Since the Bible was taken out of the public schools a few decades ago, the void has been filled
with a pagan/pantheist religion called environmentalism. In it, the children are taught to
be good stewards of the Earth, not to honor God, who created it, but rather to honor the Earth
itself. The proponents of this religion see all industrial activity as a threat to the
environment, regardless of its benefits to mankind. After 12 or 16 (or more) years in the
The Bible clearly states that God has made the heavens, with all their host, and the earth, and all things that are in it, and the seas, and all that is in them, and He preserves them all. (Nehemiah 9:6) God himself preserves the earth (and the oceans and the atmosphere), not governments, not environmentalists, not anybody else.
Michael Crichton: Is environmentalism a religion? As more and more in society have drifted away from a belief in God the void needs to be filled for most human beings. The environment, Crichton said, has filled the void for many.
Democrats Turn the Thumbscrews to Make Us Suffer. Everything the Democrat Party does should be seen not from an economic or a political perspective, but one of sin and suffering — the suffering it imposes on us to expiate our imagery sins. It came to me in a flash of insight when I heard of a now-disgraced bureaucrat ("an undersecretary of climate change" in Massachusetts) who told a gathering of his colleagues that to fight melting ice caps and rising sea levels they would have to "break the will" of ordinary Americans, by "turning the screws" — raising energy costs so high that they would have to "stop emitting." Admirable candor from a functionary of the state with the soul of a Medieval torturer. But it goes beyond the need to make us obey. Progressives believe Americans must be made to atone for our sins (environmental, racial, economic and national) with higher taxes and energy costs, a lower standard of living, crime, open borders, racial humiliation and national dissolution. It's not a power-grab as much as an attempt to force a sort of secular Calvinism on the nation.
The Dangers of Climate Change Activists. What is it about people who are successful in one field and believe that gives them credence to serve as an expert in a totally unrelated field? Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and reportedly the fourth-richest person on the planet, now self-identifies as a climate expert, and not only an expert, but a fervent disciple of the latest religion for the non-religious, which would be "climate change."
'Crisis' Or Leap Of Faith? Our Politicians Are Clueless. Governments are currently fighting climate change to the tune of
billions. For this to make sense, each idea in the following chain of reasoning needs to be bulletproof:
Sacrifice to Superstition: Euthanizing Fuel Industry Jobs. It has been repeated often enough to qualify as a cliché that for some, Leftism is a substitute for religious faith. Overused though it may be, there is nevertheless much merit in that observation. An exaggerated belief in, and reliance upon "following science," even when there is no great scientific consensus or settled position on a given matter, is typical of that sort of quasi-spiritual devotion. To the practitioner, it lends a patina of rationality to callous, often hurtful, ideologically-driven policies and actions. But as we've seen through the ages with regard to actual religious practice: When powerful beliefs regarding temporal matters are grounded in dubious claims or specious facts, the result will not be enduring truth or justice, but instead superstition, bigotry, and in too many instances, outright cruelty.
Jeff Bezos and Amazon Join the Religion of Green. [Scroll down] The Religion of Green is where the new upper class goes for spiritual sustenance, having given up on Episcopalianism. The Religion of Green claims to be backed by science. That is not necessarily a lie, because a lot of scientists are enjoying great success thanks to the Religion of Green. Since the popularization of global warming, climate scientists have risen from occupants of an obscure corner of academia into world-jetting celebrities. For these scientists, worldly fame has displaced scientific investigation. But Amazon is late to the green party. Apple and Chevron have been celebrating the Religion of Green for a long time. Renewable energy is the concrete manifestation of the green religion. Yammering about global warming or recycling is mostly show. Renewable energy is billions of dollars for wind and solar farms that are absolutely a complete waste of money. Every claim made about the virtues of renewable energy is a lie and not a subtle lie. Further, the advocates of renewable energy that are technically literate have to work very hard not to see the truth. Of course, not seeing the truth is easier if your paycheck depends on not seeing the truth.
The Malthusian Pope. Most popes urge austerity as a means of saving one's soul. Pope Francis urges it for a different reason: to save the planet. In keeping with that temporal focus, he called this last week for humans to adopt "simpler" lifestyles not for reasons of spirituality but out of "respect" for the earth.
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Climate Worship Is Nothing More Than Rebranded Paganism. As secular liberalism destroyed the fundamental ties that bind society — faith, flag, and family — the human instincts for faith — to believe, worship, submit, and fear — didn't just go away but manifested in various other pre-civilized tribal ways. For example, a liberal seminary encouraged its students to skip classes to pray and confess sins in front of potted plants. In Switzerland, 250 people in full funereal garb mourned the apparent approaching death of a glacier. That is why members of "Extinction Rebellion" do what they do. Extinction Rebellion is an apocalyptic cult that wants to radically end every thing around you, from your private cars to the burgers you eat and the plastic chairs in your yard. It is a cult that was formed after its founder took psychedelic drugs and prayed for "social change." Members have blocked D.C. and London intersections, "twerking" the way people in a pre-civilized era would perform a fertility dance to pray to Gaia.
Maybe Nature Shouldn't Be Worshipped After All. Everyone on the left and right cares about the environment. But caring about the environment is not the same as environmentalism. Environmentalism, for most of its adherents, is a secular religion. These people, many of whom refer to, and truly regard, the Earth as a goddess (Gaia, the name of the ancient Greek Earth goddess) worship the environment. The man who, more than any other, started the modern environmentalist religion was James Lovelock, who developed the "Gaia hypothesis" in the 1970s. Almost 50 years later, in 2014, Lovelock told The Guardian, "Environmentalism has become a religion."
Pray to Greta, Saint of Climate Change, for $18 Plus Shipping. When Sen. Mazie Hirono suggested Americans should "believe in climate change as though it's a religion," some enterprising Canadians were listening. A website called Shrine On is among the many selling Greta Thunberg prayer candles, so supplicants can ask the climate gods to stop destroying us or something. "Pray to Saint Greta Thunberg, Saint of Climate Change," the Shrine On description reads. The candle, which includes a picture of Greta Thunberg dressed up as Jesus Christ often is in votive candles, sells for $18 plus shipping.
The Religion of Climatism. Greta Thunberg, the teenager from Stockholm, is the prophet of a new religion sweeping the West. Call it Climatism. Like any religion worthy of the name, it comes with its own catechism (what to believe) and eschatology (how the world will end). Thunberg's bible is the latest report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which gives us 12 years to save civilization as we know it. We have prayed to the false gods of fossil-fired growth, runs Thunberg's indictment. Guilty are the adults who have "lied to us" and given us "false hope." But her children's crusade — no-school "Fridays for Future" — will show the path to redemption. And so, the youngsters did. For September 20, the 16-year-old had managed to organize worldwide protest marches. From New York to Nairobi, from Asia to Australia, tens of thousands thronged the squares and streets of their cities, chanting: "You had a future, and so should we!"
Extinction Rebellion Founder Confirms That Global Warming Is Voodoo Science. The bible of climate alarmism defines sin (burning fossil fuels), offers absolution (going green), demands proselytization (which looks a lot like bullying) and indoctrination (teachers filling young minds with their political views), encourages zealotry (obvious to all but the zealots), and even designates a savior (Greta Thunberg). Within the alarmist belief system, there exists "absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability," and zero "tolerance for questions or critical inquiry." What a world we live in. A scientist abandons her discipline, replaces it with a witch doctor's mysticism, and yet it's the global warming skeptics, not the members of the Ouija board crowd, who are constantly condemned for being "anti-science."
The Fate of Secular Saint Greta Thunberg. One suspects that in a very short time, St. Greta will invite St. Joan's fate. No, she won't suffer a literal execution, but she will be "executed" nonetheless; and by the same crowd that currently is elevating her to sainthood. For now, she is proving to be very useful in promoting the religion of climate change. She would not be the first nor would she be the last of saints who have been exploited and then deserted in favor of another.
Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono: 'Believe In Climate Change As Though It's A Religion'. Hawaii Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono thinks Americans ought to fundamentally change the way they think about climate change, arguing that climate change should be thought of as a "religion" rather than a "science." "Believe in climate change as though it's a religion, it's not a science," Hirono encouraged.
