Monday, January 29, 2007

Negative reaction to Gore's movie

In some areas parents have risen up to try and prevent teachers from showing An Inconvenient Truth in schools. Here's a sample of the illogic:

"Liberal left is all over Hollywood... No you will not teach or show that propagandist Al Gore video to my child, blaming our nation -- the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet -- for global warming," Hardison wrote in an e-mail to the Federal Way School Board. The 43-year-old computer consultant is an evangelical Christian who says he believes that a warming planet is "one of the signs" of Jesus Christ's imminent return for Judgment Day.

First- the ridiculous over-reaction in the email demonstrates the truth of the movie's name. The truth is simply inconvenient to some people's politics. Since they don't like it, kids shouldn't see it. While I think the movie would have been better without some of the overt political moments, they are simply moments and do not in any way invalidate the movie.

Second- does the writer believe that Christians in the US are to be rewarded for their selfish environmental destruction by being taken to heaven? The science is not in doubt- it is humans who have changed the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Are we to be rewarded for this?

The US has done great things in its history. Stopping the spread of Nazi Germany, spreading- by example- ideals of freedom and democracy, would be two examples. These, and more, are things we teach about extensively in our schools.

The US has done terrible things as well. Slavery and the destruction of Native American tribes would be two examples here. We must teach about these as well.

A third example would be our abuse of the environment in pursuit of the Almighty Dollar. We must teach about this as well. VP Gore's movie is a timely way to do that and, when appropriate with the classroom curriculum, it could be a useful tool.

The extreme critics of Gore's movie, I fear, practice not a truly Christian faith, but worship at the Church of Economic Growth, and would sacrifice all, including the education and very future of our children, upon the altar of Consumption.


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