WASHINGTON, April 30, 2017 – Shand Ryan at the alternative online journal Paste would like to burn heretic Bret Stephens for his blasphemy.
“It’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining… checking my Twitter feed at 7:45, I was inundated with popular rage about a New York Times op-ed on climate change by Bret Stephens, a known climate change denier… a man whose very hiring at the Times had already pissed off a lot of intelligent people.”
Stephens’s crime is that he denies the existence of the one, true God – what the invisible deity’s high priest Al Gore once called “global warming” – the original term that has, through the miracle of rhetorical transubstantiation, since morphed into “climate change.”
Stephens’s column (HERE) notes what for faithful climate changers is an inconvenient truth:
“Last October, the Pew Research Center published a survey on the politics of climate change. Among its findings: Just 36 percent of Americans care ‘a great deal’ about the subject. Despite 30 years of efforts by scientists, politicians and activists to raise the alarm, nearly two-thirds of Americans are either indifferent to or only somewhat bothered by the prospect of planetary calamity.”
It’s clearly difficult for the hierarchy of the Church of Climate Change to understand why so many of their fellow Americans seem apathetic to the apocalyptic, fire-and-brimstone warnings concerning rising air temperatures and rising sea levels solely due to the man-made sin of man-made carbon emissions.
The faithful say if we allow international bureaucratic agencies to reorder our political and economic systems, diminishing our liberties and the contents of our pocketbooks in the process, grateful polar bears will have ice flows upon which to climb and rest their weary bones, wildfires and hurricanes will diminish in frequency and intensity, our coastal cities will escape the same watery fate as Atlantis and we’ll even see a decrease in the severity of our allergy symptoms.
Despite these promised bounteous blessings, most Americans remain agnostic or downright dismissive of these latter-day, climatological messiahs.
Ironically, two thousand years ago, the son of a Galilean carpenter told his meager following, “Take up thy cross and follow me.”
That is hardly a comforting commission from a leader interested in starting a mass movement. Yet today, 2.2 billion human beings identify as Christians.
For them, someone has already fulfilled the noble act of “saving the planet.”