RUSH: Scott in Jacksonville, Florida. Great to have you with us, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Raspberry Two If By Tea mega dittos.
RUSH: You like that flavor, eh?
CALLER: It’s my favorite — with sugar, I might add. Rush, I grew up Catholic, and the sanctity of human life has always been ingrained in me, and it troubles me that the pontiff has been talking about climate change so much, but where is he on the Planned Parenthood debacle?
RUSH: Hmm. Now, that’s an interesting question, Scott. Global warming is, of course, a global thing, and this Planned Parenthood is obviously just a silly domestic social dispute here in the United States. Is the pope really expected to get involved in these kind of fringe social arguments in the world’s lone superpower?
CALLER: I would think that he is the voice of the Catholic Church. He’s also the Vicar of Christ, and he should be standing out there from the mountaintops, from the top of Rome saying how wrong this is.
RUSH: Well, I don’t have a direct line to the Vatican. I hadn’t even expected the pope to speak up on it. I don’t know why. I guess I’m not surprised that he hasn’t. Scott, you said you’ve been a Catholic since forever. In your experience, are Catholics waiting for the pope to speak up on this? Is it something they’re hoping to hear?
CALLER: I believe so, Rush, because our archbishop here in St. Augustine, Florida –just about 30 miles south of us was very strong during the last election. He wrote to the Catholic parishes saying that we should stand for Catholic values. And so I would hope he would speak out, and, you know, he’s been very vocal on climate change. I believe he should equally be as vocal on this issue, because it’s very important.
RUSH: Well, you’re right about climate change. I mean, they are putting all the marbles on that. I mean, big, big, big confab at the Vatican later this year on that. I mean, even well known climatologist Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, is going to attend this, and so is the governor of California, Jerry Brown, who I don’t know if you heard this, I mentioned it yesterday.
Jerry Brown, in an effort to get people’s attention — he’s trying to get $68 billion high-speed rail system built from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Nobody wants it, nobody needs it. They’ve got plenty of other uses for $68 billion in California. So, in an effort to get people’s attention on this, Governor Moonbeam said, (Paraphrasing), “Hey, folks, if you don’t yet understand what I’m talk, we’re talking about extinction here. We are talking about extinction of the human race.”
Meanwhile, folks, the latest expedition to Antarctica to study global warming has been delayed, because of an unexpected amount of new ice in Antarctica, preventing the expedition from getting where they need to go.