportedly be talking about climate change.

“More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into ‘climate justice’ and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies,” Gosar writes in a guest post at Town Hall, entitled “Why I Am Boycotting Pope Francis’ Address to Congress.”

Instead, Gosar writes, the pope should’ve used this opportunity to talk about other issues — like radical Islamic terrorism, as well as “the current intolerance of religious freedom.”

If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line. If the Pope spoke out with moral authority against violent Islam, I would be there cheering him on. If the Pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly. But when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one.

Gosar also describes himself as “a proud Catholic” who chose to go to college and grad school at a Jesuit college to earn his degree in dentistry, “and where I was taught to think critically, to welcome debate and discussion and to be held accountable for my actions; a trademark of a Jesuit education.”

And finally, I am a Conservative, a member of Congress, a constitutionalist and adamant defender of our Republic; an American that believes in strict adherence to the rule of law and a firm believer in our First Amendment protections, in this particular discussion, the freedom of religion.

Photo: Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ), via Facebook.

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  • Daniel Jones

    So.. he’s a talking suit with no ideals, no knowledge, no agenda, and no clue, just a hand out for the handout from his sponsors.

    • Eyeball_Kid

      The young sprite wants to tell the Pope what to say and will pout and go home if the Pope doesn’t comply. Oh… heavens. Please, Mr. Gosar, don’t waste your time on the Pope. He might sound like an unwashed liberal– to you. And you know all about liberal ideas like climate change or regulated capitalism. You don’t need to listen to a stupid Pope.

  • Böcker

    I bet this very same tool also voted to defund PP because he thinks he is a doctor and knows all about women’s healthcare. What a jackhole.

  • 1Zoe55

    I was reading Shakespeare this morning which I often do and here’s the quote that applies to this man: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” MacBeth, Act 5, Scene 5, 19-28

    • The lucky one

      I was going to say, who cares what a nobody, totally unknown outside his own little pond says, but yours is better and very accurate.

    • Irishgrammy

      Perfect comment, 1Zoe55!!! I don’t know anymore if these kind idiot politicians pull these “look at me, look at me” stunts because of their need to be the king of their own little kingdom, or if this is the only way they know to keep their seat pandering to their base, who more often than not, and considering his “political views” are evidently every bit as ignorant as they are…..

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Now really…Of course he is going to boycott the Pope…Does he think he will convince the hundred million planning to see the Pope to boycott too? What in the blue hell have these GOP middle aged men done to themselves?

    This guy knows that he will fall over in a faint hearing words from the Pope who is not political, not biased and not a phony Christian fundamentalist.

    I find it quite amusing that men with the blackest, dirtiest, most corrupt consciences are now boycotting the one man in the world incapable of lying, corruption or blatant bias.

  • MVH1

    See, he looks like a nice guy who is a grownup. And now we know he’s neither.

  • Grannysmovin

    Does he really think the Pope will notice? Now don’t forget to go confession and confess your displeasure with the Pope.

  • Dan S

    Is Rep. Gosar for real ? Is he denying that global climate change isn’t real ? It’s very evident that it is & is even worse now than when when Al Gore trumpeted the coming crisis a decade ago with An Inconvenient Truth. It’s here & it’s real & we can’t have these blowhard politicians trying to silence the conversation on climate change

  • Arie

    What a silly man. The most stupid thing for a politician to do is to not even listen first to what his percieved opponent (it looks like he sees the pope as such) is going to bring to the table. I was raised and educated in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is pretty weird to see somebody state that he is a “proud catholic”, and then not even wanting to listen to the leader of his church.

  • Phil Johnson

    I, too, am Catholic, but an imperfect one. I firmly believe, like Sen. Sanders, that this country owes more to those of us who are less fortunate. I guess you are familiar with St. Ignatius’ maxim, “Lord help me to know who I am, where I came from — and where I am going” as a Jesuit product. And I am sure that you give thanks to Him who loves us so much, that He wishes the best for ALL of us, because we are all created in His Image — AND likeness (I know you know there is a meaningful difference between them, but it is still good to ponder over this once in a while).

    All this to say that you sound like the phylacteried, tasselled Pharisee who stands on a downtown Jerusalem street corner, braying to one and all how good and smart you are to all you meet. As Pope Francis said in a parallel situation, “Who am I to judge?”.

    Burying your God-given brains in the tar sands of refusal to see the beam in your eye is an insult to the One who created you and a disservice to your constituents. Wake up and smell the facts. They are inexorable; staying away from Foggy Bottom this time will do no one any good. Break down and admit that there is, at least, an issue upon which reasonable men can differ how to solve it — but not whether it exists.

