He could have meant skeptics — it’s so hard to tell what the confused mean to say.
Michigan NPR reports in “Breaking through to climate change skeptics“:
… Reverend Richard Cizik is the president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. He says a decade ago… he just didn’t believe climate change was happening.
“I was dismissive and ridiculed, like millions of others did, Al Gore and his book Earth in the Balance. So I was a skeptic, a denial-ist, a scoffer if you will. But I changed.”
He says he changed his mind when he went to a conference at Oxford University and learned about the science.
“It was simply an exposure for the very first time to the facts of climate change and the reality which is that the earth will change as a result forever in ways we don’t even fully comprehend today.”
But Reverend Cizik says when he talks to young Evangelicals… he doesn’t use science as a starting point.
“My message really isn’t to persuade anybody of the science of climate change which I do believe. It’s rather to persuade them of their own biblical responsibility – if they call themselves a believer. There’s no way you can love God and your neighbor if you’re polluting his or her air“…