Fox Host Declares Pope Francis “The Most Dangerous Human Alive”

In a histrionic bout of hyperbole, Greg Gutfield of Fox’s “The Five launched into a tirade about how Pope Francis (aka “Cool Pope”) is the “most dangerous human alive” for suggesting that climate change is real and it’s kind of nice to protect the environment. Gutfield claimed that the pope is seeking “respect from his adversaries” — by which I believe he means “liberals” — and that’s something only really terrible people do, I guess.

“He doesn’t want to be your grandfather’s pope. He wants to be a modern pope. All he needs is dreadlocks and a dog with a bandanna and he could be on Occupy Wall Street.”

Not to second guess the wisdom of Gutfield, but liberal Catholics are hardly unprecedented, especially when it comes to issues like poverty, worker’s rights and the environment. Also, unlike Fundamental Christianity, there’s nothing in Catholicism intrinsically opposed to climate change or protecting the environment in the first place. I’m pretty sure they’re not doling out Hail Marys for the sin of recycling or owning a Prius.

Gutfield also claimed, oddly, that the pope has a “Malthusian” belief that the world is overpopulated and thus wants to kill like, a billion people or something.

“He is a Malthusian. He is in bed with Malthus. He believes that the Earth is overpopulated… and remember he said Catholics have to stop breeding like rabbits? Do you remember where that came from? That’s a Malthusian belief. And Malthusians believe that the Earth is overpopulated and it would be nice if there were a few billion people less. How does that happen? Global warming.”

Isn’t it a fact that overpopulation is a problem? I honestly didn’t know that was a thing anyone was arguing against. By 2050 we’re gonna have about 10 billion people, and if we’re having trouble feeding and housing and clothing the 7 billion we have now, that’s gonna be a bit of a problem. Obviously no one is suggesting we start offing people, but I don’t think you have to be a Malthusian to think it’s a thing to be concerned about.

Gutfield then went off about all the things the Pope believes in that leftists do not–being against gay marriage and birth control and condoms, not supporting the idea of female priests–like we don’t know about them or something and just think he’s great because he believes in taking care of poor people and the environment. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m well aware of where I differ with Pope Francis.

I think most of us are just surprised that he’s not entirely terrible. Pope-wise, Francis doesn’t have that high of a bar to climb.

Most of the co-hosts were upset that the pope had chosen to speak on something they deem “political.” However Juan Williams pointed out that actually, pretty much all the popes since the 1970s have supported enviromentalism and spoken about climate change in one way or another, and that this is nothing unprecedented.

“I think the problem for you is that you put it in a box of pure politics, left and right,” said Williams. “What about if the Pope is simply saying… we should do all we can to support God’s green earth. Is that so radical?”

Gutfield responded by pursing his little lips and saying “Um, he has a Marxist background.”

For what it’s worth, most opposition to the existence climate change isn’t really “political” in the first place. It’s either based in religion or based in a desire to make more money. Nearly all support for the theory is based in science, not any political motives.

If Fundamentalist Christians get to say they don’t believe in climate change or taking care of the Earth for religious reasons, then why can’t the Pope say he does believe in it? Fair’s fair, right? I’m sure he wouldn’t be nearly as upset if Pope Francis had come out on the other side and said something like “God gave us the earth as a special present, and it’s insulting to him to suggest that there’s anything we can do to destroy it” or whatever.

I may not agree with Pope Francis on all the things, but the fact that he makes Greg Gutfield go off the deep end with rage is another thing for the plus column.


[Media Matters]