Human behavior is accelerating climate change, and setting in motion a chain of events that may put the future of our species in jeopardy. Those who acknowledge the negative impact of human development accept this and desperately want to do something about it. We find it hard to swallow when others refuse to acknowledge or even consider the scientific facts that prove humans are altering the Earth’s climate in dangerous ways.
The sad truth is that denying climate change won’t prevent it from happening. In fact, a new study published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature shows that the planet is approaching a dangerous climate tipping point, and our destructive habits are pushing it toward the edge.
hroughout the eons the Earth has gone through several drastic biological changes, many of which wiped out thousands of then-living species in traumatic mass extinctions. ”Humans are now forcing another such transition, with the potential to transform Earth rapidly and irreversibly into a state unknown in human experience,” wrote the study’s authors, who are from the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America.
The researchers say a combination of variables are forcing the planet toward irreversible biological changes, including exploding global population, rapidly rising temperatures and the clearance of more than 40 percent of Earth’s surface for urban development or agriculture. They also warn that ignoring these changes, and our role in fast-tracking them, is a dangerous gamble.
“The net effects of what we’re causing could actually be equivalent to an asteroid striking the Earth in a worst-case scenario,” the paper’s lead author, Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, said in an interview with the LA Times. “I don’t want to sound like Armageddon. I think the point to be made is that if we just ignore all the warning signs of how we’re changing the Earth, the scenario of losses of biodiversity — 75% or more — is not an outlandish scenario at all.”
No, the Earth isn’t going to suddenly implode because there are too many SUVs or because you leave the air conditioning running when you’re not home. But if deforestation, population growth, and consumption of fossil fuels continues at the current pace, our children will be left with “a biologically impoverished Earth that would rob humans of vital ecological services such as insects that pollinate crops, forests that provide clean water, and tropical species that are the source of new drugs.”
Yet again, scientists are echoing what environmentalists have been saying for decades: even if we can’t agree on what’s causing climate change, we must acknowledge that IT IS happening and WE ARE making it worse. Doing so will allow us to prepare for what’s ahead, and minimize the negative impact on society. Refusing to acknowledge that our actions have consequences only guarantees that they will be swift and severe.
They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should. [You say], ‘oh, I can’t believe you, you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal backwards.. in his morality? Is it his word or not? If it’s his word, he commanded it. It’s his idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it.”
Of course Knapp was later interviewed by CNN and of course he claimed that he was misunderstood. But, of course, his own words tripped him up as he said:
We punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption.
Such ideas are not fringe to those Christians who call themselves reconstructionists, meaning that they want the equivalent of Sharia law, a return to Old Testament law, and dominionists, who want to install a theocracy by stealth (again mirroring the much quoted idea by anti-Islamists from Islam that you can lie and deceive to achieve God’s purpose).
Someone like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has argued openly for America law to be “bible based” and has called for homosexuality to be recriminalized, though has been careful to avoid calling for execution.
In a number of instances, the links between those explicitly calling for the death penalty for gays and very mainstream religious right figures have surfaced.
Last December, Ron Paul was discovered to be touting the endorsement of “Eminent Pastor Rev. Phil Kayser, Ph.D.” Kayser is the pastor of Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and supports the death penalty for gays, delinquent children and adultery. Paul’s campaign later removed the endorsement from his website.
George Grant, a well-known reconstructionist, was the co-author for Mike Huckabee’s 1998 book, “Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence.” In the book, Huckabee and Grant lumped homosexuality with pedophilia, sadomasochism and necrophilia as “institutionally supported aberrations.” Grant has called for the execution of gays.
Glenn Beck’s “Black Robe Regiment” was an effort to get pastors and religious leaders to take a stand on political and cultural issues. It included another Pastor ‘out’ for killing of gays, Steven Anderson from Tempe, Arizona.
Then we have the ties between Michele Bachmann and a ‘hard rock ministry’ in Minnesota which broadcasts from the very mainstream conservative Heritage Foundation. It says that countries that execute gays are “more moral” than America. Bachmann has ignored calls to disassociate from that ministry.
The now viral video of a four-year-old boy at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana, singing “Ain’t no homo’s gonna make it to heaven,” where the congregation leap to its feet in shouts and applause, may have shocked some, but the point is this is not isolated.
Greensburg is where 14-year-old Billy Lucas killed himself because he was perceived as being gay and that community banded together for a massive cover-up. That led Box Turtle Bulletin to call Greensburg America’s Ugliest Town, but it is far from the only place where murderous hatred is the norm.
Writing about the death penalty call from Knapp on Glenn Beck’s Blaze website, Billy Hallowell says it is “almost unbelievable.” Unfortunately, it is completely believable — you just have to look at some of the comments underneath his post.
