An Amazing Coincidence
Vol: 68 Issue: 31 Thursday, May 31, 2007
Today, I ordered Al Gore’s seminal 1992 tome, “Earth in the Balance” from Amazon.com. (It was marked down to $3.92 from its original price of $15.95 so I am not exactly helping Gore finance the ‘eco-credits’ he buys from himself.)
I read Gore’s book when it was first published for a piece I was writing for the TV show, “This Week in Bible Prophecy” but the only part of it I can remember is the part where Al asks rhetorically, “Why does it feel faintly heretical to see a connection between the percentage of minerals in the sea and the percentages that make up human beings?”
(That is only an approximation of the original quote. It’s been more than fifteen years since I read the original.)
Gore was musing about the dichotomy that exists between his claim of being a Bible-believing Southern Baptist and his contention that we evolved from some primordial ooze uncounted billions of years ago.
It seemed to Gore to be ‘faintly heretical’ back then, because, to any Bible-believing Christian, his contention would be extremely heretical — and he was running on the Clinton-Gore ticket as one-half of a Southern Baptist ticket.
In his DNC acceptance speech, running mate Bill Clinton enlisted the Apostle Paul as a campaign spokesman, offering this mangled quote of 1st Corinthians 2:9:
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which WE CAN BUILD.”
(The actual verse reads: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”)
Bill Clinton’s humanist version of 1st Corinthians does not exist in any English version of the Bible.
In Gore’s acceptance speech, Southern Baptist Gore was evidently so unfamiliar with the Bible that he was unable to come up with a real Bible verse to mangle, so he made one up off the top of his head to fit his subject material:
“In the words of the Bible, “Do not lose heart, this nation will be renewed.”
(I couldn’t find anything even remotely resembling that quote in any Bible — not even in the New Life Version).
Of course, that was 1992 — America had not yet fully entered its post-Christian era and the Clinton-Gore team was hoping to attract Christian voters to their camp. By the end of the Clinton-Gore era, being a Bible-believing Christian had become a campaign liability, rather than a campaign asset.
(In 2000, when George Bush declared Jesus Christ to be the most admirable figure in history, it nearly torpedoed his campaign. Being the quick study that he is, Bush never made the ‘mistake’ of mentioning Jesus Christ by Name in public again . . . sad, isn’t it?)
The reason that I ordered Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance” is because I am outlining a book about global warming. Actually, not global warming. The term ‘global warming’ is SO last year.
The new catch phrase is ‘global climate change.’ The reason for revising it is made abundantly clear by the news headlines.
Last week, for example, the Drudge Report grouped together four interesting headlines; the first was about global warming, and the next three were about the freak snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures rocking America, Canada, Great Britain and Europe.
Blaming snowstorms in May on global warming is even too bizarre for the most extreme liberal ‘thinker’ to swallow, no matter how blinded he is by ideology.
Remember the Reuters report we discussed in last week’s “Not All the News is Bad”?
“Temperatures and precipitation in the Midwest have an equal chance of being above or below normal in June, the National Weather Service said in its latest monthly forecast released on Thursday.”
But ‘climate change’ covers all the bases nicely.
We’re running out of fads. It is getting harder and harder to invent a new ‘hot button’ issue.
In the first half of the 20th century, the alarmists were worried about global warming, as global temperatures appeared to be on the rise. Then, beginning with the Second World War, global temperatures began to cool.
Adolph Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union failed as Europe suddenly and inexplicably began experiencing some of the coldest temperatures and harshest winters in fifty years.
During the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, normally temperate Bastogne suffered such severe winter weather that author Alex Kershaw titled his book on the battle, “The Longest Winter.”
Of the 81,000 casualties suffered by US troops defending Bastogne, it is estimated that half were weather-related. (COLD weather-related)
By the mid-1970’s, decades of unusually harsh winter weather had news magazines like TIME and Newsweek featuring cover stories warning of a coming Ice Age.
Since losing the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore has made a cottage industry of out dire predictions of global warming and scientific ‘consensus’ –defined as any scientist that agrees with him.
(It brings to mind his 2000 mantra, “every vote should count” while his lawyers were in court trying to disqualify the military votes expected to break for Bush.)
But this isn’t about Al Gore, although he makes too inviting a target to ignore. Nor is it about global warming, other than as a topical example of human gullibility. It is about fear.
