The Religion of Environmentalism
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Now that our President and our Secretary of State have become proselytizing converts to the new/old religion -- Paganism -- now known by the name "Environmentalism," we thought we ought to revisit our earlier comments on environmentalism as a religion. Make no mistake about it, environmentalism is, indeed, a religion, a pagan religion, granted, but a religion, nonetheless.
We all know our President is a liar. A prolific liar. A pathological liar. And now, our Secretary of State has joined the liar's club with gusto, jumping in with both feet. It would seem Mr. Kerry has a penchant for making a fool of himself, or allowing himself to be a fool of by his boss, the liar-in-chief, our President. Remember Kerry's "or else" speech on Syria? Obama's about face on that one should have reddened Kerry's face for months. In fact, a man of honor would have, I believe, resigned. nevertheless, he is still there shilling for the worst President in the history of the country.
Now the President wants to push the global warming hoax. One must remember: Our President is a Marxist. Now. Ask yourself where all the communists went when the Soviet Union collapsed? They gravitated toward their natural home, the environmental movement. The goals of the communists and the environmentalists are the same. Green on the outside and red on the inside.
It's not about saving the earth. It's about redistribution of the wealth and power for the world's leftist elite.
So with Obama's Marxist agenda in a shambles, with much of the world laughing at him as a joke, he has glommed onto the Marxist agenda of environmentalism. It's HIS natural home.
Mr. Kerry, as Obama's hand puppet, dutifully went before the cameras and microphones and made a fool of himself ... AGAIN ... with his climate change as a weapon of mass destruction, etc. speech. It came across as pure idiocy.
Get used to it. We are going to be bombarded with Global Warming hysteria over the next few months ad nauseum.
So, with that in mind let's look at the new/old pagan religion these folks will be insisting we all bow down and worship. Some will bow to the modern day golden bull. Some of us will recognize it as what it really is -- only bull.
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 in 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. It seems the human animal must have belief in something that gives meaning to his, or her, existence.
In this century, and the last, 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 worshipers 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.
“The believers in environmentalism believe and preach that we should live in unity with nature, or the environment. They believe that in the beginning we did. They believe that we are now living in sin because we have polluted the earth. We will be visited with a judgment day and the judgment will be death, for the whole planet, unless we repent, (which means to turn around and go the other way) and make our way back to sustainability. You see, in the environmentalism religion, sustainability IS salvation.” … Michael Crichton
Read Crichton’s remarks here: http://www.pe.tamu.edu/DL_Program/graduate_seminar_series/Documents/MichaelCrichton_evironmentalism.pdf
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, or as many, of our amenities as we can cram in the RV or SUV right along with us. 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? It reminds me of 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 none 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, the earth, 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?
J. D. Longstreet