Gary discusses climate change end-times “prophets” who sound just like religious end-times authors.
Climate Armageddon is the new secular apocalypticism. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was nuclear destruction. That was always a possibility because the United States and the former Soviet Union had real nuclear weapons. Students were to “Duck and Cover” in case of a nuclear attack. Like this was going to do any good.
While there is great disdain for mixing traditional religious principles with science, politics, and morality, secularists don’t seem to have a problem mixing their own brand of religion with their ideology. “For many,” Douglas Young, a professor of political science and history, argues, “their new religion is politics, their faith is their ideology, and their church is their political party. Like religious zealots, they fervently believe they have a monopoly on truth and are hell-bent on spreading their convictions, whatever the consequences.”
Unlike those who believe in ethical standards and the limitation of power in every area of life, these secular religionists have nothing to limit them in their quest to use politics to “create heaven on earth.” The result is fascism, where the State is the “true reality of the individual.” Benito Mussolini (1883–1945) defined fascism this way: “The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone.” Of course, liberals don’t see their ideology as being fascist because whatever they believe is good is by its nature good, “and good things can’t be fascist by simple virtue of the fact that liberals approve of them.”
You can pick almost any topic and find a similar result. For those advocating abortion, to oppose “choice” is akin to the subordination of women. For those claiming that homosexuality is a genetic condition, to argue otherwise makes you a bigot. If these were just personal opinions, few people would object. But they’re the stuff of law. The impact of global warming dogmatism has resulted in Congress passing laws that tell us what types of light bulbs we have to buy. People will say, “But this is being done for our own good.” And that’s the rub.
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The devastation caused by Hurricane Ian is bringing out the climate-change eschatological crazies. Claiming that the damage caused by Ian is both deserved and endemic of burning fossil fuels, these climate change end-times “prophets” sound just like religious end-times authors who claim every world event is somehow a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Gary lays out both biblical and historical evidence to attempt to bring sanity back to the conversation.
 Douglas Young, “Secular fanatics take fervor too far,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 8, 2008), A13.
 Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 7.