Therapists are reporting an increase in green disputes between couples and family members, according to the Jan. 17 edition of The New York Times. Linda Buzzell, a family and marriage therapist, is quoted in the article: "The danger arises when one partner undergoes an environmental 'waking up' process way before the other, leaving a new values gap between them." For many, "being green" has become their religion of choice. One of the Webster Dictionary definitions of religion is: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. This reminds me of sage advice many of us received from our parents — to avoid conflict, do not discuss politics or religion with family, friends or strangers.
Global warming alarmists have adopted religious terminology and employed religious concepts in their attempt to convert nonbelievers. Scientists and others who are skeptical of human-caused global warming are dubbed "deniers." Carbon offsets that can be purchased to atone for the sin of living a modern lifestyle sound a lot like indulgences sold in medieval times. The purveyors of human-caused global warming tell us the science is settled and we are to accept their theories by faith and should not question their conclusions. The recent "Climategate" scandal, however, has revealed that some have hidden or manipulated data in order to support their agenda.
America was founded on the principle of freedom of religion and the prohibition of a state-sponsored church. Americans are free to choose their religion, but if we are forced to adopt an "environmental religion," there will be more turmoil than just family arguments.