Mazie Hirono exists to prove conservatives right about Democrats. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is a bit like failed 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke in that she is living proof that there is at least a grain of truth to even the wildest allegations leveled against the Democratic Party. "No one is coming for your guns," they said, "that is just a right-wing fantasy." Then along came O'Rourke. "Climate change is not a cult," they said. Then along came Hirono. The senator told supporters this week that they need to keep protesting so the Democratic Party can continue to be "committed to human rights, environmental rights, climate change — believe in climate change as though it's a religion (it's not, it's science)." There are two ways to translate Hirono's comments. You can take her seriously and interpret her words to mean: We must treat climate change as seriously as people of faith treat religion. You can also take her literally and interpret her words to mean: Climate change is a cult and we are proud acolytes.
Climate guru Petteri Taalas: Climate change "has the features of religious extremism". According to Petteri Taalas, there are, as of yet, no signs of horror images of climate change, such as the reversal of the Gulf Stream or large-scale methane depletion as the Siberian permafrost melts. [...] "The IPCC reports are read like the Holy Book, where certain sentences are sought to justify their own extreme positions. It has the features of religious extremism," Taalas says.
Church of Sweden proclaims Greta Thunberg 'successor to Jesus Christ' in resurfaced tweet. The Church of Sweden declared teen star climate activist Greta Thunberg to be an appointed successor to Jesus Christ in a 2018 tweet that resurfaced in the wake of her speech before the United Nations. "Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg," the tweet said on Dec. 1, 2018. The account, operated by the Limhamns Church, had previously tweeted several sentiments of climate activism. [...] The Church of Sweden has a history of promulgating climate alarmism and Greta Thunberg particularly, noting on their official website, "When the Amazon burns, we gather to fight for Mother Earth together."
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Climate Worship Is Nothing More Than Rebranded Paganism. Lynn Townsend White Jr., an American historian from Princeton, wrote an influential essay in 1967, at the height of the cultural revolution in Western campuses, arguing that Christianity and Judeo-Christian values are responsible for ecological disaster and climate change. The essay, naturally, was adapted by generations after, ironically almost like a document of faith. [...] If nothing else, the last few days should be enough to prove that Western civilization, a product of more than 1,500 years of Judeo-Christian values, is facing its most significant and sustained challenge in centuries from tribalistic paganism, a force that seeks not only to turn back time but essentially to destroy the entire current edifice.
If You Want To Know How Insane Environmentalists Have Gotten, This Funeral Is A Good Gauge. Environmentalism is pretty wacky. Watching any march, strike, or event with "mother Gaia" at the center of everyone's concern can really bring out the wackos and what is billed as a march to raise awareness about the left's irrational fear of climate change — I think we're all pretty aware at this point — usually ends up being a modern-day pagan gathering. It has also, apparently, inspired funerals. We've seen it before, such as the famous video of environmentalists losing it over a fallen tree. But according to CNN, a funeral was recently held in Switzerland for a glacier called Pizol, which has now completely melted.
Levin: The 'religion of climate change' is 'all [nonsense]'. Mark Levin listed numerous absurd climate change predictions news outlets made that have been disproven by time, cataloged by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The Guardian, a repeat offender, reported that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2014, 2015, and 2016. [...] Levin read from an article suggesting the climate change lobby has become more like a religion in recent years and describing how NBC News put up a page for "climate confessions," where people can pay their climate indulgences by anonymously submitting reports of their own climate "errors."
American Heroes Troll NBC's 'Climate Confessions' Site. The far-left NBC News launched a Climate Confession site, where eco-hypocrites can go to confess their carbon sins. Thankfully, there are still enough Americans left in America to treat this nonsense with the contempt it deserves.
The Climate Cult's 'New Theology' Is a Poisonous Proposition. [T]he root of their "new theology" is to place humanity on the level of plants as both peers and penitents. "What's different (and the source of so much derision) is that we're treating plants as fully created beings, divine Creation in its own right — not just something to be consumed."
NBC News Asks Americans To Confess Their Climate Change Sins. NBC News is asking Americans to confess their climate change sins, though at least some people have taken the opportunity to troll the news company. "Even those who care deeply about the planet's future can slip up now and then. Tell us: Where do you fall short in preventing climate change?" reads the introduction to NBC's "Climate Confessions" project. Many of the responses appear to take the project seriously. One person confessed taking flights to see their son across the country.
CNN's Climate Debate Hurts the Democrats It Tried to Help. It was reminiscent of an old-fashioned revival, this one for a new secular religion. One by one, the top-tier contenders vowed to spend vast amounts of taxpayer money, kill millions of jobs, and impose sweeping controls on the U.S. economy. It was a bidding war with somebody else's money. CNN's amen chorus never bothered to ask three crucial questions. First, how can America pull off this ambitious agenda without breaking the federal budget and fundamentally changing the way we live? Second, if these proposals were implemented, how much would they actually reduce global warming? Most estimates show, unfortunately, that they would have little impact, far less than one degree on the thermometer over several decades. Third, how can this global problem be solved if China and India continue to fill the air with soot?
CNN's Climate Change Townhall — An Affirmation of Faith. Although high on emotion, politics, and passionate intensity, none of the candidates offered a shred of evidence, scientific or otherwise, that the humans have anything to do with the climate.
The Rise of the New Left Urbanists. In recent years, a new faction has emerged in city politics: what one might call the new Left urbanists. These activists believe that local governments must rebuild the urban environment — housing, transit, roads, and tolls — to produce a new era of city flourishing, characterized by social and racial justice and a net-zero carbon footprint. The urbanists rally around provocative slogans like "ban all cars," "raze the suburbs," and "single-family housing is white supremacy" — ironically, since they're generally white, affluent, and educated themselves. They're often employed in public or semipublic roles in urban planning, housing development, and social advocacy. They treat public housing, mass transit, and bicycle lanes as a kind of holy trinity — and they want to impose their religion on you.
Democrat Presidential Candidates Preach Religion to the Masses at CNN Global Warming Marathon. On Wednesday night [9/4/2019] CNN aired SEVEN straight hours of Democrats bloviating on how they are going to battle global warming junk science. [Video clip]
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." (Orwell)
Summer Heat Wave? It's Global Warming... Or Is It? For the Democrats, climate armageddon is right around the corner, the only question really open for debate being whether that corner is twelve years away or twenty. Global warming is a religion to them and, as with so many religions, you obey its strictures or else.
Recycling: America's False Religion. Before climate change became a belief system in which humans are expected to perform penance for their sins against Gaia, recycling was the religion of many in the modern world. Those who didn't reduce, reuse, and recycle were, and still are, considered heretics. Nearly a quarter century ago, John Tierney wrote in the New York Times Magazine that "Recycling Is Garbage." In an article that produced the greatest volume of hate mail in the magazine's history, Tierney said that rather than recycling, "the simplest and cheapest option is usually to bury garbage in an environmentally safe landfill." With the exception of a few items — aluminum cans, cardboard, office paper — the cost of the recycling equipment plus the process itself exceeded the value of the products created by recycling. Though recycling rarely makes economic sense and often burns up more fresh resources than would have been used in making new items, Americans recycled. And recycled. And recycle still. Are we better off for it? It can easily be argued we are worse off.
Living in Leftlandia. Leftlandians actually believe that the world's climate is something they can control, that man is so much greater than the God Who created the world that humans can use so much toilet paper, or so much gasoline that they can undo creation. They also believe that using fossil fuels to generate electricity with which to run our cars is somehow more environmentally sensible than just using the fossil fuels directly. [...] In their unicorn-inhabited world they can pass laws forbidding plastic straws and shampoo bottles and assume that this terrible sacrifice will clean the oceans of the trash dumped into it by billions of people in the third world. They actually believe they can impose tax hikes on the wealthy and on corporations and said entities will just sit and take it.
Climate Change and the Ten Warning Signs for Cults. [#1] Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability. The leading advocates of the Climate Change movement are politicians, entertainers, and even children. Climate preachers such as Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio lack any formal scientific training whatsoever, and live personal lives of unparalleled luxury while prescribing carbon austerity for the masses. Yet no one is permitted to point out their scientific ignorance or call attention to their hypocritical lifestyles. Child advocates such as Greta Thuneberg and the crudely indoctrinated children of the "Sunrise movement" are essentially sock puppets for their shameless activist handlers. Refuse to bend the knee to these tiny fascists, as Diane Feinstein most recently did, and the mainstream left will relentlessly attack you as an accessory to mass murder. The authority of Climate Change leaders is entirely unmerited and absolute, yet no one is permitted to hold them accountable for their ignorance, inexperience, or brazen lies. Thus, the Climate Change movement clearly meets the first warning sign for unsafe groups.
