Target Their Younglings First

For those of you who have seen Jesus Camp (2006, directed by Ewing and Grady), you know the potentially devastating effect of raising children in a certain way. This morning, I read a rather disturbing article in the paper. Written by Ellen Gamerman of the Wall Street Journal, this article appears here. I won’t copy the whole article onto this post, but I will dissect certain parts of it.

After Luke acted in a school play about global warming, he went on a campaign to get his parents to install the panels in their in Greenbrae, Calif., home. He routinely lectured his dad about how reducing energy consumption could help save the planet.

Reducing energy comsumption can help save the planet…I do wonder what this school play was about. And how exactly will reducing energy consumption help save the planet? I agree – reducing our consumption of foreign oil will lessen the amount of money we hand over to terrorists which will lessen the risk that they destroy us with nuclear weapons (or toys coated with lead paint, take your pick). However, I don’t think that the nature of the play was such. Rather, I think the young boy had been led to believe that humans were responsible for global warming, and thus by reducing our carbon footprint, we would lower temperatures and save the planet.

This year’s global-warming documentary “Arctic Tale,” for instance, closes with a child actor telling kids, “If your mom and dad buy a hybrid car, you’ll make it easier for polar bears to get around.”

Two points about this one. First of all, how do we know that is true? How do we know that our cars override all of nature’s systems? We simply do not know. We do not know enough about our climate to be able to tell how we impact certain factors. Second of all, should we make decisions which would have huge impacts on our economy based on polar bears? I think not.

David is the co-author of a new children’s book, “The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming,” which urges kids, among other things, to petition mom and dad for recycled-fiber toilet paper. “I know how powerful my kids are,” she says. “When they want something, forget it — all the resistance in the world isn’t going to help you.”

So now we have the ultimate horror – kids who are convinced that global warming is happening by extreme environmentalist propagandists, and parents who have to believe the kids just because they are kids. You can’t blame the kids as much – they are only a victum of the media propogation of global warming scare-tactics, but the parents should have better judgement.

Some parents object to what they see as proselytizing by their kids’ schools. Mark D. Hill, who until recently was chairman of the Republican Party in Marin County, says some mothers called him upset when their children came home from Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield, Calif., with fliers stuffed in their backpacks advertising a screening of “An Inconvenient Truth.” The parents thought the public school shouldn’t promote the screening, which was paid for by a local parent, because they considered it a political statement.

Sally Peck, the principal of Bacich, disagrees. “We have a responsibility to educate our children,” she says.

Finally, an intelligent parent! The principal, Sally Peck, is also completely correct. They do have a responsibility to educate their children. However, they should be using educational materials which are actually accurate. “An Inconvenient Truth” contains many outright lies, too many to list here. However, just to prove my point – Mt. Kilimanjaro, as stated in Nature magazine on November 24, 2003, is melting due to deforestation, not global warming, the hockey stick graph that Al Gore used is not accurate, extreme weather events are not necessarily correlated to global warming (see here), etc, etc, etc.

However, all hope is not lost.

Some groups are fighting back. In response to David’s new book about global warming, for example, the Science & Public Policy Institute, a nonprofit in Washington that takes aim at what it calls fallacies about global warming, issued a press release saying the book “is intentionally designed to propagandize unsuspecting schoolchildren who don’t have enough knowledge to know what is being done to them.”

Note the last line, specifically – “…who don’t have enough knowledge to know what is being done to them.

Now, I’m not saying that environmentally concious decisions are bad. Environmentally concious decisions are good! Excellent! As long as they are not made under the pretense that humans are causing global warming, I am perfectly supportive of them. Save gas! Buy organic! Turn off lights! There are many benefits of being environmentally concious, even if one of them is not saving the polar bears.

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4 Responses

  1. *reads* o.O That’s all just very whacked out. -__-;; You /do/ know I side with Obdura, right? Global Warming doesn’t exist…

  2. ummm *removed*? i was pretty sure humans ARE causing global warming. cause if we arent, theres nothing we can do to slow it down, is there?

  3. If we aren’t there is nothing we can do to stop it. However, making environmentally conscious decision have other positive benefits, such as reducing water pollution. Do you want huge chemical companies dumping toxic waste into the lakes were we get our water? Yes, that is happening right now.

  4. Wow, this movie was incredibly moving as a piece… radical Christianism at its worst, you could say.

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