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Global warming and homeschooling

     In an editorial for WorldNetDaily.com on Dec, 12, 2007, headlined "Global warming and Christian discernment," WND founder Joseph Farrah said, "If any one should be prepared by their faith, their worldview, their belief in Scripture…to see through the deception of the global warming alarmists, it is the Christian. Sadly, however, many of those proclaiming themselves as believers have been seduced by the worldly spirit of deception on what has become one of the defining issues of our time. One the macro level, we see Rick Warren and other evangelical leaders insisting global warming is a real crisis that should be a preoccupation of the church and a focus of government action." After pointing out that few can argue with the biblical mandate to be good stewards of the planet, he points out the facts that man-caused carbon dioxide emissions represent only an infinitesimally small percentage of CO2 present in the atmosphere, that there is no evidence carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere cause global warming, and that God has promised in Genesis 8:22 that He alone controls the world’s temperature and climate, not man: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." He says, "One of the reasons my children are homeschooled is to avoid the brainwashing they would received in either public schools or even private schools on issues like global warming," yet laments, "Last week, I learned that one of my children is being taught about the crisis global warming represents in a Christian homeschool cooperative biology class! It’s bad enough my oldest daughter was forced to endure repeated and required showings of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in an art class in a public college. But now we see this agitprop deceiving even those who should know better." Farrah concludes, "Nowhere in the Bible does God directly or indirectly warn us of the dangers of carbon dioxide, a natural, non-polluting gas as necessary to life on our planet as oxygen. Instead, God warns us about a real pollutant in our environment. It’s called sin….I don’t think we need any more confusing talk. What we need, especially from Christians, is more reliance on God’s word and less acceptance of the world’s claims." Amen!

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