The Climate Cult. I'm fond of referring to the climate campaigners as the "climatistas" because they remind me of the Sandinistas and their fellow-traveling fans back in the 1980s. But someone writing as "Will" over at The Medium has done me one better in calling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult.
Green Religion. Contrary to what most Greens would say, Environmentalism is not really based on science, but on something much deeper than that. It's more of an emotional commitment to some deeply held, unshakeable beliefs. Let's look at some of the core beliefs of Greenism and see if they fit the pattern and thought processes of a religious belief system, a new religion that many "enlightened" people have adopted in place of Judeo-Christian religion and culture. We will see if Environmentalism is indeed a religion, containing a god, an "Eden," a priestly class, prophets, sin, redemption, atonement/indulgences, holy books/documents, a church, holy days, official doctrine, orthodoxy, and heresy.
Nebraska Flooding: When the Government Cares More about Birds than People. [Scroll down] Until 2004, the government kept its end of the bargain, and flooding, while still a danger, was dramatically lessened in frequency and severity by the prudent operation of the dam system and the mechanical restructuring of the river itself. That last paragraph, while perfectly reasonable to normal folks, is cause for outrage and seething anger among the increasingly radical environmentalist left, which is enamored of a dream of "rewilding" vast sections of North America via the "recovery" of river basins. One might ask, "Recovery from what?" In a word, the answer is "man." Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and American Rivers advocate the wholesale removal of dams, even if it requires the forced relocation of millions of people and their businesses. They seek a continent with untamed rivers, devoid of human interference with the perceived "natural processes" of ebb and flood. At this level of green-think, it is more religion than science, with devotion measured in antipathy for the needs of mankind whenever there is conflict with nature.
The Secular Theology of the Green New Deal. Today, among secular leftists, radical environmentalism has attained the status of theology and their catechism is the "Green New Deal." A wish list framed as a set of policy proposals, the Green New Deal demands the obliteration of our nation's energy infrastructure as expiation for our sin of material prosperity and requires faith that something will come along to replace it. [...] The Green New Deal is a search for paradise on earth, a return to an Edenic past. For the true believers, there is no room for trade-offs. Their religion is radical environmentalism and they do not observe separation of church and state.
Twilight of the Green Follies. [Scroll down] Its most consequential current incarnation — 'global warming' — is a barely disguised assault on capitalism. It is for many, the last and best chance of the Left to do away with the hated free enterprise system. Why this is so is not difficult to understand. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the American socialist, Robert Heilbronner, admitted that the capitalist system had proven economically superior to the socialist model, but urged his co-religionists — for this is what they really are — not to despair. It was still possible to achieve socialist goals, he argued, by using the ecological movement. And so they have. With its bogus claims of ever greater triumphs of renewable energy, government mandates and exorbitant subsidies, the global warming scam closely resembles Stalinist Lysenkoism and the erstwhile Soviet propaganda of the glorious achievements of socialism.
UW-Madison students demand more inclusive ice cream. Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are demanding more "inclusive" ice cream at the university-owned Babcock Hall Dairy Store, arguing that current ingredients in some of the store's products are discriminatory toward certain religions. Eight members of the Associated Students of Madison put forth a resolution last week declaring that Babcock ice cream, which uses beef gelatin, discriminates against the school's Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and vegetarian communities. The resolution, titled "Ice Cream for All," would formally demand that the university administration "acknowledge the marginalization of having the official campus Ice Cream not be inclusive to religious students on campus."
Modern witchcraft: UN climate chief declares UN regulations are 'changing the weather'! The top United Nations climate official has boldly proclaimed that the UN climate pacts have the benefit of "changing the weather." Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, called man-made climate change "the biggest challenge of our time" and declared, "By raising our ambition for #climateaction, we are not just changing the weather, we are building a better future for all," on September 12, 2018. By unambiguously stating the UN climate treaties and pacts can "change the weather", Espinosa is flashing back to previous believes that the bad weather events can be controlled and altered and blamed on a whole array of superstitious beliefs, including witchcraft.
The Road to Hell is Paved With... Straws? As Christianity declines in America, religion and religious worship have not gone away. They have morphed into something new. Religion is the belief in a higher power that leads to the development of a system of worship, ethics and ultimately a defined theology related to understanding man's relationship to that higher power. Universities and madrasas developed in the Middle Ages to educate people about the world through a theological lens. This has not changed, but American universities now have an underlying theological foundation different from their founding. The religion is secularism. The god is creation, often articulated as mother nature or science.
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Ten religious reasons against [worrying about] climate change. [#9] There is a prohibition against the superstition of idolatry. The Bible consistently forbids the worship of the creation as an end in and of itself. However, so much of the modern environmental movement is based upon superstitious and pagan beliefs. For instance, the focus on 'Mother Earth', the worship of Gaia, and in particular the 'deep ecology' of environmentalism, all take on an explicitly religious devotion.
Why the Left Loves and Hates Science. Contrary to popular disbelief, a religion doesn't need a god. It does need some things. A creation myth that explains our lives. An enlightened leadership. The conviction that every person's actions matter. Redemption, salvation and damnation. Miracles. An imminent apocalypse. A prophesized golden age. Scientism offers all these things and more. Its creation myths inevitably lead to philosophies about our place in the universe. Its miracles are technological. Its heroes have super powers or spaceships. Global warming is on its way to destroy us. And only recycling and green energy can save us from the climate apocalypse. Its truths are infallible because they are prophesized by PhD's wielding hockey stick graphs.
The Danger of Environmentalism. Earth Day approaches, and with it a grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism. The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.
Crushing the Global Warming Cult at the EPA. Anyone who does not believe that the Left has turned global warming support into a religion simply hasn't been paying attention. The cult of global warming even has its own obviously-plagiarized creation narrative: Adam and Eve lived in a blissful natural world with minimal technology. Then, one day, the serpent (named Capitalism) crept into the garden and tempted Adam and Eve with the coal mine of knowledge of good and evil. They tasted the fruits offered by Capitalism and it led to modern evils like refrigeration, hair spray, cow flatulence, penicillin and the Roseanne reboot. Because of Adam and Eve's choice, mankind fell from grace and now Capitalism is running amok, destroying our very atmosphere. Mankind's future is a hot, hot, hellish doom, complete with rising seas. Fortunately, you can pay an indulgence to the global warming church's Pope, Al Gore, to have your carbon sins forgiven. Belonging to the cult of global warming is a matter of absolute faith and no amount of scientific evidence will ever turn a believer away from his or her beliefs.
Green religion — justification by climate faith alone. Listen closely to the cant and jargon of modern environmentalism, and in the empty invocations of "science," you are witnessing the rites of a religious faith. If the screams after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement seemed overwrought, it's because Trump hadn't merely adopted a policy the other side disagreed with; he'd committed a secular, liberal, sacrilege. Take CNN's Fareed Zakaria, who said, "This will be the day that the United States resigned as the leader of the free world." He then listed what he regarded as the benefits of Paris, without addressing why it had anything to do with American leadership. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Trump supports a "dirty-energy agenda" that is a "grave threat to our planet."
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Rivers Declared to be "Persons". We live in truly surreal times. In an age when all human beings still do not have access to human rights — and when some of the world's foremost bioethicists declare that the unborn and cognitively disabled are not persons — radical environmentalists and others are agitating to grant "rights" to objects in nature. In the latest phase of this descent into metaphysical madness, two rivers have been declared to be legal "persons" endowed with human-style rights. In New Zealand, the Whanganui River was granted the same legal rights as a human being. The reason? The Maori tribe considers the river sacred and an "ancestor." Religion was also why an Indian court declared the Ganges River, considered sacred in the Hindu faith, to be a "person."
Warmists convert a stunning scientific discovery into a sign of looming Armageddon. Even though all life on Earth is based on carbon, that basic and essential element has become the devil in the new religion popular among those Americans who regard themselves as atheists. The Gospel of Global Warming offers a version of sin and redemption far less demanding than the Judeo-Christian faith tradition's. Buy an electric car (heavily subsidized by taxpayers), carry your groceries home in a hemp bag (but watch out for those meat juices soaking in and contaminating the vegetables you take home next time!), and you're saved, without ever contemplating your actual sins against your fellow men and women and God. The patina of "settled science" (an oxymoron) they seize upon disguises the blind demonology that motivates them and perverts genuine science to their own spiritual imperatives.
The Greens and Nature Worship. In the Biblical view, mankind rules nature and exploits it. In the Sierra Club view "humankind" must blend in with all the other animals and not burden the natural order. The Sierra Club view represents a step backward from monotheism to nature worship.
