Rush Limbaugh Says Global Warming is the Atheists’ Religion

Yesterday, seconds after stating that “Global warming is nothing more than a disguised liberal plot to advance their politics” and “global warming is simply a masked and camouflaged way to get liberals to where they want to be: power over as many aspects of your life as possible,” Rush Limbaugh got even crazier.

I know. You thought that was impossible. Bear with me.

He used the Atheist Alliance International Convention as a stepping stone to claim that global warming is an unorganized religion for atheists.

Limbaugh said this:

“In his speech, [Oxford professor Richard] Dawkins portrayed a black-and-white intellectual battle between atheism and religion. He denounced the ‘preposterous nonsense of religious customs’ and compared religion to racism. He also gave no quarter to moderate or liberal believers, asserting that ‘so-called moderate Christianity is simply an evasion.’ … While Harris said he believed science must ultimately destroy religion, he also discussed spirituality and mysticism and called for a greater understanding of allegedly spiritual phenomena. He also cautioned the audience against lumping all religions together. … [H]e noted that radical Islam was far more threatening than any radical Christian sect, adding that Christians had a right to be outraged when the media treated the two religions similarly.” Now, what’s this got to do with global warming? If you get rid of “organized” religion — and they’re not going to succeed, but this is who these people are. If you get rid of “organized” religion, it sets the stage for unorganized religion, which is what global warming is. I forget the brilliant… It might have been Chesterton, G. K. Chesterton, who said, “If you don’t believe in God, you can be led to believe anything.”

If you don’t believe in God, you have no meaning in your life, and you will thus search for meaning, and you will find it anywhere. Most people, even atheists, want religion of some kind in their life. Hello, global warming, as a substitute — apparently unrecognized and not even organized — religion. Yet it is. So you can set the stage for more people, if the atheists were to ever get their way, of establishing global warming as an unofficial religion that does force people to behave in religious ways just to a false god: the earth, a tangible god. By the way, there’s another thing, another character that all major religions require, and the same thing can be said of manmade global warming, and that characteristic that both require is “faith.” Because, when you get down to it, nobody can prove their religion is true. That’s why there is faith, and that’s why faithful people frighten those who have no faith, because faithful people realize there’s something larger than themselves. The global warming people essentially are atheists. You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can’t. You might run around and say, “I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.” God’s laughing at you. You can’t! He could, but you can’t. You can’t create it; you can’t destroy it. You might be changing it. We adapt to it. We have to adapt to it. Every living thing has to adapt to nature in order to thrive.

Where to start with this one…?

The transcript of the segment is here.

You may begin ripping it apart now.

Or crying in the fetal position.

Or leaving your computer to go worship the Sun.

(Thanks to Deanna for the link!)


[tags]atheist, atheism[/tags]

  • http://www.tonychung.ca Tony Chung

    Dude, he’s got a point. People gotta believe in something. It’s the passionate folk that are ultimately the most scary, or the most fascinating. A lot of great causes have caused great people to emerge. Al Gore considers himself a messenger; he has his disciples, and he even has his followers. Just like John the Baptist, Gore may be just playing the role of “the voice of one calling out in the wilderness,” who is still incidental when compared to the “one whose sandals he is unfit to tie.”

    We’re all being brainwashed. It’s all a matter of what we wash our brains with

    Love your blog. Oh cool, I love your live preview. Hello Web 2 point 0h.

  • Maria

    scary. I know so many theists who believe in global warming so he’s full of it. then again, he is Limbaugh, and he’s known for this type of crap. the man is nuts…..

  • Ben

    Barna Poll

    In a different way, evangelicals stood out regarding their views on the environment. Only 35% said that protecting the environment should be a top priority – the lowest score recorded among any of the 80 subgroups studied. The national average was 60%. Oddly, evangelicals were also 20 percentage points below the national norm in saying that improving the overall care and resources devoted to children is an absolute necessity. Again, that placed evangelicals at the lowest end of the continuum in terms of support for that idea. Evangelicals were also 12 percentage points below the national average regarding the necessity of improving the quality of public school education and enhancing the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. That outcome also positioned evangelicals as the group least likely to portray those two issues as top priorities for the nation.

    Overall, evangelical Christians stood out as the segment that holds views that are most dissimilar from the typical perspectives of Americans.

  • Richard Wade

    This thing about global warming being as “atheist” as evolution is not new or original to Limbaugh the Windbag.

    Over a year ago a crazy lady came to our astronomy club’s Astronomy Day at the local library where we had telescope viewing, exhibits and public talks. She began picking fights with the astronomers and speakers about how scientists are arrogant and godless. She told me that Michael Crichton had shown that global warming is bogus in his novel State of Fear, and that since he’s a scientist he’s right. (I guess he’s not one of the arrogant and godless ones.) I made the mistake of arguing with her that firstly Crichton’s not a climatologist he’s a retired physician, and secondly his book warns both sides of the debate to beware of the politicization of science. Because I wouldn’t agree with her that global warming is bogus she called me a “godless pagan.”

