Environmentalism and Religion

cartoon caveman iceage endingIt’s Wisconsin in the spring, so when someone tells you that the planet is warming up and that global warming is real, you just have to take it on faith. Nothing in your own experience could tell you that it’s getting hotter every year. And there’s no way for you to find out for yourself. You can’t possibly amass enough data to personally verify the existence of global warming. You just have to believe. It’s what we’re all told. Just believe it.

More than just believe it, though. Change your ways. Your carbon footprint is a selfish reflection of your ego. If human beings don’t turn from their wicked ways, bad things will happen. You remember Hurricane Sandy? We brought that on ourselves. Selfish, greedy humans are ignoring the very earth that gave them life. If we don’t change our ways, we will all be doomed to a tragic end.

Does anyone notice the parallels between religion and environmentalism? The similarities are striking. These four points, for example, apply to both:
1. Love and fear your creator.
2. Go and make believers of all nations.
3. Unbelievers are blinded by their own selfishness and will not listen to proof.
4. We must convince the world to change its behavior or we will all be doomed.

Any religion begins with the notion that we must love and fear our creator. And that is exactly what we get from environmentalists. Their love for Mother Earth is matched only by their constant fear that some horrible natural disaster is on the horizon.

Next, any religion worthy of the name has an element of proselytizing to it. “Go and make disciples of all nations,” Jesus told his disciples. That was sort of like Al Gore’s ability to get every science teacher to show “An Inconvenient Truth” in their classroom, or the way that National Geographic magazine is no longer about geography, but only about proving global warming.

Then there is the most frustrating reaction to all that religious fervor ‚Äì the way that unbelievers persist in not believing despite the most obvious proofs. Environmentalists are still getting used to this affront, but Christians have been dealing with it for millennia. The miracles attending Christianity are too numerous to mention. Aquinas’ five proofs for God cannot be logically refuted. The sun danced at Fatima in the middle of a downpour and thousands of people and hundreds of television cameras were there to record it. Yet, people still don’t become Christians. We know how those global warming scientists feel.

Then comes the ugly part. We get to that moment when people won’t listen to truth ‚Äì so you force them to change their ways. This was the Spanish Inquisition, right? And it’s at the heart of the battle over abortion. One side says “Don’t force your beliefs on me.” The other says, “But it’s not just a belief, it’s a fact.”

As environmentalism becomes the new religion, one can already begin to see it warming up to its own inquisition. People won’t believe, so we’ll make them change. Watch your carbon footprint, or they will watch it for you. What kind of light bulbs did you buy? Did you really need that SUV? Are you still using chemicals on your lawn?