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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Inconvenient Science

For decades now, liberals have been preaching to us the “science” behind “global warming”—I mean “climate change”—I mean “global climate disruption.” (It’s hard to keep up. Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has had almost as many labels as Al Gore has private jets!) “The science is settled,” we’ve been told. Those of us who doubt are branded with numerous labels as well: “deniers,” “flat-earthers,” “anti-science,” “know-nothings,” and so on.

The name-calling is even worse when it comes to “deniers” of Darwinian evolution (D.E.). Here, the ridicule is truly rampant. Of course, this is to be expected when it comes to the holiest of all liberal doctrines—the guiding philosophy of their prevailing worldview. (Nothing gets a liberal more worked up than a creationist!)

It is quite unsurprising, then, that liberals have united behind both the “science” of AGW and D.E. The worldview behind D.E. in almost every way agrees with those who have turned their eyes toward “Mother Earth”—worshipping and serving “created things rather than the Creator.”

After all, D.E. teaches that, since all life sprang from the same single-celled source, all living things are related. Darwinian evolutionists see humans, along with all other living things, strictly as a product of nature and natural processes. Therefore, to see humans on equal footing with all other life and owing our very existence to the earth are very logical conclusions for such a philosophy. Thus, the earth-worshipping environmentalist is almost always a Darwinist, as well.

As much as liberals disparage religion, especially Christianity, how ironic it is that D.E. and AGW inspire such a religious-like following. Eminent geologist, Ian Plimer, a Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (University of Adelaide), Emeritus Professor in the School of Earth Sciences (University of Melbourne), and ardent atheist, is also a vehement opponent of AGW.

Plimer calls AGW “the new religion of First World urban elites,” adding that “Environmentalism has many of the hallmarks of failed European socialism and Western (failed) Christianity. It has a holy book which few have read (IPCC reports), has prophets (Gore) who cannot be challenged, relies on dogma, ignores contrary evidence, has armies of wide-eyed missionaries...; imposes guilt, has a catastrophist view of the planet, and seeks indulgences.”

D.E. also has many of the marks of religion. Evolutionists, themselves, admit as much. Dr. Michael Ruse, a philosopher of biology at Florida State University, previously a philosopher of science, especially evolutionary science, at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has authored several books on Darwinism and evolutionary theory. Ruse, also an atheist, regularly debates, and has testified in federal court, in support of D.E. In a May, 2000 article in the National Post he wrote, “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. . . . Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”

Leave it to atheists to recognize a religion when they see one!

Darwinian evolution attempts to explain the past. Global warming alarmists speculate about the future. But what about the science of the here-and-now? Surely those who hold themselves up as “champions for science” would not ignore what they can see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears. Surely someone so reliant on and trusting of what “science” reveals to us would not allow himself to be led astray by elegant language, foolish logic, and downright propaganda.

Oh, but they have—for as zealously as liberals believe in AGW and D.E., they also passionately support the “right” of a woman to end the life of her unborn child and are enthusiastically behind the homosexual agenda.

Life in the womb for a child is as well documented as anything in science. With ultrasound and Doppler machines, as well as other technology, one can monitor the life of a baby in the womb from very near the beginning until birth.

Moments after conception (hardly a serious biologist in the world would argue that life does not begin at conception), the resulting single cell contains all 46 chromosomes necessary to grow into an adult human being. Within 48 hours of conception, the mother’s body starts producing a hormone to let her know that she is pregnant. In the beginning of the third week, the baby’s heart begins to beat with a blood type that is often different from its mother’s.

During week five, eyes, legs, and hands have begun to develop. By week six, brain waves are detectable. Week eight, has every organ in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and the baby can begin to hear. By week 12, the baby is nearing the end of the first trimester. She has all the necessary parts to experience pain, including her nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus. She can grasp objects placed in her hand and has fingerprints, a skeletal structure, and circulation.

By week 15, she has an adult’s taste buds. Week 20, the earliest stage at which partial-birth abortion is performed, the child can recognize her mother’s voice. She is within one or two weeks of the stage where babies can routinely be saved outside the womb.

Yet, in spite of all that science clearly reveals here, for decades now, liberals, driven by their (usually) godless philosophy of Darwinian evolution, have denied or ignored the science of the human womb. In the name of money—Planned Parenthood is a billion dollar-plus industry, not to mention the other capitalistic forces that profit from abortion—and sexual “freedom,” liberals have placed their wallets and their libidos above science and morality.

Speaking of a liberal’s libido, real science does no favors for the homosexual movement either. As White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett recently learned, even well established liberals can draw the ire of the homosexual community by simply implying that homosexuality is not innate (meaning genetic), but is rather a “lifestyle choice.” (Of course, Jarrett quickly back-tracked and apologized.) We’ve been told for nearly 20 years now that homosexuality is a genetic and unchangeable behavior—that people are born gay.

In 1993, when the journal Science published a study by Dean Hamer (et al) which strongly suggested there was a gene for homosexuality, an eager and complicit media celebrated. National Public Radio trumpeted the findings. Newsweek’s cover asked, “Gay Gene?” The Wall Street Journal announced, “Research Points Toward a Gay Gene…” The New York Times noted, “Report Suggests Homosexuality Is Linked to Genes.”

However, noted psychiatrist, physicist, and author (Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth) Jeffrey Satinover concluded that “the Hamer study is seriously flawed.” Many genetic researchers also quickly took issue with Hamer’s study. However, the myth grew.

Today, it is commonplace for liberals in the media, Hollywood, and like-minded politicians again to ignore the real science and continue to perpetuate the falsehood that homosexuality is strictly genetic.

Dr. Satinover notes that, “The notion that ‘homosexuals’ are in effect a ‘different species’ (different genes) is ludicrous beyond belief. There is not the slightest evidence for that as anyone who actually reads the studies (not reports on the studies) knows.” What science does reveal is that homosexuality is a rather unhealthy and quite dangerous lifestyle.

According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men account for more than 60 percent of all syphilis cases, and more than 82 percent of all known sexually-transmitted AIDS cases in 2006 were the result of male-to-male sexual contact. During its 2010 National STD Prevention Conference, the CDC revealed that the rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women. Also, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.

According to Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, “While the heavy toll of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men has been long recognized, this analysis shows just how stark the health disparities are between this and other populations.” Just weeks ago, a CDC study revealed that 1 in 5 gay men in U.S. cities has HIV.

Also occurring at a much higher rate among MSM are gonorrhea, various forms of hepatitis, and anal and genital warts. In 2007 the Los Angeles Times reported the frequency of methamphetamine use is 20 times greater among MSM than in the general population. What’s more, homosexuals have a twenty-five to thirty-year decrease in life expectancy and a much higher than usual incidence of suicide.

All of this, and I haven’t even mentioned the shaky science that is behind AGW and D.E.! So, the next time you hear or read of someone holding up liberalism as a bastion of science and reason, remember it is their side that is blinded by ideology and their “religion.” Perhaps even point out some of the “inconvenient truths” mentioned above.

Copyright 2015, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
www.trevorgrantthomas.com
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World
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