Pope Francis is about to issue a historic encyclical urging world leaders to tackle climate change. But meanwhile, the world's largest religious media outlet is inviting climate deniers to spread lies and accuse the Pope of "confusing" Catholics.
Eternal Word Television Network (ETWN) just invited notorious climate denier Marc Morano to "debate" whether climate change is real. Worse yet, ETWN’s own host denied man-made climate change and attacked the Pope for meeting with top scientists.
That's why we're partnering with online communities putting faith into action for social justice to tell Catholic media outlets to stop making common cause with right-wing political activists to undermine Pope Francis — and climate truth.
Marc Morano may be one of the most outrageous climate deniers out there. Exposed in the new film Merchants of Doubt, Morano is the former communications director for Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) — the man who brought a snowball to the Senate floor to try to disprove global warming. EWTN aired a number of Morano’s patently false statements, such as “the IPCC is a political body masquerading as a science body” and “the idea that [climate science] is settled is absurd.”
The Pope, on the other hand, has made it abundantly clear to the 1.1 billion Catholics worldwide (and many more) that faith doesn’t conflict with science. In fact, as the Pope and other prominent religious leaders have recently shown, many believe their faith actually compels them to take action on climate change.
Let’s stand with climate leaders like the Pope, and show religious figures and media outlets that we — climate activists who are Catholic and non-Catholic alike — won’t tolerate climate denial.
Factually yours,Sylvie, Emily, Brant, and the rest of the Forecast the Facts team
"Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change, to Conservatives' Alarm," The Washington Post, 4-27-2015
"Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church," The Guardian, 3-24-2015
"Climate change debate on science and policy," Eternal Word Television Network, 5-18-2015
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