Global Warming summit begins with prayer to Mayan goddess Ixchel
If you think there is no religious aspect to the environmental movement, think again.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and a native of Costa Rica, opened the summit with an invocation to the ancient Mayan jaguar goddess Ixchel, saying that Ixchel was:
"the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you -- because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."
According to Figueres, Ixchel is also a Mayan moon goddess.
Read the full article here.
Alhamdulilah, the plethora of nonsense that makes up the Anthropogenic Global Warming/Climate Change/Ocean Acidification/Whatever Scare We Can Come Up With movement continues to be exposed. Alhamdulilah, over the past year we've learned how the science and the politics (it's never ideal when those two mix) of the movement are thoroughly corrupt, and now we learn that the movement is also dipping into theology.
The religious, or even cultic, nature of the movement has been noted by many. Have a look at this video in which Christopher Monckton, a member of the House of Lords in the UK, interviews a Greenpeace activist in Copenhagen during the 2009 UN Conference.
You will notice the following trends (which can also be found amongst Muslim cults such as HT and Salafiyyah):
1)A stunning ignorance concering what they claim to know. This Greenpeace activist knows nothing about climate science, just as Muslim cultists know next to nothing about the Qur'an, the Sunnah, or authentic creed and fiqh.
2) Two minutes into the video, the Greenpeace activist admits to only reading literature from Greenpeace and never accessing scienfitic literature directly. This is very typical of the cultic mind-set. Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, are not allowed to read anything that has not been authorised by the organisation. HT is very similar in this regard, as are other Muslim cults. The reason is that the leaders of the cult, whether they be Mr. Al-Albani, Mr. Bin Baz, Mr. Taqi u-Deen An-Nabahani, or whoever, have to held in higher regard and authority, by the members, than the real 'ulama and fuqaha, such as Imams An-Nawawi, Muwaffaq u-Din ibn Qudamma, Yusuf ibn Abdul Barr, Ibn 'Abideen and so forth. Otherwise, the movement falls apart.
3) Refusal to accept the truth (or at least great difficulty in doing so) when it is presented. Despite being presented with the facts (i.e. no statistically significant warming for 10 years, no change in the amount of sea ice for 30 years etc.) the Greenpeace activist continues to hold her position. Of course, she doesn't have to readily accept what Monckton is telling her, but she should at least agree to check what he is saying, i.e. step aside the Greenpeace literature and read the scientific literature and data directly. Instead, she claims to 'have faith' that ice has been melting at the poles.
4) Seven and a half minutes in, the activist claims that Monckton is talking about one planet while she is talking about another planet. A similar thing can be said of Muslim cults. Orthodox Muslims talk about Islam, while cultists talk about their 'islam'. Any lengthy disucssion with a cultist leads to this conclusion; there is absolutely no common ground. Have a look at this discussion between Sheikh Ramadan Al-Bouti and a leading Salafi teacher. In the end, Sheikh Al-Bouti says: “Then let us end the investigation and discussion on this last remark of yours, since it closes the way to any common ground between you and me on which we can base a discussion. It is sufficient that with this bizarre answer of yours, you have departed from the consensus of the entire Islamic religion. By Allah, there is no meaning on the face of the earth for disgusting bigotry if it is not what you people have”.
5) Faith in the organisation. When confronted and asked why she doesn't check the scientific data herself, the Greenpeace activist claims to 'have faith' in the organisation.
6) Claiming to be too busy to check the facts and data. This is also very common amongst Muslim cultists. Salafis, for example, become particularly irate when something is said about their organisation, but when told to look up the facts for themselves they claim not to have time, to be too busy, etc. What is this an indication of? Laziness, pure and simple. Orthodox Muslims, on the other hand, are people who constanly read, study, review and check, and also cross reference. That is what we're supposed to do.
7) Refusing to acknowledge any potential wrongdoing on behalf of the organisation. At the end, the activist says that if she were to check and find that what Monckton is saying is true, she would not think Greenpeace had mislead her.
Eric Hoffer, in his book The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, says that people join movements (like Salafiyyah and Greenpeace) because they fear an autonomous existence. They're much happier being followers and not having to deal with the burden of thinking for themselves. This is why they don't check facts and why they are so ignorant (like the activist in the video); because the doctrines of the organisation are not important to them. Rather, what is important to them is being part of an organisation, any organisation. This is also why some people jump from organisation to organisation, from HT, to Salafiyyah, to Ahmadiyyah, and then some questionable 'Sufi' tareeqa. The bottom line for these people is that they belong to something, and Allah knows best. As Orthodox Muslims, alhamdulilah, we know that we belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return.
Insha'Allah, a review of Eric Hoffer's book will appear on this blog at some point in the future.
And with Allah alone is every success!
p.s. For an interesting lecture on HT click here. For an intersting lecture on Muslim cults in general click here and for an discussion on the methodology of cults and what to do if a loved one is ensnared by one, click here.
UPDATE: For an example of the stupidity and ignorance of mass movement followers, have a look at this video in which delegates at the current UN conference in Cancun willingly sign petitions to ban Dihydrogen Monoxide, aka water. Another example of these poor people falling for the same trick can be found here.
Madness is Rare in Individuals (review of The True Believer)