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LIBERAL RELIGIOSITY
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Questions are always healthy, and at one time liberals were the champions of skepticism. At one time. Liberals could largely be counted on to challenge the fundamental thought of the day--anything from religion to pseudo-sciences.

Times have changed, and contemporary liberals have become much of what they once despised. Seemingly paramount to their psyche is the adoption of concrete and fundamental often borderiing on religious fervor.

Of course they don't see it that way.

I remember a street preacher who was trying to convince those around him of their eternal damnation unless they repent; and he had the "facts" to prove it! Eerily similar, this tone is heard in today's prophets of doom preaching global warming destruction unless we repent; while having the "facts" to prove it.

It seems that gone are the days of liberal skeptical rationalism. Now is the time of pre-conditioned bias, unquestioning faith and "religious" zealotry .

Obama says liberals base their positions on rationale and fact.

Picture above: Tele-evangelist, Al Gore

posted by Jack Mercer @ 1/31/2007 08:31:00 AM  
12 Comments:
  • At 2/02/2007 08:58:00 AM, Anonymous quranbible said…

    Religion must not be the part of politics and I believe you are referring global warming as pseudo science. Liberals politcians are as much corrupt as the Conservatives. There is and always will be good honest politicians in both parties who had no chances of getting elected for White House. Liberals or Conservatives majority of them are there to protect their own interests by helping their corporate donners and lobbists instead of their consituients so it is not correct to blast on Liberals only

     
  • At 2/02/2007 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi QB!

    Good to hear from you. I agree 100%--any politician with real integrity will have a difficult time going far. I think that Plato observed that when an empire is in decline, the basest (worst) in society rise to the top to become its leaders. I think this is the case today.

    I hit the liberals on this issue, and others because they used to be champion worthy causes--ration/valid ones. They have infused their party with hyper-religiosity (I use the term "religious" because much of their belief are "faith based"). Of course the same could be said that the Neo-cons god is money also.

    I often deal with the liberal/Democrats because they make of themselves such easy targets. Thats what the News Sniper is all about! ha!

    Take care,

    -Jack

     
  • At 2/02/2007 09:49:00 AM, Blogger Smorgasbord said…

    What do you think about this ?

     
  • At 2/02/2007 11:08:00 AM, Anonymous quranbible said…

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Smorgasbord my friend Global Warming is serious issue which Al Gore brought in the lime light for which he is nominated for Nobel Prize which he desterve as well as Oscar. We have to take this Global Warming very seriously by changing our daily life keeping in mind not to destroy it for the comming generations.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 04:06:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Smorg! Great to hear from you. Thanks also for checking back, QB.

    I am in the process of writing two articles:

    "Global Warming for Dummies - A Common Man's Guide"

    and

    "Socialism's Aims vs. Socialism's Results"

    My hope is to make both understandable as the common sense they are.

    Stay tuned!

    -Jack

     
  • At 2/02/2007 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Quick question for both of you, though.

    If you answer "yes" to both of these questions, please answer three and four:

    1. Are you concerned about global warming?

    2. Do you think that global warming is primarily man-made?

    Only answer the following if both above were "yes"

    3. What are you doing personally to combat global warming?

    4. What do you think should be done to combat global warming?

    Regards,

    -Jack

     
  • At 2/03/2007 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous QuranBible said…

    Hi Jack,

    1. Yes.
    2. Mostly yes.
    3. We as individuals can do a lot to save the earth.
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/home.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/road.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/office.html
    4. State and Government.
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/stateandlocalgov/index.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/businesses.html

     
  • At 2/03/2007 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous QuranBible said…

    1. Yes.
    2. Mostly yes.
    3. We as individuals can do a lot to save the earth.
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/home.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/road.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/office.html
    4. State and Government.
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/stateandlocalgov/index.html
    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/businesses.html

     
  • At 2/03/2007 09:26:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi QB!

    I guess I probably should have asked it a little differently. I wanted to sort of survey people to find out what they were actually doing about global warming if they firmly believed that man was the cause. If you have a chance, would you mind letting me know what you are doing personally to combat global warming? (ie: riding bicycle instead of car, using less electricity, etc.)

    Thanks!

    -Jack

     
  • At 2/04/2007 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous QuranBible said…

    Hi Jack,

    I sell my V8 sports car started using public transport to minimize damage to the environment. I don't turn on my electic lights in the evenings most the the time only turned them on for few minutes when required. I will use hybird cars in the future and trust me this is one though choice for me becuase love the speed and power.

     
  • At 2/04/2007 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi QB!

    If you sold your car and started using public transport then you are indeed a genuine person of character.

    The problem with this debate is that everyone is panicked over global warming, but they point fingers at everyone else as the cause and think that everyone else should do something about it.

    IF global warming is caused by CO2 emmissions then the CAUSE is CONSUMPTION. Consumption of fossil fuels, creation of plastics and artificial products, production of environmental hazards such as batteries, etc. Of course everyone wants to point accusing fingers at "big business", but "big business" would not exist without "big consumer".

    I have a friend who is a psychologist. He is also a contemporary liberal who firmly believes in man-made global warming. He has three teen children. He owns a Ford Expedition. He bought his son a Ford Mustang and his two daughter's both have Ford Explorers. They live in a 4500 square foot home with a huge swimming pool complex. It is his opinion that the problem is Exxon Oil and "Big Business".

    QB, one can see why the skepticism from most average people. They see who is essentially driving the initiative (socialists) and who is supporting it (contemporary liberals) and see the rampant hypocricy. Al Gore and all of the "green" politicians still jet around the world and country in airplanes that belch tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, they get driven around in limosines and drive SUV's--and the list goes on. They are always talking about what OTHER people should do, not themselves. The are like religious fanatics who preach, but do not practice what they tell others to do.

    QB, you are indeed a person of character--but I think you are the exception, not the rule.

    Kindest regards,

    -Jack

     
  • At 2/05/2007 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Smorgasbord said…

    I think that people like QB are becoming more and more commonplace. I think a big part of that is the media attention that issues such as global warming have garnered. It may feel like we're being bombarded, but I really think it's doing some good.

    Am I concerned about global warming? Yes. Do I think it's primarily man made? I have absolutely no idea. I'm not a scientist, and from what I've heard so far, most scientists have wildly divergent viewpoints. I'm staying completely neutral on the subject.

    I don't think that my uncertainty, however, is any excuse to ignore important environmental issues. Burning fossil fuels may or may not be a major contributor to global warming, but it DEFINITELY pollutes our air. Also, there is a finite amount of fossil fuels in our Earth. They take thousands of years to replenish. We need to keep funding research on SUSTAINABLE energy sources, as well as personally conserving all we can.

    I too take public transportation every day. My wife and I share a single car that gets around 30 MPG. We recycle, and we save energy where we can. Could we do better? Absolutely. But, as in all things, there is a balance to be stricken. If we start demanding that everyone live in the forest off of nuts and berries in thatch huts, then no one is even going to make an effort. All this hoopla over global warming, at the very least, keeps people thinking about the environment, which I think is extremely important. If it drops out of the public discourse, the few steps that we've taken down the long road to planetary sustainability will be lost.

     
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