Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh argued that Pope Francis’ climate encyclical has actually thrown the left a curveball on Thursday.
After playing a clip of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) praising the encyclical, and saying, “This planet is God’s creation and we have a moral responsibility to preserve it.” Rush remarked, “She just stepped in it. She just stepped in it big time, and she’s not even aware of it yet. That’s the beauty of this. She’s not — the pope has thrown her a curveball. If you’re gonna say, ‘Well, the planet is God’s creation, and we have a moral responsibility to preserve it,’ so is a human being. You know what Pelosi has just done? She just told the evolutionists to go take a walk. ‘The planet is God’s creation.’ What does that mean? Everything on the planet is God’s creation. That means human beings are God’s creation. Nancy Pelosi reserves for herself and her friends the right to willy-nilly end the life of a God-created human being in the womb. And she argues for that right and protests for that right and demands that right. But when it comes to ‘destroying the planet,’ you better not take one step in that direction. The pope has just said, ‘We must preserve God’s creation,’ quote, Nancy Pelosi: Except where you find it in the womb, apparently.”
Rush then read a piece from National Journal that points out that the encyclical states, “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion.” And “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”
He continued, “Pelosi’s just stepped in it. Now what’s she gonna do? If this doesn’t get beyond the National Journal, she’s never even gonna have to comment on it. That’s the only place we’ve seen this so far. But it’s there in the encyclical. And so the pope is basically saying to you environmentalist wackos, ‘How in the world can you go batty like you do over saving this plant, or that block of ice, and not have the same concern for a human embryo? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s incongruous.’ Oh! This has the potential.. Because, I mean, he set ’em up. I have to admit, he set ’em up. He had the left going. He had the left,. ‘Oh, my God, we finally got a pope on our side! Ho-ho-ho!’ They were so happy; they were giddy. And then after they’ve committed themselves to supporting the pope and the encyclical, here it comes. And something nobody leaked, is the pope equating the preservation of the planet and nature with the preservation of human beings in the womb.”
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