MIT meteorology professor emeritus, Richard Lindzen, recently described the New-Word-Order dogma on climate science as a cult.

From such a distinguished source, the claim is damaging to the elite program to shame the public for their enjoyment of cars, air travel, oil-based plastics, and products of mechanized agriculture, aka food, thus preparing them for the sharply reduced standard of living that is planned for them in the very near future.

But in a  long letter to the Editor of Science magazine, the chief publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Todd I. Pittinsky, a professor in Technology and Society at Stonybrook University negates the impact of Lindzen’s argument by the simple expedient of asserting that, yes, the pronouncements of “science” are, like the dictates of the Pope, to be accepted by the public not on the basis of publicly debatable evidence, but purely as a matter of faith.

Under the title: America’s Crisis of Faith in Science, here’s how the Pittinsky,  addresses the issue:

Fifty-three percent of Americans are not convinced that human activity is causing global warming (1). Why? The issue is faith, not facts. … We cannot see climate change with our own eyes, yet we have faith in the scientific method. That is what gives science the right to an authoritative voice in public policy. … The real challenge for scientists and those who speak for them is to inspire the public’s faith in science.

So there it is, science as the universal American religion.

For a useful antidote to such bunk, here’s Fred Reed on Can Scientists Think?