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Sunday, March 16, 2008
SBC Baptist's Declaration
OK... onto the rant.
Quite a while ago, I summed up my opinions on Christianity and the environment here. In a nutshell (and I might be adding to what I wrote back then): We have an obligation to be good stewards of the gifts God gave us. One of the gifts we were given is a brain, and we should use it to make reasoned decisions concerning how we take care of the rest of the gifts. Common sense protection of all the gifts is preferable to fanatical devotion to one cause or another.
This week, "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change" was released. Instead of copying and pasting large chunks of the declaration to make my points, just go read it. I'll wait.
Done? OK... so... from the SBC statement, I have the 4 main points of the declaration which I will address individually.
- Human beings have a responsibility to care for creation and acknowledge their participation in environmental decline.
I can almost buy this one. But human beings, especially in the United States, are already leading the charge when it comes to cleaning up the environment. Travel around the world and you'll marvel at the cleanliness and beauty of our country. We're not perfect, but we're far from the pariahs we're made out to be.
- Addressing climate change is prudent.
According to who? Climate change is as old as... well, as old as Methuselah. There has always been climate change. Ever hear of an Ice Age? There obviously had to have some sort of "global warming" at some point in time because we'd still be an Ice Age otherwise. Did SUVs cause the last warming period (in the early 1000s)? Just wondering.
If you strip away the activist rhetoric, you have scientific theories. Those theories on climate change revolve around things like sun spots and volcanic ash. SUVs and carbon credits are no where to be found, in case you were curious.
Stewardship of the earth is required by Christian and Southern Baptist beliefs.
Finally, something we agree on! Next!
Individuals, churches, communities and governments should act now.
And do what? Bow to the Goracle? Buy into junk science? Drive a Prius? Sell carbon credits? Pass a law?
Back in the 1970s, we were told that, if we didn't "do something," we'd be in the middle of an Ice Age by 2000. Somehow, in 30 years or so, we've gone from the deep freeze to the oven. Now, if we don't "do something," we'll all fry within 50 years. I know what we can do... let's just wait. It worked last time!
Sure. I guess you can say I'm a denier. Then again, I'm also a flat earth denier. And a geocentrism denier. Let's not forget "hollow earth" theory. Newtonian gravity theory? Deny, deny, deny. Get the point?
"So, where do you find your ideas for your denier propaganda?" I hear you ask. Great question! First, take this quiz to see how much you don't know about Global Warming. Then start your studying here. Once you finish and understand what the activists are really trying to prove, then dive into the science here and here. And here. Don't forget here. Need more? There's always something new coming around the bend, so... google is your friend, too.
In closing, I'll give the signers of the declaration a simple piece of advice. Leave the science to the scientists... that's why they're called that.