The Koch Brothers Launch A Surrogate War Against Pope Francis


One of the greatest things to happen over the past year is the remarkable revelation that there is finally, at long last, a major Christian leader, and member of the clergy, who espouses, embraces, and promotes the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even for an avowed secular humanist, this is a stunning, and welcomed, development if for no other reason than one of the world’s leading religions appears to be adopting Christ’s regard for the world’s poor and downtrodden. Of course, the Catholic Pope has garnered nothing but serious opposition and pushback from America’s evangelical and Catholic Republican movement, and now the Koch brothers and their dirty energy cabal have joined what is developing into a dirty oil-evangelical war against Pope Francis.

The Pope already drew the wrath of both evangelical and Catholic Republicans in Congress for criticizing the greed and income inequality championed by the GOP, but now he has the undivided attention of the Koch brothers, Exxon, and their dirty energy cohorts. The cause célèbre for the Koch-funded evangelical movement is the Pope’s recent announcement that it is beyond high time for the world, and “all Catholics” to join the fight to reduce the existential threat to human beings from anthropogenic climate change. Last October, the Pope harshly condemned “The monopolizing of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics that are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness.”

Those words, although accurate, were toxic to a Koch-funded evangelical Christian group made up of pastors and Christian leaders, the Cornwall Alliance, that considers the devastating effects and great cataclysms we witness from the effects of anthropogenic (manmade) climate change the will of almighty god and biblical. A godly will that no man, much less the Vicar of Christ, dares speak out against or attempt to change. In the view of evangelicals and their leaders, if man destroys the environment and threatens human existence, it is god’s will and they will fight to see climate change’s full effects to fruition; for god, the bible, and the mountains of cash from the Koch brothers dirty energy cabal. Besides, evangelicals could not care one iota less if Earth becomes uninhabitable because something about an absurd idea of being “raptured” away for a ring-side seat as those sinners “left behind” receive god’s almighty wrath in the war of Armageddon.

The Cornwall Alliance was quick to lash out at the Pope this week when he announced he would be issuing a “rare encyclical on the environment and climate change” early this year, as well as convene a summit of the world’s religious leaders to address climate change. Pope Francis will also address the United Nations General Assembly with a view toward influencing the upcoming U.N. meeting on climate change in Paris this year.

The Pope’s announcement drew a harsh rebuke from the religious right’s Cornwall Alliance, whose spokesman, Calvin Beisner, said that regardless of his position as Pope, or intent to help mankind, “Francis will be opposed by the powerful US evangelical movement.” The Koch-funded “Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation” had previously issued a biblical declaration labeling the American environmental movement a dirty false religion and “unbiblical.” There is nothing whatsoever in any version of the Christian bible that refers to the American environmental movement as a religion, false or otherwise, or contrary to biblical principles. But American evangelicals cannot be expected to know the contents of an alleged holy book they refuse to read much less follow.

Beisner also warned the Pope that he had better “back off” talking about combatting climate change saying that although “The Catholic church is correct on ethical principles, it has been misled on science. It follows that the policies the Vatican is promoting are incorrect. Our position reflects the views of millions of evangelical Christians in the US” as well as the Koch brothers who fund the Cornwall Alliance. In fact, as an evangelical group, “specializing in promoting pollution” has been a funding bonanza for the evangelicals who issued their own Christian edict that “to believe in climate change is really an insult to god and will lead to tyranny.” Leave it to American-style bastardized Christianity to know what their god considers and insult; unless their “god” is the Koch brothers’ dirty energy industry money.

There are some addressable issues in Beisner’s warning to Jesus Christ’s “representative on Earth” to back off and stay out of the fossil fuel industry’s business of decimating the environment.  The only “ethical principle evangelicals agree with Catholic doctrine on is controlling women by banning all forms of “unnatural birth control.” Other than that one abominable concurrence, this new Pope’s adherence to the biblical Jesus Christ’s teachings that “millions of evangelical Christians” reject is a major source of angst and ire to Republicans, the religious right, and their funding machine the Koch brothers. That the Pope embraces the obvious science and empirical truth about anthropogenic climate change, and is joining the battle to assuage its destruction, is why the Kochs and their dirty energy cabal are funding the evangelical war against the Pope; to perpetuate the damage from climate change and their ungodly profits.

