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Unholy Alliance

Here’s an extract from article by the the Daily Telegraph’s Bruno Waterfield that is guaranteed to annoy large numbers of people:

Does the European Union have God on its side? Yes. When it comes to fighting climate change, the EU’s next big thing, Brussels has the blessing of all the Faiths. The Gods Squad, various clerics, imams, vicars, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, Grand Muftis (is there a collective noun for them?) and rabbis, all trooped into the European Commission’s Berlaymont HQ on Monday to fight the good fight against us “greedy” consumers and our nasty CO2 emissions.

It is perhaps fitting that an out of touch, unpopular and referendum-phobic EU should look for divine help. After all both the eurocrats and theocrats have plenty in common. Both are a pretty preachy bunch and like nothing more than to lay on the guilt trips. Most importantly, both derive their authority from a higher source than the public.

Climate change has become the new orthodoxy for our times. It is the moral fable that justifies new limits and restrictions for our shiny 21st century. It provides, in a post-tradition world, a new internalised framework for individuals to govern their behaviour in the name of reducing their carbon footprint…In this battle, science and religion have united behind the same orthodoxy to lower our expectations (one with a secular, environmentalist but deeply anti-humanist pedigree)…

…For EU officials, old-time religion has the purely instrumental appeal of helping to legitimise policy, in this case climate change proposals, some of them, like the biofuels target, are getting a bit tarnished as we get to know more about them.

For clerics, the global warming agenda seems to provide them with a new source of moral authority in a relativistic world which no longer looks to organised religion for guidance on what is right or wrong.

It is not really about belief for either group. It is an unholy alliance of convenience to give their respective illegitimate forms of authority a gloss of relevance.

Moreover, religious leaders jumping on the green bandwagon in a scramble for contemporary relevance are doing their faith no favours.

While the god-fearing can unite with environmentalists in terms of a shared conformist credulity towards doom-mongering clap trap and junk science, the wider agenda is a problem. Most modern religions still have man, for good or ill, at the heart of the moral universe.

Environmentalists tend to view man as a harmful pathogen and elevate nature’s blind nihilism over man’s purpose or civilisation. In fact, in the case of climate change ideology, man’s activity and human history itself is seen as the source of the problem. At least, religion (and I say this as an atheist), accords man a soul, with humanising possibilities of redemption and transcendence.  We may have to be meek (really bad advice, by the way) but we shall inherit the earth. Not so with the environmentalists.

Read the whole thing.  Some of the invective is a little overdone, but the points Waterfield makes are, to say the least, thought-provoking. Hat-tip: The Englishman

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