Sometimes I find - or am sent - articles off the internet that I put here for you as I find its contents to important not to share. The piece above is one of these. Apologies to its author Paul Canning - just know that I admire and thank him hugely for such a report and that I am sure many will read it here and also thank him for your insights and input.
This is about America and the expression ' ONLY IN AMERICA ' springs to mind but as this is a very powerful nation and as this is a religious country where just about anything goes - this kind of thinking is dangerous. It is no use sitting back on our gay designer chairs and assuming the fight is over because we have certain rights in the US and UK, which many of us have fought long and hard for, as these will remain brittle and we will remain 'at risk' until the government decides to teacgh correct and propper education to the next generation - and offer the TRUTH on many aspects not just LGBT - otherwise nothing will change and bigotry and danger will always be rife in the masses.
When the Discrimination Act in the UK was changed last year, business was not informed about any of it ... NOTHING... yet I get MASSES AND MASSES of reports from the government and councils of the Disability Act - Smoking Ban - Buying illegally poached salmon ( what ??? ) and even on the use of sunbeds for under 16 year olds ( and I do not even have a sun bed ) but we received ABSOLUTELY NOTHING - NOT ONE SINGLE WORD from anyone concerning the Sex Equality Act WHICH DOES affect every single business in the land - and I can only assume the government and 'powers that be' do not want to educate the masses and want many to remain in ignorance and cause strife and trouble for others. While they are running around screaming at the fag - they are ignoring more important issues like Global Warming - the Banks and how big business is screwing us all - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and many other issues the government lies and manipulates and spins the truth about in order to further its hidden agenda.
Only when truthful and propper education is offered to the masses, will anything change, and allowing bigotry on such a level as this above, which fosters disharmony within society and divides, is then easier to be controlled by 'them at the top.' For it is not about people, it is about power and control.
Appearing on the Indiana church’s Apostolic Truth Tabernacle website is the following statement:
The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.
The song the young boy performed was:
“The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven;
Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven.”
One churchgoer apparently told TMZ that they have received death threats. They also claim that pastor Jeff Sangl has received such threats at his home address. The church itself is purported to have met “in secret” for fear of confrontation.
However, Decatur County Sheriff Gregory Allen told FOXNews.com that there have been no reports of death threats at this time. Allen was able to confirm that Pastor Sangl had asked him to keep an eye on the church before Sangl apparently left town with his wife for an unexpected holiday.
Here is the church's web site. Do send the pastor a message informing him how you think about him and his beliefs concerning gay homos. I have. Please keep it lawful, polite and non abusive.
If it wasn't so dangerous, this kind of rhetoric is quite funny. How in the 21st century, educated people can still believe in a massively edited and corrupted book, put together to control people through their religioous / spiritual belief structure, and full of hate and bile and murder and control from a God that claims to want, need, desire, even DEMAND worship at least once a week;- and if this was a mortal - a boyfriend say - we would be insisting on him going for therapy, as having such an inferiority complex to need worshiping every week is a sign of an unstable person / diety.
It never fails to baffle me how these people can still be so hateful while claiming to be following the word of God.
'Hate the sin - Love the sinner'
What absolute clap trap is that. In a world where these are the very people who are at war in Iraq and killing innocent men, women and children in the name of their God and damning those heathens who do not believe in Jesus ( how arogant and childish is that ) and basically saying -
' My God is bigger than your Alah and I am right and you are wrong - therefore you are going to hell and I am going to Heaven.'
is not logical from an adults mind. It amazes me that such blind ignorance still exists in the modern day world most of us live in and where the church has shot itself in the foot too many times with child abuse, etc. and the very fact that throughout history it has caused so much death, murder and torture in the name of God, that we all know what an evil institution lies behind the facade of 'doing God's work'.
It is plainly misguided - not eveil - just misguided..
If they ever got rid of all the gays and lesbians, who would be next, the blacks maybe, the Jews, Muslims ?? Like terrorists, they are never happy if and when they win their cause as then they have nothing to fight against, no reason to complain, and then they have to take up a new cause - maybe not even their own, to cointinue feeling worthy and needed and complete - as some people are just never happy and resent those who are.
John: I find these bible opunchers quite vile. They twist the word of God to suit themselves. Well done for bringing me into awareness of these baptist evil do-ers. Ralph.
John. Love the new web layout and the 'Weekly Campaign' and 'Aerticle of the Week' - what a brilliant idea and how clever of you. I signed a couple of the campaigns recently and agreed with your sentiments. The Baprist Church thing and their hate filled stuff against gays jwas ust amazing. I appreciate it is in America but things are following on their heels here in England and I am sure we are just another American state sometimes. How dumb so many of them are - and how dumb so many here are as well. Thank God for the Polish who come and work hard and fill the jobs the lazy youth of today don't want. Cut back on unemployment - I say - and make these bums go out and earn their own living for a change.
Am I a bit harsh. I think not.
Neil ( Battersea - London )