Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has argued that atheism is a religion that is rising in America, and is being openly supported by government-run schools.
"AiG points out that as a non-theistic religion, atheism is a belief system that attempts to explain everything in our world, including how the universe came to be and how one should relate to his fellow humans. As such, it's a naturalistic, comprehensive worldview (as opposed to a supernatural one) often referred to as secular humanism," Ham wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"Generations of our young people, including many in our churches, have been educated in government-run schools in the religious view of naturalism, which in reality is atheism," he added. more >>
Anglican leader the Most Rev. Justin Welby and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, joined together in a speech urging the world's Christians to lead the fight against climate change.
Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of close to 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited Welby at the Lambeth Palace in London this week, The Telegraph reported, and insisted that climate change is a "moral crisis."
Bartholomew called on Christians and people around the world to change their day-to-day behavior, instead of relying only on politicians making treaties concerning the environment. more >>
Roman Catholic bishops from around the world have signed an appeal to government leaders calling for them to agree on a "transformational climate agreement," and warned of a pending "disaster" unless actions are taken.
Catholic News Service reported that the leaders of the U.S. and Canadian bishops' conferences, along with leaders of the regional bishops' conferences of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Europe, all signed an appeal Monday at a summit in Paris calling on governments to reach a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement."
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, revealed that the appeal is a response to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. The appeal seeks to express "the anxiety of all the people, all the churches all over the world," and says that "unless we are careful and prudent, we are heading for disaster." more >>
The money quote on climate change in the first Democratic presidential "debate" was Senator Bernie Sanders's response to moderator Anderson Cooper's question, "what is the greatest national security threat to the United States?"
"The scientific community is telling us," Sanders said, "that if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable" [emphasis added].
Well, no, Senator, "the scientific community" is not telling us that. A few scientists — very few — may be saying something similar (though one would be hard pressed to find it in scholarly publications as opposed to comments to the news media or speeches at rallies), but most aren't saying anything remotely like it, especially those last five words. more >>
A number of Republican politicians have warned Pope Francis against "lecturing" them on issues such as climate change and capitalism ahead of the pontiff's major address at a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
"I think it's totally inappropriate that the Pope is weighing in on all the real sensitive, far-left issues," said Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe in an interview with CNN. "I'm not a Catholic, but my Catholic friends in Oklahoma are not real pleased with it."
Rep. Paul Gosar, a Catholic Republican from Arizona, added: more >>
HBO host Bill Maher challenged GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview on his show on Friday to explain why Maher, as an atheist, backs Pope Francis in his stance on climate change, and why Santorum, as a Roman Catholic, does not.
"What I want to ask is, I mean, I'm not a Catholic, I'm an atheist," Maher said. "But I like the pope better than you do. You're saying the pope should stick to what he knows, and I find that ridiculous."
In June, Pope Francis released the 184-page "Laudato Si,'" or "Praise Be to You" encyclical," which tackled the way man-made climate change affects the world, such as the damage it inflicts on the poorest populations. more >>