Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced on Thursday that he will boycott Pope Francis' address to Congress since the pontiff may discuss climate change during the speech.
Gosar, a Catholic, said he would prefer that the pope address the "persecution of Christians" and religious freedom, rather than focus on the environment.
"Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of the world’s great religious advocates and address the current intolerance of religious freedom," Gosar wrote in an op-ed in TownHall. "Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change -- a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis."
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