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A prayer for our times by Dominic Lawson

Dominic Lawson writes in the Daily Mail:

Pope Francis’s new encyclical is in stark contrast to the style of his predecessor. While Pope Benedict’s works were in Latin, entirely spiritual in tone, and written by the man himself (a great scholar), his Argentine successor has produced something impossible to render in a classical language.

In fitting with its theme — saving the planet from man’s depredations — it is, for much of its great length, indistinguishable from any number of United Nations environmental briefings. In fact it is acknowledged to be the work of a series of pontifical committees. 

To save you the trouble of ploughing through it, I offer a new take on the Lord’s Prayer, designed to encapsulate the Holy Father’s message:

Our Gaia, Who art in danger, 
Sustainable be thy name,
Thy renewable energy resources come,
Thy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s will be done
On Earth as it is in the upper atmosphere
Give us this day our daily organic ciabatta
Forgive us our carbon emissions
Though we can’t forgive those multinationals who emit against us
Lead us not into excessive plane travel
Deliver us from genetically modified crops
For thine is the moral high ground
The onshore wind farms and the subsidies
For as long as the taxes can be raised. Amen. 

H/t The GWPF

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Reader Comments (12)

TBF, they are only following in the footsteps of the C of E - perhaps world religions (well the Western ones, anyway) will finally unite to form the new Left-theism.

Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

Why is there so much repetition in the item?

This is a fairly obvious comment on the Gaia religion. Several years ago I penned a similar Creed, which might also bear repeating again:

Environmental Creed
appointed to be read at all IPCC gatherings

I believe in Global Warming,
which will destroy heaven and earth unless we change our ways.
I believe in Al Gore,
Who conceived the Internet
and the hockey-stick graph, born of Professor Mann.
It suffered under McIntyre and McKitrick,
was crucified, disproven, and was buried.
It was cast on the reject pile.
On the third day It rose again.
It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,
and is displayed in a prominent position in all IPCC literature.
It will apply again as soon as global temperatures start rising.
I believe in the CO2 tipping point,
the IPCC Assessment Reports,
a CO2 sensitivity figure of over 4 C/W,
the accuracy of GCMS,
an anthropic cause for all climate variation after 1970,
and grants everlasting. AMEN.

Jun 26, 2015 at 10:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

The Christian religion already has this covered:

"Father, forgive them - they know not what they do"

Jun 26, 2015 at 10:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Our Dominic who art derang’d,

Ukiped be thy name,
Thy cliche’s come,Science be undone
On Earth as on News At Seven

Give us this day our Daily Telegraph
And forgive us our nonsense emissions
As we censor those who comment against us

Tempt us not into believing in science textbooks,
And deliver us from pontiffs who pontificate against us
For thine is the spin of the kingdom,
by the power and the glory of Mark Steyn and Murdoch,


Jun 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Later part of the first paragraph is repeated, by the GWPF, I think. Doesn't seem to be in Lawson's original at the Mail.

[J: Thanks, fixed]

Jun 26, 2015 at 10:38 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Doubly funny.

Jun 26, 2015 at 10:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Confirming reports that ecomania is the new religion, we have had priests prancing around in vestments with wind turbines on them, celebrating their status as an ‘Eco-Congregation’:

You couldn't make it up!

Jun 26, 2015 at 1:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterBillB

Christian Religion warns us to be wary of false gods

8 Major False Gods are mentioned in the Old Testament and probably by Indiana Jones.

Following are descriptions of some of the major false gods of the Old Testament:

1 Ashtoreth

Also called Astarte, or Ashtoroth (plural), this goddess of the Canaanites was connected with fertility and maternity. Worship of Ashtoreth was strong at Sidon. She was sometimes called a consort or companion of Baal. King Solomon, influenced by his foreign wives, fell into Ashtoreth worship, which led to his downfall.

Baal, sometimes called Bel, was the supreme god among the Canaanites, worshiped in many forms, but often as a sun god or storm god. He was a fertility god who supposedly made the earth bear crops and women bear children. Rites involved with Baal worship included cult prostitution and sometimes human sacrifice.

A famous showdown occurred between the prophets of Baal and Elijah at Mount Carmel. Worshiping Baal was a recurring temptation for the Israelites, as noted in the book of Judges. Different regions paid homage to their own local variety of Baal, but all worship of this false god infuriated God the Father, who punished Israel for their unfaithfulness to him.

Chemosh, the subduer, was the national god of the Moabites and was also worshiped by the Ammonites. Rites involving this god were said to be cruel also and may have involved human sacrifice. Solomon erected an altar to Chemosh south of the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem, on the Hill of Corruption. (2 Kings 23:13)

This god of the Philistines had the body of a fish and a human head and hands in its statues. Dagon was a god of water and grain. Samson, the Hebrew judge, met his death at the temple of Dagon.

In 1 Samuel 5:1-5, after the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant, they placed it in their temple next to Dagon. The next day Dagon's statue was toppled to the floor. They set it upright, and the next morning it was again on the floor, with the head and hands broken off. Later, the Philistines put King Saul's armor in their temple and hung his severed head in the temple of Dagon.
Egyptian Gods

Ancient Egypt had more than 40 false gods, although none are mentioned by name in the Bible. They included Re, creator sun god; Isis, goddess of magic; Osiris, lord of the afterlife; Thoth, god of wisdom and the moon; and Horus, god of the sun. Oddly, the Hebrews were not tempted by these gods during their 400+ years of captivity in Egypt. The Ten Plagues of God against Egypt were humiliations of ten specific Egyptian gods.
Golden Calf

Golden calves occur twice in the Bible: first at the foot of Mount Sinai, fashioned by Aaron, and second in the reign of King Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:26-30). In both instances, the idols were physical representations of Yahweh and were judged by him as sin, since he commanded that no images should be made of him.

This god of the Babylonians was associated with fertility and vegetation. Confusion about Mesopotamian gods is common because Marduk had 50 names, including Bel. He was also worshiped by the Assyrians and Persians.

This national god of the Ammonites was associated with divination, seeking knowledge of the future through occult means, strongly forbidden by God. Child sacrifice was sometimes connected with Milcom. He was among the false gods worshiped by Solomon at the close of his reign. Moloch, Molech, and Molek were variations of this false god.

Now fallen bored Christians can make Gaia number 9.

Jun 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Trouble is - the eco-twits raced past parody ages and ages ago..... even hypocrisy is defended by invoking the "noble cause" ...

Gawd! is the word.

Jun 27, 2015 at 1:20 AM | Unregistered Commentertomo


Jun 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

Grease is the word.

Jun 28, 2015 at 9:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterrichardX

Paul Rose who presents for the BBC* is in a news story audio interview about how a polar bear almost came into his tent whilst on a Nat Geo job. No mention of Climate Change ! Digitalspy
* one time appearing as a "fake skeptic"

Jun 28, 2015 at 2:19 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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