Last weekend, Rick Santorum expressed some interesting views on CBS’s television news program “Face the Nation.” During the interview he pointed out to host Bob Shieffer that President Obama follows some views based on science, what Santorum referred to as a “phoney theology” because it’s not based on the Bible. The link to an article including a video of the interview in its entirety is here if you’d like to see it.
Believing what science helps to prove should never be considered a “theology,” and anyone who wants to “debate” global warming, as Santorum refers to it, might as well debate whether the Earth is flat or round, or whether it orbits the sun or vice versa.
One of the most interesting ironies about Rick Santorum and any others who subscribe to his ideologies is that the fossil fuels they worship as gifts from God, which therefore can do no harm, come from fossilized life-forms, both plants and animals, that existed millions of years ago. That very fact flies in the face of the many staunch Republicans who believe Earth’s creation took place only a few thousand years ago.
If this planet is indeed a gift from God, wouldn’t it make more sense that He would want us as stewards of this world to take proper care of it? Fossil fuels aren’t manna from heaven, and until people can see this planet of ours in its proper context—as something we need to preserve for the generations to come while we use it for our own purposes—then we’re truly on the road to Hell.
I would hope that future political leaders in the US as well as all over the world would have at least a reasonable appreciation of science. In the world of today, the ideology of 2000 years ago can’t do it alone.