Pope blames atheists for environmental destruction.

Gotta love the Pope. If ever there was a perfect example of religious hubris and hypocrisy at its finest then the Pope is it. The fact that he can claim to be a font of morality after the travesty of justice that was the pedophile priest scandal shows that it’s not just the evangelicals that are immune to reality. Needless to say he find atheism to be a root cause of many of the ills the world faces.

Take, for example, environmental destruction. According to the Pope the blame lies with atheists and secularism:

Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the “final authority,” and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.

Creation, matter structured in an intelligent manner by God, is entrusted to man’s responsibility, who is able to interpret and refashion it actively, without regarding himself as the absolute owner. Man is called to exercise responsible government to protect it, to obtain benefits and cultivate it, finding the necessary resources for a dignified existence for all. With the help of nature itself and with the commitment of its own work and creativity, humanity is able to assume the grave duty to hand over to the new generations an earth which, in turn, the latter will be able to inhabit worthily and cultivate further.

I don’t know of any atheists personally, though I don’t doubt there are some out there somewhere, who feel that fucking up the planet isn’t a problem. I do know a lot of Christians who have argued that it doesn’t matter if we fuck up the planet because Jesus is coming back “Any Day Now™” and will wipe the planet clean of all unbelievers and restore it to like-new condition. In fact you can find numerous newspaper articles with arguments from Christians saying that environmentalism is Satanic and un-Christian and God declared man had dominion over the Earth to do with as he pleases, etc. and so on.

Meanwhile most of the atheists I know realize that this is the only home we have and if we make it too toxic it’ll be bad for the long-term survival of the species. We don’t believe in a magic sky fairy that’ll come down on a cloud and make it all better. We’ve got no one to rely on but ourselves. Yet, somehow, the Pope believes it’s all our fault.

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  1. If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the “final authority,” and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.

    Given Vatican accounting, should we take this as a covert confession that The Pope is an atheist?

    It’s like that line of argument that “without God, people become rapists and murderers” – the one that ends debate because your religious interlocutor has confessed to having the nasty urges that you don’t.

    The Pope is just confessing his avarice.

  2. Stormin Normin-
    You mean that Les is the pope?
    Crap- I never saw that coming!!! Your referring to the “be fruitful and multiply” bit in that book he keeps bangin’ on about, right?

    Unless your trying to say that he is the ‘King of the Atheists’, and theres some directive to have 20 screaming kids apiece, or something stupid and ill-informed like that.

    If that is the case, then your a dick.

  3. I don’t know why this would be surprising.  After all, religion is how people learn to not take responsibility for their actions…it’s always someone else’s fault.  They were either tempted or the Devil took over.  Why would this be any different.

  4. Meanwhile most of the atheists I know realize that this is the only home we have and if we make it too toxic it’ll be bad for the long-term survival of the species. We don’t believe in a magic sky fairy that’ll come down on a cloud and make it all better. We’ve got no one to rely on but ourselves.
      ——LES———-

    I would have posted but you said it already brother.

  5. Julian, I saw it too, good episode. I feel true shame for having ever been a Catholic.
    “Nowhere Man” would prefer to read books from 11 centuries ago and play his Mozart rather than have to spend any sort of time trying to understand modern issues where he with his money and power could actually be helpful; rather than simply pointing fingers at random groups that he dislikes.
    The pope is living in his own closed off world where only certain convenient facts can get through, otherwise he can make things up as he goes along. He really believes (or at least he says he does) that condoms do not prevent AIDS. He really believes (or says he does) that anyone who is pro-choice is simply a “relativist” and not simply someone who believes in the right to privacy and who does not share his own sort of embryological fundamentalism. And here he is in his own little fantasy world claiming that lack of belief in god is destroying the environment. No one who spends any time studying modern conditions and modern science and who looks at modern environmentalism would believe this.
    To add to what Les alluded to; when Bush, the religious right’s president, was having environmental reports white washed so that no one would see the damage to the environment, it was not because he was having a flash of Atheism. When religious right politicians today say that global warming cannot do damage to our planet because God said that he would never again destroy the earth with floods, this is not any form of Atheism that I am aware of.

  6. Well, this ought to be news to the local douchebag commenter in the local paper who argued that it was okay to trash the environment because God had clearly given Man dominion over all other living creatures.

    (As SNL’s Church Lady would say, “How conveeeeeenient…”)

    [Disclaimer: Killed an hour or so today listening to George Carlin’s “Back in Town,” so my opinion of humanity’s cognitive consistency may be a weeeee bit lower than normal…]

  7. Dx from Australia said:

    “Stormin Normin-
    You mean that Les is the pope?
    Crap- I never saw that coming!!! Your referring to the “be fruitful and multiply” bit in that book he keeps bangin’ on about, right?

    Unless your trying to say that he is the ‘King of the Atheists’, and theres some directive to have 20 screaming kids apiece, or something stupid and ill-informed like that.

    If that is the case, then your a dick.”

    Did this blurb of incoherent rambling make sense to anyone?

  8. …humanity is able to assume the grave duty to hand over to the new generations an earth…

    That’s funny—grave duty!  LOL
    Further irony (FWIW): the word I have to type to submit this post is 47death.

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