Gohmert: Popes Shouldn’t Be ‘Influenced by the World Around Them’

It’s a day ending in Y, so you know that Louis Gohmert, the dumbest man in Congress, must have said something staggeringly stupid today. And sure enough, he did it on national television. He says the pope is wrong on climate change because he’s being “influenced by the world around him.”

During an interview with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, host Greta Brawner asked the Tea Party-backed Republican to weigh in on the pope’s warning that God would judge those who did not act on climate change.

“The trouble is that he has been persuaded that climate change is something that is dramatically affecting the planet right now, he’s bought in to all this,” Gohmert explained. “We have had popes that made enormous mistakes that were influenced by the world around them.”

*headdesk* Louis, how is it possible for anyone to not be influenced by the world around them? And why the hell would it be a good thing to not be influenced by the world around us? I mean, I suppose it’s possible for someone like you to be as little influenced as possible by the world by living in a fantasy world where whatever you want to be true magically is true, but this is both unhealthy and utterly irrational.

“But if he’ll just really objectively look at the data and see that the world is really not warming,” he continued. “Climate change, I don’t see it so much as a problem. Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.”

Oh yes, objectively look at the data. I picture Gohmert pouring over climatology papers in scientific journals every day, doing the hard work of objectively analyzing them even though he would have no ability to understand them whatsoever. When he says “objectively” he really means “if he’d just agree with my ignorant view on the matter.”

He added: “But you know, so many places do not even allow an opposing viewpoint… Since when does science not allow opposing viewpoints? Well, they didn’t allow Galileo to make an opposing viewpoint, there were a lot of accurate opposing viewpoints that were not allowed at the time that were later allowed to come in.”

“And people wondered, ‘How in the world did that whole group of educated people come to the wrong conclusion?’”

Uh, Louis…it wasn’t scientists who put Galileo under house arrest and forced him to recant or be put to death, it was the church. You’ve been studying those right-wing influenced Texas textbooks again, haven’t you?

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  • llewelly

    You have to admit Gohmert himself has done a good job of preventing the warming world from influencing him.

  • llewelly

    You have to admit Gohmert himself has done a good job of preventing the warming world from influencing him.

  • hunter

    Well, it’s a cinch that Gohmert isn’t influenced by the world around him.

  • hunter

    Well, it’s a cinch that Gohmert isn’t influenced by the world around him.

  • John Pieret

    trouble is that he has been persuaded that climate change is something that is dramatically affecting the planet right now

    Well, Rep. Gohmert (R., Numbnutz, TX) it is effecting the planet right now but the truly dramatic effects will be during your grandkid’s and greatgrandkid’s lives. And you and your compatriots don’t give a shit because it might cause you to pay a bit more in taxes and pull back a bit from driving those Caddies with the longhorn steer horns on the front. Fuck those future little buggers!

  • John Pieret

    trouble is that he has been persuaded that climate change is something that is dramatically affecting the planet right now

    Well, Rep. Gohmert (R., Numbnutz, TX) it is effecting the planet right now but the truly dramatic effects will be during your grandkid’s and greatgrandkid’s lives. And you and your compatriots don’t give a shit because it might cause you to pay a bit more in taxes and pull back a bit from driving those Caddies with the longhorn steer horns on the front. Fuck those future little buggers!

  • parasiteboy

    “But if he’ll just really objectively look at the data and see that the world is really not warming,”

    In the video just after this he says that the reason why scientist change the name from global warming to climate change is because “it was going back and forth”. The real reason why we refer to it as climate change instead of global warming is because global warming infers only a temperature change whereas climate change includes temperature and important factors such as precipitation.

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    I honestly cannot tell from the video if he is joking or not, he does give a bit of a smirk after saying it.

  • parasiteboy

    “But if he’ll just really objectively look at the data and see that the world is really not warming,”

    In the video just after this he says that the reason why scientist change the name from global warming to climate change is because “it was going back and forth”. The real reason why we refer to it as climate change instead of global warming is because global warming infers only a temperature change whereas climate change includes temperature and important factors such as precipitation.

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    I honestly cannot tell from the video if he is joking or not, he does give a bit of a smirk after saying it.

  • gshelley

    No doubt if the pope is influenced by the move to equality and legalising same sex marriage, and comments on that to oppose it, Gohmert will criticise him for that as well

  • gshelley

    No doubt if the pope is influenced by the move to equality and legalising same sex marriage, and comments on that to oppose it, Gohmert will criticise him for that as well

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sure, it’s nice the the Pope has found religion and all, but nobody warned us he’d have this bizarre focus on things like people and the Earth.

    Come on, Pope! Keep your religion out of my politics! Unless it’s about unregulated ladyparts, and the regulation thereof, then go right ahead. If you could also find time to advocate for stripping the Social Safety Hammock and cutting my boss’ taxes, that’d be fine, too. Also, War.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sure, it’s nice the the Pope has found religion and all, but nobody warned us he’d have this bizarre focus on things like people and the Earth.

