If you thought that people hated the involvement of religion in politics because of Christian teaching regarding abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, etc, it turns out you are wrong. There are a group of ready and willing religious leaders who want to convince you that God wants you to advocate for the government to fight “man-made climate change.”
“But efforts by religious groups like Interfaith Power and Light to reanimate the climate change debate are complicated by more than the realities of congressional gridlock and conservative efforts to delegitimize the mainstream scientific consensus surrounding the human causes of climate change. Surveys have consistently shown that while faith-based groups may draw attention to what they characterize as the biblical imperative to be good stewards of the Earth, their efforts don’t move public opinion on what is now one of the most deeply divisive, politicized issues in America. ‘In public opinion, this is a superpartisan issue among Americans,’ says Alan Cooperman of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. ‘And it is not because of their religion.’”
This article basically tries to make skepticism about the claims of man-made climate change into a form of secularism. If we were all more religious, we would be on board with cap and trade or whatever scam is currently popular.
“Cooperman, of Pew, says that when it comes to Americans’ views on the environment, ‘religion is not salient.’ ‘It doesn’t mean that religion doesn’t have a role,’ he said. ‘Religious groups can be highly involved and potentially influential — individuals can say, and fully mean it, that their faith speaks to them on the issue.’ But it is political party identification that defines positions on the environment, even among the nearly half of churchgoing Americans surveyed who say their clergy speaks out about the environment. In a Pew survey in 2010, for example, 39 percent of white evangelicals — typically the most skeptical about climate change — said their clergy spoke out about the environment, but just 11 percent said that religion is the biggest influence on their environmental views.”
The claims made by Cooperman are confused. First off, party identification will typically correlate with what kind of church you attend. If you don’t believe in anthropogenic global warning, I suspect neither to your friends at church or even your pastor. Secondly, for Christians, the Bible is not an ancient climate science textbook. It doesn’t tell us to avoid handling mercury, inform us of the presence of an ozone layer, or tell us what drives global warming and cooling. So why should any religious person claim that religion is the biggest influence?
Amazingly, while trying to promote allegiance to the Religious Left, the article is quite clear on which god they thing you should put your faith in. They use a GOP presidential candidate from 2012 to show you a proper testimony:
“After announcing in a tweet that, ‘I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,’ Huntsman later backpedaled before a conservative audience, saying that the “scientific community owes us more” on the issue. Then, the following day in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, he reset again, saying: ‘I put my faith and trust in science.’”
If you trust in modern, ideologically-driven, state- and or corporate-funded scientists, I do call you crazy. Jesus never addressed principles of climate science, but he did teach us not to be pressured according to powerful people trying to tell us what to think.
Trust Jesus. He wants you to think for yourself.