I’ve finally discovered why National Post “columnist” Lawrence Solomon is such an avid climate change denialist: he’s also and more important, a morally stunted bigot. That’s the only conclusion that can reasonably be drawn from his inspiring Christams column, “Godless Societies are Unfit for Survival.”
It’s not what you might think at first. According to Solomon, any society that believes in a God — any god or gods, it doesn’t particularly matter — is a superior society. Any society that doesn’t, is an inferior one: either an evil murderous one like North Korea (incidentally, not an atheist country), or a “non-progressing” one (his concept), like the African Pygmies.
I can’t decide whether Solomon doesn’t actually believe in any gods, and just thinks it’s a useful lie that elites like himself should perpetrate in order to maintain social order, on whether he really is so incredibly, unbelievably, criminally stupid that he thinks religious beliefs have value just because they’re religious.
As a matter of fact, most of the world’s major religions have at some point engaged in vicious and bloody struggles to eradicate the other ones. There are still Christians, Jews, and Muslims who cling to the belief that their God will help them exterminate their rivals and cleanse their holy lands, who will shortly thereafter subject those enemies to an eternal punishment in hell. I need hardly point out that there is something seriously morally questionable about believing that one of these faiths has it right, let alone (as Solomon claims to believe) that all of them do.Tweet