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?