Leading figures on the American right are launching a series of pre-emptiveattacks on Pope Francis before this week’s encyclical, hoping to prevent a mass conversion of the climate change deniers who have powered the corps of the conservative movement for more than a decade.
The prospect that the pope, from his perch at the pinnacle of the Catholic church, will exhort humanity to act on climate change as a moral imperative is a direct threat to a core belief of US conservatives. And conservatives – anxious to hang on to their flock – are lashing out. James Inhofe, the granddaddy of climate change deniers in the US Congress said, “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours.”
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