For instance, I am concerned about global warming, based on evidence and study. Those who deny the existence of global warming, however, have a valid argument... there is a plethora of evidence supporting active, accelerating global warming, yet some figures just haven't jived with that evidence.
Now, it appears perhaps they've found the discrepency. An exerpt:
After correcting for the problem, the researchers estimate there has been a global temperature increase of 0.4 degree Fahrenheit, per decade, for the last 30 years. ''Unfortunately, the warming is in an accelerating trend — the climate has not yet caught up with what we've already put into the atmosphere."Now what will be the excuse? Ah, hell. The world won't become a cinder during MY lifetime, so why should I worry?
Speaking of, I have a great deal of respect for people of faith. It's not for me, but I think if you have a personal commitment to a religious lifestyle or idea, that's great.
But hypocrisy is rampant in many churches, and now it appears it may exist in the American bastion of Catholicism, St. Patrick's Cathedral in NY.
There is evidence that Monsignor Eugene Clark is having an affair with his long-time secretary. He denies it, but has tenured his resignation.
Clearly something's rotten in the state of the Catholic church, and I know what it is. It's time to bring things into the 21st century. The idea that priests aren't allowed to carry on a human existence is archaic and unrealistic. If priests aren't allowed to marry, how can they have the credibility required for marriage counseling? If I'm going to receive counseling, that person had better have been through it. Preferrably a couple of times!
It's just wrong to expect a human to live a life of abstinence, it's unnatural. The Bible itself encourages sex. And let's face it, we guys are much happier when we're gettin' some.
And why is it a sin to prevent conception of an unwanted child? Isn't it more sinful to bring a child into the world and not be able to provide adequate parenting? Unwanted children make for unhappy, unsettled and unproductive members of society. And it's just sad.
People are human, they are succeptible to human "flaws." To expect someone to abide by unrealistic laws only elevates temptation and invites hypocrisy. I don't deny Minsignor Clark's need for sexual relations, nor should he. But let's not judge others when our own "back porch" needs sweeping.
If you lock a starving person in a kitchen, they're going to eat.