- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2007

Global faith

“Global Warming (GW) is increasingly being called the religion of the Left. While many leftists do seem to embrace the cause with all the fervor one usually sees in religious fanatics, as currently comprised, I think that GW actually functions more as a non- or anti-religion for many on the Left.

“Since man discovered he could think, he has been wrestling to define himself within the context of a larger world he cannot fully comprehend. Over time, different religions have served that purpose well for many groups. But the secular humanists of the Left abhor religion. Their desire is to not believe in anything being supreme to man. And that speaks to how I believe they came to embrace GW in the manner they have today. …

“Accepting that our knowledge is still very limited, putting us at the mercy of vast, not fully knowable cosmic forces is the very thing the Left fears when it comes to religion — it demands one give up a certain amount of control. It also resigns one to being small, insignificant, without some grand calling or cause. That position often exposes one to increased existential anxiety, as your and the planet’s fate are not ultimately in your own hands.

“So what do they do? They embrace a human cause for GW. That way they continue to remain, in their minds, supreme, or in control. If it is our fault, we can fix or control it. If there’s nothing we can do about it, we may be forced to grab onto some other system of faith to ease our minds. God forbid, saith the Left.”

— Dan Riehl, writing on “Global Warming: The Left’s Anti-Religion,” Saturday at www.riehlworldview.com

Vampires & editors

“The best newspaper show of all time [was] ABC’s ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker.’ Darren McGavin played reporter Carl Kolchak, who week after week busted his butt on investigative pieces uncovering rings of vampires, werewolves and zombies, only to have every single one spiked by his craven, lickspittle editors. Fierce pressure from [the American Society of Newspaper Editors] and other special-interest lobbies got the show shut down after a single season, and ever since, vampires and their slavering editorial quislings have gotten a free pass from Hollywood.”

— Glenn Garvin, in a letter to Jim Romenesko, posted Thursday in Poynter Online at www.poynter.org

Too many gone

“Too many who believe as we do are hesitant to speak out because they think they may offend someone or they may be called part of the ‘Religious Right.’ I don’t mind that at all. I glory in it. I am religious, and we are right. …

“How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years? Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We’re too few because too many of our babies have been killed, over 45 million since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

“If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security. Still, we watch as 3,700 babies are killed every single day in America. It is unbelievable that a nation under God would allow this. …

“And the Bible is as clear on embryonic stem-cell harvesting as it is on abortion — it is not a proper fate for a human being made in God’s image. Killing is wrong. It’s just as wrong when it’s called abortion, and it’s just as wrong when it’s called research.”

— former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, speaking March 6 at a fundraising banquet for a crisis-pregnancy center in Macon, Ga.

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