RUSH: The pope, ladies and gentlemen, the pope has thrown one of the biggest curveballs at the American left I can remember. If I’m understanding this right, if I’m reading this right, and there’s only one place that I have found this. It’s in the National Journal. And here’s the headline. I’m just setting the table for you. I’m not gonna get into depth in this yet, but I just want you to know that it’s coming. Here’s the headline: “Pope Francis: Climate Change and Abortion are ‘Interrelated.'”
So what has happened here over the past couple of days, this week there have been leaks upon leaks that there’s a papal encyclical coming where the pope is gonna double down on climate change. He’s going to agree with the concept that man is destroying the planet and he’s going to agree with the concept that governments need to get bigger and start taxing people and that people need to give more than what they’re even taxed. They need to donate until they themselves are poor in order to save the planet.
And the left has just been salivating, “Oh, my!” Understand now, the left is culturally predisposed to fearing the Catholic Church, and any religion. That’s why they don’t like it, and in some cases they hate it. But it’s really rooted in fear. Religion, the Catholic Church, stands for things that the left wants to obliterate. So when the pope comes along and appears to agree with the left, say on economic matters, they get all hopeful, and they get jazzed, and they get all excited, and that’s what’s been going on this week.
And then today — hee-hee-hee-hee — the pope says, I’ll tell you what this means, he’s essentially saying, “Look, you cannot have an attitude that says we must do everything to save the planet and be pro-choice at the same time. If you’re gonna be an environmentalist wacko, if you’re gonna devote yourself to saving the planet via climate change, you had better stop killing embryos.” Whoa! You’ve got Pelosi up until this, you got Pelosi, all the Democrats out there singing the praises of Il Papa and then he throws this at them. It makes me wonder, it makes me curious about the — (laughing) — this is gonna turn ’em upside down and into knots, and it will be reported. It just hasn’t been yet. Just in the National Journal.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 10. This is exactly what I was talking about. This is this morning in Washington on Capitol Hill. It’s Nancy Pelosi. She did her weekly press briefing and, among other things, said…
PELOSI: (whispering) Pope Francis writes with beauty, with clarity, and with moral force. Eh, this encyclical stands as an urgent call for government to industry and the whole community to honor the responsibility to preserve God’s creation.
PELOSI: This planet is God’s creation and we have a moral responsibility —
PELOSI: — to preserve it.
PELOSI: And as we do so, we have to recognize the impact of climate change on the poor, and we have to further recognize the impact of solutions, uh, to reversing climate — climate crisis solutions and their impact on the poor.
RUSH: She just stepped in it. She just stepped in it big time, and she not even aware of it yet. That’s the beauty of this. 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.
Let’s now turn to Pope Francis. National Journal: “Pope Francis: Climate Change and Abortion are Interrelated — Key takeaways from the Vatican’s encyclical on climate. Pope Francis has unveiled an encyclical — a rare and influential Vatican statement — on climate change and the environment. The highly anticipated document says that global warming is real, is caused partly by human activity, and is a grave threat to humanity.
“The Vatican hopes it will pave the way for a strong international climate deal later this year when diplomats descend on Paris for United Nations talks. But Pope Francis wants the encyclical to be read by everyone — and the Vatican hopes that the document will influence much more than just the Paris talks. For Pope Francis…” Look at me, folks. Look at me. “For Pope Francis, caring about the environment goes hand in hand with taking a strong stand against abortion.
“‘Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,’ the encyclical says. ‘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?'” (Gasp!) Il Papa goes on to say that “population control is not the answer” to climate change. Fewer people is not the answer.
Abortion is not permitted.
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. 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 happy. “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.
RUSH: I referenced this sound bite earlier in the program and I want to play it for you now. It’s John Heilemann. He’s the cohost with Mark Halperin on a TV show on the Bloomberg network called With All Due Respect. They’re all excited about the Pope Francis encyclical where the pope basically signs onto the Democrat Party view of climate change. Now, they didn’t know when they were having their little orgasm over this, that the pope has also tied climate change to abortion. Hee-hee-hee-hee.
You have not heard this? I mentioned it in the first part of the program. Let me read this to you. “For Pope Francis…” It’s only one place right now, National Journal. It has not appeared in the media anywhere else yet. “For Pope Francis, caring about the environment goes hand in hand with taking a strong stand against abortion. [Gasp!] ‘Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,’ the encyclical says.
“‘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?'” The pope has thrown them a curveball, change-up like they didn’t know was coming. All these environmentalists wackos are out there celebrating, giving high fives ’cause the pope has joined ’em, and then he basically said, “You cannot be an environmentalist wacko and be pro-choice at the same time.
“If you’re gonna care about God’s creation — the planet. If you’re gonna care about every plant and every animal, every climate, how can you not care about every baby in the womb?” (Gasp!) Wait ’til they find out! Wait ’til they hear this! This is pope-a-dope! This is a pope-a-dope move. This is absolutely brilliant. I have to applaud the Vatican on this, ’cause they’re all just celebrating.
And they have no idea yet. Most of them still don’t know that to fully embrace the pope, they’re going to have to also agree with him and become anti-abortion, which they won’t do. ‘Cause they don’t accept the idea of God created earth. They reject that. So here’s Heilemann on this Bloomberg show last night, all hot to trot over the papal encyclical on climate change, and Halperin asks him, “For all the Republican candidates out there, how big a risk is it for them to say to the pope, who is popular, ‘Stay out of politics’?”
HEILEMANN: It’s insane to take on Pope Francis — not just because they might not get into heaven if there is such a thing — but because he’s super popular and also because he’s right. The planet is getting hotter. And you can be in denial if you want. But it’s gonna be very hard I think for someone to become the president of the United States in 2016 who is a climate denier. It’s not in line with science and it’s not in line with where the growing segments of the electorate are.
RUSH: Wrong, and wrong. There is not a consensus of independent science. The consensus of scientists is bought and paid for. The American people do not, by a majority, sign on to the whole notion of man-made climate change. Most of them rank it down at the bottom when asked, “What issues are important to you?” The earth is not warming. We’re in the midst of a 10-year cooling cycle. But how about the statement?
I mean, you not gonna be elected president if you’re a climate denier? Meaning, you’re not gonna be elected president unless you become a socialist. Unless you embrace the UN, you don’t have a prayer of being elected president. Now, again, these guys don’t know… This was last night. They do not know that the pope tied abortion to this.
The minute they find out, the pope is not gonna become their buddy. The pope is not gonna remain their buddy. The pope is once again gonna become an extremist, and they’re gonna have to bifurcate this. They’re gonna have to say, “The pope’s right over here but he should stay out of politics when it comes to abortion,” or some such thing. You watch. It won’t be long.