    Come on, Pope! Keep your religion out of my politics! Unless it’s about unregulated ladyparts, and the regulation thereof, then go right ahead. If you could also find time to advocate for stripping the Social Safety Hammock and cutting my boss’ taxes, that’d be fine, too. Also, War.

  • lorn

    Have you ever read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series? In one of the later books they feature a guy who lives alone on an otherwise uninhabited planet well away from the concerns of the universe. This guy is disconnected from everything and everyone. He is also the guy, because he is so disconnected, who can be trusted to make decisions impartially. In the book all the really important decisions are presented to him, and settled.

    Apparently Louis Gohmert thinks that that guy, kept away from everything and everyone, should be pope.

    Brilliant.

  • lorn

    Have you ever read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series? In one of the later books they feature a guy who lives alone on an otherwise uninhabited planet well away from the concerns of the universe. This guy is disconnected from everything and everyone. He is also the guy, because he is so disconnected, who can be trusted to make decisions impartially. In the book all the really important decisions are presented to him, and settled.

    Apparently Louis Gohmert thinks that that guy, kept away from everything and everyone, should be pope.

    Brilliant.

  • raven

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    Texas is sooo overrated.

    Where I live, we have climate change every single day.

    During the day it is warm and light out. During the night, it cools off a few tens of degrees and get’s dark!!! Can’t explain that. Take that Texas!!!

  • raven

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    Texas is sooo overrated.

    Where I live, we have climate change every single day.

    During the day it is warm and light out. During the night, it cools off a few tens of degrees and get’s dark!!! Can’t explain that. Take that Texas!!!

  • busterggi

    ” You’ve been studying those right-wing influenced Texas textbooks again, haven’t you?”

    oh sure, like he can read.

  • busterggi

    ” You’ve been studying those right-wing influenced Texas textbooks again, haven’t you?”

    oh sure, like he can read.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    ……it wasn’t scientists who put Galileo under house arrest and forced him to recant or be put to death, it was the church.

    They were just protecting the pope from being influenced by the world around him.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    ……it wasn’t scientists who put Galileo under house arrest and forced him to recant or be put to death, it was the church.

    They were just protecting the pope from being influenced by the world around him.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Well, it’s a cinch that Gohmert isn’t influenced by the world around him.

    Of course he is. For instance, snow in DC influenced him quite a bit. And calls from people in the fossil fuels industries (like brothers whose names sound a lot like a form of processed coal) influence him a lot.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Well, it’s a cinch that Gohmert isn’t influenced by the world around him.

    Of course he is. For instance, snow in DC influenced him quite a bit. And calls from people in the fossil fuels industries (like brothers whose names sound a lot like a form of processed coal) influence him a lot.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    That’s not climate change you idiot.

    On a related note, I must say I’m very amused by conservatives saying that the Pope should keep his mouth shut. By such reasoning, if they weren’t raging hypocrites, they’d have shut their own ignorant mouths years ago.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Where I live in east Texas, we have climate change, I totally believe that, I know that to be a fact. In fact, we have it four times a year.

    That’s not climate change you idiot.

    On a related note, I must say I’m very amused by conservatives saying that the Pope should keep his mouth shut. By such reasoning, if they weren’t raging hypocrites, they’d have shut their own ignorant mouths years ago.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    To be fair, Popes have tried very hard for centuries not to be influenced by the world around them. We can’t expect them to succeed all of the time.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    To be fair, Popes have tried very hard for centuries not to be influenced by the world around them. We can’t expect them to succeed all of the time.

  • Al Dente

    John Pieret @3

    Fuck those future little buggers!

    “What has posterity ever done for us?” -Sir Boyle Roche

  • Al Dente

    John Pieret @3

    Fuck those future little buggers!

    “What has posterity ever done for us?” -Sir Boyle Roche

  • Lofty

    busterggi @9

    ” You’ve been studying those right-wing influenced Texas textbooks again, haven’t you?”

    oh sure, like he can read.

    Well they line the walls of his study in color coded sets, like children’s picture books.

  • Lofty

    busterggi @9

    ” You’ve been studying those right-wing influenced Texas textbooks again, haven’t you?”

    oh sure, like he can read.

    Well they line the walls of his study in color coded sets, like children’s picture books.

  • thebookofdave

    I picture Gohmert pouring over climatology papers in scientific journals every day, doing the hard work of objectively analyzing them

    Everybody knows climatology articles are a bunch of hooey! That’s why Gohmert researches journals with more pictures of animals and clouds, that allow him to keep up with his grandkids.

  • thebookofdave

    I picture Gohmert pouring over climatology papers in scientific journals every day, doing the hard work of objectively analyzing them

    Everybody knows climatology articles are a bunch of hooey! That’s why Gohmert researches journals with more pictures of animals and clouds, that allow him to keep up with his grandkids.