Remember that time the North Carolina legislature thought they get around the uncomfortable conclusions of science by legislating against them? Specifically, they thought that by expunging the science that said the tides are rising that they could dust off their hands and call it a day.
Turns out that reality marches on apace, even if you tell it to stop.
Asbury Sallenger, an oceanographer at the US Geological Survey in St Petersburg, Florida, and his colleagues analysed tide-gauge records from around North America. On 24 June, they reported in Nature Climate Change that since 1980, sea-level rise between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and Boston, Massachusetts, has accelerated to between 2 and 3.7 millimetres per year. That is three to four times the global average, and it means the coast could see 20–29 centimetres of sea-level rise on top of the metre predicted for the world as a whole by 2100 ( A. H. Sallenger Jr et al. Nature Clim. Change http://doi.org/hz4; 2012).
The “hope” afforded the religious is little more than the power to shut ones eyes while those brave enough to look reality in the face actually solve the problems. It’s the hope that Jesus will make everything all better, so you won’t actually have to lift a finger.
The hope of religion is the hubris of the lazy.