This evening, NPR aired a report discussing the need to reduce our dependence on oil. One of the analyst’s comments began, “Whether you believe in global warming or not, oil is unhealthy for humans and the environment.” Those issues are too much for me to handle, but the way such topics are discussed is part of the reason they’re so difficult to address. The analyst was implicitly stating that beliefs, or feelings, are what determine the reality/myth of global warming.
It is incredibly frustrating when beliefs, or even organized religion, become tangled up in politics and policy making. Scientists discovered and improved every single method we use to extract energy. Scientists determined how to measure global climate, simulate events and provide weather predictions. Their research indicates that human activities are resulting in climate change. I’m all for finding fault in their methods and results, but it’s ignorant behavior to simply “not believe” their results.
One of the most fascinating examples I’ve encountered was filmed in the documentary Jesus Camp. A Christian mother is homeschooling her son using a science textbook from a Christian publisher. The textbook describes the false theory of global warming and details how to counter the arguments put forth in support of global warming. I can understand why some Christians feel the theory of evolution conflicts with their faith (although it’s quite possible to reconcile the two), but I can’t begin to imagine how global warming runs contrary to Christian teachings.
You frequently hear that there’s too much religion in politics. I’m concerned that there’s too much politics in religion.