    Rather than get into how pagans usually have lots of gods rather than none, I just walked away, keeping a wary eye on her over my shoulder.

    What’s the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenberg?

    One is a flaming nazi gas bag and the other is a dirigible.

  • Darryl

    In the not too distant future Rush Limbaugh’s name will only come up in footnotes in which he will be lumped in with the likes of Father Coughlin. Same shit, different century.

  • Susan

    Actually, the title of this post made my day. I burst out laughing when I saw it, and now I’m thinking of making it into a t-shirt.

  • Mriana

    OK I’ll take my last post back! This is more rediculous and even worse.

    If you don’t believe in God, you have no meaning in your life, and you will thus search for meaning, and you will find it anywhere. Most people, even atheists, want religion of some kind in their life. Hello, global warming, as a substitute — apparently unrecognized and not even organized — religion. Yet it is. So you can set the stage for more people, if the atheists were to ever get their way, of establishing global warming as an unofficial religion that does force people to behave in religious ways just to a false god: the earth, a tangible god.

    Right! :roll: There is plenty of meaning and Global Warming has nothing to do with it. I’m quite happy with no religion in my life. :roll: OK so Humanism is an alternative for some people. Who needs an invisible friend? Those who feel the need for a security blanket? Sorry, I gave up Casper years ago. Even so, Rush is a complete nutter!

  • http://imparo.wordpress.com/ Darmok

    Of course, any good person would like to so something that benefits someone other than himself. Why should working to help a larger cause be the sole province of the religious?

    And how much better to help fight a problem that can be well-defined by science, with evidence-based solutions? Why would recruiting more people to pray for one’s god out of fear of divine punishment be superior in any way?

    Incidentally, Hemant, have you heard about Blog Action Day? It’s an initiative to get bloggers to write about the environment on October 15th. You should participate if you’re interested. (I’m doing it, too.)

  • Andrew

    No one should pay attention to ANYTHING Rush Limbaugh says, and I’ll tell you why.

    He just says what his audience wants to hear! And I have proof! Before the last congressional elections (Fall ’06), Rush Limbaugh said EVERY DAY that the polls were “misleading” and “controlled by the liberal media”. He said that Americans were going to keep Republicans in office. Oh, he did concede a few loses, but certainly not control of either the House or the Senate (and never BOTH!). I know this because a fellow soldier and I listened to his show via webcast every day in Iraq during this period. I’m a liberal, but I enjoyed debating this fellow soldier who was really naive when it came to politics. I watched this soldier absorb everything Rush said as TRUTH. He really believed that Republicans were going to keep the Legislature even though the writing was on the walls if he cared to read them. But I digress. After the election results, Rush Limbaugh released a letter on his web-page in which he said that “He saw it coming.” What? He saw it coming? OK, then he was lying for the months after a democratic landslide became apparent.

    Limbaugh says what will keep his audience listening for obvious reasons… 250,000,000 of them. So this tripe he spews is not worth any one’s time, I’m sure he gets ratings boosts from this controversy.

  • Dittohead

    Rush Limbaugh = win, every day he’s on the radio you should thank god we live in a country where a man can be so politically vehement. Also keep in mind that without the “windbag” all your liberal drivel would mean absolutely nothing, then what would you cry about?

  • Siamang

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.

  • Loren Petrich

    My favorite Rush Limbaugh joke:

    Why was talk radio invented?

    So ugly, lazy, gluttonous, whiny losers could have show-business careers.

  • Richard Wade

    You cannot believe in the God of Creation and believe manmade global warming. You just can’t. You might run around and say, “I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.” God’s laughing at you. You can’t! He could, but you can’t. You can’t create it; you can’t destroy it. You might be changing it. We adapt to it. We have to adapt to it. Every living thing has to adapt to nature in order to thrive.

    So does he shit in his own drinking water and say his body will have to adapt to it?

    Limbo the Bimbo has his thoughts akimbo.

    Don’t worry Flush, the Earth will survive. Meaning the big ball of magma covered with a thin shell of rock will remain, but big fat pill-popping loudmouth facist liars like yourself are going extinct.

  • http://boredbeyondbelief.wordpress.com Joe G.

    So Rush is still abusing the prescription medications…got it.

  • Stan Sherwin

    When dealing with Mr. Limbaugh and his ilk, I have found the following to be a uselful rule: Anytime you see a sentence beginning with the word ‘God’ followed by a verb–any verb–all sensors should go to full alert, because the speaker is about to say something revealing about him/herself without the faintest notion that they’re doing so.

