|Steve, He's Coming for You
Stephen Harper has a problem. The Holy Father is coming for him and the rest of his ilk. This time it's not a legion of scientists who can be gagged and dismissed or a bunch of whiny Third World leaders up to their knees in rising sea water to be ignored. It's Pope Francis, indisputably the most powerful living religious icon on the planet. And it's not just Catholics who love this guy - the rest of us also like him just fine.
This year Pope Francis is on a climate change crusade to drive out the carbon demons that have crawled up the ass of Harper and company. Steve can't duck this one. His permanently coiffed hair is the telltale sign of demonic possession.
According to The Guardian, Francis is going to issue a Papal edict on climate change, a call to arms to the world's 1.2-billion Catholics.
"...can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
"It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world's main religions."
What's that, a "summit of the world's main religions"? Francis is planning on uniting not only Christendom but also the Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists behind climate change and squarely against our own Steve and the rest of the Carbon Clique.
It'll be the Fossil Fuelers versus God in all his/her iterations. And among those who'll be hearing the message will be a goodly, God-fearing chunk of Canada's electorate. Oh my, my. Talk about Divine Intervention.
Given Pope Francis' already impressive batting average, it doesn't look good for Sideshow Steve and his Carbon Demons. You might say the Vatican is planning to give him a high colonic exorcism.
Fanciful as this might seem, a bit of Google research turned up some interesting facts. Roman Catholicism is the given religion of 38.7% of Canadians which is about the same as the percentage of votes cast in the last election that handed Harper his majority. Canada's progressive Protestant churches make up another 15-20% of the population. You can pretty much count on those Protestant churches to support the pope on climate change. Even Harper knows not to expect much support from the fact-based outlook of the non-religious.
I think it's certainly possible that a good, climate-change nudge from the nation's pulpits could cost Harper his crown. Watch for the CRA to crack down on our churches.