Secretary of State John Kerry recently used scripture to defend protecting Muslims from global warming. At a ceremony to appoint Texas attorney Shaarik Zafar as a special representative to Muslim communities, Kerry said that Muslim countries are vulnerable to climate change.
According to Freedom Outpost, Kerry said, "Our faiths are inextricably linked on any number of things that we must confront and deal with in policy concepts today. Our faiths are inextricably linked on the environment. 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.
"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 identifies himself as a Catholic, though he has said in the past that he firmly believes in the separation of church and state.
Publication date: December 30, 2014