By Ken Shepherd | December 02, 2010 | 15:55
During a congressional hearing in March 2009, manmade global warming skeptic Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) referred to God’s promise in the the book of Genesis to never again flood the entire Earth as one reason why he is dismissive of global warming alarmists.
“The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood,” Shimkus insisted, after quoting from Genesis 8:22.
Ever since then, the media have gone back from time to time to scoff at Shimkus’s statement, citing his religious beliefs as reason he should not considered credible when it comes to challenging climate change science.
But if the media think that’s fair game, shouldn’t they apply the same standard to religious language employed by climate change alarmists like Christiana Figueres?
After all, the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change literally offered up a prayer to a pagan moon goddess on Monday during her opening statement at a UN climate conference convened in Cancun, Mexico.
Here’s how Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin reported the story at the paper’s Post Carbon blog on Monday, November 29 (emphasis mine):