Sunday, July 30, 2006

Rapture and Global Warming Lumped Together

I hear you saying 'wtf?'? That's what I was thinking when I read this op-ed by Zev Chafets in the LA Times. The article is about how Israel takes advantage of the rapturists, and sees nothing wrong with it:

This support [by Falwell and Pat Robertson] takes practical forms. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is an American group led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein that raises tens of millions of dollars from evangelicals for Jewish causes. It is now giving money to update the bomb shelters of the Galilee. Sure, some of these donors may see this as part of a vast cosmic drama. Why not, they're entitled.

Wow. How nice of Jerry and Pat to build shelters for Israelis. And what a good reason to support the christian wackos.

But that's not what I am complaining about now. In this shallow analysis he puts the science about global warming on the same level:

Secular liberals find this scenario preposterous. On the other hand, many of these same scoffers profoundly believe that high-octane gasoline and the profligate use of electric home appliances will heat planet Earth to a doomsday temperature last experienced 420,000 years ago (when, presumably, gas was a dime a gallon and it was OK to leave the TV on all night).

Hello? Contrary to bible myths, there is evidence for global warming.

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