Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a
sermon speech last Wednesday that is getting some flack from conservative and right-wing media outlets. With its bizarre mix of creationism and scripture, combined with climate change and patriarchy, with a dash of racism and condescension thrown in, it is somewhat surprising that left-leaning media isn’t jumping on Kerry as well.
John Kerry’s bizarre comments were made as he spoke at a ceremony to install Texas lawyer Shaarik H. Zafar as the “Special Representative to Muslim Communities.” This is a position created by Kerry’s office, according to the State Department website, “for executing Secretary Kerry’s vision for engagement with Muslims around the world on a people-to-people and organizational level.”
Saving the question of why the government thinks it even needs a position like this for another day, Breitbart and the Washington Free Beacon honed in on John Kerry’s admonition that it is the Biblical responsibility of the people of the United States to protect Muslim countries from climate change.
“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth, and for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God.”
Kerry did not say, however, what Bible passages this duty is laid out in.
Nor did he offer any explanation for why “Muslim-majority countries” are the “most vulnerable,” a characterization that smacks of patriarchy and racism, as pointed out by Wizbang. John Kerry seems to believe that these Muslim countries need the help of Big Brother USA because they are too poor and helpless to do anything about the big problem of global warming. (Could it be that some of them are too busy fertilizing the earth with the bodies of innocent civilians and beheaded journalists to care?)
It is fascinating to see how clearly John Kerry speaks of creationism as a foregone conclusion in his appeal to guilt people to support his view that America needs to help the helpless Muslims.
“For many of us, respect for God’s creation also translates into a duty to protect and sustain His first creation, earth, the planet. Before God created man, He created heavens and earth.”
Watch out, John Kerry. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, may be all over you for that comment. Oddly enough, there have been no reports of any of the left ripping into Kerry for his failure to separate church and state (a concept incorrectly attributed to the Constitution). Had this been a conservative or a Republican politician making those comments, this would have been front page news. Since it’s just John Kerry, it has slipped by without a whimper.
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