I was casually listening to a radio talk show at work the other day when the topic of global warming popped up for a second. Currently, I find it a
likely possibility that human intervention is capable of having at least some
effect on the ability for Earth to repel radiation from the sun
through the depletion of the ozone layer causing a steady rise in temperature. From an uneducated standpoint in the topic, it rationally makes
What got me about the radio talk show was that the host consistently stated "the religion of global warming" over and over (probably 10 times within a
span of 2 minutes). Being a very active Atheist in a respectful, friendly religious debating community, some folks weasel through and propose the
exact same statement on a number of things like Atheism (Evolution, "Darwinism", and so on). Of course, when that statement gets thrown around it
means there is a massive bias and/or ignorance behind the person throwing the phrase about the topic their referring to.
Another incident would be in the documentary Jesus Camp, where a parent was quizzing their child on Global Warming and asked "why is global warming
not real" and the child responded "because they say that it's only changing by half a degree, or one degree, and it's so small that it wouldn't make
any difference". This type of statement/indoctrination into a belief at such a young age is usually a clue to the fact that actual religion and
anti-global warming positions may have a tendency to gravitate towards each other much like we see with anti abortion positions.
My last point on religious connection would be due to the fact that both the individuals I work with closely are extremely religious, and my boss is
also very very religious. In the same tone as the radio talk show host, they asked me if I "also believe that garbage" Indicating that they also had a
aggressive stance on the topic. When I asked why they believe that it couldn't happen (separately), they all stated the same thing the child in the
religious documentary stated. "It's such a small change, it would make no difference" and "the world is so big that there is no way we could have an
effect on it" and so on and so on.
Another interesting fact is that all my fellow employees (but one) litter to an extreme, and they all over-use the objects around them (small things
like too much dish soap, keeping the water running, wasting material at work, using far too much paper towel to clean up a small mess, and so on).
That last point was not to say all religious folks do this, but that may too be a possible connection to some individuals with an anti-global warming
position. This too, does not mean that all people who do not believe in global warming (or anti-abortion) are religious or because this seems like an
apparent connection means that they are all incorrect. However, it does mean that there is a possible bias in their opinion due to their need to keep
loyal to their faith in some way. When there is a bias, opinions tend to become warped in a way that bends facts to aid a specific cause, rather than
portray a correct answer.
This makes the matter even more confusing for me as I do not see how this possibly relates to any religious individuals and their faith much like
abortion may. (ps: this topic isn't about abortion or debating it. I'm simply using it as a reference to other like-wise connections)
I don't often talk about global warming for a number of reasons, mainly that I don't know enough about it to really have a strong argument behind my
position. However, my opinion seems quite strong as it makes perfect sense to me how our emissions from just about anything, and how the materials we
use to both make and fuel things we create and run can have a detrimental impact on our environment, ecosystem, and planet.
I'm not quite sure, really, how anyone could really think otherwise (not because I'm most definitely correct in my view, but because I simply do not
know the other position and the evidence that supports it). Or - at the very least - believe otherwise to such an extreme and with such an extreme
distaste for it shouting out "Are there really still people out there that believe in this nonsense!!?! Those people are CRAZY!!!"
So my question here is, why - in your opinion - is man induced global warming such an atrocious possible phenomena in your mind (to the ready who
believes it does not exist).
(To the reader who believes it does exist) Why do you believe that within the other position there are a number of individuals who have such an
Out of pure curiosity, may you also state if you are religious or not? (not absolutely necessary, I'm simply curious)
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