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Global warming a threat to national security?

Global warming a threat to national security? Sounds possible, like “Leon Pannetta” starting left field for the New York Yankees–and just as probable.

Watts Up With That?

Wow, this is thick. What next? Climate research becoming classified?

Panetta: Climate change a national security threat

by Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer for the Washington Examiner – Beltway Confidential

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared global warming a national security threat yesterday during a speech before an environmentalist group in Washington, D.C.

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This is your brain on atheism

This is your brain on atheism

By MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN

September 9, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The ranks of celebrity atheists lionized by the major media is now being joined by a psychiatrist and journalist who have jointly written the book “Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.” The two authors claim, in short, that God is nothing more than a figment of our biologically-determined imaginations.

In a recent article about the book, J. Anderson Thomson, a University of Virginia psychiatrist, and “medical writer” Clare Aukofer repeat stale clichés from the repertoire of 19th century German atheism, dressed up as modern “science.” They begin by citing the inane lyrics of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in which he claims that the socialist paradise he envisions will bring “peace” with “no heaven…no hell below us…and no religion too.”

“No religion,” the authors rhapsodize. “What was Lennon summoning? For starters, a world without ‘divine’ messengers, like Osama bin Laden, sparking violence. A world where mistakes, like the avoidable loss of life in Hurricane Katrina, would be rectified rather than chalked up to ‘God’s will.’ Where politicians no longer compete to prove who believes more strongly in the irrational and untenable. Where critical thinking is an ideal. In short, a world that makes sense.”

How we make “sense” out of a world that is nothing more than the blind churnings of matter, without any ultimate purpose, is beyond me, and is unsurprisingly not addressed by the authors. But surely this duo could come up with more than the jaded accusations of “violence” always leveled against religion by atheists, who always seem to forget that the cruelest and most violent regimes in history, such as Mao’s China and Stalin’s Russia, were inspired by and led by atheists.

China’s atheist regime continues to impose mass murder on its people through its coercive “one child policy,” which has now resulted in hundreds of millions of deaths by abortion.  But who’s counting? Certainly not atheists, who are unlikely to even acknowledge the humanity of the unborn.

Those who defend theism in a generic sense do not claim that it is a sufficient condition for virtue. The great world religions are not always conduits of truth, and the errors that mar some of them have caused real suffering for humanity. But denying the existence of God, which is the only conceivable basis for an objective morality, is hardly the answer. If human beings are nothing more than a configuration of atoms with no ultimate purpose, the concepts of right and wrong are rendered meaningless. Surely even a psychiatrist can see that, and perhaps even a reporter.

Do the authors expect us to forget that religion has produced much, if not most, of the greatest art and architecture enjoyed by mankind, as well as the modern educational system? Do they think that a cheap crack about Osama Bin Laden will serve to dismiss the vast charitable works, from hospitals and homeless shelters to massive international aid agencies, that have been inspired by religious belief? Surely Thompson and Aukofer can do more than pass over these towering facts in silence, as if ignoring them will make them go away.

The authors then pull the old trick of 19th century German atheists like Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzcsche, and Freud, who never made any attempt to answer the historic arguments for the existence of God, and instead threw out the red herring of psychological, economic, and biological explanations for religion. The assumption is that if you can explain the origins of a belief, you have somehow refuted it, a silly non-sequitur that only serves to remind us of the impotency of the atheist’s position.

Thompson and Aukofer take the biological route, claiming that we are genetically hard-wired to believe in God because it served our ancestors as a survival mechanism.

“Like our physiological DNA, the psychological mechanisms behind faith evolved over the eons through natural selection,” they claim. “They helped our ancestors work effectively in small groups and survive and reproduce, traits developed long before recorded history, from foundations deep in our mammalian, primate and African hunter-gatherer past.”

The authors drone on like this from one paragraph to the next, citing speculative evolutionary pathways to theism that they say have been offered by researchers. They sprinkle their commentary with silly observations about man’s need for social “attachment,” “reciprocity,” “romantic love,” and “group hatreds,” as if a few trite references to psychological phenomena can explain away man’s almost universal belief in the divine.

The questions they leave begging, however, speak more about their own psychology than anything else. If evolutionary biology explains man’s belief in God, how do we explain the authors’ atheism? Do they claim to be supermen who, unlike the rest of us, can transcend their own natures?  If religion can be explained by our genes, would the same not be true of atheism? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Reducing man’s ideas to his biology, in fact, destroys the foundation of all knowledge. If our ideas are determined by our genes, then how can we know if anything we believe is true? Such refutations were long ago leveled against the muddled thinking of materialists, but the authors, confused by the crude empiricist errors of modern scientism, apparently are unaware of the historic debate. Ignorance of the history of ideas is a woefully common trait among atheists.

The LA Times piece is just the latest reminder of the effect of atheism on an otherwise able mind.  The fact that the authors of the article have written an entire book elaborating on their evolutionary thesis on the origin of religion, apparently totally unaware of the simple fallacies that underlie their premise, does little more than illustrate a truth that has been demonstrated time and again by the modern partisans of disbelief: the irrationality of atheism undermines one’s ability to think.

Watch The Video: This growing health threat could have serious consequences…

“The trend tracks Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projections…”

The Los Angeles Times Health section is reporting that allergic disease has been on the rise for the past 30 years, and that a new study finds an association between climate warming (A.K.A. global warming) and the length of the ragweed season in some parts of North America… If you think allergies is just another passing inconvenience of life, think again. If this malady is allowed to grow it could have very serious unforeseen consequences…

 

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40 Years Ago Today — What’s your memory of the 1971 San Fernando earthquake?

The 1971 San Fernando earthquake (also known as Sylmar earthquake) struck the San Fernando Valley near Sylmar at 6:00:55 a.m. PST on February 9, 1971, … It was 6.6 earthquake on the Richter Scale

Wow. I’ve never forgotten this moment in my life– Rosemead, California… Asleep in bed with my younger brother next to me, I woke up to the sight of the chandelier above our heads swinging viciously back and forth-up and down.. Leaping out of bed I ran out the bedroom towards the living room and front door to escape… I remember hearing my mother calling out to me as I ran by, “Get your brother!”, but I was too scared… Opening the front door to make my escape outside I witnessed a large lighted-business sign explode across the 10 freeway–It actually exploded, with sparks falling to the ground… I headed back in to get my brother… That was my first big earthquake, with many aftershocks afterwards… Crazy dangerous moment, which as I recall now, my brother slept through…

There’s a video below (Hat Tip to Helen on Facebook). Now, what was your memory of that day?

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Is it a sin for a married man to dance with a married priest?

God help me. 

I’m behind my computer right now aerobic dancing to the sounds of Aaron Copeland with married priest Ray Grosswirth…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about global warming, (but were afraid of facts…)

From Real Catholic Television today: Global Warming Unmasked : The Hidden Agenda

Dear Friend in Christ,

After hundreds of hours of research, lots of editing and many late nights, Catholic Investigative Agency #4 is available to watch! Please take a few moments to watch this short video where I explain just how important it is for Catholics to understand the hideous danger posed by the so-called environmental movement;

 To watch the full CIA episode, read the resources and order copies, visit this website;

http://www.realcatholictv.com/cia/04GlobalWarming/
 

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