The Issue of Religion and Science

In a recent report published by Think Progress, Republican candidate Ted Cruz spoke his mind about the global issue of climate change.  When speaking about this widely accepted issue by scientists and professionals in an interview with RWW news, Cruz went on record saying that “climate change is not science. It’s religion.”  Cruz gave several statements to support his claim, stating that the way scientists and other believers of climate change view those who don’t believe in the phenomenon is exactly what disqualifies it as science.  “Look at the language, where they call you a denier,” Cruz states. “Denier is not the language of science … Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he’s not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, ‘denier’ is the language of religion, it’s heretic, you are a blasphemer.”On the other hand, the Associated Press came foreward in light of the global warming issue, stating that using the label “climate skeptic” is not appropriate when referring to those who do not believe that global climate change is occurring. They stated that the use of the word “skeptic” can only be used when a group or individual has scientific fact to base their claims. The article also brings up the use of the word “denier”, and the AP’s similar dissatisfaction due to the way it was used during the Holocaust to label those who denied the genocide of Jewish people as “Holocaust deniers”. Though Cruz’s statement is along these lines based on the fact that he does not point to, and rather ignores, scientific data in light of this issue, it brings about an important point.  While religion and science extremes coexist in our current society, there are some issues in which one must take precedence over the other.  This point that the article in Think Progress brings to light is perhaps one of the most crucial issues preventing the acceptance of the global phenomenon.  Though one can have faith and adhere to its teachings, this is something that individuals most simply should not deny, in that it is happening right before our eyes. “ Ninety- seven percent of published, peer-reviewed climate science papers concur that man-made climate change is occurring. 14 of the hottest 15 years on record have all occurred since 1998. Moreover, 90 percent of warming has been absorbed by the oceans.” There are multitudes of facts and published works that support that this issue has merit, yet Cruz and others still complain that “cherry-picked” data is not good data.  Once we disentangle religious protocols and boundary lines from the acceptance of this issue, the faster and more efficiently a possible solution will be found and sought after.






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