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The seven woes of the Tea Party

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Rick Santorum recently suggested that climate scientists are like Pharisees but, as many others have pointed out – as they always were and will be – the real Pharisees today are ultra Conservative politicians! As such, by uttering such an absurdity/insanity/obscenity [delete any that do not apply], Santorum has plumbed new depths of reality inversion.

I appreciate that fools like Santorum make an easy target but, please, can we attack the psuedo science without attacking the misguided Churchianity that people like Santorum hide their anti-intellectualism behind? I think all such denialism is not actually driven by any real faith in God that these people may have (apart from an almost subconscious ascent to the idea that we humans have a right to dominate nature rather than a responsibility to be good stewards of it). For the vast majority, their denial of reality is driven by adherence to libertarian ideology and free market economics. However, because this would be immediately seen as them not acting in the public interest, a bit like members of the KKK, they hide behind a veil of pure white religiousity instead.

So then, here is why I think Rick Santorum needs to study his Bible a bit more closely (it is taken from the 23rd Chapter of the Gospel according to St Matthew):

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?…

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices— mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law— justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practised the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!
(Matthew 23:13-32 NIV)

Those who know their Bible well, may ask why I stopped there. This is because Jesus went on to rebuke these Pharisees as follows: “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth…”

Is this not exactly what the Tea Party is doing? These ultra-Conservative prisoners of libertarian ideology and fanatical adherents to free market economics are determined to sacrifice the future habitability of planet Earth on an altar of worship to their God of short-term self-interest… My advice to all who are tempted to join them is this: When we know we’re in a hole, we should stop digging!


Update: With my thanks to the Mashed Potato Bulletin for the hat-tip, Michael Tomasky very eloquently summarised all that is wrong with the Republican Party today in this (17 January 2012) piece: What Mitt’s Father Got Right (and Mitt Gets Wrong)… As Tomasky says, “Romney… is appallingly wrong about ‘envy’ [because] he assumes that everyone wants to get rich but isn’t ‘good’ enough.”

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  1. If the Tea Party was what it claimed to be, they would have no interest in religion. Considering 78% of libertarians are atheists. Including Milton Friedman.

    Ethan Hill

    26 March 2012 at 00:22

    • Thanks for pointing that out, Ethan. Neo-cons and religiousity seem so closely related, it had not occurred to me that it might be no more than a “marriage of convenience”!

      Martin Lack

      26 March 2012 at 09:38

  2. The Tea Party? These are the people that since the day a black man became their leader decided that it was no longer possible to accept the President of the United States as “Their President”. The shame of it is that there are even black people in the movement who have no idea what it really stands for; Libertarian contrarians who wish to have a Republic with no democracy where small communities whose leaders would be “all white”, would rule themselves with as little a federal government as possible to oppose them and would even make their own law and hand out their own form of punishment to possible criminals.

    I ask you; is this not the dream of child molesters, dictators and serial killers, or what? Fools who abide by such dreams have no idea that, in reality, they are being led by a bunch of very nasty people whose ideology stands only for themselves; and their own needs.

    Education is something that is very much lacking amongst these Tea Party people, some of them might have degrees; but that in no way denotes any intelligence whatsoever – as they clearly demonstrate with all their actions. 😦


    26 March 2012 at 02:56

  3. I think that it is fair to say that you can pick and choose whatever you like in the bible to justify any point that you may have. It’s very flexible in that regard. also, because you have to be overtly religious in the US of a to get elected for absolutely anything, those that are trying to get elected pander to that end of the spectrum.

    Being an atheist, I think that it’s an absurdity. And relegates elections on the US to the level of farce.


    26 March 2012 at 03:42

    • Thanks Bill. I agree with you that religiousity reduces US elections to a farce by turning them into insincerity contests. I could never run for Office – I am too honest about my doubts, etc..

      Although I accept you point that the Bible can be used to justify almost any argument (especially if you are willing to take it out of context to suit yourself), I believe the link between ultra-Conservative politicians who claim some kind of spriritual leadership over their people and the Pharisees of Jesus’ time is not imaginary. Elsewhere, the Bible says of them that they had exchanged the truth of God for the lies of men (or something like that). This is exactly what the fundamentalist Christians have done; and it worries me greatly that those who say or think that the Earth is only 6000 years old are very often those that say we are not damaging the environment.

      Martin Lack

      26 March 2012 at 09:51

  4. I just posted this on the “Watt’s up with that crap” site, they’ll probably never show it but I thought it might put a smile on your face :-)

    From Donald –

    “If any of you ever lived in an area such as Australia which was hit by the worst floods in half a century only to be followed by the worst cyclone in a nation’s history, all of it in the space of a month, and then watched as the same supposedly once in a lifetime flood “continued unimpeded for virtually two years”; you too might be convinced that a slightly more pro-active spirit was required from those who constantly say there is no climate warming while all the time they do little else but play with themselves as well as viewing …and posting… the same useless charts ….OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN .., reading the same measure of a bottle of water or watching the same barometers raise and lower..

