The Bishop of Stafford has written an article in a parish magazine likening climate change deniers to Josef Fritzl, the Austrial child abuser that locked up and raped his daughter for 24 years.
As a “climate change denier” myself, I find these remarks highly offensive so I got on the blower to the office of the Diocise of Lichfield and told them I wasn’t best please with his remarks and wanted to complain.
They’re obviously a progressive bunch in Lichfield because you can complain to the Bishop of Lichfield directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you want to complain by snail mail then you can write to the Rt Revd Jonathan Leadhill, Bishops House, 22 The Close, Lichfield, WS13 7LG. I would urge anyone who taks offence at anyone being likened to a child abuser for not believing humans are causing climate change (or anything else for that matter) to write and complain. It would be far easier, after all, to liken vicars to Josef Fritzl bearing in mind the number of priests and vicars that have been convicted of child abuse but strangely, “climate change deniers” don’t go around accusing the Bishop of Stafford of being a paedophile.
I am writing to complain about the offensive and highly inappropriate comments made by the Bishop of Stafford in a parish newsletter likening people who don’t agree with the discredited propaganda surrounding climate change to Josef Fritzl, the Austrian child abuser who locked up and raped his daughter for 24 years.
As somebody who doesn’t believe the propaganda that comes out of the Treasury or the “scientists” paid by the Treasury, I find this extremely offensive. I agree that climate change is happening – just like it has for millions of years – but I believe we need to adapt to the changing climate rather than try to stop it chaning which is, in itself, an exercise in futility.
The Bishop of Stafford is out of order and I insist that he withdraw his comments and issues an apology to those of us he labels as “climate deniers”. Belief in something that defies both logic and evidence is, of course, an essential qualification for a man of the cloth but it doesn’t give anybody the right to liken me to a child abuser for disagreeing with their views on climate change.