Freezing Cold? Time to Rename the EPA the Conservation Agency. As many have noted, global warming and, more generally, environmentalism have become the religion of the liberal. Gaia has replaced God. Whatever your opinion of the theological implications, scientific blindness and bias have been the results. The economy has also suffered, especially for the working class. What do we do about it? Donald Trump has nominated someone more realistic — Scott Pruitt — for head of the Environmental Protection Agency currently dominated by climate totalitarians.
Why Environmentalism Became Both a Religion and a Con Game. John Muir was a Conservationist, not an Environmentalist. He saw the wilderness as a "primary source for understanding God: The Book of Nature." Muir did not worship Nature, as modern environmentalists do. Muir worshiped God, the Judeo-Christian God. So, here is the difference: Conservation derives from the Hebrew Bible. Mankind is to be Stewards of the Land. We are charged to husband God's creation. Environmentalists, for the most part, believe that the Earth's biosphere is God. And, that human beings are destructive parasites, eating away at the life of their deity. In effect, most environmentalists are atheists searching for something larger than themselves to worship. But environmentalists see themselves as not being the riff-raff parasites that the rest of mankind are. Environmentalists believe they are the elect, the knowing, the superior beings, the priests, the Gnostics.
Pope Francis and the Decline of the West. Pope Francis made comments last week that reveal the most important single thing you need to know about the modern world: The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism. Not Christianity, and not Islam, but leftism. Leftism has taken over the world's leading educational institutions, the world's news media and the world's popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than Christianity (or Judaism) has influenced anything.
The Greens and Nature Worship. In the Biblical view, mankind rules nature and exploits it. In the Sierra Club view "humankind" must blend in with all the other animals and not burden the natural order. The Sierra Club view represents a step backward from monotheism to nature worship. They cannot admit that they are practicing a religion, because if they did many of the laws passed in response to lobbying by the Sierra Club and similar organizations would be unconstitutional, according to the first amendment, as a "law respecting an establishment of religion..."
Obama and the Insanity of the Liberal Mind. The fight against anthropological global warming, manmade climate change, or what normal people simply refer to as "weather", has been a cause celebre of the left since Al Gore jumped onboard the gravy train a decade ago. Much like other liberal causes, this war has become a religion for its proponents. However, environmentalists have become religious fanatics who pronounce the science "settled" and consider any views to the contrary blasphemy. They urge the prosecution of skeptics including one Democratic senator suggesting that "climate denial" should be made a "crime against humanity."
A short, total rebuttal to climate alarmism. [Scroll down] In only 603 words, we proved the alarmists' climate hypothesis is wrong. Therefore, it is a cult religion. The US government and its agencies like the EPA have forced the alarmists' climate cult religion on the American public in opposition to the First Amendment to our Constitution. [...] Our CO2 does not control climate. CO2 is not a pollutant. Carbon is not a pollutant. The best way to "address" climate change is to do nothing.
Environmentalism Is the New Secular Religion. Environmentalists see humans engaged in acts of vast hubris, remaking the future ecosystems of the Earth. By playing "God" with the Earth, humans seek to become as God themselves. The Bible's book of Deuteronomy reveals dire consequences for those who try to "play God." [...] It is no mere coincidence that contemporary environmentalism prophesizes virtually the same set of calamities resulting from the warming of the Earth — rising seas, famine, drought, pestilence, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Even without realizing it, environmentalism is recasting ancient biblical messages to a new secular vocabulary. One radical environmental organization even declared that the most important commandment for human beings was to put "Earth First!" — renouncing the modern worship of science and economics that once provided a secular substitute for God. Thus the Endangered Species Act is the new Noah's Ark; genuinely wild places are the new cathedrals to find spiritual inspiration; Earth Day is the new Easter.
Environmentalism as Religion. Across Europe, Judeo-Christian church attendance is down, as is adherence to religious prohibitions such as those against out-of-wedlock births. And while Americans remain, on average, much more devout than Europeans, there are demographic and regional pockets in this country that resemble Europe in their religious beliefs and practices. The rejection of traditional religion in these quarters has created a vacuum unlikely to go unfilled; human nature seems to demand a search for order and meaning, and nowadays there is no shortage of options on the menu of belief. [...] For some individuals and societies, the role of religion seems increasingly to be filled by environmentalism.
Environmentalism: The New Secular Religion. Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion. And the ethics of environmentalism are fundamentally sound. Scientists and economists can agree with Buddhist monks and Christian activists that ruthless destruction of natural habitats is evil and careful preservation of birds and butterflies is good. The worldwide community of environmentalists — most of whom are not scientists — holds the moral high ground, and is guiding human societies toward a hopeful future. Environmentalism, as a religion of hope and respect for nature, is here to stay. This is a religion that we can all share, whether or not we believe that global warming is harmful.
Are Environmentalists the secular successors of the Judeo-Christian tradition? In our largely secular European society, where belief in God seems rather old-fashioned, even weird (I write of course from a European perspective), people will turn to another belief set, and it is interesting how environmentalism mirrors many of the structures of Judeo-Christian beliefs. We are a fallen people — we have eaten from the tree of knowledge, and because we can do what we like, we do. We over-consume, over-pollute, drive other species to extinction, pour chemicals on the earth, live badly, create mountains of poisonous waste, farm other species in foul battery conditions, fill them with anti-biotics and over-eat unnaturally. We have fallen from grace, and there is a judgement day coming — we will suffer God's wrath in the form of rising seas drowning us, disease, hurricanes and tempests, starvation, all the Biblical Plagues of Egypt. These mythic structures — grace, harmony with nature in Eden, fall from grace into a state of sin — mirror religion. How can we be saved? By salvation through sustainability, by walking not driving, by voluntarily cutting back on consumption and waste, by eating organic food happily produced, by holidaying at home, by recycling, even perhaps by not washing. And by forcing these forms of behaviour on others, because whether or not we believe, we must be made to behave as if we do. We must confess our sins. Carbon must be taxed, the more heavily the better. We must picket coal-fired power stations even if that means our lights go out.
Climate And Church: It's Back To Before Galileo. It took 350 years and John Paul II to close the "Galileo case" clarifying that the Bible should not be interpreted as if it were a scientific manual. And here we are putting the doctrine of Creation and climate policies back together, as if one descended from the other. You can understand why many expect the next encyclical of Pope Francis to provide the impulse needed to fight against climate change, and yesterday [5/26/2015] even Greenpeace published an open letter thanking Pope Francis for his "green" initiatives.
The Pope Adopts The Religion of Environmentalism. Most people currently living today would quite simply die if fossil fuel use ceased tomorrow morning. That does not matter to them, because human life and productivity are not what's most important, not to the Pope and not to his environmentalist allies. The Pope and environmentalists hate certain things more than they love human life and flourishing on earth (assuming they love these things, at all). What do they hate? Capitalism, private property, profit and wealth.
The Church Of Climatism. How is it that much of the Western world, and Europe in particular, has succumbed to the self-harming collective madness that is the climate change orthodoxy? It is difficult to escape the conclusion that climate change orthodoxy has in effect become a substitute religion, attended by all the intolerant zealotry that has so often marred religion in the past, and in some places still does so today.
Pope ponders paganism. The green priesthood will not rest until there is a world government in which there is no private property and all humans are numbered, controlled, and planned. They are using climate alarmism to achieve these goals.
Catholic Churchmen Dance to Enviro-Pagan Puppet Masters. One of the major goals of the pagan, anti-life ecology movement was to get the Church and religious leaders committed to the cause of environmentalism. [...] This is similar to Communist tactics wherein the Communists used religion as a vehicle to promote their own revolutionary principles, but couched in religious trappings [...]
Why Leftist Greens Love Pope's Global Warming Speech. From the White House lawn, Pope Francis made a plea to protect our "common home" from climate change. It may seem odd for a religious leader to address global warming. But for many, global warming is a religion. No, we're not being sacrilegious. For left-wing adherents of global warming, their faith holds all the comforts of a religion. Nor is that just our opinion. The late best-selling author Michael Crichton, a medical doctor, was perhaps the first to call radical global warmism a "religion" in a prescient 2003 speech. Since then, others have concluded the same thing.
CA Gov Jerry Brown's war on cars and suburbs. Not only Moonbeam, mind you, but most of the socialist Democrats in the California state legislature who use the fanatical Green religion as an excuse to strip people of their means of independent transportation and single family homes.
This explains a lot: the Pope's Climate Advisor is an atheist.
