Update: Former Secretary of State George Shultz must be one of us! Hail & welcome to the non-believers sir!
Outside of the implausibility of religious claims about magic floods and rising from the dead, there is also the day-to-day ugliness that turns many off like a light switch. Racism, sexism, intolerance, a long history of brutal acts and justifying the most un-Christ-like behavoir imaginable, all given religious cover. And then there is the sheer mendacity. Take it away Rush!
Think Progress — According to Limbaugh, Kerry’s prayerful call to protect the planet was simply too much for the mind to handle:”See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming … You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create. — Rush Limbaugh”
Rush Limbaugh may not be a master of theological nuance. Still, his core assertion — that someone can’t believe in God while also believing that humanity has contributed to global climate change — dusts off an old conservative myth that, like climate change-denying in general, ignores data, facts, and the lived experience of billions of people across the globe.
Well good news, we’re all OK here on FtB then, we’re allowed to “believe in” thermometers. Unless you are lurking believer, and accept basic science. You heretic!
Rush isn’t the only one to say this of course. It’s been a right-wing evangelical trope for quite a while. It’s kind of vague and confusing, exactly how it works, which is perfect for a certain kind of confused, vague mindset we all know too well. It’s something along the lines of after God created the heaven and the earth and committed planetary genocide with the flood of Noah, He promised he wouldn’t so that any more. That includes any changes to the climate, He won’t allow us to change that. Despite the fact that He has given us dominion over the earth … like I said, they’re still working out the kinks in this particular theology.