Thursday, May 17, 2007

Is there a religion gene?

In ancient times people worshipped idols made of gold, the sun, moon and anything else they did not understand. Judaism, Christianity and Islam replaced much of that idol worship. Today's educated elite show disdain for these religions but have they really risen above this ancient tenet of human nature? I think not.

Today's environmentalist worship Gaia - Mother Earth - just as fanatically as any member of the worlds largest religions. Consider this blurb:

"Environmental activists are building a replica of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat--where the biblical vessel is said to have landed after the great flood--in an appeal for action on global warming, Greenpeace said Wednesday," the Associated Press reports from Istanbul:Turkish and German volunteer carpenters are making the wooden ship on the mountain in eastern Turkey, bordering Iran. The ark will be revealed in a ceremony on May 31, a day after Greenpeace activists climb the mountain and call on world leaders to take action to tackle climate change, Greenpeace said.

This is pure religious symbolism.

I've written several times about how global warming apologists are obsessed with the Apocalypse of environmental doom. Now they are obsessed with getting indulgences for their sins in the form of carbon credits. Are these really any different than what the rich paid the Church in the Middle Ages for their sins?

Then there is the question of morality. For the New Agers - sex, homosexuality, and abortion are no longer sins but personal choices. So we hear that morality has become relative. Not so. There is a new morality - smoking, driving SUV's, guns, fur, judgementalism are the new sins. Thought crime laws and hate crime laws are more intrusive than prohibition in our personal lives.

No, religion is not disappearing as we become more educated. It is just worshipping a different god.