Jon Stewart Has A Blast With GOP Response To Pope's Climate Change Encyclical

Many of the Republican presidential candidates who normally aren't shy about bringing religion into politics had a sudden change of heart when Pope Francis released his papal encyclical on climate change -- and the hypocrisy wasn't lost on Jon Stewart.

On Thursday night's "Daily Show," Stewart played clips of Republicans distancing themselves from the pope's encyclical, which said climate change is being caused mostly by man and we must do more to protect the planet.

In particular, he focused on the two Catholic presidential hopefuls.

Rick Santorum recently said the pope should "leave science to the scientists." And Jeb Bush noted, “I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or from my pope."

"I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm," Bush added.

But just last week, Bush spoke about faith as the "moral foundation of our country," and how people of faith should be respected when they "want to take a stand for traditional marriage."

"Oh, so there it's OK," said Stewart. "Perhaps people would be more for preventing global warming if we refer to it as taking a stand for preserving traditional sea levels."

See his full takedown in the clip above.



Climate Change: 10 Beautiful Places Under Threat