  • http://waystopreventglobalwarming.com Sam C

    Rush can say all he wants….the fact of the matter is we are a wasteful, polluting smog creating society and until each one of us steps up to the plate and takes responsibility for our actions and we do are part than nothing changes.

    These guys can talk all they want….and the point about global warming becoming your GOD….is just a way to stir the pot…

    If we wait for the government to do something about this, it will be too late…

    The key is to NOT make this a political issue, everytime something becomes a political issue in our country, NOTHING gets done…Demicans, Repulicrats..they are all the same…There is NO leadership in our country right now and most likely that trend is going to continue.

    You gotta stand for something or you will fall for anything is true…Standing up and protecting our air, land, and earth is a good thing, until we get into a political debate or a religious debate, then while we waste all this time trying to get something done…

    Global warming or climate change is definitely and issue and that is not debatable anymore…so why bother. Now is the time to share with friends,family, neighbors and local communities about how to start wasting our resources…and take charge on a personal level…

    Sam

  • HappyNat

    He just says what his audience wants to hear!

    This is what scares/upsets me about Rush. I don’t care that he is a dimwit who spreads lie, misconceptions, and hate. The fact that he has millions of listeners that agree with what he says simply because he says it, that is what keeps me up at night.

  • http://misterjebsblog.blogspot.com Tina B.

    People actually listen to this guy??

  • kristi

    He’s encouraging people to believe that beliefs based on scientific evidence are “religious” and arbitrary, and that’s what really pisses me off. But it’s not a departure from his usual tactic of saying his view of reality is the true one when all the evidence says otherwise. The really disturbing part is that so many people would rather accept his viewpoint as the truth instead of forming their opinions rationally.

    (And yes, people still listen to this guy. I’m related to quite a few of his listeners.)

  • http://thatatheistguysblog.blogspot.com NYCatheist

    Rush said:

    You just can’t. You might run around and say, “I don’t want to destroy God’s creation.” God’s laughing at you.You can’t!

    Stan is certainly right about the “God [verb]” warning flag. So Rush knows what God thinks is funny? Why don’t we put some of our nuclear waste in Rush’s backyard? Since he is so sure we can’t hurt the natural environment, he shouldn’t mind. God will just help him adapt to all plutonium in his lawn.

    Maybe some people’s environmental activism is like a religion for them, but that is stretching the whole meaning of “religion” to it’s breaking point. People get passionate about all kinds of interests and hobbies. So what? However everyone should make their best effort to promote intellectual honesty on both sides of the political spectrum.

    The point Rush clearly misunderstands is that blind faith is not a good thing, whether you have blind faith in some religion or even global warming. Someone needs to remind him that the 9/11 hijackers were also also faithful people who “believed in something larger than themselves.” Obviously that idiotic Chesterton quote failed in their case.

  • http://www.cogspace.com/ Katie Molnar

    “Faith is believing what you know ain’t true.”
    –Mark Twain

    A much better quote, and one to the point in Rush’s case. He really seems to be convicted internally about this mumbo jumbo, but I wonder about the sanity of someone who can make a statement like that and take themselves seriously.

    Maybe he’s not totally whacko — maybe he’s just manipulative. Or maybe he dreams of world conquest. I guess that’d still make him crazy.

    When people like Rush make odd claims about global warming or other complex scientific phenomena they know nothing about, I have a stock reply:

    “And which ivy league university did you acquire your Ph.D. in climatology from?”

    ‘Cause I can guarantee there’s at least one person who will disagree, and be able to answer “Princeton” to that question.

    [[ replace major as needed =) ]]

    —k8e

  • James

    It seems there’s only one religion in this country that seems to supercede all others; it is “Economics” and “Money” is the god. Not that other issues can’t take on a life of there own like a religion but nothing compares to the love of money around the world. At least money is a tangible tool and resource; right!

  • robd

    But what did Bozo the Clown say?

    That would be more interesting!

    (The audience Rush is entertaining seems far less mature than Bozo’s).

  • Darryl

    I think it’s likely that Rush doesn’t really believe the crap he says. He’s manipulating the dumbasses out in the country, just like the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress and the Executive Branch. They have philosophical positions that they know they can’t put to a popular vote, so they gain power by diverting attention to other issues that play upon the ignorance and prejudice of the dumbasses (e.g., God, guns, gays, patriotism, atheism, etc.).

    Rush might have believed this stuff early on in his life, but weak-willed, self-absorbed, and narcissistic people like him get gradually corrupted by success, fame, wealth, drugs, sex, etc. One day they find themselves saying the same old words, but not really believing them. But, by this time they’re too invested in the empire they’ve built, and they love the lifestyle too much to admit they no longer believe. This is how the Elmer Gantrys come about.

    I don’t worry about Rush; I worry about what it’s going to take for the blind and belligerent third of the voters to realize they’ve been duped. What will be lost before that day comes, if it comes.


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