“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.”
Such was Captain Moody’s understated announcement from the cockpit of British Airways Flight 9 on 24 June 1982 in the ash clouded skies over Indonesia.
True to his word, Capt Moody and his crew began four engine restart procedures and repeated them over and over again as their stricken aircraft glided inexorably towards disaster. Finally; after 14 minutes of incredible airmanship and dogged persistence they got the engines running again and safely landed their aircraft at Jakarta International Airport.
The passengers owed their lives to the crew’s refusal to give up on what another flight crew might have considered an impossible task. Another crew might have thrown their hands in the air and accepted the inevitability of their fate with the thought that “we are in God’s hands now”, perhaps muttering “In sha’Allah” or some such.
I don’t want to fly behind any crew that is willing to abdicate their responsibility to some Mickey Mouse imaginary co-pilot at some higher altitude. I want a crew that believes in itself and in its skill to get me and my fellow passengers back on the ground.
Same goes for the planet, If you think some sky pilot is in control then get the hell back to your church, mosque, tabernacle or whatever and let those with actual knowledge get on with doing their damdest to get us all to a safe landing.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that Hollywood movies are historically inaccurate but in the interests of fairness shouldn’t the same disclaimer be appended to any publication containing unsupported accounts such as the story of Noah ?
My world view may be wrong of course, perhaps there is a God and my sarcasm is dangerously misplaced. That being the case; no one could accuse this God of not having a sense of humor. In a case of ‘epic’ irony, a screening of the film Noah was cancelled due to flooding in a cinema.
The story of Noah is also used as support to counter Climate Science. Republican congressman John Shimkus denied that climate change was happening because it says so in the bible, he said that “we shouldn’t [be] concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn’t happen again after the great flood”.
Fortunately most religious organizations agree with the science and promote the view that climate change is real and we are the cause.
A more rational view is taken by Katharine Hayhoe, a Texas based climate scientist and evangelical Christian to boot. Here: she explains what’s wrong about religious right. Muslims too are mostly on the side of science as far as climate change is concerned. [Click here for report]
[Click here] for an overview of the Climate change /Global warming controversy including references to the views of all sides.
[Click here] for an overview of Climate change denial
[Click here] and [Click here] for answers to arguments against the reality of Climate change and its causes.
Warning many of the references in these sites contain actual scientific data.