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James Inhofe: Science is Wrong Because the Bible Tells Me So

By March 16, 2012

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An awful lot of what's wrong with America can probably be summed up with just one name: James Inhofe. He was interviewed recently on Voice of Christian Youth America's radio program Crosstalk with Vic Eliason. Inhofe was promoting his new book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.

Why does James Inhofe deny that global warming is occurring? Simple: God has told him so.

Eliason: Senator, we're going to talk about your book for a minute, you state in your book which by the way is called The Greatest Hoax, you state in your book that one of your favorite Bible verses, Genesis 8:22, 'while the earth remaineth seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,' what is the significance of these verses to this issue?

Inhofe: Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that 'as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,' my point is, God's still up there.

The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous. ...

There's another piece of Scripture I'll mention which I should've mentioned, no one seems to remember this, the smartest thing the activists did in trying to put their program through is try to get the evangelicals on their side, so they hired a guy named Cizik, and he had his picture in front of Vanity magazine dressed like Jesus walking on water.

He has been exposed since then to be the liberal that he is. I would say that the other Scripture that I use quite frequently on this subject is Romans 1:25, 'They give up the truth about God for a lie and they worship God's creation instead of God, who will be praised forever.' In other words, they are trying to say we should worship the creation. We were reminded back in Romans that this was going to happen and sure enough it's happening.

Source: Right Wing Watch

First, what's noteworthy about this is how awful Inhofe's interpretation is. There's nothing about the verse he cites which should lead one to the conclusion that humans can't so massively screw up the environment that the planet would become more difficult for us and other animals to live in. Believing that that verse is the 100% literal truth does not justify his conclusion, not by a long shot.

What's more, the fact that humans are capable of massively ruining the environment is easy to prove -- just imagine detonating a few nuclear weapons at strategic locations and then see how much harder life gets. Or imagine a few nuclear power plants going critical. That we can mess up our environment badly is beyond question, at least among sane, rational adults. James Inhofe, I submit, is neither sane, nor rational, nor perhaps even entirely an adult.

But all that aside, I have to object strenuously to anyone trying to use any religious scripture as a test for whether the scientific research behind an idea should be accepted or not. The science should be approached an evaluated on its own merits regardless of what the Bible or any other scripture says. If you look to the Bible to decide whether the science is right or not, then the science doesn't matter to you and never did.

If that's the case, then you're a liar to even suggest that you cared and you're a liar if you don't admit this up front. An honest person would say "I don't care what the science says, I have my Bible." Christian conservatives... well, for the most part they don't say anything like that, though if you look closely enough at what they do say it becomes clear that this is indeed what they are thinking.

March 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(1) deegee says:

Very timely you posted this about Inhofe. He appeared for a lenghty interview on The Rachel Maddow Show last night (3/15/12) on MSNBC to discuss his book and for Maddow to reply to Inhofe’s claims about her in his book. That and Inhofe’s somewhat loose(?) connection to Uganda’s horrific anti-gay policies.

There was a short mention about god and how god fits into Inhofe’s views about global warming, but Maddow, to my great disappointment and disgust, never challenged Inhofe about it.


March 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(2) ChuckA says:

I watched, as per my usual, the Rachel Maddow show last night, which featured a rather disturbing interview with James Inhofe. This guy is IMO, completely “full of it”, to say the very least. The thesis of his anti-climate change stance is, IMNSHO, the LEAST disturbing aspect of this totally, even dangerously, duped, Senatorially roosting, extremist religious “clown”. What disturbs me much more is his Dominionist “Family” connection; which was also brought up in the reviewed segment about the Uganda “kill the Gays” insane atrocity.
The founder of “The Family”, David Coe, was mentioned in Inhope’s admitted connection with that Bible oriented insanity; so I did a bit of Googling for more info on the whole story. It’s amazing just HOW many of our government officials are implicated…directly…with that outrageously warped bit of “Christian Bull-crap”; and for just how LONG it has been going on.
Here’s a Wiki link RE David Coe to take a gander at:
AND…here’s one particular Rachel Maddow YouTube, featuring author Jeff Sharlet, from Dec. 2009, with some more disturbing Uganda related details:

March 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(3) The Sojourner says:

I, too saw Rachel Maddow’s interview with Inhofe, and came away a bit dissatisfied that she didn’t pursue his “God” references. However I was at least happy she pursued the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” debacle, somewhat. Admittedly she had a hard time getting a word in edgewise.

I find it terrifying that these ignorant Fundamentalist types are in ANY positions of power. Yet here we are suffering for their ignorance. Especially, women’s rights, LGBT rights, education, and even global warming, which could put the ecological balance of the earth, itself, in jeopardy.

All this because of a book of mythology written by ignorant iron age herdsmen. Yet here in the 21st century, there are people still as ignorant as those ancient shepherds who knew nothing of science or the world outside of their extreme limitations.

If you’re interested, a few additional thoughts:




March 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(4) sven says:

This GOP has become so far Right that they’re “far out”! This great country will be doomed if these people take over.

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