Mr. Richard Black, Environment correspondent, BBC News has now made religion an issue in the public discourse on climate and science.
On Sept 2, 2011, Black published an article announcing the resignation of Wolfgang Wagner, editior of Remote Sensing journal, “claiming” that Spencer and Braswell’s recent paper should not have been published. Click here.
Of course, Wagner’s stated opinion was subsequently found to have been swayed by the influence of climate modelers who have a history of trying to prevent publication of the work by Spencer and Braswell. More troubling is that Black emphasized in his article that Spencer is a Christian. It looks to me that Dr. Spencer’s religion is being raised as an issue in order for others to attack him.
So, Mr. Black, perhaps you can write future articles on the religious beliefs of other climate scientists. How about Mr. Kevin Trenberth? Or Mr. Peter Gleick. What about each of the members of the National Academy of Sciences? Which of the promoters of global warming follow religions that do not like or simply hate Christians? Who believes atheism? (Yes, atheism is a religious belief as well as any other.) Are there any members of this self proclaimed “climate science” community who are part of the brights-net (www.brights-net.com) who simply will not accept a point of view that differs from pure materialistic naturalism?
Now, the astute reader will realize that all of the questions I am asking in the above paragraph have nothing to do with whether science in question is sound or not. Furthermore, Biblical Christianity is not at war with science as some self-serving academics will argue….after all, science was born and quickly grew in the cradle of Biblical Christianity. (I usually refrain from discussing these issues in this blog because I have another blog for that…however, Mr. Black has now opened what to many will be Pandora’s box.)
My point here, Mr. Black, is that if religious belief is an issue for the science and research done by Dr. Spencer (whom I have not met)…..then let’s hear about the others so that the rest of us can judge for ourselves whether it is relevant to their research claims. And then, what about your religious beliefs (e.g., faith in atheism, perhaps, or do you agree with Dr. Spencer)? What would lead you to raise the issue in the first place in such an article?…..
If religion is so important, then let’s have full disclosure. I have nothing to hide….do you?
The following photo and caption was included in Mr. Black’s article:
Dr Spencer is a committed Christian as well as a professional scientist.