RUSH: It's time -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut! -- for a global warming update. This is a good one and it makes another point that I've been making for many, many moons here. Sing it, Algore!
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RUSH: All right. On this program, over the course of the recent past, one of the ways I've attempted to alert people to the real truth behind manmade global warming is that it is a hoax being presented as a religion. The only difference between global warming and any other major religion is that its god is tangible. (It's the earth.) Otherwise everything in every major religion is present. You've got the Garden of Eden (i.e., the pristine planet). You have taking the bite out of the apple, sin, disobeying -- and that is what? Cutting down trees! It's driving SUVs and so forth. You've got destruction, destroying the planet which leads to what? The apocalypse! You have fear, which is a fundamental part of many religions: scaring you into behaving a certain way or else you are going to hell. Global warming has fear: "You're going to destroy the planet! Your kids and grandchildren will have nothing. You will burn in hell on the surface of the earth because of global warming." It's got guilt. As you know, many major religions get what they want with guilt. They guilt people into behaving: "Do this, do that." This is the same thing: guilt for driving SUVs; guilt for having your air-conditioning on; guilt for having too large a "carbon footprint"; guilt for not buying carbon offsets, all this -- and it has salvation: accepting the blame.
You are responsible for destroying the planet, but you can be absolved from this "sin" if you agree to higher taxes and roll back your lifestyle -- and let others in positions of government tell you what to do and when to do it and where you can live and can't live and how big your house can be, and all these things. That's how you absolve yourself of the sin. You can also go around and buy little cars that won't make a bit of difference in the environment, but you will feel better and you will be absolved of your sin. You can carry your own little bags to the grocery store rather than using paper bags or plastic bags. You will not be making one bit of a difference to the earth's climate, but you will feel better because you will be told you are saving the planet and preventing the apocalypse. You can be told to do any number of these things. You can change your light bulbs to compact fluorescents. You can use ethanol -- which is causing rising prices and food shortages all over the world -- but you can feel better about that because you are somehow polluting less, and then you can start criticizing people who don't believe this and you can become an evangel! You can become a preacher! You can become a priestess -- and you can condemn the sinners who are not paying attention. Every aspect of every major religion is right in the middle of global warming.
Global warming is nothing more than a disguised liberal plot to advance their politics, just like Mrs. Clinton's SCHIP program for kids is a Trojan horse to get us into universal health care on the guise that we're only doing it "for the children." So global warming is simply a masked and camouflaged way to get liberals to where they want to be: power over as many aspects of your life as possible. So with that as the setup, I have a story that I'm holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers (shuffling paper) from Cybercast News Service. Headline: "Religion Must Be Destroyed, Atheist Alliance Declares -- Science must ultimately destroy organized religion, according to some of the leading atheist writers and intellectuals who spoke at a recent atheist conference in Northern Virginia. God is a myth, and children must not be schooled in any faith, they said, at the 'Crystal Clear Atheism' event, sponsored by the Atheist Alliance International. ... While most attendees on Friday night were adamant that God was a myth, the convention, attended by hundreds of people, brought into focus a divide among atheists as to their identity as a movement and the nature of the enemy they faced.
"In his speech, [Oxford professor Richard] Dawkins portrayed a black-and-white intellectual battle between atheism and religion. He denounced the 'preposterous nonsense of religious customs' and compared religion to racism. He also gave no quarter to moderate or liberal believers, asserting that 'so-called moderate Christianity is simply an evasion.' ... While Harris said he believed science must ultimately destroy religion, he also discussed spirituality and mysticism and called for a greater understanding of allegedly spiritual phenomena. He also cautioned the audience against lumping all religions together. ... [H]e noted that radical Islam was far more threatening than any radical Christian sect, adding that Christians had a right to be outraged when the media treated the two religions similarly." Now, what's this got to do with global warming? If you get rid of "organized" religion -- and they're not going to succeed, but this is who these people are. If you get rid of "organized" religion, it sets the stage for unorganized religion, which is what global warming is. I forget the brilliant... It might have been Chesterton, G. K. Chesterton, who said, "If you don't believe in God, you can be led to believe anything."
If you don't believe in God, you have no meaning in your life, and you will thus search for meaning, and you will find it anywhere. Most people, even atheists, want religion of some kind in their life. Hello, global warming, as a substitute -- apparently unrecognized and not even organized -- religion. Yet it is. So you can set the stage for more people, if the atheists were to ever get their way, of establishing global warming as an unofficial religion that does force people to behave in religious ways just to a false god: the earth, a tangible god. By the way, there's another thing, another character that all major religions require, and the same thing can be said of manmade global warming, and that characteristic that both require is "faith." Because, when you get down to it, nobody can prove their religion is true. That's why there is faith, and that's why faithful people frighten those who have no faith, because faithful people realize there's something larger than themselves. The global warming people essentially are atheists. You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can't. You might run around and say, "I don't want to destroy God's creation." God's laughing at you. You can't! He could, but you can't. You can't create it; you can't destroy it. You might be changing it. We adapt to it. We have to adapt to it. Every living thing has to adapt to nature in order to thrive.
Yeah. Well, we build homes on the ocean. Guess what hurricanes are going to do? We adapt. So we build deep foundations. We gotta get shutters. We do a number of things. We put on concrete roofs. We adapt. They say we're "destroying the planet" when we do this. They all require faith. Faithful people know there are things larger than themselves. The global warming religion crowd, there's nothing larger than themselves and what they say and what they think. By the way, we had a story last week that scientists -- it's a major story, by the way -- after ten years finally concluded that the chemical reaction they thought was taking place in the stratosphere leading to the ozone "hole" was not happening, that 60 to 70% of the ozone hole could not be attributed to the chemical reaction that they thought. What did we do? We got rid of Freon. We got rid of spray cans and so forth, aerosols. We've wrecked the shuttle program by making every launch a deathwatch because we can't use Freon. It was all for nothing. So here's the second story in the global warming stack: "Ozone hole over Antarctica shrank by 30% this year compared with a record loss in 2006, said the European Space Agency today.
"Ozone, a molecule of oxygen, forms a thin layer in the stratosphere, filtering out dangerous ultraviolet, UVB, sunlight, that damages vegetation, can cause skin cancer and cataracts. The protective layer has been badly damaged by manmade chlorine-based chemicals." No, it hasn't. Who wrote this? This is the French News Agency, a bunch of idiots. It has not been damaged by those things. We now know this. It opens and closes, and we can't explain it. It's the sun that makes ozone, folks. We couldn't destroy it if we wanted to. We'd have to put the sun out to destroy ozone. So God invents the sun, creates the sun. It's a big ball of fire. It's a giant nuclear reaction that's going nuts out there. There has to be something protective in our atmosphere or there can't be life. You think it happened by...accident? Ozone protects us from frying. Of course, it gives them the opportunity to scare us all: "We're all going to fry because we're destroying the ozone!" See how it works? You commit sin, especially the big corporations who invented Freon and the big corporations who invented aerosol spray cans. "Yeah! They're striking the planet! They want to kill everybody including their customers." Then you are told you can't use these things because you are absolved of sin. You go out and preach against them and you are part of the religion and you don't even know it.