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Paul H. Rubin in today’s WSJ: Environmentalism as Religion …and other honest trifles

2010/04/22
And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s
In deepest consequence.
William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 1 scene 3

. . .

Vero Possumus

. . .

Paul Rubin notes in today’s *Wall Street Journal Op-Ed several vital issues with the religiosity of the “environmental movement” and it’s adherents.  Please share it if you have an on-line subscription or the print copy.  Caveat emptor

“Many observers have made the point that environmentalism is eerily close to a religious belief system, since it includes creation stories and ideas of original sin. But there is another sense in which environmentalism is becoming more and more like a religion: It provides its adherents with an identity.

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“Some conservatives spend their time criticizing the way Darwin is taught in schools. This is pointless and probably counterproductive. These same efforts should be spent on making sure that the schools only teach those aspects of environmentalism that pass rigorous scientific testing. By making the point that Greenism is a religion, perhaps we environmental skeptics can enlist the First Amendment on our side.”

There’s the rub:  Several, in fact. Firstly, tax-based funded education has turned-out to be a less than stellar experiment.

Then there’s the notion of further displacing the Three R’s and basic American Civics – already challenged and burdened with incompetent curricula pushing “social studies” and the PC agenda pieties du jour.

Even if we give a pass to Big Ed and it’s agendae, how is it, for example, that the “rigorous scientific testing” of Anthropogenic Global Warming makes the grade?  The abject failure and blatant dishonesty of the IPCC and it’s AGW “scientific consensus” is no trifling matter.  The damage to the scientific community’s once noble reputation reaches deep.  It may take a generation to restore.  In the mean time, Mr Rubin, sir, there is no compelling need to teach any aspects of environmentalism in public schools at taxpayer expense.  None, sir.

Our thanks to Mr Rubin and the WSJ for a thoughtful and provoking contribution.

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