This is not Cornwall’s first foray into the war to increase carbon emissions and oil industry profits. A couple of years ago one of the Kochs’ and oil industry’s greatest political and legislative arms, the Heritage Foundation, gave the evangelical Cornwall organization a forum to roll out its crusade against climate science called “Resisting the Green Dragon.” According to Cornwall’s pastors and Christian leaders, the Kochs’ oil industry campaign against efforts to combat climate change is the evangelical movement’s  “biblical response to one of the greatest deceptions of our day” against what they have labeled “a false religion.” The group claims the entire climate change movement is a “nefarious conspiracy to empower eugenicists and create a global government” and portrays even the idea of climate change as the work of Satan the Devil.

Pope Francis has already shown he is not swayed, impressed, or intimidated by evangelical or Catholic Republicans in Congress so it is highly unlikely he will be terrorized by “millions of American evangelical Christians” or their Koch brother, filthy energy industry funding machine. The relationship between the Kochs and Cornwall is symbiotic in that the Kochs get a ready-made batch of religious sycophants dedicated to supporting the destruction of the environment to hasten the onset of their cherished end time “rapture,” and the Cornwall Alliance evangelical pastors and leaders get an endless supply of Koch, Exxon, and oil industry cash.

The Pope may not be an environmental champion yet, especially in America, but because he is the first Pope in generations to actually espouse the teachings of Jesus Christ, it is highly likely his war on global climate change will garner widespread support from the estimated 1.2 billion Catholic devotees around the world. Still, with only millions of American “onward Christian soldiers” in the evangelical movement opposing the Pope, and unlimited Koch and oil industry money, one can only assume that the Koch war on the Pope will not end quickly; at least not in America.


59 Replies to “The Koch Brothers Launch A Surrogate War Against Pope Francis”

  1. The Pope has deeper pockets and more support than the Kochs. They may have chosen their target poorly with him.

  2. I’m an agnostic person that adores Pope Francis! You know he’s doing some good in the world if he has angered Republicans in congress and the Koch brothers. Keep fighting the good fight against these evil cretins! It’s about time a religious figure in this cruel world point out the injustices in our society, and believes climate change is real!

  3. Evangelicals are neither Christian nor Catholic.
    “Catholic Republican” is an oxymoron.
    Jesus vomits when He thinks on both of these tribes.

  4. I’m a non-practicing protestant and I love this pope!!!
    Who are YOU to judge tea bag/repubs, you are NOT christians and are picking on the WRONG person!

  5. Never under estimate the stupidity of evangelical Christians especially when their pastors are being paid.

  6. Euro-Christianity is in full meltdown. The Divine White Male is no longer a workable concept.

    Nice 400 year run, though.
    Pope Francis is the 1st non-european Pope. His cultural and pastoral experience are totally different from Western Europe.

    He is also a wise man, who understands that how Jesus lived is infinitely more important than how he died.

  7. He is also a wise man, who understands that how Jesus lived is infinitely more important than how he died.

    What a terrific observation.
    Many, many thanks.

  8. I’m a Catholic, and a U.S. “tree huggin’ commie liberal,” who just absolutely loves Pope Francis. And I love this article… the Koch Brothers frighten me – they are a potent and powerful evil in America. I’m so glad we have a Pope who, finally, is willing to stand up to the powers that be and speak truth. I hope and pray that he is able to bring real reform to he church and open the minds of Catholics and Christians in the U.S. who are so readily blinded by trickle-down economics and Koch-style Libertarianism.

  9. Is there any doubt the Koch’s will secretly appeal to the Curia, the deeply corrupt and entrenched administrative body of the Vatican? They for many years knowingly laundered money for the Mob, enriched themselves, and covered up many scandals. They hate Francis, who has tried to clean the Curia up. They would sell him out in a second if the price were high enough. Do the Koch’s have enough money to buy off the Curia members? Are they cynical and hateful enough to try? Sadly, yes…

  10. I see your point but I believe that the Curia have plenty of money of their own. They’re not likely to want to bow down to the nouveau riche Kochs for the pittance they could offer.

  11. You just sent a shiver down my spine! I adore this Pope. I also fear for him. He can influence policy and minds therefore their pocketbook.

  12. Evangelicalism is the false faith, lead by the false prophets. The “Rapture” is an invention of pure evangelical fiction and is not found in any book of the Bible. Make no mistake, evangelicals are the modern equivalent of Pharisees and worship only money & power, i.e. the golden calf. These pseudo Christians, or more accurately, Christofascists along with their extremist Muslim counterparts are the gravest threat the world has faced since the rise of the Axis powers leading to WWII.

  13. Back before the culture wars, Fundamentalists and Evangelicals were distinct tribes (though still overlapping), with Evangelicals being less extreme & more pro-science.
    Though out of the spotlight (and diminished in numbers), many Evangelicals still do accept evolution & favor environmental stewardship.

