Limbaugh shows God-awful ignorance

Walker is a senior sociology major from Brunswick, Ga. She is an officer in the Green Ambassadors

Brittany Walker

Rush Limbaugh has clearly not run out of his hot air that helps to churn our nation into an over-politicized circus. Earlier this month, he showed us that he is talented enough to misrepresent climate change and belief in God in one statement.

Recently on his radio show, Limbaugh spoke about climate change, saying, “If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming. You must be either agnostic or atheistic to believe that man controls something that he can’t create.”

There are several flaws in Rush’s logic. First, man has controlled things he has not created for many years now. Did man create organisms or clouds? No, but man can genetically modify organisms and “seed” clouds to change the amount of precipitation that falls from it. Did man create rivers? No, but he can “control” them by damming them and regulating their flow. By Rush’s logic, if you are a believer in God then you must deny the existence of all capabilities like these. Because according to Rush, a believer in God must also believe a man can’t control something he can’t create.

Humans certainly cannot completely control nature, and in many ways we are still at the mercy of it. However, climate change activists do not claim that humans are completely controlling nature. They simply claim that human activities are making an impact on the way nature operates, much like the previous examples. There are seven billion people in the world; it is completely fathomable that our collective activities make some kind of an impact on the Earth’s weather patterns.

Secondly, what does God have to do with it? Agnostics and atheists may not believe God created the world and its climate, but they still don’t believe that humans created it. And by his logic, to believe in climate change you must also believe humans can create a climate.

If Limbaugh was trying to persuade Christian listeners, he should do his research first. Most Christians today believe in environmental stewardship. This means they view the Earth as a gift from God meant to sustain life, and our God given duties are to be good stewards of the Earth.

The real problem here is that statements like these are completely anti-progress in their nature. They serve to distract people from thinking about issues like climate change in a rational manner by tying them in with emotionally charged topics, like one’s belief in God. If you want to make an informed decision on anything to do with anything, I suggest a different source than Rush Limbaugh.