Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Cult of Gaia

They practice their rituals fervently and insist that everyone believe as they do. They see themselves as morally superior to the rest of us and they pressure government to enact laws that would punish unbelievers. They preach that unless we all do exactly as they say, billions will die and the world will come to an end. In some sects, animals are more sacred than humans. They worship a god they call Gaia (pronounced gi-yuh) and they won’t rest until they impose their beliefs on everyone.

Recycling is their most sacred rite. Bicycling and composting are also paths to holiness. They evangelize the world claiming that if everyone recycles and makes compost piles, Gaia will be pleased. Anyone who mentions studies showing that recycling uses more energy than it saves commits blasphemy. Such sacrilege so outrages the Cult of Gaia, members binge on organic vegetables and Ben & Jerry’s Rainforest Crunch until their inner turmoil diminishes. Lately, their fire-and-brimstone preaching about the “End Times” of global warming is gaining disciples across the globe. According to my local paper, The Conway Daily Sun Saturday, two-thirds of New Hampshire towns have articles on their warrants for spring town meeting demanding that state and national governments do something about global warming.

Even the conservative DRUDGE REPORT carried the blaring headline: “REPORT WARNS OF COMING CHAOS” last Sunday. Clicking on it took me to an Associated Press report declaring:

The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water . . . At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels . . .
Also forecast were malaria epidemics and killer hurricanes. Right above that story were Google-sponsored links claiming:

Truth of Global Warming - How to Avoid The Extinction of Man - A Survival Wake Up Call!

The Coming World War - Find out what Nostradamus says about the years 2007 - 2012.

Droughts and floods aren’t bad enough? We have to endure malaria epidemics, killer hurricanes and a world war at the same time? This is serious. Gaia must be really pissed.

A headline in Saturday’s London Times declared:

Europe goes nuclear in battle to save the planet.” Europeans have converted to the Gaia Mother Earth Cult too and they’re among its most fervent disciples. According to another weekend story from UPI, Czech President Vaclav Klaus declared that “Environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide.

Klaus’s observation fits with what I’m seeing where I live in New England and around the United States. Oregon’s governor threatened to fire the state climatologist for the blasphemy of doubting human behavior is the cause of global warming. Delaware’s climatologist faces Inquisition for a similar offense. Virginia’s former climatologist published a book about “expensive [global warming] policies that are likely to have little or no detectable effect on the planet's temperature.” Notice he’s now the former state climatologist.

The Sunday Telegraph
reported that other blasphemous climatologists are threatened with death:

Scientists who questioned mankind's impact on climate change have received death threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community. They say the debate on global warming has been "hijacked" by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions. Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by email since raising concerns about the degree to which man was affecting climate change . . . [Ball]claimed the theory of man-made global warming had become a "religion" forcing alternative explanations to be ignored.

Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on doors telling people to prepare for the “End Times.” They believe in their religion as much as Gaians do, but they don’t impose their views on us. They treat people who don’t believe as they do with respect. Periodically, they go up on a mountaintop somewhere when they think the world will end, and when it doesn’t they go back down and check over their theological calculations. They don’t insist on restrictive government measures that would shut down our economy as the Cult of Gaia does.

The historical record indicates wild climate swings here in what is now New England, and nearly everywhere else on earth as well. On Vermont mountain tops you can find fossil shells from tropical seas alongside bedrock scrapes from glaciers more than a mile thick. There’s coal from tropical rain forests in Antarctica. The whole planet saw extreme climate swings countless times before humans ever existed. None of that matters to the Cult of Gaia though. They still insist that strictly-enforced practice of their religious rites will stabilize our climate in its present state forever.

Perhaps they also believe we increase sunlight by setting our clocks ahead.


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Anonymous said...

A funny one, Tom.

Anonymous said...

one question. Why is it states need to hire climatologist's?

Unknown said...

Spot on Tom. Global Warming has taken on a cult like status. Hey I was thinking of starting a new business. Seems these folks are really gullable. Start selling carbon credits, run an ad in the CDS. I'll take a small amount of the money I collect and send it to the timber industry for tree planting, (they do it anyway might as well make some $$ too)to offset those guilty fellings.

