Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Theology of Warmism, or Why Bad Data Happens to Good People

The faith-based "Warmism" movement has begun to look more and more like a religion these days. Climategate has been sent to them test their faith, but the truly converted will not falter. But how to respond to the negative publicity? Al Gore is already on record stating that in such circumstances it is totally justified to embroider the truth:

"In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don't think there's a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous (global warming) is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis."

This explains his "move along, nothing to see here" tactic in addressing the Climategate emails. He even goes so far as to flat-out lie, saying the latest emails are 10 years old (the latest were from November 12 of this year, and many of the controversial ones are from this year).

So Warmism is now becoming more like a religion. It seems clear that its fiercest adherents, like rebellious teens seeking after truth have modeled their religion not on the oppressive Judeo-Christian dogma of their parents but on the newer kid on the block, the ultra-hip religion of Islam. For nothing else explains the prevarication, obfuscation and slander on display better than the Muslim ideal of Taqiyya:

'The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.'