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The Green Dragon: Anti-Environmentalism Reaches a New Low

December 9, 2010

“The battle is not primarily political or material, it is spiritual.”

Where does one begin with a video that is so willfully obtuse? This is yet another example of a Christian trying to obfuscate the issue at hand by either substituting “knowledge” for “belief” or making the two coterminous.

Notice who the “experts” are in this video? Did you notice any scientists? Oh yeah, that second gentleman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner? You can check out his “scientific” credentials HERE. Quick hint for those that do not want to click the link. Put on your surprise faces: he has none.

At least he has the jacket though!

My primary issue with this video, and Creation ‘stewards’ like the Cornwall Alliance, is that they have a lot of theologians, pastors, and people who work with family value groups, but… where are the scientists?!?

We have talked about this before. What is happening in  the above video is a form of encouraging non-thinking. If you can convince someone that you represent science (of course, without examining or testing) and then you follow that by bait-and switching the issue, “It’s not a material issue, it’s spiritual,” then that person does not have to examine any of the evidence relating to the topic.

Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, Christian “thinkers”: if you are going to make any sort of argument against science or humanism, please do not make the issue so infantile that it is nothing more than, “Your science is an enemy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, therefore, false.”

Examine the evidence. Do experiments that are built on solid hypotheses, observable, repeatable, and sustainable under peer-review! Merely, encouraging non-thinking and trying to strengthen some sort of deductive shield around a literal metanarrative is foolish and counter-productive.

If this blog of silliness can do any good whatsoever, if even for just one person, I beg you to consider when someone says to you, “there is absolutely no evidence…” or “It’s not a scientific issue, it’s a spiritual issue…” and then encourages you to not examine the actual evidence, that you will be very, very suspicious of them, and take every argument they have and promote with a large, massive dose of skepticism.

Please, ask them what experiments they have conducted, what journals they have read, and how they have tested their own hypotheses and surrendered them to be investigated by the scientific community. If they can’t answer that then they are regurgitating something they heard to either establish a “belief” or to sound smart (but often the opposite happens). Please: run away.

If you actually ever want to read about science start with actual scientists (revolutionary, I know): National Academy of Sciences, or The American Association for the Advancement of Science might be good places to start. Google Books probably has more resources than you could tackle in this life. I will not say what you will find one way or the other, perhaps the science on climate destabilization is faulty, but at least look at the science, please, before you tell me it’s a spiritual issue.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 12:35 pm

    How old is this video?

    It is so screwed up. The very systems that got us into this ecological mess are no friends of the poorest of the poor.

  2. December 9, 2010 2:40 pm

    I thought the sitar music, vaguely Eastern-sounding, playing in the background while she talked about the “Green Dragon” was a nice touch. It helps underscore the conflation of the “evils” of environmental activism with the dangers of all the [Eastern] Injuns who want our jobs and–by geography and perhaps population parity?–are only a stone’s throw away from the Chinese Commies who want, in a bizarre contradiction that can only prove its truthiness, both our money and our freedoms.
    (/sarcasm)

    While I oppose rank environmentalism on philosophical grounds, and question the science behind man-made climate change (largely due to the political underpinnings of the movement) and the methods pursued to push its “cure,” I can’t help but think the only answer you’re likely to get–from this group and their ilk–to this plea:

    Please, ask them what experiments they have conducted, what journals they have read, and how they have tested their own hypotheses and surrendered them to be investigated by the scientific community.

    …would be something along the lines of “God says it, I believe it, that settles it.”

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      December 10, 2010 8:12 am

      …would be something along the lines of “God says it, I believe it, that settles it.”

      Add a fourth line — “IT IS WRITTEN! AL’LAH’U AKBAR!” for Truth in Advertising.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
      December 10, 2010 8:14 am

      I thought the sitar music, vaguely Eastern-sounding, playing in the background while she talked about the “Green Dragon” was a nice touch.

      As in:

      Sitar music –> India —> Hinduism —> Eastern Mysticism (TM) —> DEMONS! SAY-TANN-IC!

  3. December 9, 2010 8:35 pm

    Another good resource for this is http://www.skepticalscience.org. Jim West posted it once about a year ago. I used it to help me write my SBL paper this year, What Would Moses Do?: On Applying the Test of a False Prophet to the Current Climate Crisis. The paper is available here: http://kolhaadam.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/sbl-the-hebrew-bible-and-climate-change/

  4. Jake permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:27 am

    I don’t get it. So it’s NOT a political issue says a group called “Right Wing Watch”?

  5. Iason Ouabache permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:23 am

    I wonder which oil company paid for that video.

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