It’s Not Man-Made Climate Change, It’s The End Times!

According to large numbers of rich white folks, severe weather shows God is angry with somebody.

CHICAGO (Reuters) – 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 poll released on Thursday.

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.

Of course, what those same rich white folks are thinking as they contemplate those end times is “I’m alright, Jack”.


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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • You should be cautious of the jump to “rich” white folks. Unless things have really shifted around since the last time I ran the trends down, the Evangelicals are likely to be the poorer segment compared to Mainline Protestants.

    • Pew with the numbers:

      What is the income distribution of members of evangelical Protestant churches?

      34% Less than $30,000
      24% $30,000-$49,999
      18% $50,000-$74,999
      11% $75,000-$99,999
      13% $100,000+

      What is the income distribution of members of mainline Protestant churches?

      25% Less than $30,000
      21% $30,000-$49,999
      18% $50,000-$74,999
      15% $75,000-$99,999
      21% $100,000+

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