The new faith of our millennials

classroomAmerican Millennials, those souls between 18 to 36 years old, appear to be losing their faith. Recent reports from the Pew Center on the Study of Religion tell us that there has been a sharp decline in religious affiliation among this age group.

Belief abhors a vacuum, and it seems that we have a new religion to fill the recent gap. Certainly environmentalism has ardent believers. Many of the most ardent followers are our public school teachers, who, while not allowed to discuss their own religious views, are encouraged to advance the new Green religion.

Millennials were in school when the new Save the Planet curriculum made its splash. With the decline of religious practice among millennials and the rise of environmentalism is there some correlation between these new trends? How has environmentalism gained such religious fervor? Is it that, having shucked off traditional religion, we have to believe in something? While public education has largely eliminated the study of religions in schools, it has made a curriculum leap to incorporate environmental disasters and global climate change in the textbooks.

The curriculum is a handy tool to advance its tenets, and new religion is having a field day. School classrooms and spaces are full of the new religion’s slogans: “Go Green or Go Home!” ”Save The Earth or Die With It!” and ”Let’s save our mother Earth.”

This new faith has few requirements. You don’t have to memorize prayers, just some bumper-sticker slogans. It has its own national holiday, Earth Day, which is widely celebrated in our schools. You don’t have to follow dietary rules, though adherents prefer you eat little or no meat, since animals rank right up there with humans. You can illicitly enjoy the pleasures of the body, be a political anarchist, run a shadowy business, and still be an environmentalist. Just as long as you recycle. Many are fervent about “recycling” the unborn in the name of preserving the Earth.

You can vote for politicians who are ready to eliminate coal miners’ jobs and sanctimoniously wag a finger at China and India for their levels of air pollution. You are morally superior. And heretics of this new religion are called deniers.

Not that concern for environment is not an important issue. Still, environmentalism is an easy virtue. You can drive your environmentally friendly Prius and frown at women with SUVs driving their big families to church. But the real kicker in environmental religion is man and woman — the major villains of global warming and climate change. A strange religion, sort of like James Jones’ commune, which prefers few human beings left alive.

Environmentalism had gone through radical changes in a few decades. The sun-god worship switches back from too little sun (a looming ice age according to Time Magazine in the late 1970s) to the 1990s when the panic was about too much sun (global warming today). Plucking one set of data, reporters consider this past summer the “hottest summer on record.” Others claim we have had 15 years of cooling temperatures. Concerned that people might notice that global warming is going backward, the high priests of Environmentalism came up with a new and safer and more marketable term: climate change.

Any religion worth its salt has to have a mechanism to get out its dogmas. In addition to our public schools and colleges, the environmentalists have many media megaphones. NBCUniversal owns The Weather Channel and you may have noticed that on the 6:30 news there is almost always a breathy report of a major storm front from El Nino attacking the West Coast or downpours in Dallas, and dramatic videos of glaciers melting somewhere.

One dogma, however, is becoming increasingly embarrassing to the Green faithful. The “absolute truth” that fossil fuels are causing the seas to rise and air to destroy our lungs demands the adherents to fight, march and politic for a cleaner source of keeping us, as needed, both cool and warm. They demand a cleaner source of energy. On the other hand, they are ready to go to the barricades to suppress our development of the cleanest and cheapest source of energy: nuclear energy.

Governments are usually quick to take advantage of a crisis, whether real or imagined. They are always ready to solidify their power and increase their employment numbers by the rolling-out of a new agency. As the President’s former chief of staff famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Standby for the U.S. Department of Weather.

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    Amber

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    More like… stand by for EPA Green Shirts marching down your streets fortified with automatic weapons .

    Hang on to your guns . You’ll need them when they kick down your door to check your lights wattage .

    Scare ,regulate and tax, a tried and true formula .

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    GR82DRV

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    So true about faith abhorring a vacuum. Ironic that so many millennials and their leftist mentors openly mock principles of faith yet they seek to invent and enforce their own through Gaia worship and MMGW.

    At least my church doesn’t shove their collection plate in anyone’s front door and demand “contributions”…

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      Me

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      Yeah, but if they don’t make the TOKEN donations, then what, they get shamed and blamed because of their interpertations of the book you all want to follow. So do speak bullshit from your religious view and holier than thou, it looks good on you. You hypocrite. Their shouldn’t be a collection plate foreveryone to give to, but it’s funny that most of the poor it is shoved in their face. Religion is the problem, and charities are much the same when the donations are paying for those admistering than those receiveing. There is a problem with the power, prestige and money. It’s pretty much all the same. Cronisism by charity, another ISM to put in your dictionary.

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        Me

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        But I guess even those barely making ends meet, when they show up in their Sunday best, they all look the same so they should be shamed into giving, Vanity shaming works also.

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          Me

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          Sins used against yourselves! Nice Eh!

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            Me

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            Bottom line, is it’s the same with the carbon thing. Make you feel guilty for your sins. Religion painted all over it. Same results different tactic. Will you learn? Doubt it, same as those that believe in the MMGW. But as time goes by they will see for them selves. But that isn’t the same with the bible thumpers, for them it’s a cult.

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            Me

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            And the funnest thing of all, are those that think we are the virus and should be culled for our carbon sins. They probably don’t realise we are carbon based life forms, so maybe , just maybe they should set the example for what they believe before wanting others to do as they say.

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            Me

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            But don’t hold your breath on that!

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            Me

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            Just like I’m not going to hold my breath on your bullshit you said above.

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