Should Religion Be Exempt From Criticism

“I look forward to the day when violence done under the influence of religious passion is considered more dishonorable, more shameful, than crimes of avarice, and is punished accordingly, and religious leaders who incite such acts are regarded with the same contempt that we reserve for bartenders who send dangerously disabled people out onto the highways.

I also look forward to the day when pastors who abuse the authority of their pulpits by misinforming their congregations about science, about public health, about global warming, about evolution must answer to the charge of dishonesty. Telling pious lies to trusting children is a form of abuse, plain and simple. If quacks and bunko artists can be convicted of fraud for selling worthless cures, why not clergy for making their living off unsupported claims of miracle cures and the efficacy of prayer?”
Daniel C. Dennett Co-director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University

And the Catholic Church keeps asking for free speech to be censored.  And the Republican religious right wants to put people in jail for blasphemy and other religious/church crimes.  The future is indeed going to be interesting…and maybe deadly.

National Day of Prayer Today

National Day of Prayer Today

O.K. you Christian Religious types, after today I expect some REAL improvement in this poor ol’ world.  You keep telling us atheist types that YES prayer absolutely works and it’s proven.  Well I have never seen any proof of the power of prayer (other than a limited “power of positive thinking thing” and placebo effect) and here is a really big spotlight kind of opportunity to prove to the secular world and all the other Non-Christian religions that ONLY the Christian religion has the POWER. You can prove this to us by ending the wars we (the US) are in, to stop the deaths of all the soldiers still there.  You should also be praying for the end of world hunger, the curing of all cancers, heart diseases, and childhood diseases.
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There are hundreds of bad things in our country and the world that need your “power of prayer” to put an end to. I’ve mentioned a few of them in a recent post and they were things that prayer did not cure last year.  I expect that this year you and your cohorts will ramp up your God-given power of prayer and fix everything…also I think this year some of you really need to pay attention to the plight of our returning military servicemen who have arms and legs amputated…they could really use those limbs back. I figure if enough of you get together and petition God as a large group you’ll get His attention and he’ll fix this terribly serious problem.

Maybe some of you could work on the global warming thing (I know you Republicans will deny its happening…but, just to be sure…) and another bunch of you could concentrate on the fast disappearing fresh water and tremendous overpopulation problem in much of the world and just maybe enlarge the world’s oil supply too.  🙂

All-in-all the whole world really needs the power you Christians can bring to bear with your prayers to Jesus.  I look forward to the improvements we will see today, and the weeks to follow.
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Global Warming and Catholic(s)?

Always lots of interesting stuff floating around the Internet. There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t learn stuff that may at one point affect my family and me.

In the April 20, 08 edition of the Australian newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph, Cardinal George Pell of the Archdiocese of Sydney, expressed his concern regarding the “global warming hypothesis” in an article titled, “Global warming is over.”

Cardinal Pell began his essay by giving examples of countries that have recently experienced much colder temperatures and heavier snow falls than usual.

“Canada has just experienced the coldest winter and the heaviest snowfalls since 1970-71, which was called a once-in-1000-years event. Another 18cm of snow would set an all-time record.”

“In China, the Chinese New Year coincided with a fierce cold snap and snowstorms, which prevented many city workers returning to their villages for the celebrations. Police had to deal with the ensuing riots. London has just experienced snow at Easter.”

The cardinal said: “while the world is much bigger than both China and Canada combined, which might be the exceptions to the new rule of man-made global warming, but they are inconvenient facts for the climate-change bandwagon.”

“And it is an intolerant bandwagon with loud, exaggerated claims that the issue is settled and that an unchallenged consensus among scientists confirms the hypothesis of dangerous, humanly caused global warming. In fact, the issue is far from settled.”

He listed three significant points:

“Last December, more than 100 international scientists, some of them members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warned the UN that attempting to control climate was “ultimately futile”. So did 500 experts in Manhattan in March.”

“Fighting climate change was distracting governments from helping the most vulnerable citizens adapt to the threat of inevitable natural climate changes, whatever they might prove to be. Futile attempts to prevent global climate change would be a tragic misallocation of resources, they claimed.”

His noted that: “none of the natural changes observed with glaciers, sea levels and species migration is outside the bounds of known variability, including the warming of 0.1C to 0.2C per decade, in the late 20th century. But the 1930s decade was warmer than the 1990s. Most importantly, the global temperature has not increased since 2001.

“This finding invalidates the global-warming hypotheses because the amount of carbon dioxide continues to increase and the temperature should be increasing, too. It isn’t.”

His concludes: “today’s computers cannot predict climate over long periods, as there are too many unknowns and variables.”

“We should never forget that while computers are miracles of human ingenuity, they are also limited, cannot think for themselves and are totally obedient to their last human master.”

Well, I certainly don’t know how much a Catholic Cardinal knows about the science of global warming, but I must admit, I have had small doubts about what seemed like a rush to judgment or overstatement on this matter. I do know that billions of dollars have been already spent on efforts to stop the perceived danger and they have made not one wit of difference. Wonder who’s getting all that money?

I also remember a series of articles in a Canadian newspaper, about a year, maybe a year and a half ago, that interviewed a scientist that resigned from the UN committee because he felt that the public statement that the UN released on warming was highly overstated.

Now this is lousy journalism, because at the time, I had just a passing interest in the subject and now I can’t find the article. I’m sure its still floating around out there in the ‘ether’, and I will find it. If anyone knows of this series or can lead me to it, please let me know.

For the sake of our world and our children we can hope that the warming is just a ‘phantom.’ Failing that we must really tackle the problem without all the underhanded crap that large projects (like wars) always seem to spawn.

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