A Secularizing America Turns Left Politically. Our research shows the share of Americans who do not identify themselves with any religion is increasing. Those not claiming religious preference have grown from 14% in 2010 to 22% today. This growing "no religion" demographic provides high levels of support for liberal positions on issues such as climate change, same-sex marriage and health care. For instance, 84% of respondents who do not identify with any religious group in our poll support gay marriage, while just over one-third of Protestants (34%) and 45% of all Christians share the same point of view. Further, "nones" are likelier than any other religious group to view climate change as both a serious threat and primarily man-made.
These are the same people who say, "You can't legislate morality."
Climate Scientists Are Dealing With Psychological Problems. [Scroll down] One psychologist who works with climate scientists told [John H.] Richardson they suffer from "pre-traumatic stress," the overwhelming sense of anger, panic, and "obsessive-intrusive thoughts" that results when your work every day is to chart a planetary future that looks increasingly apocalyptic. Some climatologists merely report depression and feelings of hopelessness. Others, resigned to our shared fate, have written what amount to survival guides for a sort of Mad Max dystopian future where civilization has broken down under the pressures of resource scarcity and habitat erosion.
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Pope Francis: 'Defender of the Pagan Gaia Faith'. Pontificating from his window in a Vatican palazzo on Sunday [6/28/2015], Pope Francis bypassed tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists, to lavish with gushing praise a few hundred activists who had marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner 'One Earth, one family". [...] Pope Francis should be brought in on the fact that the environmental movement genuflects not to God but to Gaia.
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Save the Environment... from the Vatican. How activist pulses must be racing now that they've caught Pope Francis and Vatican global warming alarmists in the green butterfly net that once boasted Al Gore as their biggest celebrity. [...] According to the Internet, Pope Francis is the most popular person on earth, even if many among the world's 1.2 billion Catholics wonder where he'll try to lead them next. With all due respect, you won't be saving many souls among the climate change clique, Pope Francis. Global warming/climate change comes with its own religion. It's called Gaia, and its members worship not the biblical God of Creation but 'Mother Earth'.
The Pope embraces the religion of global warming. One cannot help but admire Pope Francis' concern for the poor — a totally biblical view. However, the proposed fix for perceived manmade catastrophic climate change (climate change is real and has been happening long before humans burned fossil fuels), the elimination of fossil fuels will create more poor people, not fewer.
Global Warming to replace Gospel at church. In the lib-left world timing is everything. Now that Christianity is being persecuted worldwide with the many slings and arrows sent its way flashing out in neon, it's time for 'sustainability' to squeeze out Salvation at Sunday church services. "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. (Washington Free Beacon, April 27, 2015)
EPA Spends $84,000 to Study Churches That Preach Climate Change. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented "sustainability initiatives" in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants.
Earth Day: Kwanzaa for liberals. Earth Day is attractive for a particular variety of liberal. Young, desiring to be upwardly mobile but maybe finding out now that $250K in student loans and a master's degree in jazz clarinet isn't the ticket, reflexively liberal, lacking in ambition, and, need I say it, white. At its essence, though, Earth Day is a politico-religious festival much like Kwanzaa. It was invented out of whole cloth based on pseudo-science. If one looks at the elements one finds in religions (i.e. creation, fall from grace, redemption, salvation) it is easy to see how Earth Day fits into the religion of environmentalism as easily as the Beatitudes fit into Christianity.
Green Alarmism. "Green Alarmism does not derive from science. It comes from a religion, the faux pagan worship of Gaia, the earth goddess. She is angry and must be propitiated by the sacrifice of human babies. The white liberals who are votaries of this religion have chosen brown and black babies to be the victims of the rituals of "population control", "zero population growth" and "reproductive choice". Why has this bizarre cult arisen among what are supposed to be our most intelligent and skeptical class? [...]"
Media Ignores UN Climate Chief Who Says Global Warming is 'My Religion'. So, the liberal media attacks everyone who claims to be religious, right? Yet, what have we heard about the UN climate chief who is running around claiming that global warming is his religion?
"Anthropogenic Global Warming: Why I left the Religion". Superb post at Small Dead Animals by Dr. Kyla Dillard, who explains in layman's terms why she abandoned her belief in man-caused global warming (or AGW).
Pope Francis Errs In Linking Church To Green Movement. The Vatican apparently now has been infiltrated by followers of a radical green movement that is, at its core, anti-Christian, anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development. The basic tenets of Catholicism — the sanctity of human life and the value of all souls — are detested by the modern pagan environmentalists who worship the created, but not the creator. At its core, Big Green believes that too many human beings are the basic global problem. People, according to this view, are resource destroyers. Climate change, they say, is due to the overpopulation of Mother Earth. The head of the Catholic Church should denounce — not praise — such anti-human thinking.
Good news does not sell newspapers. [M]y experience to date with people who believe in the falsified AGW hypothesis has one thing in common: such people refuse to look at possible alternatives. Thus an equally-famous quote from one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, Paul Wartson, who said: "It doesn't matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." Dare I suggest it seems that some sort of quasi-religious fervour has replaced any scientific searching for truth?
Climate Worship at the Cathedral. Hundreds of thousands marched in New York recently for climate "justice" in "The People's Climate March," convinced that human industry is heating the earth to apocalyptic levels. Naturally there was a religious auxiliary to the Global Warming jamboree in the form of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, among others. And of course it included earth-friendly worship at the flamboyant Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, whose theologically provocative services some critics have labeled earth worship.
The Unseen. [Scroll down] Invisible art is like climate change. It is what They say it is. Scientists are warning that Global Warming will cause colder winters. You might think the opposite was true. But what do you know? Global Warming, is after all, settled science. To illustrate this, the New York Times describes some of people marching in the giant rally against Global Warming in the Big Apple. [...] Welcome to the second decade of the 21st century. The millennium which began with radical Islamists flying airplanes into the Twin Towers is quite naturally blossoming, not into the "rationalist atheism" so long predicted, but into a curious age where intellectuals who regard themselves too sophisticated to believe in Jesus or Moses have no problem with Gaia, Xenu, and Coatlicue.
'Why my daughter doesn't recycle': an economics professor's letter to his child's teacher. A US economics professor has published the letter he wrote to his daughter's schoolteacher explaining why he doesn't want his girl indoctrinated in the green religion. Steven Landsburg, a professor at Rochester, NY, included it as part of a longer essay in which he calls environmentalism a "coercive ideology" targeted specifically at children.
The Science of Economics Versus the Religion of Ecology. I'd heard some of this from my daughter before and had gotten used to the idea that she needed a little deprogramming from time to time. But as I listened to the rote repetition of a political agenda from children not old enough to read, I decided it was time for a word with the teacher.
Prof Fiona Stanley jumps on the climate-pulpit. [Fiona] Stanley goes so far as to say that being skeptical of the IPCC view is like "child abuse". But isn't it a form of child abuse to throw away the Scientific Method, to sacrifice the next generation's quality of life, their careers and then burden them with debts to the the [sic] God of Wind-farms and the Saint of Pink Batts? Don't we owe our kids the transfer of a culture of logic and reason that was handed to us?
James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion. Environmentalism has "become a religion" and does not pay enough attention to facts, according to James Lovelock. The 94 year-old scientist, famous for his Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a self-regulating, single organism, also said that he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that "it's just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer" and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.
Environmentalism 'has become a religion' says Gaia Theory's Godfather of Green. Environmentalism has become a "religion" — and "religions don't worry too much about facts" says scientist James Lovelock, father of the modern green movement. Interviewed in the Guardian on the day of the IPCC's latest report, Lovelock also praises nuclear power as "an extraordinary gift to humans" and dismisses criticisms of it as "propaganda".
Hellish cold frosts Believers. When you believe in nothing, you'll fall for anything." That paraphrase from G.K. Chesterton should be the motto of the Church of Climate Change, formerly known as Global Warming. It really has become a religion, you know. [...] The Church of Climate Change even has its own plenary indulgences. They're called carbon credits. And Priuses. Of course these fruitcakes are entitled to whatever primitive superstitions they choose to believe — thank you, First Amendment. But why does their religion alone have the right to proselytize in the public schools?
Environmentalism as Fundamentalism. Most environmentalists I know consider themselves non-religious, even anti-religious. A few subscribe to "new" religious denominations such as Unitarianism, which I have heard described as "church for atheists with children." None, as far as I know, would take kindly to being described as practitioners of fundamentalist, Bible-thumping, "ol' time religion". The irony, here, is that contemporary environmentalism and fundamentalist religion have so much in common.
