Sunday, December 10, 2006
Environmentalism is a Religion.
(This Post First Ran in
February of 2006!)
Environmentalism is a Religion.
Freedom to worship as you please is one of the hallmarks of, and rights guaranteed to, the citizens of the United States.
The Pilgrims came to the New World not to guarantee freedom of religion. No, they came to guarantee that THEY could worship, as THEY saw fit… not, necessarily, anyone else.
So we have a hodge-podge of religions is America. Some are uplifting and others are just plain goofy.
One of the discoveries, made by anthropologists, is that the human animal will, somehow, create a religion where none existed before. It seems the human animal must have belief in something that gives meaning to his, or her, existence.
In this century, and the last, so many have turned from the worship of a Supreme Being, we call God, to what we used to call “paganism”… the worship of nature, or the environment, or… more specifically… Environmentalism.
Yes, Environmentalism has become a religion. Well, actually, it always was, it has just come back into favor in the past 100 years, or so.
One thing I want to set straight before continuing… nature is not God. It is my belief that GOD created nature. Now, we can continue.
Many so-called atheists are worshippers of nature, or the environment. If one worships it… it is your god. Seems to me, those atheists are not true atheists. They DO have a god; only it is a pagan god, the environment.
Michael Crichton, in his “Environmentalism as Religion” remarks, made before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco in 2003, summed it all up.
See Crichton’s remarks here:
It is important to understand that, for the most part, those who would worship nature have never really experienced it.
Want to go camping? Out comes the insect spray, the mosquito netting, the snakebite kit, the calamine lotion, sunscreen, and on and on. The urban environmentalist tends to think of nature as something with which man can live in harmony. So far, that has never happened … in the history of mankind. Animals eat other animals to stay alive. Then, of course, we humans, at the top of the food chain, eat the animals which ate the, you know, smaller animals.
The weather is a constant threat to humans. The harmony of nature and man is a myth. It has never been so. If you want to learn about nature, talk to a farmer, or a hunter. They know about nature. Most people don’t.
Most of us live in an insular world. We have created an oasis away from nature. Occasionally, we think we want to commune with nature so we take a road trip or a camping trip… and we take as much of our amenities, right along with us, as we can cram in the SUV. If we actually come into contact with nature, it is by accident.
Man has always been at odds with nature. Nature is unforgiving. It will kill you in a split second.
So, the environmental religionists are calling for us to repent. We are doomed as a result of pollution, global warming, running out of oil, the whole list of tribulations the faithful are so sure are coming.
They have been wrong, so many times. Remember the ice age, which was to begin in the 1970’s? Where is it? Sorta like the nut pacing the sidewalk with his “Repent, the world is coming to an end” sign. When the world doesn’t end, he changes the date and keeps on pacing. The environmentalist simply changes the reason the world is coming to an end, and they keep on preaching doom and gloom.
You see, as with all religions, the environmentalist bases all these horrible things on faith. Yes, faith in his belief. He believes he is correct. It is his faith, his religion, and he will not be shaken.
So, we have all the preachers of the Church of Environmentalism, preaching at us non-stop. They preach fear. They preach gloom and doom. They preach forsaking progress and returning to the days when man lived in harmony with nature, even though no such period ever existed in the history of mankind.
As a believer in one God, the Creator, I cannot buy into their religion. I believe that this planet, this ecosystem, if you will, was given to man, as his home, by the Creator. We are charged with being good stewards of our home. But, when we take such good care of it that we come to worship it, we have sinned and fallen short. And that, Dear Reader, is wrong!
To protect our home we need to use hard science, not some knee jerk reactionism. We need to rely upon our common sense. To think that man, himself, can destroy the earth is laughable. It is the height of arrogance. The earth can wipe humankind out in a moment, in the blinking of an eye. Like a dog shaking it’s wet coat and flinging water droplets hither and thither, the earth could rid itself of it’s temporary visitors at anytime.
No, it’s time for clear thinking people to step back and take a serious look at the claims the fundamentalist preachers of environmentalism are making. Check the science, not the pop science, but hard science. There is where their claims will be proven, or disproven and hopefully discarded.
In the meantime, for those who profess to believe in nature’s God, the scriptures tell us that man cannot serve two masters. You cannot subscribe to the faith of environmentalism and maintain your faith in the God of, and the creator of, nature. You will serve one and forsake the other. Which will it be?