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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. It was Michael Crichton who first prominently identified environmentalism as a religion. That was in a speech in 2003, but the world has moved on apace since then and adherents of the creed now have a firm grip on the world at large. Global Warming has become the core belief in a new eco-theology. It is closely related to other modern belief systems, such as political correctness, chemophobia and various other forms of scaremongering, but it represents the vanguard in the assault on scientific man. The climate is always changing, so they must be right. This was in Britain, which was the cradle of the new belief and was a response to the derision resulting from the searing summer of 1976.
Faith is a belief held without evidence. The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. Huxley was one of a long tradition of British sceptical philosophers. It is one of the great ironies of modern history that the nation that was the cradle of the scientific method came to lead the process of its abandonment. The great difference, then, is that religion demands belief, while science requires disbelief. The Royal Society, as a major part of the flowering of the tradition, was founded on the basis of scepticism.
The global warmers like to use the name of science, but they do not like its methods. They were not, however, always so wise. In 1900, for example, the great Lord Kelvin famously stated, «There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement. It all depends on the quality of observations and the validity of various hypotheses. Science is at ease with this situation.
It accepts various theories, such as gravitation or evolution, as the least bad available and of the most practical use, but it does not believe. It is in the nature of religion to be authoritarian and proscriptive. Perhaps the fundamental human fear is fear of life itself. The amazing propensity of carbon to form compounds of unlimited complexity made the existence of life possible, while its dioxide is the primary foodstuff, the very start of the food chain. The corrective to sin in religion is absolution, and the power of most religions comes from their claim to have the monopoly on absolution. So it is with the new godless religion.
Furthermore, it is in the nature of religion to create false markets. In the time of Chaucer the Pardoner sold papal indulgences, which freed the prosperous from the consequences of sin. Likewise, the new pardoners sell carbon offsets. Most religions seek to grow by means of proselytism. Science does not seek or need converts. It teaches those that are willing to learn, but it does not impose itself on those who are indifferent. A growing cohort of believers reinforces the beliefs of existing adherents and participating in the quest for converts helps assuage the inevitable doubts they might harbour.
Demagoguery is also, therefore, a feature of religion. Some people have the capacity to hold the masses in their thrall. It is a mysterious art, as their skills of oratory do not often stand up to any sort of critical examination. They are idols of the moment, who often turn out to have feet of clay, as so frequently seems to happen with charismatic TV preachers. One of the most notorious demagogues of the godless religion is Al Gore. He is certainly no great orator, but he makes up for it with chutzpah.
His disregard for truth is exemplified by his characteristic and ubiquitous pose in front of a satellite photograph of hurricane Katrina. Gore also displays all the characteristics of the classical religious hypocrite. He disregards his own proscriptions with abandonment and ostentation. Religions vary in their treatment of unbelievers, which ranges from disregard to slaughter. The new religion relies at present on verbal assault and character assassination, though there are those who would go further.
There is a sustained campaign to deny the deniers any sort of public platform for their views. Apostates are universally even more reviled than infidels. They have turned their backs on the true faith, whichever that might happen to be. Partial apostates, or heretics, are even more loathed and through the ages have been subjected to the most appalling punishments and deaths. Bjorn Lomborg, he is of the faith.