Trump: it’s religion and his hair that matters, not climate change

Trump: it’s religion and his hair that matters, not climate change September 23, 2019
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IN 2018 Donald Trump said that, when it comes to climate change, scientists have a ‘political agenda’.

Part of that agenda, one presumes, was to deprive him of his addiction to hair spray. He petulantly said in 2015:

I want to use hair spray. They say, ‘Don’t use hair spray, it’s bad for the ozone.’ So I’m sitting in this concealed apartment, this concealed unit … It’s sealed, it’s beautiful. I don’t think anything gets out. And I’m not supposed to be using hair spray?’

He continued:

So Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and the – a lot of it’s a hoax, it’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.

Why bring this up now? Because the Guardian last Friday ran a piece that said that Trump had decided to snub a key summit on the climate crisis which began today (Monday) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and instead will be taking part in a meeting on “religious freedom” in the same building.

A senior UN official said:

No one was really expecting the President to come to the climate summit.

The Guardian said:

It’s understood that senior UN staff have realistic expectations of Trump and do not expect him to engage on the climate crisis, even for a summit held in his home town. Trump has vowed the US will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

Trump’s jamboree – called “Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom” – in the UN headquarters on the same day is a disruptive move by the loopy Christian organisers, according to Mary Robinson, former Irish President and ex-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He’ll clog up the whole system. He won’t go to the climate summit and he wants the distraction factor, I suppose.

David Waskow, Director of the International Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, added:

Not participating and yet showing up at the building is throwing down a gauntlet. It’s most importantly a snub to the young people pleading for action on climate change. Donald Trump has made very clear internationally and domestically he has no interest in the science or this issue. It’s up to the rest of the world to get on with its business.

Listen to Swedish teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg’s impassioned speech to the UN earlier today.

Meanwhile, the Christian Post quoted White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham as saying:

The President is working to broaden international support for ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom in the wake of increasing persecution of people on the basis of their beliefs and a growing number of attacks on and destruction of houses of worship by state and non-state actors.

The President will call on the international community to take concrete steps to prevent attacks against people on the basis of their religion or beliefs and to ensure the sanctity of houses of worship and all public spaces for all faiths.

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Among those invited are conservative evangelical leaders who have participated in events at the White House, and fanatics such as arch-homophobe Tony Perkins, above, of the designated hate group, the Family Research Council.

Johnnie Moore, a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and an evangelical leader, said:

The President of the United States has decided to set his own agenda for the United Nations General Assembly and that agenda will involve the most sweeping, focused statement on religious freedom ever delivered by any President of the United States to the United Nations.

Simply put, the President is using the full weight of the United States to force the issue of religious freedom on the agendas of world leaders of the United Nations. It is not a secondary issue to the United States. It is an organizing principle for the United States and ought to be for all global leaders.

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  • Tawreos

    I am sure that the UN loves being a backdrop to Trump’s pandering to his base

  • Barry Duke

    I’ve added this amazing video to the report, but for some reason it’s not showing up: https://youtu.be/DYqtXR8iPlE

  • Jim Jones

    > that agenda will involve the most sweeping, focused statement on religious freedom ever delivered by any President of the United States to the United Nations.

    I’ll look forward to that. I’m sure Obama’s speech will be great.

  • Jim Jones

    How does he breathe?

  • PinochleofVirtue

    I guess the upside to that is thanks to Trump few nations look to the US for leadership anymore.

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    “IN 2018 Donald Trump said that, when it comes to climate change, scientists have a ‘political agenda’”. Of course they have a political agenda – everything is political. If a community pushes for a service or the improvement of an existing service that’s being political. There is a difference between that and being party political where advancing a particular party or a political ideology is involved. I used to be a community councillor. The community council is supposed to work for the betterment of the local area without any identifiable party leaning though our actions are still political. It is also voluntary – we give of our time without any recompense though legitimate expenses could be claimed.
    Regarding the religious non event, it’s just the “victim” paranoia again since Christianity is based on martyrdom. They may say it’s about all religions but that’s window dressing. For anyone to think Trump is religious is delusional or maybe they just don’t care. He may have a vague superficial religiosity but his real gods are himself, absolute power and the dollar.

  • Michael Neville

    So Donny is going to make a speech to people who already agree with him instead of trying to deal with a real problem that he pretends doesn’t exist.

  • kaydenpat

    For President “Muslim Ban” Trump, Perkins and that ilk, religious freedom = the right to discriminate against LGBTs. Let’s keep it real. And this concept favors Christians over non-Christians.

  • Barry Duke

    Given that it would take an entire can of hairspray to tame Trump’s delinquent hair every day, and he was using it a sealed room, that may go a long way to explain his brain damage.

  • barriejohn

    Was it padded?

  • barriejohn

    They don’t care. He advances their agenda and that’s all that matters.

