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Global Warming: Is It Science and Is It Settled?

If you’ve read my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? you know there is a chapter on climate change. Why, when the focus of the book is on how kids are being led on paths away from God, do I address the very controversial topic of climate change?

The first reason to start questioning may be when one learns you are being lied to. Well, the word “lie” has grown out-of-favor lately, so let’s be politically correct and say “misled.” My chapter on climate change gives a number of instances of “misleading” information used to validate the claim of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The website Critical Thinking describes AGW: “The UK Met Office describes the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) hypothesis as follows: “It is now clear that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change. The rate of change began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long term . . .”

That Critical Thinking page states, “In short the AGW theory is not borne out by the evidence.  Had the AGW hypothesis been subject to the proper scientific method, the failure to substantiate this fundamental premise (of increased warming in the troposphere over the Equator) would have rendered the man-made global warming theory invalid.” It then directs the reader to other resources that disprove the theory of AGW.

Climate model prediction of warming compared to actual temperatures 1958-1959

There is much scientifically-based material available to refute the global warming alarmists claims, but a good short analysis I have found that delineates how such a proposal is antithetical to the Bible is a paper “A Proposed Bible-Science Perspective on Global Warming” by Rod Martin, dated May 26, 2010. You can read it or download it as a PDF at Answers in Genesis. A concluding statement of that paper reads in part:

The biblical history of the earth, contained in the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis, provides a useful and sufficient framework for evaluating the current global warming issue. As we have seen, CO2 is a natural atmospheric gas that is essential for man’s existence. It is not a pollutant. The atmosphere is likely deficient in CO2 compared with the original created atmosphere. Reducing CO2 would definitely create problems, but increasing it will not. Burning fossil fuels merely returns CO2 to its place of origin. Forests are to be used for man’s benefit. They are not needed to produce O2 and they have no intrinsic rights, but should be managed responsibly and effectively.

Basic science is consistent with the biblical history and argues strongly against the global warming hypothesis. Melting glaciers and changing climates are not an indication of man-made global warming. These natural phenomena have been operating for thousands of years. Temperature histories are imprecise and unreliable. Global warming is built on an evolutionary earth history and an evolutionary time scale. Anything built on a faulty foundation cannot stand. Global warming is an offshoot of evolutionary thinking and is needlessly creating mass hysteria. God is in control of the earth, not man.

It can be expected that several trends evident since the Flood, however, will continue: sea level will rise as polar glaciers continue to melt, and deserts will expand. These trends, as we have shown, have little to do with CO2, they are a consequence of a God-ordained event, the Flood. Governments with either ocean boundaries or deserts should consider how to efficiently and economically address these trends.

There is no viable justification either biblically or scientifically for limiting the generation of CO2 or restricting logging of forests. In view of the great benefit of CO2 it is absolutely unnecessary to consider spending billions of dollars to restrict something that is extremely good for mankind and the earth. We cannot properly understand creation apart from God’s Word. Viewing global warming within a Bible-science perspective brings much needed clarity to this issue. As stated in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Emphasis added)

I will soon be adding on my DibsOnYourKids.com website this link and others to use as resources for a Biblical stand refuting the claims of the global warming alarmists. Some of them have threatened to put anyone who disagrees with their “settled science” in prison. I’d like to hear how you are encouraging your children to disagree “with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you” (1Peter 3:16).

 

 

 

Is Your Cross A Gang Symbol?

What would you think if your son or daughter left for school in the morning visibly wearing a cross, the symbol of Christ our Savior, and came home with it in a pocket? What would you do when you found out a math teacher made that happen?

Cross Pendant

That scenario actually played out at Riverview High School in Hillsborough County, Florida. Lora Jane Riedas, the math teacher referred to, is an open homosexual, and she promotes the LGBT agenda during the school day. Her reason for demanding at least three of her students remove their cross necklaces was that they were “gang symbols.” Here is a photo of one of the crosses (Liberty Counsel Exhibit A – Banned Cross Necklace Pendant)—it is less than one inch long. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the Hillsborough County Public Schools about the matter.

Riedas also put LGBT rainbow stickers on all the students’ class notebooks. When some of the students pulled the stickers off, she cited them for “misbehavior.”

The math teacher promotes the GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) “Day of Silence,” which occurred this year on April 21. The GLSEN Guide, according to Liberty Counsel, “encourages teachers to require students ages K-12 to engage in numerous forms of coercive, group political activism, disregarding the parents’ desires or the students’ religious beliefs. Students can either ‘go along to get along,’ or risk being ‘outed’ as disagreeing with the teacher and GLSEN’s radical LGBT viewpoint. Some of the GLSEN coercion includes allowing students ‘supportive’ of ‘Day of Silence’ to refrain from verbal participation in classroom instruction, while those who do not participate in ‘Day of Silence’ must prepare to answer class questions. GLSEN encourages teachers to ‘print out’ LGBT propaganda and ‘have students read and silently write about what they learned.’”

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver, in a letter to the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, stated:

It is the policy of the Board that students, staff members, and District facilities not be used for promoting the interests of any nonschool agency or organization, public or private, without the approval of the Superintendent.” (Emphasis added). See Policy 9700 – Relationships with Special Interest Groups. GLSEN is clearly a nonschool agency, and Ms. Riedas is promoting its interests in her official capacity, and within her classroom.
In addition, Policy 3231 – Outside Activities of Instructional Staff,7 states that “Instructional staff members”
A. may not dedicate work time to an outside interest, activity, or
association.
B. may not use school property or school time to solicit . . . for private
enterprises.
D.[sic] may not campaign on school property during working hours on behalf
of any political issue . . .
E. should refrain from expressions that disrupt the efficient operation of
the school and/or interfere with the maintenance of discipline by school
officials. (Emphasis added).

You can read the entire Liberty Counsel letter regarding the teacher banning cross necklaces and engaging in classroom political activism.

Does your school participates in the “Day of Silence?” What is your opinion on that activity? Do you personally know of the banning of any religious clothing or jewelry by schools? Let us hear from you.