Are we reverting to the superstitions of the 16th century, when the populace – and the clergy – blamed humans for climate change, crop failures and famine? I see inklings of such a horrific trend right now.
Bill Nye (I call him “The Psycho Guy”) says he is in favor of trying those who question climate change as criminals and jailing them. Others have called for skeptics to be executed. Now the Catholic church has weighed in.
We like to picture the witch burnings as being perpetrated by mobs of uneducated heathens carrying pitchforks and torches in the middle of the night. But that’s not the case at all.
The witch trials were completely legal and were administered by highly educated upper-level social strata, says Dr. Sallie Baliunas, Staff Astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. (See video below.)
That “highly educated upper-level social strata,” I might point out, included the Catholic church. The Dominicans, a Catholic religious order, were the most zealous prosecutors of persons accused of witchcraft in the years leading up to the Reformation. (Ever heard of the inquistion?) The judges for the witch trials were often, if not usually, part of the clergy.
Now I see the Catholic church reverting to those same sorts of unfounded superstitions, again blaming humans for climate change, crop failures and famine.
Just last week, Pope Francis called for carbon penalties and “a radical energy transition” to avert climate “catastrophe.”
Ignoring the disastrous consequences of destroying the world’s economies and driving us back to the lifestyles of the 1500s, and seemingly “taking a page from AOC’s Green New Deal, Francis expressed his conviction that switching from fossil fuels to a low-carbon society can generate new employment opportunities, reduce inequality, and increase the quality of life for those affected by climate change.”
How do you “increase the quality of life” by destroying the quality of life?
When will we ever learn? Humans do not control the climate. The climate controls us.
Only seven minutes long, this eye-opening video (above) features Dr. Baliunas as she describes the 16th century pervasive belief in magic, sorcery, witchcraft and superstition.
The Little Ice Age lasted about 500 years, but the most severe period during the Little Ice Age occurred in Europe between 1550 and 1700, says Dr Baliunas. That was also probably the harshest period of weather in the last 1,000 years, if not longer.
The severe conditions in climate brought about crop failure, starvation, disease, death and social unrest.
Because people “knew” that with Satan’s help one could “cook the weather,” the extreme weather and harsh conditions during that period contributed to mass executions and Witch Trials.
Skeptics were considered sorcerers or witches and were tortured until they confessed. Then they were executed.
It is now estimated that some 50,000 executions took place across Europe.
Let’s not go down this evil and gory road again.