Scott Morrison, having parted Labor’s red sea and led his astonished people to the promised land, must seize his Moses moment. He and his right hand man, Joshua (named after Moses’ all-conquering general) must show appropriate gratitude for this miraculous deliverance and smash some pagan idols.
That was the first item of business for the conquering Israelites, decapitating the cults of Canaan, principally the climate god Baal who determined rain, crops and survival.
The same stern task lies before ScoMoses and Josh, because our children are being terrified by the same monstrous superstition as the kids of Canaan.
Cults always target children.
At the time of the climate cult’s first Australian incarnation, child psychologists warned of what it was doing to our kids’ minds. This from the Daily Telegraph in July 2011:
Climate change as a ‘Doomsday scenario’ is being taught in classrooms across Australia. On the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax package announcement, psychologists and scientists said the lessons were alarmist, created unneeded anxiety among school children and endangered their mental health.
Eight years on, the Coalition has failed utterly to combat the Deep Green terrorising of our children, who now take to the streets weeping over the imminent end of the world and raging against capitalists, meat-eaters and other enemies of the planet.
The use of intense fear and heavy moral authority to compel a child’s belief is the essence of a cult, and that has been happening in our schools. The Morrison government must find the strength of mind to call out this abuse of the education system, not only to protect our children’s mental health but to preserve any possibility of future conservative politics. Inculcating belief in a climate catastrophe has a clear political purpose, creating intensely green-left attitudes in each new generation of voters. The surge of apocalyptic adolescent voters will be more powerful each election.
For these young people, crusading for real action to save the planet gives their lives a serious and even transcendent purpose. It also meets a religious need, providing a form of animist/pantheist spirituality to souls who have long drifted from their monotheistic moorings. Think only of the powerfully pantheist movie, Avatar, where the morally pure, deep green creatures on the planet Pandora confront the evil mining barons from central casting who would violate Eywa, the ‘All Mother’ spirit of the planet.
The quasi-religious weirdness of the climate mindset knows no bounds. Former Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery went the full Gaia in an interview with the Guardian, proclaiming that ‘we are on the edge of creating a global super-organism’ in which the collective human mind will commune with the earth goddess:
I think this global super-organism, this global intelligence, will be able to send a single strong and clear signal to the Earth. And what that means, in a sense, is that we will be a regulating intelligence for the planet, I’m sure in future, and we will do what our brain does for our body which is to help create stability, coordination between the parts, and lead to a stronger Gaia, if you want, a stronger earth-system.
Flannery’s ‘stronger Gaia’ requires global groupthink, ‘a global community with a common set of beliefs’ sending ‘a single strong and clear message to the Earth’. What then of the climate skeptic? What place has he in Flannery’s super-organism? This is a disturbing fantasy, but then all totalitarian systems start off as mere disturbing fantasies.
Can our conservative politicians not smell socialism when they stand in it? Perhaps it takes personal experience of a police state before one can sniff out new totalitarian tendencies. Vaclav Klaus lived under a totalitarian regime and became President of the Czech Republic. He says,
Twenty years ago we still felt threatened by the remnants of communism. This is really over. I feel threatened now, not by global warming – I don’t see any – but by the global warming doctrine, which I consider a new dangerous attempt to control and mastermind my life and our lives, in the name of controlling the climate.
Tony Abbott has recognised that the climate movement is just ‘socialism masquerading as environmentalism’, and he will be freer to fight that good fight now that he is leaving parliament. In his concession speech on the night of 18 May he pointed out the helplessness of the Coalition before the moral force of the save-Gaia lobby: ‘Where climate change is a moral issue, we Liberals do it tough’, he said. ‘But where climate change is an economic issue, we do very, very well.’
Climate change will remain a moral issue, and the conservative side of politics will be swept aside in due course by its moral force, until two things are achieved.
First, remove the shonky foundations of the moral claim by showing that it has no basis in proper science. Computer-model speculation is not proper science. There is nothing, dear children, in the last century of climate data that falls outside the range of natural variation.
If there is any contribution from human activity to the recent pleasant warming, the signal is too faint to be detected. So chill out, get off the streets and back to your school books.
Second, reclaim the moral high ground from those who would terrify the minds of children in this quasi-religious, quasi-political cause. Institute a review of all climate-related material in the curriculum, subject its claims to ruthless scientific review, and as child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien said on the eve of the carbon tax, ‘tone down’ the language of climate change and ‘stick to the facts’.
Seize the moment, Mr Morrison, while the climate cultists are in disarray after losing the climate-change election. It would be a miracle to see a conservative government actually take up this fight for the minds of our kids and the future of our politics. But we know you believe in miracles.
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