How does a Catholic, climate-denying Republican congressman deal with the Pope’s coming to Capitol Hill to talk about climate change?


If he’s Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, he writes a letter saying that he’s not going to attend. He also says that Pope Francis should instead talk about ISIS and persecuted Christians in the Middle East.┬áBecause if you claim to know more about science than scientists, why not just go all the way and say you know more about the papacy than the Pope?

There’s a word for that kind of thinking: heresy. It used to get people burned at the stake.