Theologian's Typhoon Climate Cure: 'Confession, Repentance and Change'

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | November 13, 2013 | 1:50 PM EST

As Super Typhoon Haiyan came down on the Philippines, normal people prayed and hoped that the millions in harm's way would be safe.  So far, over 2,000 are confirmed dead, but other estimates have that number closer to 10,000.  It's a tragedy, but for climate change zealots, it's a perfect opportunity to score political points for global warming.

The Washington Post published a story yesterday by a professor of theology, who says we need to "repent" for our "inaction" on global warming.  Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite of the Chicago Theologian Seminary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress wrote:

"There is a theological prescription, in a classical sense, for what we must do: confession, repentance and change.  In the case of what we are up against in terms of planetary destruction, those theological directives look like this:

"Admit human caused, violently destructive climate change is happening. The harm to God's creation is real, it is happening and human beings bear enormous responsibility for it."

"Repent for what we have already lost by inaction. Those who talk about 'reversing the effects of climate change' are also engaging in a form of denial. There is no reversing, but that does not mean the climate change is unstoppable at current levels. But action to stop what we have already done, and slow down future changes, is urgent."

"Change personal practice and public policy. The World Health Organization has a good analysis of climate change policies that are needed. So do many other reputable organizations. Individuals need to take responsibility as well, both to move toward less of a carbon footprint, and to vote for those who will make positive policy changes."

"But above all, right this minute, compassion for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan is most urgently needed.  Here is a list of places to give."

The last sentence is more tragicomic. The donation plea is a mere layer of window dressing to deflect the abject politicking in this piece.

More importantly, didn't anyone tell Susan that we've had the quietest tornado season in over 60 years - AND this year saw the creation of 19,000 Manhattans worth of sea ice? So, keep beating that dead horse about extreme weather - and by extreme, I mean completely natural.