Recent Evidence that “Religion Over Science” is a Horrible Thing!
I am getting really tired of people using their Christian beliefs to justify letting bad things happen. We see it with gay rights, womens’ rights, and countless other “moral” choices that get legislated all the time. But, they all pale in comparison to the absurd claim that is now being made by a very important politician.
The highest-ranking House official in charge of environmental and energy policy may soon be a Republican legislator who denies climate change on the grounds of his belief that nothing bad can come of the Earth unless it is preordained by God. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since 1997, submitted a letter to his colleagues earlier this week asking for their blessing in his campaign to assume the gavel when Republicans take control of the chamber. Such a possibility is likely to be particularly worrying to climate change scientists and their supporters, especially considering a specific incident in which Shimkus appeared to wholly reject any potential for man-made climate consequences due to his faith that only God can “destroy this Earth.”
Un-fucking-believable. According to the Toronto Star, in a 2009 hearing by the subcommittee he was on, he talked openly about this. First, he noted God’s post-Flood promise to Noah in Genesis 8:21-22. “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.”
“I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” Shimkus said. Then he quoted Matthew 24:31. “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds from one end of the heavens to the other.” He then commented, “The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood,” Shimkus asserted. “I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”
Ok, Shimkus, what the hell is your problem? I have a feeling that if you dig into his financing records, you would find contributions from the oil, coal, chemical, and gas industries. That’s the only thing that makes sense! When you are prepared to do nothing to help the country (and the earth for that matter) because you think god has it all under control, you shouldn’t even be allowed to run for Congress. It’s insane to think that you should have to pass ANY laws if you honestly think that nothing you do matters. Does god tell him what laws to pass? Does god get the deciding vote?
There are Christians out there trying to spread the message of tolerance for gays (since the bible doesn’t actually condemn it – but that’s another post) and the notion that it’s right to believe in evolution. Here’s an article the the HUFFINGTON POST about just that. But, where are the scientists and Christians standing up to this guy? This man is about to be the top politician in charge of our energy policy. His decisions could affect polluting agencies for decades. So, I ask this one simple question…
WHY IS IT WRONG TO BE CLEANER??? Even if you deny Global Warming (and you are a retard for doing so), why is having cleaner water and air from better sources of energy a bad thing? They say it costs more and we will lose jobs. Well, yes, it does cost more, at first, because the infrastructure has to be built and it as to reach a medium point where it’s cost competitive to do alternative renewable sources over traditional finite, dirty sources. Other countries have done this by taxing the old sources to make them cost more, be less competitive, and they use that revenue to subsidize the renewable options. Within 5-10 years, the problem would be solved… and of course, jobs lost in one sector would be made up for with new jobs in the new sector (most economists say it would actually have a net increase in jobs – and jobs that pay better).
But, as long as the lobbies for those big industries have schmucks like Shimkus playing the “god will help us” card, Christians can keep ignoring the problem and watch the world around them become more economically unstable and environmentally catastrophic. Believe what you want to believe, but don’t tell the rest of us that your god is looking out for all of us so you have to do NOTHING to protect us. If there was ever a violation of the separation of church and state, this has to be it. His colleagues need to tell him to come up with some other excuses for his do-nothing attitude. Using “god” as the reason is wrong, unsubstantiated, and ignorant for a sitting congressman in this day and age of advanced science and understanding. Stand up to cowards like this and tell them to put down the bible and pick up a science journal. If your god is watching out for humans… he’s done a lousy job so far!