“But Religion”

A fringe move in the Climateball Bingo. Related to #ButBias. Every single activity can look like one. All one needs are symbols, institutions, and rituals.

The efficacy of the move rests on the idea that religion is suboptimal or that religiosity is extraneous to the human experience.

Examples

One Religion Is Enough.

(The Honorable John)

If the IPCC is dogma, then count me in as a heretic {1}.

(Judge Judy)

Objections and Replies

(Belief) Talk of belief shows it’s a religious test around the Climate Cult—
Alternatively, belief expresses an attitude we have regarding stuff.

(Civilization) I must make a last stand to save Western Civilization—
Try not to create a Crusade 5.0 while you do, shiny Armored One.

(Cult) Climate scientists form a cult—
Pray tell more about the true science you presume.

(Dogma) The science has been overtaken by dogma—
Citation needed.

(Likeness) The AGW war has all the overtones of a religious war.
From the hammer perspective, everything looks like a nail. From MC Hammer’s perspective, nothing can be touched. From all the hammers perspectives I know, everything is a nail one can’t touch {2}.

(Prophet) What about this prophet of doom—
You’re begging #ButCAGW.

(Unproven) The terrible beauty of essentially unprovable religious beliefs—
You mean, like the speed of light?

Notes

{1} Censorship. One variant of #ButReligion hints at censorship or mobbing: Salem, heresy, Luther, etc. The most famous form is of course #ButGalileo.

{2} Everything. There’s little easier than to compare something one does not like to a religion, at least when one hasn’t done any kind of religious studies. Everything is like a religion except religion, which is like a language game.

{} Manicheanism. The square can be used to whine about confrontation: blasphemy, creed, heresy, holiness, persecution, stigma, etc.

{} Millenarism. The square can appeal to #ButPredictions, e.g. prophecy, doom, etc.

{} Spychology. The square can offers a mind probe: bigotry, cult, dogma, fundamentalism, mass hysteria, zealotry, etc.

{} Toleration. The religious vocabulary has seeped in common usage: pontification, ex cathedra, etc.