have often noted, the most dynamic and influential religion of the past hundred
years has not been Christianity, let alone Judaism, the two religions that
created the Western world. Nor has it been Islam. It has been Leftism.
has influenced the literary, academic, media, and, therefore, the political
elite far more than any other religion has. It has taken over Western schools
from elementary through graduate.
most of that time, various incarnations of Marxism have been the dominant
expressions, and motivators, of Leftism: specifically, income redistribution,
material equality, and socialism. They are still powerful aspects of the Left,
but with the downfall of most Communist regimes, other left-wing expressions
have generated even more passion: first feminism and then environmentalism.
comes close to environmentalism in generating left-wing enthusiasm. It is the
religion of our time. For the Left, the earth has supplanted patriotism. This
was largely inevitable in Europe, given its contempt for nationalism since the
end of World War I and even more so since World War II. But it is now true for
the elites (almost all of whose members are leftists) in America as well.
was most graphically displayed by the infamous Time magazine cover of April 21, 2008, which altered the most
iconic photograph in American history — Joe Rosenthal’s picture of the Marines
planting the flag on Iwo Jima. Instead of the American flag, the Time cover
depicted the Marines planting a tree. The caption on the cover read, “How to
Win the War on Global Warming.” In other words, just as German and Japanese
Fascism was the enemy in World War II, global warming is the enemy today. And
instead of allegiance to the nation’s flag, now our allegiance must be to
the antithesis of the Judeo-Christian view of the world that has dominated
Western civilization for all of the West’s history. The Judeo-Christian
worldview is that man is at the center of the universe; nature was therefore
created for man. Nature has no intrinsic worth other than man’s appreciation
and moral use of it.
of nature was the pagan worldview, a worship that the Hebrew Bible was meant to
destroy. The messages of the Creation story in Genesis were that:
created nature. God is not in nature, and nature is not God. Nature is nothing
more than His handiwork. Therefore, it is He, not nature, that is to be
worshipped. The pagan world held nature in esteem; its gods were gods of nature
(they were not above nature).
Nature cannot be worshipped because nature is amoral, whereas God is moral.
of creation had one purpose: the final creation, the human being.
the demise of the biblical religions that have provided the American people
with their core values since the country’s inception, we are reverting to the
pagan worldview. Trees and animals are venerated, while man is simply one more
animal in the ecosystem. And he is largely a hindrance, not an asset.
February 20, a pit bull attacked a four-year-old boy, Kevin Vicente, leaving
the boy with a broken eye socket and a broken jaw. Kevin will have to undergo
months, perhaps years, of reconstructive surgeries. A Facebook page was set up
to raise funds. But it wasn’t set up for Kevin. It was set up for the dog. The
“Save Mickey” page garnered more than 70,000 “likes” and raised more than
enough money to provide legal help to prevent the dog from being euthanized.
There were even candlelight vigils and a YouTube plea for the dog.
nonprofit legal group defending Mickey is the Lexus Project. According to CBS
News, “the same group fought earlier this year for the life of a dog that
fatally mauled a toddler in Nevada.”
the trend: Nature over man.
why environmentalists oppose the Keystone pipeline: Nature over man. The
pipeline will provide work for thousands of people, and it will greatly
increase the energy independence of Canada and the United States. But to the
true believers who make up much of the environmentalist movement, none of that
matters — just as they didn’t care about the millions of Africans who died of
malaria as a result of the environmentalists’ successful efforts to ban DDT.
the fathers of environmentalism is John Lovelock, the scientist who originated
the Gaia hypothesis of the earth as a single living organism. Sunday, a writer
for The Guardianreported that
Lovelock now has a few criticisms of the movement he helped start: “Talking
about the environmental movement, Lovelock says: ‘It’s become a religion, and
religions don’t worry too much about facts.’” Some of us wonder if the latest
IPCC report doesn’t worry too much about facts.
also told the interviewer “that he had been too certain about the rate of global
warming in his past book . . . that fracking and nuclear power should power the
UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.”
K. Chesterton prophesied over a hundred years ago: “When people stop believing
in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”