“The Earth will end only when God declares it to be over.” Representative John Shimkus, Ill. (Sunday Funnies)

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So this is how education prepares children to be leaders of this great country (I couldn’t make this stuff up) – and faced with global problems requiring global solutions, are taught that God is going to wipe us off the planet anyway.
The America Blog has verified that this test is not a joke…
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“Snopes has confirmed that a purported 4th Grade creationist school science test, making its way around the Web, is in fact real, and comes from a South Carolina Christian school.”
549151_624620300884425_1028854091_n oatWith that kind of education, it is no wonder that many people, finally having to accept that climate change is real, are taking the tack that we are doomed anyway, and will all die when God decides it is time…so why bother to change?
Opposing Views writes:
“In their study, titled “End-Times Theology, the Shadow of the Future, and Public Resistance to Addressing Global Climate Change,” David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado argue that citizens who believe in the end of days “often resist policies trading short-term costs for hypothetical long-term benefits.””

“[I]t stands to reason that most nonbelievers would support preserving the Earth for future generations, but that end-times believers would rationally perceive such efforts to be ultimately futile, and hence ill-advised,” Barker and Bearce wrote.
That sentiment is not just confined to average citizens. The chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Rep. John Shimkus, said in 2010 that he opposed action on climate change because “the Earth will end only when God declares it to be over.”
According to the researchers, the results of the study indicate that the U.S. would probably not be taking any action on climate change when so many of its citizens, particularly Republicans, believed in the impending end of days, Raw Story reported.

There is much I am learning here in Hawaii in a workshop on ocean awareness that often reminds me that this small island in a big ocean is a parable to our small planet in a vast universe and we have to learn to live in balance in the world ecosystem- but it is Sunday Funnies so I’ll just leave you with this:

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