  • Jim Jones

    He would absolutely destroy the environment for better hair.

  • bigpinch

    When was the last time someone tried to force their religion down your throat? How id they do it or how did they try to do it? Who forced their religion down Greta Thunberg’s throat? She didn’t come up will all that on her own.

  • bigpinch

    You’re delusional. Maybe you and Adam Schiff could get together and make up more lies about Donald Trump.

  • bigpinch

    And anyone who thinks you know what you’re talking about is just the sort of dupe you’re looking for.

  • Jim Jones

    Whoosh!

    Someone doesn’t understand hyperbole!

  • Jim Jones

    You may need to refresh the page to make the videos show up. Disqus, eh?

  • johnsoncatman

    EVERY TIME someone tries to use their religion as a cudgel to pretend that the laws of the US are based on ANY religious principles is an attempt to force their religion onto me. The US is a nation based on secular (non-religious for those not paying attention) principles. You can believe what you want, but you CANNOT FORCE ME TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR RELIGION OR ITS BELIEFS.
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    Sure, a sixteen year-old couldn’t possibly have any kind of independent thoughts like that. Totally impossible. You are an ID10T.

  • barriejohn

    So she’s sixteen years old and she couldn’t possibly grasp scientific concepts? You’re priceless!

    Incidentally, some people known as the Plymouth Brethren got hold of me, largely through one of my teachers and a colleague of my father, when I was about twelve years of age, brainwashed me and literally ruined my life. I left them about thirty years ago after a mental breakdown, yet I still receive books, tracts, and letters telling me that they are praying for me and that “The Lord” has a work for me to do if only I will “return to him”. If that’s not forcing religion down someone’s throat I don’t know what is, and as someone who used to enthusiastically engage in the same tactics myself I can tell you that either you don’t know what you are talking about or you are devious and dishonest in the extreme.

  • bigpinch

    Someone is just a silly by_itch.

  • bigpinch

    Show me your 16 year old scientists. How have I used my religion as a cudgel? You, on the other hand, are using your Gaia Religion to force me to go along with your political agenda.

  • bigpinch

    So, since you were 12 years old, you haven’t figured out how to think for yourself and not feel persecuted by religious extremists who send you books and letters in the mail. Perhaps you should apply to Medicare/Medicaid for some sort of compensation for your mental insufficiency. Can you actually hold a job? Or do you just sit in some corner and weep and whine because people with whose opinions your do not agree express theirs? Go find a safe space, you little snowflake.

    “If that’s not forcing religion down someone’s throat I don’t know what is…” Yep, you don’t know what is..

  • johnsoncatman

    You’re delusional. Maybe you and Adam Schiff could get together and make up more lies about Donald Trump.

    I can see that logic and evidence mean nothing to you. If you think for one second that the Orange Toddler-Tyrant cares about anyone but himself, you are truly delusional. And if your avatar is your picture, you may not have to worry about the planet in fifty years because you will be dead. A sixteen year-old, however, would like for there to be a livable planet when she retires.

  • bigpinch

    You have no empirical evidence for man-made climate change. All you have is hysteria from the “scientists” that you worship; “scientists” that take your tax money to keep you freaked out about a dystopian future that is only an extension of your fear and ignorance. Then you take a mentally defective and emotionally abused 16-year old girl, turn her into a goddess and proclaim that she is your new savior. And you say that, “logic and evidence mean nothing” to me? What’s in that pipe you’re smoking?

    And I especially love it when some still-wet-behind-the-ears gum chewer like yourself thinks that age is a disqualifier for intelligence and expresses the hope that I’ll be dead, soon. You little morons are so predictable. No wonder you can’t make any money. The squirrels in the park beat you out of your peanuts.

  • johnsoncatman

    WOW. You ARE delusional. Your scare quotes around “scientists” is a sure sign that my statement regarding logic and evidence is totally true. I do not “worship” scientists. However, the climate scientists have used the scientific method over years of research to come to the overwhelming conclusion that humans are causing immense harm to the planet. Your fear and ignorance as well as your blind devotion to the false notion that humans are not harming the planet is akin to mental illness. Greta is not “mentally defective and emotionally abused”. You really should stop listening to the propaganda on Fox Spews. And maybe stop drinking the Kool-Aid or whatever else is rotting your “brain”.
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    Further, you know nothing about me. You seem to think only young people care about the planet. I am much older than you apparently assumed. I do not chew gum. Age is not a disqualifier for intelligence, but willful ignorance is, and you have that in spades. I did not express any hope that you will be dead. You are simply making another assumption. I merely stated that, because you look older than 50 in your avatar pic, you will most likely be dead in 50 years. Learn to actually read. Don’t try to fill in blanks that aren’t there.
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    By the way, I make pretty good money. And I don’t care if the squirrels eat the peanuts because I eat almonds and cashews.