    Organizations like the Evangelical Environmental Network ( ) have been around for years, challenging & annoying the religious status quo. (Does anyone else remember the bumper sticker, “What Would Jesus Drive?” )

    The Southern Baptists, the largest protestant denomination in the US, signed a declaration in 2008 against global warming, and even Pat Robertson changed his stance on global warming.

    The Cornwall Alliance may be the evangelical counterpart to ALEC in corporate America, but it by no means speaks from all (or even most) Evangelicals.

  14. I might be mistaken, but the Vatican has pretty deep pockets, not to mention the support of over a billion people.

    This might be a fight the Koch brothers don’t want to have.

    That said, I don’t much care for the Catholic Church or its priests, bishops, cardinals and popes.

    But I like this pope. He seems like a good person. We’ll see if he has the fortitude to stand up to the 1%.

  15. Go for it Pope Francis….we are done with the Koch Brothers and the poisoning of this Earth that God created….

  16. Looking Forward, I share your concern about Pope Francis, but he knows the “cost of discipleship” (as did Romero). Jesus himself did not back down and say it would be easy going, but said, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27) and “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign those of his household.” (Matthew 10:24-25). It’s great to see a Christian leader who takes what Jesus said seriously. And it’s about time, too, if I might add.

  17. i hear the pope is going to be giving to talk about climate change soon. this is going to blow the plastic jesus types in the south more reason they hate the papists…

  18. Didn’t someone ever tell Beisner that Jesus preached against everything that he and his “evangelicals” support with every fiber of their being?

  19. He’s the leader of the Catholic Church. Why should we care what the Koch brothers and their little Oliver Cromwell play group say?

  20. The only things the Koch family values is money and power. The Pope and Christianity mean nothing to them except for the fact that the Pope could eliminate the Kochs with just one God-sent teaching to the people of this world encouraging all to defy the evil that is greed and disregard of all that is holy.

  21. They say a man is known by his enemies. That the Koch brothers are riled up against the Pope speaks well for Francis. [WINK]

  22. Somewhere in the bible it says we are the stewards of this earth that God gave us!

    I have not been religious for a very long time, now I just love a religious leader, I hope he keeps on the way he is now.

  23. These republicon, so called Christians practice everthing ungodly, yet they think they somehow hold a place in the heart of Almighty God. The Lord knows who truly belongs to him, those who follow and believe the teachings of Christ. Republicons are serving the master, money/power but the Word of God says you can not serve two masters.

    And Jesus said, depart from me, I know you not.”

  24. Hey Kochs…last time I heard Pope Francis was elected by the Conclave of Cardinals no mention of you at all!

    Contrary to your belief, money doesn’t buy everything!!! Pope Francis worships God, but you worship at the altar of greed!

    Remember that the LOVE of money is the ROOT of ALL EVIL! So butt out to your netherland and stay out!

  25. Well-said, James. These Talibangelicals have no relationship with Jesus Christ, nor do they have any idea about his teachings. It’s time to revoke the tax-exempt status of these churches who are lead by politicians in clerical collars. They are nothing more than tools of the far right and the Koch brothers. I am not a Catholic, but I love Pope Francis, and I fully support his initiatives(except for his position on birth control & abortion).

  26. I love Pope Francis. He cares for mankind and especially the poor. He works in the street like Jesus. God Bless You Pope Francis. Live long. Love Patty

  27. Do so-called Christians pining for the “Rapture” (not a biblical term) are “caught up” will be sexless beings? They will be like “angels of God in heaven” and “will neither marry, nor are given in marriage” in the resurrection. (Matthew 22:30).

    Perhaps the Koch brothers and fundamentalist Christians should just reject all the social justice teachings of Jesus since his teachings are obviously too liberal for them.

  28. Rmuse, in his anonymous enthusiasm for Pope Francis, is wholly ignorant of the extensive work that many Christians have been doing for decades on environmental issues. Check out the Accra Confession, for example. The only thing Pope Francis has going for him that others don’t is that he has become a media darling. So according to the internet, he is the one who is finally following Jesus. Wise up people!

  29. That’s all well and good but I think you are missing the point. Now if you can show me where the World Alliance of Reformed Churches has the same pull as the leader of over a billion people then you would have a point

  30. The Kochs and the Cornwall Alliance might as well go to hell NOW, since inevitably that is where they will end up. I am so sick and tired of these moron Republicans who lie at a drop of a hat, are immoral and a bunch of propagandists idiots. I am Catholic and a native Texan and these so called evangelical Christians mostly act like trash and Catholics that are Republican… they had better go back to catechism 101 !!! Republicans bastardize every ethical, logical and correct position on EVERTHING in addition to Christian & Catholic morals.. PERIOD, and there is NO argument, this is NOT an opinion, rather FACT !!!