One religion is enough. We are all aware of the climate enthusiasts, who advocate quite substantial, and costly, responses to what they see as irrefutable evidence that the world's climate faces catastrophe. By employing a sanctimonious tone against people who do not share their view, they show their true colours: to them the cause has become a substitute religion. Increasingly offensive language is used. The most egregious example has been the term "denier". We are all aware of the particular meaning that word has acquired in contemporary parlance. It has been employed in this debate with some malice aforethought. An overriding feature of the debate is the constant attempt to intimidate policy makers, in some cases successfully, with the mantras of "follow the science" and "the science is truly settled".
New Report Undercuts Global Warming Alarmists. Events have failed to fulfill the prophecy. Preachers have suddenly been struck dumb by uncertainty. Believers are understandably nervous and some, under their breath, are abandoning the dogma. [...] But the subject here is not Millerism, but another kind of religious faith: the faith of the global warming alarmists. And while it's not likely to have the impact of the Millerites' Great Disappointment, we could be seeing the beginning of something similar on Sept. 27, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues its fifth assessment report in Stockholm.
MIT professor: global warming is a 'religion'. Throughout history, governments have twisted science to suit a political agenda. Global warming is no different, according to Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Global climate alarmism has been costly to society, and it has the potential to be vastly more costly. It has also been damaging to science, as scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions," writes Lindzen in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Mere Ecologism: Is modern environmentalism science or faith?. [Scroll down] This also explains why environmentalism is so wedded to apocalyptic horizons. I've always explained that environmentalists react with fury to facts debunking their end-of-the-world scenarios because the prospect of the eco-apocalypse makes them happy. Bruckner extends the analysis: "The [eco] prophet is not a great soul who admonishes us but a petty fellow who wishes us many misfortunes if we have the gall not to listen to him. Catastrophe is not something that haunts him but his source of joy."
Global Warming as Faith. Faith plays a bigger role in science than we care to admit. Allegedly well-meaning intellectuals of the 1930s believed in and defended Stalin's Russia in the face of massive and accessible evidence that "scientific" communism had given birth to a terroristic, totalitarian state. Today's believers in global warming, like the intellectuals in the 1930s, fiercely defend their wacky faith in the face of massive and contrary evidence. They are vested in a theory that is precious to them. Their scientific studies pick and choose from an evidence buffet.
Global Warming as Religion and not Science. It was Michael Crichton who first prominently identified environmentalism as a religion. That was in a speech in 2003, but the world has moved on apace since then and adherents of the creed now have a firm grip on the world at large. Global Warming has become the core belief in a new eco-theology. The term is used as shorthand for anthropogenic (or man made) global warming. It is closely related to other modern belief systems, such as political correctness, chemophobia and various other forms of scaremongering, but it represents the vanguard in the assault on scientific man.
American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based. [Scroll down] The missionaries of the carbon cult are gradually becoming better-organized. In the United States, religions are financed by their followers. The government is not supposed to support religions financially, at least not if one religion is favored over another. But the carbon cult masquerades as a scientific discipline, enabling it to receive government funding. The carbon cult is financed partly by government support of science, and partly by the contributors to the big-budget environmental organizations.
Nicene Creed for Environmentalism. With the coming of Earth Day, Americans are reminded once again that modern environmentalism has morphed into a religion. For example, we can expect to be reminded that today's cold weather and floods are caused by "climate change," the exact same phenomenon that supposedly caused last year's hot weather and droughts. So to help environmentalist believers focus, it's time for them to have their own Nicene Creed.
Progressives and the Supernatural Powers of Government. Now, I am not trying to engage in armchair psychoanalysis but rather am explaining the state of Progressivist thinking, and perhaps the best example I can give is a recent conversation I had with a fellow faculty member where I teach. He and I were talking about the Bush-Gore campaign and he said, quite seriously, "If Gore had won, we would not have had Hurricane Katrina because he would have stopped global warming." Yes, the guy was serious, dead serious. He believed that government authority given to the Environmental Protection Agency from an environmentalist president would have immediately changed the entire weather patterns of the Western Hemisphere and ended hurricanes.
Weird Details of the United Nation's Creepy, Cult-Like Environmental Religion. [Scroll down] Let's not forget that the UN's religious pretensions are a mask for socialism, as both are revealed in Agenda 21, the environmental platform meant to force the world to accept "sustainable development." It is with this background that the importance of dispensing of biblical religions becomes paramount — since the Bible is the source book which released freedom into the modern world. The Ark of Hope is embraced by the UN. [...] The Ark of Hope is a cheesy and presumptuous copy of the original Israeli Ark of the Covenant which housed the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God and carried down from Mt Sinai. This is meant to disrespect the original and also wipe out biblical religion.
Capitol Protesters Think Fossil Fuels are a Big Fracking Deal. What do you get when you bring hundreds of fervent environmentalists and NIMBYs together on the west lawn of the Capitol to denounce fracking, every single fuel that originates from the ground, and, for old time's sake, Dick Cheney? You get enviro banjo tunes, the "Ecological Our Father" at the interfaith prayer service ("Our Father, who art in the forest..."), and more punny protest signs built off the F-bomb than even Joe Biden could dream up.
The Religion of Global Warming. It is no coincidence that man-made global warming, or climate change, or whatever it's called this week, got very popular as an issue just as the Soviet Union fell. It is the top-down centralized government's last best hope of controlling the masses. And like other forms of socialist totalitarian worldviews, it is a religion as well. Man-made global warming is an earth-worshiping religion. [...] And the MSM howls that we must maintain a "separation of church and state." How humorous.
'Global warming? What global warming?' says High Priest of Gaia Religion. So let joy be unconfined that one of the archest of the world's arch Greenies — James Lovelock, inventor of the Gaia hypothesis and therefore, more or less, founder of the world's most powerful modern religion — has come clean and admitted that he got it wrong in his doomsday predictions about "Climate Change." Well, come almost clean.
The Great Global Warming Fizzle. Consider the case of global warming, another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen. As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate. As with religion, it comes with an elaborate list of virtues, vices and indulgences. As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines. As with religion, it is harsh toward skeptics, heretics and other "deniers." And as with religion, it is susceptible to the earthly temptations of money, power, politics, arrogance and deceit.
Environmentalism as Religion. Roman mythology and imperial cults have been left behind, but they have been replaced by a new religious mythology. It has begun to ingratiate itself into every aspect of American life, so that simple social activities demand adherence to the new ideology. The prime deity is none other than the Earth, or Mother Earth as adherents to the new religion call it. Adherents treat threats to their deity — quixotic as they may be — with ultimate seriousness. And the prime threat to Mother Gaia is anthropogenic climate change.
New religion of environmentalism. Even without realizing it, environmentalism is recasting ancient biblical messages to a new secular vocabulary. One radical environmental organization even declared that the most important commandment for human beings was to put "Earth First!" — renouncing the modern worship of science and economics that once provided a secular substitute for God. Thus the Endangered Species Act is the new Noah's Ark; genuinely wild places are the new cathedrals to find spiritual inspiration; Earth Day is the new Easter.
Public cools to global warming alarmism. All the trappings of religion are there. Original sin: Mankind is responsible for these prophesied disasters, especially those slobs who live on suburban cul-de-sacs and drive their SUVs to strip malls and tacky chain restaurants. The need for atonement and repentance: We must impose a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system that will increase the cost of everything and stunt economic growth. Ritual, from the annual Earth Day to weekly recycling. Indulgences, like those Martin Luther railed against: private jet fliers like Al Gore and sitcom heiress Laurie David can buy carbon offsets to compensate for their carbon-emitting sins.
Is Your Church Teaching Pagan Earth Worship In Sunday School? Many churches are now using a Sunday School curriculum created by an organization in Colorado called "Group." There is nothing in Group's publications that tells who they are, what they believe in, or anything about the backgrounds of the creators of the materials. But Group curriculum is now sold in most Christian bookstores. The Group material offers "Hands-on Bible curriculum" and advocates a "new approach to learning." However a close inspection of Group's materials and teaching methods shows it bears a close resemblance to the behavior-modification techniques of OBE [Outcome-Based Education].
