Thursday, December 10, 2015

Religious Freedom Is At Risk Due to Global Climate Change

With the Western media circus trying to spin the danger of Islamist terrorism into a whirlwind of nonsense, one unlikely danger has appeared which I find quite disturbing. I recently read a news item from the Associated Press (Source) about the climate summit in Paris. Some of those involved in the summit have decided that religion and churches need to be brought on board to make people "believe" in the dangers of global climate change. To these scientists and politicians, the ideology of climate change just isn't reaching a wide enough audience. To really "sell" the idea of global climate change, we should employ churches and religion.

Think about what that means. Scientists who want to spread their dogmas of global warming want to enlist churches to make people believe in the dangers of global warming. Here's the idea from the AP article:
The world will not act enough on climate change,..."until we teach this in every church, every mosque, every synagogue, every temple."
This is nothing less than the attempt by ideologues to impose changes to religious doctrine in order to bring about changes in the new world order. This is like Henry VIII telling the Church to change the rules of marriage so he could divorce Catherine of Aragon. This is like Louis XIV telling the bishops they couldn't leave France to appeal to the Pope. While those in charge have changed names, suggesting political leaders dictate what should be preached over the pulpit is still a bad idea.

It is a dangerous abuse of power. It is abhorrent. It can be nothing more than propaganda - using biased information to lead people to a certain political view. Yet, such propaganda is completely acceptable to progressives who think they know better than everyone else in the world how to run governments and now, apparently, religions.

Such propaganda should be immediately suspect among church leaders. Unfortunately, the current Pope has made a career out of preaching the gospel of climate change, setting a standard for other church leaders to follow. Think of the dangers if all believers are taught to give in to governments which want to make radical changes to the world order based on a flimsy climate theory.

Such propaganda is also the antithesis of scientific discovery. When so-called scientists want to appeal to religious faith to convince people of the "reality" of global climate change, we should immediately suspect that science has indeed failed to live up to its own standards of proving hypotheses to form theories.

The US Constitution's 1st Amendment was written because the Founding Fathers knew of the dangers to religion and to people if government dictated religious belief. They knew the history of England with its civil wars between Catholics and Protestants when one king or another gained power. The protection of the free exercise of religion must be maintained in order for a people to remain free to disbelieve what government preaches.

I'll end with a quote from one of the great propagandists of all time, Joseph Goebbels, with only slight changes to the text:
[Progressivism] is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place. We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon [Progressivism] will be the religion of all [Americans]. My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.
If you are unsure what the consequences are of Goebbels' "liberation," I suggest you read William Shirer's important history The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.