It seems that, as a race, we aren’t quite happy unless we have something to be scared of.
If it isn’t global warming, its global cooling. When neither pan out to be scientific, it becomes a fear of climate change. If it isn’t climate change, its fear of the earth being destroyed by killer asteroids from Beyond the Stars.
Or fear that we are running out of energy. There is enough shale oil in Alberta alone to supply our energy needs for generations to come.
And Appell Technologies has proven technology that can turn turkey guts (or any other carbon based garbage) into No 6 sweet crude oil suitable for refining into gasoline. (The Politics of Oil and a Butterball Turkey)
“Employing the politics of fear” is a charge routinely laid by ideologues on both the Left and the Right.
The antiwarriors on the Left accused the Bush administration of using the politics of fear since September 11 as justification for everything from the 2003 Iraq invasion to the imposition of Patriot Act II.
The Right charges that the globalists are employing the politics of fear to force the US to ratify the Kyoto Treaty, which is less about climate change than it is about forcing the US into submitting to a global government.
Kyoto would give the United Nations the authority to impose ‘energy use’ taxes on the United States. The effort to find ways to force the US into paying internationally-imposed taxes has been the ‘Holy Grail’ of the globalist elite since the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1944 created the International Monetary Fund.
(The ability to impose taxes is the definition of “government” — Jesus referred to Roman taxation as ‘tribute’ — which is a time-honored acknowledgment of conquest by the conquered. [Matthew 17:24-25, 22:19, Mark 12:14, Luke 20:22])
But of all the efforts to use the politics of fear as a weapon to control the masses, none has enjoyed the successes of the fear of climate change, although climate change is the least convincing of them all.
It relies entirely on our willingness to believe that the science of weather forecasting that can’t accurately forecast tomorrow’s weather will be 100% accurate in fifty years, justifying the imposition of a global government to prevent catastrophic weather changes in the future, based on a ‘scientific consensus’.
How accurate is weather forecasting technology? Most cities have at least three local news stations that also produce their own local weather forecasts. No two of them are identical, even for the same city.
Does that not strike you as odd for an infallible ‘science’ accepted by a vast majority of the public as ‘scientific consensus’?
As I said, the fear of climate change is the most unlikely to be successful, since it is so clearly the least convincing. Yet it has convinced the majority of the populations of the majority of countries on the planet that ‘something must be done’ — and fast, before the inexact science of weather forecasting finishes morphing into the consensus scientific law of the universe fifty years from now.
Since it is the most unlikely of all, only someone with their head firmly planted in the sand would be unable to connect the fact that it is the exact choice forecast by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago with the Divine inspiration of Bible prophecy.
Jesus described one of the signs of His impending return thusly:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
Is it POSSIBLE to come up with a more unlikely forecast? The fear of global climate change being the consuming fear of mankind — two thousand years into the future?
Jesus spoke of the ‘distress of NATIONS’. “Distress” means ‘fear’. He related that fear to “perplexity”. ‘Perplexity’ means ‘confusion’.
What is more confusing than global warming being responsible for snowstorms in May?
Jesus even quoted Al Gore’s oft-repeated warning of rising sea levels inundating the world’s coastlines; “the sea and the waves roaring.”
Yet climate change has taken on the status of a global religion. Anyone who dares question the concept that global warming is the result of man-made carbon emissions is immediately labeled a ‘heretic’.
Whole segments of the population are so afraid of what they believe is ‘coming upon the earth’ that they are willing to turn their lives, both individually and nationally, over to the same UN that cheerfully and openly stole billions of dollars from the people of Iraq under the pretense of regulating “Oil for Food.”
The same UN that holds an annual ‘moment of silence’ for the victims of the Rwanda genocide while resisting efforts to put an end to the genocide that has been ongoing, unabated, in Darfur for half a decade?
Can you find any logical sequence of thought that works, here? I can’t. But maybe I am just a bit thicker than the average bear.
Instead, what I see is a two thousand year old forecast made by an itinerant Jewish preacher, aimed at a single generation, somewhere in time, a forecast offering the most unlikely scenario imaginable from His perspective on the global timeline and coming to pass in the most specific manner possible, given the context of the forecast.
And the same people who are willing to trust their children’s future to the most corrupt human institution in history call THAT a ‘coincidence.’
It is nothing short of amazing.