In the Opinions Section of the Globe, Rex Murphy, has a poignant essay on some sick trends in our society. The piece was titled "Crucifix out, warming in".
As he says:
It's official – global warmingism has court-warranted standing as a religion.
What was once venerated is now, in many ways, dismissed and even despised.
Too bad, what he is saying is true, folks. He has a very good turn of phrase to describe his thesis:
Blasted by the great cold winds of secularism and scientism, faith in the old sense, faith in Christianity in once or so-called Christian countries, is not only in decline and defensive. Faith is, at the public level, being actively pushed away, visited with dismissive scorn. At the same time, ideas, attitudes and “positions” that have never been seen under the rubric of faith increasingly seek the protections of “sanctified” belief.
He talks about the European Court human rights ruling on crucifixes in Italy. Ixnay on crucifixes, say they. I wrote on this the other day here. He says the following:
A case was brought before this noble court (we know it's noble because it bears the banner of human rights) by a Finnish-born woman, an atheist, who complained that her children – in Italian classrooms, mind you – were “exposed” to crucifixes. Crucifixes in Italy – who would have guessed? It's like going to Newfoundland and complaining about wharves.
The court said this imposition might “disturb” children who weren't Christian and, to ward off a wave of trauma, ordered Italy to remove the crucifixes from its schools.
OOH! Disturbing children who aren't Christian. It's OK to disturb children who are Christian by removing a symbol of their faith.
His next paragraph is a prophesy for Christians to get off their collective duffs or else. Or else what?
A case could be made that, whenever you hear of an action by a human-rights tribunal of any kind, you should mark it down that – quite likely – they are busy circumscribing the real rights or dignity of the various branches of Christianity, with a particular focus on Catholicism.
It is of course unbelievable that this has happened, and Rex tells it as he sees it.:
In this case, the European Court of Human Rights – in response to one complaint, from one atheist – told an entire country that has been the centre of world Christianity for 2,000 years to get rid of its most revered and cardinal symbol. It's the same old story: In the name of official tolerance, mandated intolerance.Yep. That's what is going on all over the world:
At least the Italian authorities mustered something of an appropriate response to this insolent busybodyness. One government minister, Roberto Calderoli, loosed this volley: “The European court has trodden on our rights, our culture, our history, our traditions and our values.” Another minister noted that preventing the crucifix from being displayed is “an act of violence against the deep-seated feelings of the Italian people and all persons of goodwill.”
True, but can they stop the hopey changers from winning this one?
Meanwhile, back over 'ome in the UK, that liberal bastion of stupidity and cupidity, Global Warming is being declared a philosophy, a Religion if you will:
... another judge was busy passing an Alice in Wonderland verdict. This case arose from a wrongful-dismissal claim by a man of intense Green passions who said he was fired because of his global warming beliefs. The judge ruled that “a belief in man-made climate change … is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief” for the purpose of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations.
As Rex carries on, he has this to say:
So there you have it: Global warming is a philosophical belief and, if you “genuinely” believe it, has the status of a religion. And will be zealously protected by some courts when an actual religious symbol is objected to by someone who “genuinely” does not believe in any religion.
I have no idea what this “genuinely” believing something has to do with the actual belief in question. Some people genuinely believe the details of An Inconvenient Truth. Is the Al Gore sermon now protected as an “article of faith”? A PowerPoint version of the Mosaic tablets?
I have long thought that the “ism” in environmentalism was a very worrisome suffix. All “isms” are thought-blockers, flags of ardent belief, signals more of passionate intensity than mature judgment.
Well, now it's official. Global warmingism has court-warranted standing as a religion. And a 2,000-year-old religion is banned from manifesting its most precious symbol in front of the eyes of trauma-prone atheists. Lord, have mercy on us. Please.
Is everything sacred – except religion?
This should all be very disturbing to people of reason, and good will. Whey will people of reason and good will stand up and be heard, rather than letting goof balls and malcontents take away all that is of value to us?
As Plato said so long ago, that we think miraculously no longer applies:
"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
When will you say, "Enough is enough"?