Pope Francis is not the most popular figure with right-wingers right now. As he gets ready for his September 24 speech to Congress, at least one Republican has already said he would boycott it–and predicts he won’t be alone.
“I proudly stand . . . with Prime Minister Netanyahu”
Arizona Republican Paul Gosar announced on Friday that he was going to boycott Pope Francis’ speech–something that may come as a surprise to some people, given that Gosar himself is a Catholic.
He announced his intention to skip the speech in a Townhall op-ed, in which he called the pope a “leftist politician.”
Gosar predicts he won’t be alone, either. He says he knows of one other politician but won’t say who. As of now spokespeople for climate change denying clowns like Randy Weber, Ted Yoho, and even James Inhofe, have confirmed their bosses will be attending.
“If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line,” he wrote in his op-ed, adding:
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.
So he wants the pope to sound more like Benjamin Netanyahu–a name that I deliberately invoke, given that Representative Gosar didn’t seem to have any problem with the warmongering anti-Iranian, anti-Palestinian, anti-Arabic pro-Apartheid Israeli prime minister. Gosar went so far as to give a press release after Netanyahu’s speech saying that he “applauded” the address to Congress:
This morning I was pleased to welcome one of America’s closest friends and ally, Prime Minister Netanyahu. I strongly share in his urgency and belief that the world cannot allow for a nuclear Iran, that the U.S. must enact strict sanctions to hold the corrupt Iranian regime accountable and that Congress must have the final say on any negotiations that are made with Iran.
While it is easy to be overwhelmed by the darkness that exists in the world today, it is more important than ever to remember and return to the fundamentals that made America great: Faith in God, faith in each other and faith in our allies. Sometimes it is just that simple. That is why I proudly stand with the people of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in our joint effort to secure a more stable and peaceful world.
Calls for war he agrees with. Calls to bomb brown people, he likes. Calls to stop climate change and ultimately save human civilization? Not so much.
Saying the pope is a “leftist politician” because he supports developing a sustainable civilization is like saying the oncologist who recommends chemotherapy is a “leftist kook” because they want to get rid of the malignant cancer that’s slowly killing you.
When you support a civilization-killing cancer, you really need to take a step back and ask yourself what went wrong with your life. I suspect the answer is “a lot.”
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