Amazing how easy it is to make these folks feel guilty over simple things like mowing grass.

Cheers, keep up the fight, your the only breath of fresh air that our local news monopoly publishes.

Anonymous said...

Right on Tom, thanks for speaking for those of us who don't believe in the religion of Global Warming.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Why do states need climatologists? Good question. Many have state geologists and state archaeologists too. I don't think they're full-time jobs though as many of the above are college professors as well. Maybe it's like having a state bird or state flower.

Or, maybe the positions were created to please the Gaians.

Rob: As for carbon credits, I think Al Gore has that market sewn up. You could try to compete with him here in the valley though. A possibly slogan? "Think Globally; Act Locally." Better check for copyrights on that however.

Anonymous said...

Tom, so you delete comments on your blog that don't agree with you? You are just a reaction to a reaction, nothing more.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Well hello there whoever you are. No, I don't delete comments that disagree with me. Try clicking on "Secret Rapture" and you'll see that whoever he or she is is missing some dots on his dominoes.

I only delete the insane comments.

Question for you: Why do you hide behind anonymity?

Unknown said...

Incase you missed it there was an article in the Globe about a woman who thought she was doing the right thing buying Carbon Credits (ease her quilt I guess) only to find out it was a rip off. One of the recipeints is a company in NH. Heres the link:


Unknown said...

Whoops, looks like the blog software truncated the link, heres the tinyurl for the same story:


Tom McLaughlin said...

Thanks for the attempt Rob, but when I posted the URL and clicked, Safari crashed - twice.

Tom McLaughlin said...

I just noticed that anonymous can't see what comment I deleted. It came from this person:

He/she calls himself "Secret Rapture" and I think he's been abducted by aliens. Check him out. Those are the kinds of comments I deleted. Also, before I enabled that feature where you have to type those numbers and letters below to submit your comment, I was getting advertisements posted as comments. I deleted all those too.

Anonymous said...

What would you do? Nuke Iran? Cancel auto emission restrictions? Deny that humans have any symbioic relationship with the earth at all, but rather the we were put here by some guy God and are entited to do anything we want?
Also, I don't mind your idea of equality between minorities and regular folks, but when a country boy vocally puts down gays, I get a little nervous. In my book, homophobic rednecks and gays are two sides of the same coin--kind of the Brokeback Mountain syndrome.

Tom McLaughlin said...

Well-well. Anonymous is an early riser.

There it is, the reflexive, homosexual retort that anyone who agrees with General Pace is a self-hating, closeted homo who secretly desires a tryst on Brokeback Mountain, then beats himself with chains for giving rein to evil temptations. Try it somewhere else, anonymous - it doesn’t work here.

Yes, I agree with the general. So does the majority of other people out there, as homosexual activists well know. That’s why they dread the homosexual “marriage” referendum going to a vote in Massachusetts - they know they’ll lose. Once inside the voting booth, people will vote what they really believe. Voters know their names are not on their ballots and most, unfortunately, lack the courage of their convictions and prefer to hide behind anonymity just as you do here in this forum. Homosexual activists would much prefer to work through courts with liberal judges than through secret ballots. Meanwhile, they publicly browbeat anyone who dares to speak against their agenda.

Then there are people like me who are only amused by posts like yours. You can’t shut us up. For us, the activists work diligently on “hate crime” legislation to muzzle us with threats heavy fines or jail time - hate crimes like they have in Canada and the UK and the EU. Free speech is the enemy of fascist activists who like to work in the shadows.

What would you do? Wait for Iran to nuke Israel? To nuke us? Are you aware of Radical Islam’s policies toward homosexuals? Better read up on it anonymous if you haven’t already. If you are aware of what’s in Sharia Law and you still shill for the Islamists, you must have a death wish. But then, so do Islamist suicide bombers. Two sides of the same coin?

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm loth to give up hope in the positive side of what people claim as "religion." In other words, peace on earth, good will to men.
It seems that liberal and conservatives both agree on this, they just bring it forward at different times in their presentation. Liberals put it forward first, conservatives try to balance the books first. I would rather drop the books and have peace from now on.There will always be mistakes in the books. Why wait forever for peace?