At a two-day State Department event aimed at finding solutions that would prevent the earth’s climate from changing so much, Secretary John Kerry was asked about Republican candidates who are “climate deniers.” Kerry responded, as reported by State.gov:
“[W]hen I hear a United States senator say, ‘I’m not a scientist so I can’t make a judgment,’ or a candidate for president for that matter, I’m absolutely astounded. I mean, it’s incomprehensible that a grownup who has been to high school and college in the United States of America disqualifies themselves because they’re not a scientist when they’ve learned that the Earth rotates on its axis but they’re not a scientist; where they’ve learned that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and it does so 24 hours a day; and you can run the list of things that we know science tells us happens, and we accept it every single day. And to suggest that when more than 6,000-plus peer-reviewed studies of the world’s best scientists all lay out that this is happening and mankind is contributing to it, it seems to me that they disqualify themselves fundamentally from high public office with those kinds of statements. And I think the American people will decide that this year, because the American people are overwhelmingly in favor of doing something about climate change.”
Saying that you wouldn’t vote for a “climate denier” is one thing, but saying that that person should be disqualified from holding public office, because he questions politically-connected, government-funded, pseudo-scientific surveys is something else entirely. This is the liberals’ version of a religious test.
Remember how shocking and controversial it was when Ben Carson said that he wouldn’t vote for a Muslim? He didn’t say that Muslims automatically disqualify themselves. He just said he wouldn’t vote for one for president. But his “bigotry” reached scandal status.
I guess it just depends on which religion is in question. When running for public office these days, it’s becoming a prerequisite to be a believer in manmade global warming in spite of scientific evidence to the contrary. Saying that a person who questions manmade global warming should be barred from running is now a perfectly reasonable and politically correct thing to say. But saying that you wouldn’t vote for a Muslim is anathema.