The Surrogate Religion of Environmentalism. [Scroll down to page 3] Environmentalism likewise provides ethical guidance, but its followers generally recoil from the suggestion that it's a religion. The traditional buildings and rituals are absent; moreover, many adherents come from a background of explicitly rejecting "institutional" religions. Nevertheless, a careful examination of the basic assumptions shows that environmentalism indeed meets the criteria of a secular religion. A cornerstone belief of environmentalism is that mankind is just one species among many. This view opposes the Judeo-Christian belief that God considers mankind to be very special. "Mother earth" replaces God as the object of special devotion, causing some of environmentalism's subsequent assertions to be in direct opposition to the teachings of Christianity and Judaism.
The UN and One World Worship. Bolivia's president Morales, having achieved the establishment of pantheism as his country's official religion, has taken his religious agenda to the UN, which has acceded to his wishes by establishing April 22 as Mother Earth Day, thus establishing the worship of the goddess Pachamama (known as Gaia in other circles). Normally, one would react to a UN resolution giving goddess Mother Earth the same rights as humans with a yawn. But Morales, his Green supporters, fellow globalists, believers in liberation theology and the Marxist dialectic take the resolution quite seriously, as the UN is seen as an international vehicle for accomplishing goals long in the making.
Earth Day — a national establishment of religion. Friday, April 22, is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. The theme this year is "A Billion Acts of Green" and we're asked, like recovering sinners, to reform our ways: take our baths with less water, turn off the lights, spend less time on the computer, watch less TV, reduce our toilet paper consumption, and make a donation. Getting an early start, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) observed Earth Day this past weekend (April 16-17) on the National Mall, with 40 exhibits. As all this suggests, environmentalism has become our newest religion.
A new religion complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and superstitions. [Scroll down] The great problem with climate change is that it no longer seems like a scientific theory, but more like a 21st century version of the pre-Reformation Catholic Church, complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and bizarre superstitions. Just as in medieval times when the people were expected to (and often did) believe everything they were told by the priest, now we see that it is the scientist whose word is gospel. Even today panellists on programmes such as BBC Question Time who question climate change can be booed and jeered at by people who read scientific papers on the issue even less than illiterate medieval peasants read the Bible, at the time still un-translated from the Latin.
The Winter of Al Gore's Discontent. These are the times that try a man's faith, particularly if that faith is in the Holy Church of Global Warming. High priest Al Gore has emerged, presumably from a cloistered winter retreat — there's a reason he shows up more in June than January — to assure the faithful that far from invalidating global warming, blizzards further validate it. He blogged that "the scientific community has been addressing this question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming."
Aussie Warmist tossed under the bus. I live in Berkeley, so I am familiar with the Gaia worshippers, a preponderance of whom are female. Gaia is the earth goddess. Normally, gaia worshippers are not considered scientists. Whatever else you say about Gaia theorists, don't call them scientists, call them devotees of a religion. It has long been apparent that global warming is more of a religious faith than a scientific theory. Its adherents are capable of rationalizing any data — high temperatures, cold temperatures, lack of rain, too much rain, and on and on — as proof of their faith.
The Danger of Environmentalism. Earth Day approaches, and with it a grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism. The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.
Cuckoo In Cancun. Consider Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She opened the U.N's global warming conference last week with a prayer to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon. This mythological supreme being of fertility is supposed to be good for sending rain for crops. Maybe that's the sort of blessing Figueres had in mind when, from Cancun's — no joke — Moon Palace, she called Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving" and hoped delegates would be inspired by her.
Cancun's Climate Crock. It began with a prayer to the Mayan moon goddess, and it has quickly devolved into a junk science circus. Delegates to the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico were greeted by the Convention's Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, who prayed to the goddess Ixchel. Calling Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving," Figueres prayed, "May she inspire you — because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."
Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists. [#3] Invoking Ixchel: Christiana Figueres, a UN climate official, didn't help the kooky image of global warming alarmists when she addressed delegates gathered at the UN's climate conference in Cancun. Figueres invoked the ancient Mayan jaguar goddess Ixcehl, saying she hoped the goddess of weaving would inspire the delegates "to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change." Where is the ACLU and their church-state separation wall when you really need it?
The Church of the Green
Dragon. Let's be clear: greenies don't just twist science or think non-greenies are
dumb. Both conditions, reinforced by a desire to control people, are prerequisites for prancing
about and shrieking nonsensical dogma. Global warmism and the green movement mark a first: Scientists,
media, and government have jointly embraced a religion. The greenies sport wacky beliefs based on bogus
studies that breed flimsy theories that inspire harmful policies. The Church of the Green Dragon mocks
all of reality, especially science.
What Is Congress Establishing?
Even though anthropogenic global warming (AGW), climate change, and climate disruptions are
phrases that can be used interchangeably, let's just stick with anthropogenic global warming (AGW)
for convenience. AGW is a theory. It has a significant number of adherents. It has as its
fundamental premise the belief that human activity is the cause for changes in the Earth's climate. These
climate changes are apparently undetectable by scientists other than those who are adherents to the AGW dogma
(similar to a priestly class). The theory is not provable. It is not open to debate, discussion,
or objective investigation. And, similar to Islam's reaction to any criticism of the Prophet Mohammed and
early Christianity's reaction to any questioning of the divinity of Jesus, any questioning of this underlying
premise is met with near violence and, at a minimum, severe verbal abuse.
It's not easy being green. Although it is clear that something can easily be both ridiculous and prominent, somehow I underestimated the staying power of environmentalism. I did so partly because I underestimated the mesmerizing power of this version of paganism on the collective consciousness of our secular elites: too sophisticated to subscribe openly to traditional religion but who nonetheless yearned for a token of spiritual uplift with which they could flatter themselves and impress others.
The Danger of Environmentalism. A grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism. The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.
Church of Green: At its core, environmentalism is a kind of nature worship. It's a holistic ideology, shot through with religious sentiment. "If you look carefully," author Michael Crichton observed, "you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths." Environmentalism's most renewable resources are fear, guilt, and moral bullying.
The Green Religion. Most people almost instinctually try their best to be responsible stewards of this earth's valuable natural resources. But the abrasive approach and militant tactics of many who fill the ranks of the environmentally conscious have led me to believe that the movement has gradually devolved into a kind of Religion. In fact, if we look closely at some of the social initiatives and assorted orbiting causes that are championed by the so called "green movement", one may discern some eerie similarities with some less well organized religions.
Lord Lawson claims climate change hysteria heralds a 'new age of unreason'. [Scroll down] Lord Lawson closes on a note that others of us have struck in trying to puzzle out the deeper reasons for this great climate panic. He recognises that in many ways the global warming ideology has filled the vacuum left by the collapse of Marxism: "Green is the new red." He sees parallels with the apocalyptic visions held out by certain religious movements in the past. He is alarmed by the fanatical intolerance shown by many believers in global warming to any heretic who dares question their certainties. He ends by describing "the new religion of global warming" as "the Da Vinci Code of environmentalism. It is a great story and a best-seller. It contains a grain of truth and a mountain of nonsense."
Global warming: the bogus religion of our age. What is so tragic is the way that this dubious ideology has achieved such dominance in our public life. Politicians love the green agenda, of course, because it means more control, more regulation, more taxes, more summits, and more opportunities for displays of self-important zeal.
Origins of Environmental Religions: Green religion competes with old-style religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam. Environmentalists passionately believe its stories and predictions to be as accurate as fundamentalists view the Old and New Testaments or the Koran. While the old religions encouraged charitable activities toward others, the new Green religion grants dispensation by bicycling to work, recycling beer cans, and voting for the most "progressive" candidates.
FNC's Wallace: 'Denier' Label Ascribes 'Religious Certainty' to Global Warming. Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday" is the latest in a long line of observers to note the essentially religious fervor of those who believe man is responsible for global warming, and the blind faith with which they cling to the science behind it.
Why do intelligent people fall for fad science? [Scroll down] So why do so many intelligent people fall for these hoaxes? ... A lot of it is a need for religion among irreligious people. The idea of man's sins causing punishment by nature is nearly universal in the history of mankind.
ClimateGate, the Green Dragon, and the End of Christianity. Dr. James Wanliss, Associate Professor of Physics at Presbyterian College, has written The Green Dragon, a book about how environmentalism is actually committed to "the reconstruction of a pagan world order" and "rejection of Christian spirituality." Wanliss argues that the environmental movement "is a religion with a vision of sin and repentance, heaven and hell. It even has a special vocabulary, with words like 'sustainability' and 'carbon neutral.' Its communion is organic food. Its sacraments are sex, abortion, and when all else fails, sterilization.
