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Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents blame weather catastrophies on end times – poll

By Reuters Staff
December 14, 2012

(A U.S. flag hangs from a home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, in the Ortley Beach area of Toms River, New Jersey November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton)

Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents say the severity of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy is evidence the world is coming to an end, as predicted by the Bible, while more than six in 10 blame it on climate change, according to a new poll.

The survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service found political and religious disagreement on what is behind severe weather, which this year has included extreme heat and drought.

Most Catholics (60 percent) and white non-evangelical Protestants (65 percent) say they believe disasters like hurricanes and floods are the result of climate change.

But nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of white evangelical Protestants say they think the storms are evidence of the “end times” as predicted by the Bible.

Overall, 36 percent point to end times and 63 percent to climate change.

PRRI research director Daniel Cox said that some respondents – including 75 percent of non-white Protestants – believe extreme weather is both evidence of end times and the result of climate change.

“No one really knows how (end times) would look and how God would bring it about,” Cox said.

Read the full story by Mary Wisniewski here.
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it is truly distressing to see 40% of the world’s largest western economy/nation, the United States of America, still clinging to delusional religious prophecies and a rejection of scientific fact as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. i grew up in one of these households, whose matriarch and patriarch still cling to a belief in the rapture, who’s regressive and discriminatory reviling of gays and lesbians as sinners (okay, that’s me) who are “damned to hell” tore our family apart, and who still hold out in absolute denial of everything around them in the fervent obsession that they will be released from their bodies and taken to heaven in the second coming of Christ while the rest of us face certain horror and destruction.

America, in its evangelical fervor, is one of the greatest threats to global security and the long term survival of earth’s inhabitants as long as religion and the extreme right dictate resistance to acceptance of proven scientific fact, and continue to push American policy backwards in time. Right now, as we speak, everything from the American economy to progressive civil rights for ALL Americans, as well as the welfare of our environment and the future of our global security are held hostage by a right wing congressional electorate. All this to pander to a small minded, ignorant populace who cling to religion and reject that which is scientifically sound and the key to our global survival. So goes America, so goes the world.

there IS some progress, though, as seen in the 2012 election, and surveys/polls showing a growing rejection of the above-stated dogma and denialism. the key question here: is it too late, of WILL it be too late, to make significant change that can turn back the damage done before it’s surpassed the point of no return?

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