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Without Hint of Irony, Santorum Asks the Pope to ‘Leave Science to the Scientists’

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Perennial presidential candidate and “alleged” devout Catholic Rick Santorum has another disagreement with Pope Francis, and this time it’s all about science.

We know that Santorum didn’t like that the Pope supported “responsible” childbearing and now he wishes the head of the Catholic Church would stop talking about climate change. Why? Because he thinks the Pope should “leave science to the scientists” and says that the religious leader is not “credible” on the subject.

If you’re keeping track at home, Santorum, who supports teaching religion in schools instead of science, thinks that the Pope, who has a degree in chemistry and wants the Earth to survive so it can house more Catholics (but not too many), is not a credible source of scientific information.

Santorum was appearing on The Dom Giordano Show talking about his leap year tradition of running for president and said, without laughing, that “[w]hen we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.” He added:

“[T]he church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is … theology and morality.”

But if the church has “gotten it wrong a few times on science,” then should we really be teaching it in schools? Or is this just a matter of trial and error? Maybe some passages are right and some of them are wrong. That would definitely be the consistent approach for the politically religious, right? Santorum is always trying to use his faith as an excuse to say horrible things about people and encourage blind ignorance. Meanwhile, an influential religious figure actually starts leading the followers of his religion in a responsible way that preserves the planet that their God created and makes life easier for less fortunate citizens of that planet. Generally speaking, the politically religious don’t give a crap about that kind of thing because, sadly, that doesn’t get votes.

But this is what happens when you don’t fact-check your own talking points!

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