Climate Change: The Religion of Copenhagen. During the recent COP-15 Conference in Copenhagen, the United Nations claimed it wanted to maintain religious neutrality. It was a lie. Global Warming is the established religion at these international events. ... Faith is belief without verifiable evidence. This unquestioned adherence to the theory of Global Warming bears all the markings of what traditionally would be recognized as a religion.
Understanding the Global Warming Delusion. Computer models are practically the only "proof" that global warming alarmists have to support their theory and forecasts. How can scientists know that global warming is man-made and will be a crisis, while at the same time express deep skepticism towards the computer models that might support such beliefs? The answer is that they don't actually "know" global warming is man-made or will be a disaster; they "believe" this to be true.
The Global Warming Religion: Manmade global warming, for many, is an Earth-worshipping religion. The essential feature of any religion is that its pronouncements are to be accepted on the basis of faith as opposed to hard evidence. Questioning those pronouncements makes one a sinner. ... One of the most dangerous features of the global warming religion is its level of intimidation of heretics or would-be heretics.
The Heretics: Lord Christopher Monckton. Given the dogmatic fervor of global warming proponents, and their intolerance of skeptics who dare to question the latest commandment in the green scripture, it is perhaps no coincidence that the environmentalist movement sometimes seems to have more in common with theology than with science.
The Environmentalism Fraud: [Scroll down] Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it's a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths. ... Increasingly it seems facts aren't necessary, because the tenets of environmentalism are all about belief. It's about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them.
The Temperature at Which Global Warming Freezes. There is a kind of madness to walking through a blizzard, while wearing a thick coat and picking the moment to discuss Global Warming. A theory according to which we should be sliding toward the tropics, awash in fleeing polar bears and Florida style temperatures, instead of frantically shoveling our driveways. Such an attitude has very little to do with science, and a great deal to do with faith.
Environmentalists Want You to Eat Bugs. Science has two speeds: "proven as fact" and "not sure." Like it or not, the scientific theory that humans are causing the Earth to warm is still in the "not sure" camp. Nonetheless, we're racing ahead in an anti-global-warming frenzy. Some global-warming advocates have turned the issue into a religion — the believers shall be exalted and the deniers shall be burned at the stake.
The Six-Legged Meat of the Future. Over the past two years, three Dutch insect-raising companies, which normally produce feed for animals in zoos, have set up special production lines to raise locusts and mealworms for human consumption. Now those insects are sold, freeze-dried, in two dozen retail food outlets that cater to restaurants. A few restaurants in the Netherlands have already placed insects on the menu, with locusts and mealworms (beetle larvae) usually among the dishes.
Flour made from insects will feed underfed populations. A team of MBA students were the recipients of the 2013 Hult Prize earlier this week, providing them with $1 million in seed money to produce an insect-based, protein-rich flour for feeding malnourished populations in other countries. The product is called Power Flour.
Baby girl survives after being shot in the chest. A seven-month-old baby girl survived three days alone with a bullet in her chest beside the bodies of her parents and toddler brother. Argentines Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their children before killing themselves after making an apparent suicide pact over fears about global warming.
The New Paganism. As many commentators and "global warming skeptics" have observed, climate science has metamorphosed into a religion — or, more accurately, a cult in religious dress. It has its high priests (Al Gore, David Suzuki, James Hansen, Rajendra Pachauri), its sacred texts such as computer models whose inconsistencies and disparities are blithely ignored by the myriads of true believers, its prevailing orthodoxies that cannot safely be questioned or violated, and its Second Ecumenical Council of the Global Warming Vatican (after Kyoto), known as the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Environmentalism is now a religion, and being overtaken by extremism. Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which will be celebrated this year, according to the Earth Day Network, by more than a billion people in 190 countries. When Earth Day started in 1970 few people would have expected it to become a globally observed religious holiday with its own Ten Commandments, including "use less water," "save electricity," "reduce, reuse, recycle," and "spread the word." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants people everywhere to "commit to action" in defense of the Earth.
Did someone mention Earth Day?
Where are the 'separation of church and state' people now?
The 'Messiah' swaggers down the aisle of church. We should have known that the moment the UN became involved that Jesus wouldn't be found in church anymore. Jesus is being squeezed out of the House of God to make way for global warming/climate change proselytizing. Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered "Social Justice" as the new message she wants heard from the pulpit.
When green was easy: Now that the Soviet Union has collapsed and socialism in general has miserably failed, the left has been reenergized by New Age environmentalism, like Marxism a quasireligion that provides an even more comprehensive justification for restricting individual freedom and its economic expression in the form of market capitalism. The leftist project of replacing socialism with environmentalism as an ideological organizing principle has culminated with global warming theory, an apocalyptic scenario that has proved much more salable than anything Karl Marx could come up with.
Environism: The Environmental Movement As A Pagan Religion. Environism is a combination of pseudo-science, new age mysticism, paganism, and socialism which serves as a combination of political philosophy and religion. This is clearly an attempt to replace America's historic Christian culture with a new religion — a pagan religion.
Dominion and Stewardship: Believers and the Environment. As the United States prepares to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, people of faith should be wary of a "neo-pantheism" underlying much of the secular environmental agenda.
EPA Seeks Faith-Based Grants For Green Causes: The director of an Environmental Protection Agency energy program told a meeting of environmentalists Thursday [12/19/2002] that the White House's faith-based initiative should include federal grants for religious groups that advocate green causes.
What Scriptures Tell Us About Environmental Stewardship: Now that secular liberalism has all but driven orthodox religion out of public life, it should come as no surprise that heterodox spirituality has become the latest battering ram of the left. In a time when the Bible has been expunged from schoolrooms as an icon of Western bigotry, biblical arguments are now oddly on the comeback, recast as a fashionable means of pushing a leftist agenda. What is not to be expected is the degree to which well-meaning Christians have become the spokesmen of these distortions.
The Atheist-Dominated National Academy of Sciences. It is important for us to understand the mindset of the hierarchy of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) because they are the ones whose alleged expertise on "global warming" will justify the Democrats' cap-and-tax legislation. Over the last 50 years, the NAS hierarchy has become one of the most poisonous organizations in America, a nest of atheists who base their pseudo-scientific dogma on the arbitrary rejection of God, and not upon empirical evidence and the scientific method.
In God We Do Not Trust. [Scroll down] Man is the new prime mover and shaker. The seas will be lowered, the climate will change (if you pay enough), and nasty oil and gas will be things of the past. Congress will legislate the average temperature of every house, and doctors will be slaves of the state in order to provide your health care. In complete transparency, know that when we say, "man is the new prime mover and shaker," we of course mean us, not you. You should realize that your livelihoods depend on us remaining in power. Now isn't that a load of pressure off!
New Age Marxism Determining Obama's Agenda. The "redistribution of wealth" progressives, wealthy and powerful globalization advocates and the "deep green" environmentalists are working hard together for the creation of a new New Age Marxist global society. Although each group may have their own area of emphasis, the big picture is the same. ... Their ideal society is based on feminist Goddess/Gaia/Earth worshipping theory. That is not to say that all progressives are Gaia worshippers; some may have political aspirations, some may see monetary profit in this movement, and others see it as a spiritual transformation.
'Eco-Theology': Using Oil Spill + Religion to Promote Green Agenda. "Where would Jesus drill?" That sounds almost like it could be the opening of a tree hugger's bad joke, but instead it's the lede [sic] in a recent Associated Press story written by John Flesher about a so-called "Green religion movement." Efforts to make environmentalism its own sort of religion have been underway for some time now. But the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has sparked a new push to take what has been traditionally a political phenomenon, the American environmentalist movement, and make it part of the religious spectrum.
Environmentalist Holy Rollers. Radical environmentalism is not science; it's religion. It is based on faith, not fact. "Mother Earth" is this religion's god, the Kyoto Treaty is its Bible, and Al Gore is its prophet, a prophet who has made millions of dollars by driving the global warming bandwagon. When Gore pounds the pulpit and screams about global warming, he is not presenting a scientifically-based point of view; he's presenting a faith-based belief system.
The Case of the Curious Climate Covenant. Untold numbers of well-informed individuals are rolling their eyes at all the "warming planet" warnings failing to happen, like low-lying islands swamped by rising seas, more frequent and intense hurricanes, and the Arctic starting down the path of being ice-free in the summer — a process less likely to happen since the big ice cube up there keeps getting bigger each winter. Eyes roll, but tough questions aren't being asked about the origins of faith-based organizations' climate change concerns, so those ideas are allowed to spread, ultimately corrupting a perfectly unsuspecting Advent season. The question is this: what prompts this faith-based concern about an essentially political issue?
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