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Washington Times, cultism and global warming

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 7, 2009 | 11:08 am

Ted Olsen had a great Twitter update with a link to this editorial last week. It said: “WTimes calls global warming a form of cultism.’ Well, I suppose they’d know ...”

That’s because the conservative paper, which has a great religion reporter, was founded by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon and has been subsidized by the Moonies for decades. Here’s an excerpt from the well-written, if misguided, editorial:

Global warming was an academic Ponzi scheme. Its leading proponents were mini-Madoffs, peddling a vision of global catastrophe to gullible activists, bureaucrats and policymakers. The vision was so vast, the fear it inspired so pervasive, that it seized popular imagination, aided ably by hucksters like former Vice President Al Gore and his science-fiction feature film “An Inconvenient Truth.” But like any Ponzi scheme, global warming only worked if everyone kept investing and no one looked at the books. Once the truth came out - of manipulated findings, phony data, rigged peer-review processes and intimidation of skeptics - the scheme began to collapse.

Yet even as the edifice comes down, the adherents of the orthodoxy say that there is nothing to see, that this is all a distraction from the business at hand, that there is still no time to lose, full steam (or solar power) ahead. But it is far too late for that. The veil has been pierced, the myth revealed, the scales have fallen from the people’s eyes. The pagan priests are fleeing the temple, their sacred idols are being pulled down, their holy works renounced. Their god, finally, is dead.

And the rest.

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