Katherine Kersten is Kinda Dumb

I know it’s not nice to call someone Dumb, but seriously, how else can one explain her writing in the Star Tribune. For example, today she goes after people who believe in God AND science:

Environmentalists have embarked on a secular crusade

“Wind turbines at Christian colleges, solar panels by church steeples and religiously inspired prairie restorations — all are fine things. Christianity and Judaism teach that human beings have an obligation to be good stewards of the natural world and its resources.

Sometimes, however, it seems something more is going on. We see it in the apparent eagerness of some “people of faith”‘ to embrace worst-case environmental scenarios. We hear it in their crusading zeal as they proselytize others, for example, to attend a screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in the church basement.

Environmental issues are complex, and often involve data that are open to different interpretations. Yet in some religious circles, if you raise a skeptical question about, say, global warming (a highly debated subject), you are spurned as if you’ve committed heresy.”

I’m going to swap out a few words from the last two paragraphs to show how canned this crap she writes really is:

Sometimes, however, it seems something more is going on. We see it in the apparent eagerness of some “people of faith”‘ to embrace worst-case religious scenarios. We hear it in their crusading zeal as they proselytize others, for example, to attend a screening of Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” in the church basement.

Religious issues are complex, and often involve data that are open to different interpretations. Yet in some religious circles, if you raise a skeptical question about, say, creationism (a highly debated subject), you are spurned as if you’ve committed heresy.

Is the reasoning behind Kersten’s column is that environmentalism it’s too hard for an average human to understand environmental science, so we shouldn’t try to be experts at such complex concepts?

Yet we should ignore this same reasoning when it’s applied to religion?

What’s particularly strange about this column is the conclusion:

There are more sensible approaches to environmental problems than the environmental gospel. Without viewing human beings as inherently wicked, or environmental problems as a righteous clash between good and evil, citizens and leaders could tackle environmental issues as public policy challenges whose solution requires a careful weighing of scientific data and the costs and benefits of various responses.

That’s an amazingly refreshing paragraph found at the end of an otherwise ridiculous column. Imagine my surprise finding that there.

Welcome, Katherine, to the real world. Now, try applying the same “sensible approaches” to religious problems.

Katherine Kersten: War Protestor

It’s great to hear that Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten once protested against an unjustifiable war. My only hope is that they returns to the frame of mind that she possessed as a freshman at Carleton College in the early 1970’s:

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“You can imagine what Carleton was like at that time,” she says. “It was certainly a political hotbed. There was a moratorium, as you might remember, which was observed across the country when the Kent State and Cambodia-related issues kind of came to the fore in the spring semester. There was a great length of period when there were no classes at all. Classes were just suspended, and people met to talk politics on [the Carleton commons].

“Paul Wellstone was a relatively new faculty member. But he of course was very, very prominent in all this.”
Being an eighteen-year-old at this point, she says, she wasn’t thinking of herself as deeply political, and certainly not as the free-market capitalist and purveyor of conservative social nostrums she would eventually become.

“Oh no. In fact, I remember writing home from Carleton,” she says, “asking that my parents send up some of my hard-earned waitress dollars so I could put it into an account for people who might need to raise bail after civil-disobedience actions. And I remember marching by the governor’s mansion.