    God give you grace — and peace.

    aures lupi

  • 788eddie

    I suspect that Republican congressman, Paul Gosar of Arizona will be sitting in an air conditioned office somewhere with his hands tightly covering his ears, going “Nannannannannanna” as loudly as he can to drown out the possibility of becoming educated about the realities of climate change.

    We should pray for his poor soul.

  • Polana

    he would vote to crucify Jesus because he was a liberal and forgiving.
    Is he sure he is even religious??? Believes in God/Jesus or money, power and licking TP boots and God, guns, no guts and no glory??? Pathetic little man that stand for nothing, believes in nothing and if even tornado blew him to Kansas he will say he is still in Arizona. Arizonians should be proud of themselves, they picked a OXYMORON.

    • jamesowens

      he would have shot jesus for attacking the money lenders and pled self defense

  • jakenhyde

    So now we can’t even HERE about climate change????? Typical republican. They don’t know nuthin’ and they aren’t interested in learning anything. How do these nitwits get elected?

    • jamesowens

      because their followers are even dumber

  • Milo DeVere

    I doubt he will be missed from the event. Just some noboby yokel seeking his 15 minutes of fame by dissing on the Pope.

    • jamesowens

      true that

  • jointerjohn

    “But when the Pope chooses to and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one.” So says Congressman Gosar. Using this logic he would also boycott Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Why do these conservatives invoke the name of Jesus yet reject his principles?

  • ralphkr

    Oh, my goodness. I am sure that as soon as Pope Francis hears about Representative Gosar he shall immediately contact him and find out in what way he, Pope Francis, has sinned. When Gosar explains the true faith to the Pope the Pope shall be thunderstruck by the enormity of his error, fall to his knees, and beg Gosar’s forgiveness and promise Gosar that henceforth he shall not prattle leftist fairy tales but stick to the Gospel according to Gosar. Yep, that is definitely going to happen.

    • dtgraham

      Republican conservatism is no longer just a political philosophy, but is now a way of life and a religion unto itself. Sarah Palin once mentioned how she was “taken aback” by what she thought of as Francis’s liberalism, and was disappointed in his liberal interpretation of Christian theology.

      Their political belief system is the underpinning and the girder of the true faith, and the true path to God. Without their version of conservatism, there can be no true faith and no real path to divinity.

  • charleo1

    It’s probably time for Republican Politicians to follow the Evangelicals, and just drop the New Testament altogether. With it’s parables like the rich man’s chances of getting into heaven being compared to squeezing a camel thru the eye of a needle. Clearly Jesus was envious of job creators. And pretty much a wimp too. With His turn the other cheek, and if mine eye offends thee, pluck it out, message. Really? Pluck my eye out? What kind of pathetic namby-pamby, garbage is that? I’ll pluck your eye out, and cut off your Medicaid for your asthmatic kid. How’s that for politically incorrect? You Liberal Commie!

  • Hutchbilly

    Most American Christians are persecuted more by our legislative Christians than ISIS. They condemn the poor and afflicted because they feel their station in life it the fault of their life choices and not the fact that poverty begets poverty so it’s up to them to punish them for their choices by loosing them from food stamps, WIC and education and putting them in jail so they will change their ways……..this is the most stupid and ungodly plan man ever enacted. The Pope is changing that medieval view for the Catholic Church and this congressman better take heed, he will be judged on how he treated the poor and afflicted by that same God he claims to know so much about with his “critical thinking.”

  • CrankyToo

    And another Hypo-Christian crawls out of the woodwork…

  • Budjob

    Who is he?

  • Budjob

    And,so what!!

  • Budjob

    The Pope is a good man,this fool,not so much!

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  • DAK27

    No surprise a Republican hates the Pope. Republicans hate everyone that isn’t them and if you don’t think so, listen to them talk for five minutes and at the least ONE sentence will be about someone they hate. Hate and fear are all they’ve got as they certainly have no policies, no ideas and no compassion.

  • John Murchison

    Not a brilliant political move on his part since this is a very popular pope. He held the party line though so perhaps he gets points for that. In the end, though, this guy needs to wake up and smell the fires that are burning. We can’t disbelieve climate change away much longer.

  • ps0rjl

    Since Senator Hocum Gosar wants to disagree with 98% of scientists, I have a little experiment for him. I will give him a glass of water. 98% of scientists will tell him not to drink it as I may have put something in it that could kill him. 2% of scientists will tell him it is okay to drink it as is okay. I will bet he wont drink it.

  • njguy54

    Okay, who gave this Pope permission to stray for Republican talking points??? He’s soooo un-American.