Religious Zealots of the Left

Monday, March 26th, 2007 10:59 am by Neal

Michael Barone’s essay, “Gore’s Faith Is Bad Science,” notes what happens when completely self-absorbed members of the gimme generation “discover” religion in their later years. It’s a bad combination.

The natural human yearning for spirituality has produced in many people educated in secular-minded universities and enveloped in an atmosphere of contempt for traditional religion a faith that we vulgar human beings have a sacred obligation not to inflict damage on Mother Earth. But science tells us that the Earth and its climate have been constantly changing.

Gore and his followers seem to assume that the ideal climate was the one they got used to when they were growing up. When temperatures dropped in the 1970s, there were warnings of an impending ice age. When they rose in the 1990s, there were predictions of disastrous global warming. This is just another example of the solipsism of the baby boom generation, the pampered and much-praised age cohort that believes the world revolves around them and that all past history has become irrelevant.

We’re told in effect that the climate of the late 1950s and early 1960s was, of all those that have ever existed, the best of all possible climates. Not by science. But as a matter of faith.

Having lived a life of “me-me-me” excess and self-indulgent “tolerance,” rudderless boomers like Al Gore finally nurture their long-repressed religious sensibilities and, rather than reflecting inward on their own life and choices, they turn into fanatical, totalitarian monsters spearheading a new inquisition.

If Al and his Gaia cult want to shave their heads, drink the kool-aid, and wait for the flying saucers, well, that’s their business. Just leave the rest of us the hell alone.

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