Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association hosts a radio show called “Focal Point.” On its most recent edition, Fischer claimed that the turbulent weather that the world is experiencing is not due to climate change. Instead, climate change it is caused by “the sin of man.”
Fischer came to this conclusion by reading the Bible passage 2 Chronicles, which says, in part:
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Fischer editorialized and denied the existence of climate change, saying:
“We’re talking here about what our environmentalist friends would call extreme weather. Everything is the fault of global warming to them: We’re going to have more droughts because of global warming; we’re going to have more extreme weather because of global warming; we’re going to have more cyclones because of global warming; we’re going to have more tornadoes because of global warming.”
He went on:
“The problem is not global warming,” Fischer continued. “The problem is the sin of man. And the sin of man—not pumping CO2 into the air—but the sin of man is not following the rules and the statues of God. That’s the sin. In time, the penalty for that sin is the heavens are shut up, there’s no rain, there’s a drought, animals are dying, crops are not growing.”
The solution is not to go to Congress and get them to crack down carbon emissions. The solution is to go before God on our faces and repent of our sin.”
The scientific community would likely disagree with what Mr. Fischer is saying. There is, of course, nothing wrong with turning to one’s spiritual deity of choice in times of personal turmoil. However, public policy is another matter entirely. This is especially true when it comes to urgent matters that affect the entire world, such as climate change.
Religion certainly has its place in society. But Mr. Fischer and those who share his views likely will get nowhere with scientists on this matter when it comes to blaming “sin” for something like climate change.
Watch the pastor’s rumination below:
Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.