Thursday, February 25, 2010

When Science becomes Religion

Via Insty, I was reading an article by Ed Driscoll about, of all things, the Joy Behar Show (which I've never seen).  In his article he linked to this regarding a the dialogue between Behar and Eve Ensler talking about Sarah Palin and global warming:

ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn't believe in global warming is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn't believe in it.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.
BEHAR: Right.
ENSLER: And weather changes to just feel it. But I think that idea that she doesn't believe in global warming and she could actually run for vice president, and we have a country where that is possible, it seems insane.
Note how many times the word 'believe' was used.  Now substitute the Deity name of your choice in place of "global warming" (or the pronoun used in place of global warming) in each sentence.  I'll use Poseidon in mine.  It will look like this:
ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn't believe in Poseidon is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in Poseidon but Sarah Palin doesn't believe in Poseidon.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.
BEHAR: Right.
ENSLER: And weather changes to just feel it. But I think that idea that she doesn't believe in Poseidon and she could actually run for vice president, and we have a country where that is possible, it seems insane.
The irony was that they were harping on Palin's religious beliefs while repeating with all of the zeal of the True Believer, tripe based on crap science and outright misunderstanding of the way the world literally works.

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