Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Face, meet palm.

At a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday, 66-year-old Republican Congressman Tim Walberg was asked by a constituent about his position on climate change. Walberg responded that he believes the earth is warming and that man has something to do with it. Refreshing from a Republican, right?  I thought so.

Then he dropped this bomb:

“…As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.”

That’s his plan to battle climate change. And his job is to craft and pass laws in the United States of America.

Walberg was hosting this town hall to discuss the current health care bill and attempt to gain support for it from local residents. What he failed to see was the hypocrisy in his approach to climate change and health care. On one hand, he’s asking voters to support the health care bill which is all about humans providing treatment to those who are sick or injured. On the other hand, he’s saying that if the earth is sick or injured, God will fix it, not man. If it’s that easy, then why not leave the sick or injured to God too? Is it that God isn’t powerful enough to heal the sick, or does Walberg’s deity just not care?  I mean, really, isn’t healing the sick just spitting in the face of God’s plan anyway?

I could go on and on with these types of hypocrisies and logical flaws all day, but you get the point.

The major issue here is that this is just one of several people in Congress who think a mystical deity can solve the world’s problems, when it’s his actual job to legislate and attempt to solve issues that affect the US. If he thinks we should just put it all in God’s hands, then he should promptly leave office and allow someone more rational to take over.  It’s one thing if a pastor is proclaiming from the pulpit that God will fix what ails the world. It’s quite another when someone who was elected to serve in government expresses no interest in intervening to prevent a real issue that we’re already seeing the effects of.

If your deity of choice hasn’t solved climate change at this point, it’s safe to say he/she isn’t going to, and that we need to act.  Or else very soon, there won’t be any humans left to worship these apathetic figures.

 

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