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by Christopher Chantrill
April 02, 2006 at 8:38 am
WE WESTERNERS have been properly horrified in recent weeks as the Afghani courts have prosecuted the Christian convert Abdul Rahman and imams of the religion of peace have called for the apostates death.
Philistine hypocrisy, writes Spengler in Asia Times. It makes complete sense to kill the apostate, for faith is life and its abandonment is death. The last Christian heretic was executed in Spain as recently as 1826. In the United States we were killing Mormons as late as 1844. Then the real killing began as the modern secular religions spread across the world.
Between the 1920s and 1950s the devotees of the most successful religion in history, the Communists, were killing all the heretic kulaks and capitalist roaders they could find. The pagan Nazis had a go at killing all the Jews.
But now a new secular religion is gaining adherents in the Western world. It too believes that its faith is the key to saving life, not just human life but all life on the planet. It declares that we are all doomed by the coming apocalypse of global warming unless we repent.
Conservative politicians are beginning to take this religion seriously. President Bush has spoken about our addiction to oil and British Conservative Party leader David Cameron has installed a wind turbine on his London home.
The conservative media is also taking the religion of global warming seriously. The London Times and Daily Telegraph both ran opinion pieces April 1 on the religious nature of the global warming movement. As of old, its prophets warn us of the dangers of our luxurious times. They tell us, writes Matthew Parris, that
Our age is not living as it should. The pursuit of riches has distracted us. Lives have been corrupted by lust, vanity, wastefulness and greed. We have become lazy and selfish. Our spirits are sick. And count upon it we shall be punished. One way or another we shall have to pay.
These new Jeremiahs, prophesying that we are all doomed unless we repent, are the prophets of climate change, and they are calling us to sacrifice. They do not want us to sacrifice our first-born sons, not yet, but they do want us to sacrifice our big cars, our big houses, our meat, our fat, and our needless jet travel to faraway places.
Then there is Dr. Eric R. Pianka, a University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert who advocates the elimination of 90 percent of Earths population by airborne Ebola. At a speech delivered to the Texas Academy of Science and reported by Forrest M. Mims III Professor Pianka said the Earth as we know it will not survive without drastic measures.
All religions have this theme of sacrifice and repentance, but one religion has finessed it in a brilliant way that few commentators have grasped. The concept starts in Genesis. Instead of making Abraham sacrifice his son Isaac God lets him sacrifice a ram instead, which you will agree is a much more sensible thing to do. The Jews developed this form of sacrifice into a fine art. The Temple in Jerusalem had a special drainage system to drain away all the blood when the rich brought hundreds of animals at a time to the slaughter.
But then came a radical change. About 2000 years ago in a confusing episode over which people still furiously contest, God said: Enough of all this wasteful sacrifice. Because I so love the world, I will sacrifice my own Son for your sins so you dont have to sacrifice your sons or your livestock.
This Christian doctrine can have a practical effect. In China, when non-Christian villagers experience sickness or misfortune they often sacrifice their livestock to appease the evil spirits. But Christian villagers dont sacrifice, for Jesus already died for their sins. They end up being more prosperous.
Of course, the eco-apocalyptics are not fooled by this. They are much too sophisticated to fall for the transparent and self-serving notion that God would sacrifice his Son for our sins. They demand the satisfaction of real sacrifice and real blood gushing into the gutters as in the old Temple in Jerusalem.
Some people have complained that the eco-believers are hypocrites and instead of sacrificing are buying expensive Prius hybrid cars, eating high-priced organic food, and are building huge eco-friendly mansions. But they are missing the point.
If the infidels of the world do not acknowledge the one true faith and worship the gods of global warming with sacrifice and true repentance in strict observance of the Kyoto rituals, shall we not have to kill them in order to save the planet?
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization