I keenly remember reports the day in 1993 when terrorists burst through the doors during worship and lobbed grenades into pews at Saint James Church in Cape Town. Before the smoke cleared they began to machine gun survivors, pew by pew. A friend of mine surprised the gang who had expected a turkey shoot in a “gun-free” zone. He got off his knees, pulled out his .38 revolver, shot back, and the scumbags ran for their lives. Had he not fought back there would have been more than 11 worshippers killed and 58 wounded.
An interview of Jesse Hughes, lead singer of the death metal band Eagles of Death, brought me to think about the similarities between his experiences and those at Saint James. You see, last year, right before the Paris Climate talks, another bunch of thugs rounded out their night’s activities by storming Le Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris where Eagles of Death were playing.
Hughes had just begun his song Kiss the Devil, with the words ‘I met the Devil and this is his song’ when the explosions began. In the end there were 90 slaughtered by Jihadis and hundreds maimed.
In a shockingly candid interview Hughes talks about his experiences of that night. Read it, if you must, but be warned that there is much in the interview that is graphic and unpleasant.
One of the more interesting revelations, from my perspective, is that Hughes is a climate realist. When the interviewer says, “You never see bad guys in movies who are Arab terrorists. It’s always Germans or French … ,” Hughes interjects. He says, “Or conservative Christian rednecks. They’re apparently what’s wrong with everything in the world now, including global warming. What about the other ice age we went through? There were no Christian Republicans back then. What caused that meltdown?”
He makes the point that by now it should be well-known, but it is not. Though the start and end dates are fuzzy, the Little Ice Age (LIA) has been conventionally defined as an interval extending from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. In other words, all the scientific data suggest that there has been global warming for hundreds of years to the present.
Computer models of climate insist that warming of the Earth since 1900 has been driven solely by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and will continue as long as carbon dioxide levels rise. But, as Hughes understands, the warming has been going on much longer than our lifetimes.
Hughes appreciates that the furor about human caused global warming appears to be mainly hot air. The reason is that while CO2 emissions have accelerated global warming has stalled. There has been no warming for almost two decades.
Global warming is supposed to be the end of the world. Hughes suggested that the constant brainwashing results in a culture without the ability to discriminate between truth and fiction, and without the will to live. When the bullets began to fly, he says, “I knew right then and there it was going to be bad. I knew these kids had no idea what was coming. None. They’d never heard a gunshot in real life and it hit them so hard.”
“I remember,” said Hughes, “a woman just standing with her hands up in a surrender pose. The terrorist finally saw her and all she did was go, ‘No, no, no.’ She surrendered to death in front of my very eyes. I was yelling at her, ‘HEY!’ and I don’t think she could hear me. She was so terrified, I think she’d already given up.”
What did the ravers at Le Bataclan think? If anything like average they, the “anxious generation,” were up to that moment more concerned about global warming than death. They have been so conditioned from kindergarten to tremble over fantasies that they are unable to deal with the nightmares of reality.
If only someone had shot back.
Part of the irony is that Hughes, a rocker singing the devil’s song, gets it. He understands that political correctness is leading us into all kinds of danger.
What is common between a church at worship, Muslim extremists, and nihilist rockers? They have in common a spiritual need to know their lives are bigger than sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. They need to meet their maker before it is too late, for he will wipe every tear.
This article was originally published on CNSNEWS.