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Global Warming: Faith, Reason and the Temple Cult of Scientism

posted at 2:57 pm on November 29, 2009 by

Devastating revelations about the bogus science of the climate-change fanatics inspired me Saturday to reflect on the Temple Cult of Scientism:

The High Priests perform their statistical rituals and the cultists genuflect reverently before their idol, Science.

Today’s latest news — that the original data which generated the global-warming thesis were long ago destroyed — prompted further reflections on Faith and Reason:

One reason that abortion is such a sacred right to some Baby Boomers is that they were deceived by the “Population Bomb” hoax of the 1960s and ’70s, when neo-Malthusians warned that the alternative to draconian population control was a Soylent Green-style dystopia. . . .
The federally-mandated triumph of secularism in public education — Engel v. Vitale, Abington School District, Epperson v. Arkansas — has steadily enlarged the credulous congregation of the Temple Cult.
These landmark Supreme Court decisions stigmatized religion as unconstitutionally subversive of the educational process, ensuring that future generations of American youth would be inculcated with a sort of neo-Manichean worldview, wherein traditional religious belief had nothing relevant to say about science, history, psychology or any other realm of human inquiry.
Ideas Have Consequences, as Richard Weaver famously observed, and this legally-certified declaration that there was no overlap between Faith and Reason has not merely marginalized Faith, it has also undermined Reason. When we behold the religious fanaticism of the Temple Cult in regard to Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), we must understand this irrational fruit as a natural product of the poisoned tree of Scientism. . . .
If everything is Progress and Progress is everything, then decline becomes an ontological impossibility and — by logical extension — today’s Congress is morally superior to the Founders who gathered at Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787.
Anyone who doesn’t understand how such a worldview undermines the Rule of Law and puts our rights at the mercy of legislators and bureaucrats has forfeited any claim to intellectual superiority that would qualify them to lecture the rest of us about Science. . . .

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(Cross-posted at Right-Wing News.)

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