‘How dare he’ Archbishop slammed for equating slow climate change action to ignoring Nazis

Jonny Gould criticises Archbishop Welby for Nazi comment

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Justin Welby told the BBC’s political editor at the COP26 climate change conference people will speak of politicians “in far stronger terms than we speak today of the politicians of the 30s, of the politicians who ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany”. He also said there would be a “curse” on leaders presiding over the climate crisis. Mr Welby has since apologised for the comments, but journalist and podcast host Jonny Gould said it was a “appalling” and an “asbolute disgrace” that Mr Welby even made the comments.

Mr Gould slammed: “The first thing he does is to apologise to Jews who are offended… the whole country is offended by this!

“Why does he not apologise firstly to his own flock, his own Church of England followers!

“How embarassing if your lay leader starts doing a Joey Barton… he’s like Joey Barton in a frock!”

He added: “The first thing I thought was ‘what kind of stuff is he reading’ that he is part of an echo chamber that thinks it is ok to say that? How dare he!”

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Mr Gould also speculated the “average Church of England churchgoer” would be appalled by the comments and want to distance themselves from Justin Welby.  

He then went on to share his anger at the “curse” Mr Welby spoke of which he claimed is hanging over COP26 leaders with their response to climate change.

He said: “Why is he instituting a curse upon the leaders as though it can be his magic religious wand!”

The comment prompted talkRADIO’s Kevin O’Sullivan to joke The Archbishop of Canterbury is instead the “Archbishop of Voodoo”.

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Following the Nazi comments, Mr Welby went on to tell Ms Kuennsberg this was “because this [climate change] will kill people all around the world for generations, and we have will have no means of averting it.”

Asked if he was saying a failure to act on climate change would be worse than allowing a genocide to happen, he replied: “It will allow a genocide on an infinitely greater scale.

“I’m not sure there’s grades of genocide, but there’s width of genocide.

“And this will be genocide indirectly, by negligence, recklessness, that will in the end come back to us or to our children and grandchildren.”


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But he later apologised, saying it was “never right to make comparisons with the atrocities brought by the Nazis” adding that he was “trying to emphasise the gravity of the situation facing us” with the comments.

He later tweeted: “I unequivocally apologise for the words I used when trying to emphasise the gravity of the situation facing us at COP26.

“It’s never right to make comparisons with the atrocities brought by the Nazis, and I’m sorry for the offence caused to Jews by these words.”

Mr Welby went on to tell the BBC that climate change was “the long term equivalent of a nuclear war”.

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