The Green Movement
Lynn White Jr. - “What we do about ecology depends on our ideas of the man-nature relationship. More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one... By destroying pagan animism, Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects... The spirits in natural objects, which formerly had protected nature from man, evaporated.”
Christianity is the problem says green activists. Christianity says nature exists to serve man they say. I am afraid they are wrong on more than one front.
Christianity truly says that we are to be stewards of what we have been given. We are seen as a sort of shepherd of the earth and all that is in it. We are to cherish God’s creation and protect it and nourish it. But the difference lies in the emphasis. In Christianity, man is seen as precious. The value of man supersedes the value of nature. Not an excuse, just a priority. If a rabid dog is attacking a man, I would not shutter to shoot the dog to save the man. (Granted exceptions upon which the man is asking for it or the dog is trained to attack - for instance police dogs or military dogs - ie. attacking bad guys. That is with in common sense.)
But many activists have the opposite priority.
“The Animal’s Agenda” “For an animal right’s activist, it’s easy to become disgusted with humankind. Humans are exploiters and destroyers. Self-appointed autocrats around whom the universe seems to revolve. It’s often hard to find compassion for humans in their pain and fear as they brutalize other animals. In the face of speciesist rationalizations for animal exploitation which framed the issue in terms of animal suffering or human suffering, it’s hard not to take sides and fight for the animals.” ~Sydney Singer
“Six million people died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.” ~Ingrid Newkirk (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
“We in the green movement aspire to a cultural model in which the killing of a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of six year old children to Asian brothels.” ~Carl Emery (emphasis added) (The West German Green Party)
“The hopeful alternative extinction of one species; homo sapiens. Us. When every human makes the moral choice to live long and die out, earth will be allowed to return to its former glory. Each time one of us decides not to add another of us to the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet, another ray of hope shines through the gloom. A baby condor may not be as cute as a baby human, but we must choose to forgo one, if the others are to survive.” ~Les Knight (VHEMt - Voluntary Human Extinction Movement)
The Green agenda is a dangerous one, one that seeks to attract you with humanitarian efforts, then scare you into radical action in support of their agenda.
“For the sake of promoting the environmentalists agenda, scientists have to offer up scary scenarios, making simplified dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts we might have, cautiously deciding the right balance between being effective and being honest. I hope that means both.” ~Steven Schnider
“In the past, action usually awaited the confirmation of theory by hard evidence, now in a widening sphere of decisions, the cost of error are so exorbitant that we need to act on theory alone, which is to say on prediction alone. Scientists must disavow the certainty and precision they normally insist on. Scientists need to become connoisseurs and philosophers of uncertainty. The incurable uncertainty of our predicament far from serving to reassure us, should fill us with unease and goad us to action.” ~Jonathan Shell
We should be stewards, but we must not denigrate the sanctity of humanity in the face of misled radicals.