  31. I am not a Catholic. In fact, I put absolutely no faith whatsoever in any religion. But, if I had to choose sides, then I would side with Pope Francis over the Fascists Charles and David Koch, who have to be the two biggest slimeballs to inhabit planet Earth since Adolf Hitler.

  32. “Saints” are a creation of mankind, specifically of the Holy Roman Church. In reality, sainthood is a state of mind among certain groups of people and nobody else.

  33. The Kochs are a two headed serphant. Pope Francis understands what they are doing and what they want to do to the world. He’s a fighter but also a knowledgable one. Jesuits are free thinkers and well educated so they cannot fool him. I don’t believe he cares what they say and will continue his fight about cli ate change. As far as the Evangelicals go,they only use the Catholic Church in their fight against abortion and birth control. They are the among the phony religions of twisted,demented ideas. Go Pope Francis and show them.

  34. <> How ironic with a name like that. Calvin Beisner?? Apart from being a Jewish surname, his first name ‘Calvin’ is even more ironic, considering Calvinism is exactly what is behind this nonsense. Calvinism is the complete inversion of authentic Christianity. It is Satanism masquerading as Christianity. It’s no surprise that this bastardized form of counterfeit religion is what founded the United States of America. Catholics have tried too hard for too long to assimilate into American culture. Maybe Catholics in America should finally “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” The United States is beyond saving. The only allegiance you should be pledging is to th…

  35. I hope some of the Catholics in our church read this and start looking at their voting records. In fact I may just make a copy of this and mail to one of the priests who almost told us that if we voted for Democrats, we would go to hell. just the opposite of what this great pope is saying.

  36. This pope is amazing. He’s doing a pretty good job of putting the attention on what MATTERS not the silly sexual politics stuff.

  37. Pope Francis is not Democrat or Republicans, he is a RIGHT OR WRONG kind of Pope!! Love him & love what he is doing,what he stand for..GOD’S TRUTH!! No I’m not a Catholic, close tho, Lutheran.

  38. Dear Pope Francis: I hope that you read all these comments. I, then, will know that when you come to Philadelphia Pennsylvania next September. You will look into why Holy Mass can be said in Barto Pennsylvania at the Shrine of Saint Pio.

    I wish you would contact me and let me tell you about the miracle of healing, there, two years ago to Andreo, a four year old boy.

    Richard Dinan

  39. They would call Jesus a communist marxist. The Kochs are nothing more than modern day Pontius Pilate’s trying to crucify those that are in opposition to them in the name of greed.

    Good vs evil. Frances will win, he has God behind him, Kochs just have oil barrels and stupid sheeple/fox viewers behind them.

    Kochs cant even stop Obama. Love it.

  40. i would never go back to that church, they clearly have been bought by evil. Any church that tells you how to vote is being run by somebody with money to gain. You need to remind that Priest that greed and lies are a sin.

  41. Just heard that phony pastor Huckabee wants the presidency. This hypocrite Christian lies through his teeth daily on Fox. Maybe he believes that deceptive omission isnt really lying. Whatever, hes not presidential material. Waste of time and $. Last time, fox management blew like 850 million to beat Obama, lets make em flush more of their precious money down the toilet, as the cast of gotp wannabees fight eachother for that precious dollar. Hillary’s got this.

  42. “to believe in climate change is really an insult to god and will lead to tyranny.”

    THAT is the operative quote in this article. The way it works with the Right is that they use psychological projection to make their point 99% of the time. In other words, they will deflect your attention from what it is they’re doing by BLAMING YOU FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

  43. Rita, these kind of so called Christians like to tell others during an election, they will go to hell if they vote Democratic. This has been going on since the Reygun days. Was told then the same.. again and again, in each election cycle.. ignore them..

  44. This Pope is far more than the leader of one billion plus Roman Catholics. Just look at how many of the above comments start out: I’m not a Catholic but… This Pope speaks and acts for many, many Christians and non-Christians who have been listening for this voice in the wilderness.

  45. Yeah, but I’ve also ‘heard’ whispers of contracts being out on the 2 evil Koch brothers (David, Charles) just hope those contracts are filled before anything happens to this Pope!

  46. I do not believe in heaven or hell, I think the life we are living is what we’ve got and we can put either positive or negative energy into the universe while we’re here. I believe people like the Koch brothers, trying to cut off and disenfranchise millions of low-income Americans, ARE the face of evil.

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