Al Gore had a full head of steam up when he appeared before the activist group Avaaz, which espouses all the most obvious left-wing causes. His topic, of course, was “climate change,” and it’s clear from the tenor of his speech in this video clip that he intended to quote words from Jesus that sound as if they’re about the climate.
The passage is Luke 12:54-56 (I use the King James version here, since it’s what Gore quotes from):
And [Jesus] said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
Ye hypocrites! Ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
Bible scholars and teachers have long interpreted this passage — in light of the text before and after it — as a use of analogy. Jesus is pointing out to the people that they can readily interpret the signs of impending weather, and that they ought certainly to be able to discern the kind of time they are in, in moral or spiritual terms.
Gore, on the other hand, is clearly just building up with relish to the exclamation “Ye hypocrites!”
The audio system had other ideas. See the microphone cut out on him at the fateful moment.