Is Obama climate change policy in violation of the First Amendment?
George Will, in another of his brilliant moments, makes a fascinating point - that the Obama Administration may be violating the First Amendment of the Constitution which prohibits establishment of a religion by the federal government.
In a posting on Townhall.com , Will describes how the entire global warming hoax is collapsing -- both at the federal and state level. Then he cites how Todd Stern, Obama's AGW czar attempts to counter the situation.
Last week, Todd Stern, America's Special Envoy for Climate Change -- yes, there is one; and people wonder where to begin cutting government -- warned that those interested in "undermining action on climate change" will seize on "whatever tidbit they can find." Tid-bits like specious science, and the absence of warming?
It is tempting to say, only half in jest, that Stern's portfolio violates the First Amendment, which forbids government from undertaking the establishment of religion. A religion is what the faith in catastrophic man-made global warming has become. It is now a tissue of assertions impervious to evidence, assertions which everything, including a historic bliz-zard, supposedly confirms and nothing, not even the absence of warming, can falsify.
There can be little doubt that man-made global warming activists exhibit all of the characteristics of those promoting a religion. The late Michael Crichton laid it all out in a 2003 speech to the Com-monwealth Club in San Francisco:
Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. En-vironmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it's a re-ligion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a re-sult of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment.
Clearly, such a belief system finds its latest incarnation in the manmade global warming hoax. Politicians and "urban atheists" originally justified their call for massive worldwide wealth redistribution as necessary to obtain salvation from what "scientists" had told them was a coming calamitous judgment day.
Now, even with the notion of such "settled science" thoroughly discredited, President Obama and the high priests and priestesses of his Environmental Protection Agency continue the federal government's effort to establish climate change control based only on faith impervious to logic or reason.
All together now -- join hands and, no matter what happens or how cold it gets, chant with the high priests and priestesses: "Warming is real, and it's caused by human actions." If that's not establishing a religion -- what is it?