    Is that all you think there is to climate warming or is that the only piece of science you can understand?, or at least pretend to understand.

    What at the end of the day do you know except for the crap you feed each other? Just reading this one blog alone it seems to me like all of you believe America and Europe are all there is to the entire world .. why don’t you go out there and see for yourself the damage that is occurring world wide; perhaps you haven’t had many stronger cyclones lately but here in OZ we been having just as many as before except now they pack a wallop more powerful than all the BS to be found in this site and I assure you, it would take a lot to beat the crap to be found around here.

    There is not one city in our entire country that hasn’t felt the more than incredible and NEVER ENDING effects of Global Warming in all their incredible strengths and all the while guys like you on this site continue to suck your thumbs and saying .. “It ain’t happening, it ain’t happening”.

    No kidding, I been reading many of the blogs on this site for over a year now, and I’ve also read many of the comments, and I don’t know what is worse, the dork who runs it or the fools who read the stuff and pretend that they too are climate scientists.

    I suppose you all go to your friends on weekends and tell them how busy you all been advising the world that the present situation is not as dangerous as it seems … bla, bla. bla.

    The pole has melted, the arctic is leaking methane all over the place, the rains have come down by the bucketful for years and the storms … Oh those wonderful storms which obviously none of you have ever lived through .. they sure are strong lately. Just where have you been all this time? Is it possible that you are all hiding under your beds and playing the fiddle while Rome burns to the ground?

    Neros … all of you … nothing but Neros.

    Wake up to yourselves, get out there and take a look around and stop pretending with yourselves, see the world as it is, people and not as you wish to believe it to be”


    26 March 2012 at 09:18

    • Thanks Donald. You sound more angry than even I did in some of my Lindzengate emails and – as Paul H would no doubt agree – that is saying quite a lot! However, since I think your comments are entirely justified – and since they will probably not survive on WUWT – I will permit them here.

      There is also the fact that, whether coincidental or otherwise, there is a great deal of overlap between the Tea Party movement and people who inhabit forums like WUWT. I say “coincidental” because I should imagine that many of them do not earn enough money to be considered for membership of their local Golf Club; let alone be taken seriously within the Republican Party.

      It is therefore somewhat ironic that, having signed-up to be a “Friend” of the Conservative Party 2 years ago (i.e. a fraction of the cost of being a “Member”), the Party is now chasing me – an unemployed Environmental Advisor/Lobbyist who criticises all politicians for being “the blind leading the blind” – to become a fully-fledged Member; and help get David Cameron elected to lead a majority government in 2015… That letter was clearly dispatched by a computer:-)

      Martin Lack

      26 March 2012 at 10:03

      • Oh, well, I had my say to these dorkers, now I’ll leave them alone to get on with their tea-bagging each other … I certainly wouldn’t want to shake hands with them without having a strong antiseptic solution handy to wash my hands with.😦


        26 March 2012 at 11:04

    • I think the site, which is now accepting my comments again, should just be called “Watts crap on that!” (N.B – question mark not required)

      Martin Lack

      26 March 2012 at 10:41

      • It should be, one guy there is so up himself he compares his own article as the equivalent to Michael Mann’s work. Where do these dorks get their arrogance from? surely they buy it somewhere by the drum full, a single bottle wouldn’t cover the way they constantly describe themselves as having some merit in the scientific world. They’re as daft as a $3 Dollar note. 😦


        26 March 2012 at 11:19

        • You may appreciate this book The Age of American Unreason: Dumbing Down and the Future of America which has the same jacket as the copy which I spotted going for 1 UKP on a market stall a couple of years ago. It is, however, also available on in a different jacket.

          About 25 years ago, I studied comparative education in a group which included exchange students from both the East (NY) and West (CA) coasts of the USA; and it was quickly-appreciated that educational standards varied greatly from State to State – and even more so between the urban and rural populations. It was also noted that there were no representatives amongst the exchange students from mid-west or southern states…?

          Lionel A

          26 March 2012 at 12:34

        • Thinking of lower than “abnormal” intelligence levels, take a look at this guy, surely he epitomizes what a climate denier is all about, even the little they do know shows them to be not much more than the children of an incestuous relationship between an arsehole and a overdose of laxettes :-)


          26 March 2012 at 13:37

  5. Martin, It’s not a situation of ‘When in a hole, stop digging!’ Now it’s ‘stop digging and start filling the hole backup!’ And don’t let my comment obscure what was a powerfully written Post from you! Crazy times!

    Paul Handover

    26 March 2012 at 16:59

    • Very true. Unfortunately, 100 years of melting glaciers would take at least a thousand years to reverse and, in reality, it is not going to happen. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you will be equally sanguine when, in the interests of balance, I criticise Barrack Obama tomorrow for not facing-down the fossil fuel lobby…

      Martin Lack

      26 March 2012 at 18:41

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