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Rick Santorum To Pope Francis On Climate Change: ‘Leave The Science To The Scientists’

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The hypocrisy of Rick Santorum, a climate change denier, a Roman Catholic, and one of the top Republican advocates of integrating politics with religion, is astounding.

Rick Santorum believes the First Amendment was created to ensure people of faith are able to preach in the public square, that the government’s job is to ensure only freedom of worship, freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Everywhere he goes, every speech he makes, he advocates for injecting religion into politics. If he could, he would integrate the Christian bible with the constitution.

In 2012, speaking of John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech in which the nation’s first Roman Catholic presidential candidate promised he would not be bound by his Catholic faith, nor by the Pope, Rick Santorum said that made him “throw up.”

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?,” Santorum asked, rhetorically. “That makes me throw up.”

He also said, “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”

Santorum was challenged on his comments by George Stephanopoulos, and he doubled down:

Fast forward just three years later, to this week.

Asked by a local Philadelphia talk radio host about Pope Francis‘ comments, warning of the dangers of climate change, and an expected encyclical – a doctrinal letter stating the Roman Catholic Church’s position – on climate change, and Santorum had a very different response.

“The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we’re probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good on, which is theology and morality,” Santorum said. “When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.”

“I’ve said this to Catholic bishops many times — when they get involved with agriculture policy or things like that that are really outside the scope of what the Church’s main message is, that we’re better off sticking to things that are really the core teachings of the Church as opposed to getting involved with every other kind of issue that happens to be popular at the time.”

So, when a Democratic president says he will not consult with people of faith (which is not exactly what Kennedy said,) Santorum finds that worthy of physical illness, but when the leader of his church, the Pope, warns of the impending disasters of climate change, Santorum in essence tells Pope Francis to shut up – and to leave “science to the scientists.”

Of course, the great irony here is that by saying we should leave “science to the scientists,” Santorum just admitted we should accept that man-made climate change is real, as 97 percent of climate scientists agree.

 

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Sedition Indictments Reveal the DOJ Is Looking Beyond the Jan 6th Insurrection: Former US Attorney

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that a deep reading of the federal seditious conspiracy indictments filed against eleven members of the Oath Keepers revealed that the Department of Justice is looking at more than the Jan 6th insurrection.

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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