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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM

Fundies say believing in climate change is an insult to God [View all]

from HuffPost:

With movements such as young-earth creationism, we certainly have seen examples of religion being shanghaied into the service of anti-science. But some recent rhetoric in opposition to environmentalism and climate change science takes the cake.

For example, E. Calvin Beisner, leader of the Cornwall Alliance (a consortium of evangelical clergy) has declared that environmental movement is "deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ," and that believing in climate change is "an insult to God." On November 30, 2012, in a televised discussion with his colleague Bryan Fischer, Beisner further argued that it is an affront to God to not utilize the "abundant, inexpensive and effective [fossil] fuel sources" that God has provided. He elaborated: "God buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them and put them to use." Fischer compared those who would curtail the deployment of these resources to the "wicked and lazy servant" in Jesus' parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30).

Many of the groups opposed to the scientific consensus on climate change are also adamantly opposed to evolution, and the two movements (creationism and climate change denial) have, in several cases, joined forces to advance their respective causes in the political arena. For example, in 2010, legislators in Kentucky introduced a bill that would encourage teaching of "advantages and disadvantages" of evolution and global warming, among other topics. In February 2012, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill declaring that some scientific subjects, including biological evolution and global warming, can "cause controversy," so that teachers shall be permitted to help students "critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses" of such theories.

Climate change denial also found its way into the recent 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Several candidates announced their skepticism of global warming, even skepticism of the fact of global warming, much less the likelihood of human contribution. Ron Paul of Texas labeled global warming "the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years." Michele Bachmann of Minnesota dismissed fears of warming because carbon dioxide is a "natural byproduct of nature." Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania explained his views as follows: "It's really a beautifully concocted scheme ... It's just an excuse for more government control of your life, and I've never been for any scheme or even accepted the junk science behind the whole narrative." .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-h-bailey/climate-change-religion_b_2254016.html

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