Remember a few years back when some company was found to have put Biblical quotes on gunstocks it sold to the U.S. military — even just a few months ago the Islamic supremacist apologist Mubin Shaikh used that in a debate with me on Michael Medved’s radio show to claim that the misadventure in Iraq was a “Crusade.” Will Leftists and Islamic supremacists start charging that Kerry’s campaign against “global warming” is likewise a Crusade? Will he be roundly excoriating for resorting to nineteenth-century colonial paradigms of the “White Man’s Burden” to civilize the rest of the world? Somehow I doubt it. But it is telling that he would do so: I have often noted that there is an unspoken paternalism and ethnocentrism at the heart of the Left’s refusal to hold Muslims to the same moral standards to which they hold Westerners — e.g., in their continued turning a blind eye to Hamas’s bloodlust and open calls for genocide of the Jews. The assumption is that these uncivilized folk just can’t be expected to behave decently and ethically, and it is our job to raise them to a loftier station. Kerry here confirms precisely that paternalism and ethnocentrism.
“Kerry: Scripture Commands USA to Protect Muslim Countries Against Global Warming,” Breitbart, September 3, 2014:
Wednesday at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change,” including to protect “vulnerable Muslim majority counties.”
Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, make clear it is our “duty” to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries “with a sense of stewardship of earth,” adding, “That responsibility comes from God.”