Friday is also Earth Day, in which adherents, instead of worshiping God, worship the Earth. Any Christian church that observes the 2011 Earth Day at any point this weekend is committing what the Catholics would call a "grave sin," not to mention violating the first of the Ten Commandments.
You might be able to tell that I am not a fan of the environmental movement. (As if I'm going to say anything positive about the environment after Tuesday's thundersnowsleethail.) The original goals of preserving the natural environment (see Roosevelt, Theodore) and not wasting natural resources has metastasized into bigger government, scientific bias, the opposite of free enterprise, and shunning those who dare question the followers of Gaia. Environmentalists will stick their noses in your business in such areas as whether or not you have children, your distance from home to work, your transportation choices (driving: bad; mass transit: good), and even your menu choices (meat: bad).
(For a related week-long view, go to IowaHawk.)
Ed Morrissey nicely sums up what's wrong with Earth Day:
Before you assume that I blithely waste natural resources: My car, purchased used, gets 25 to 27 mpg. Our house, also purchased used, is approximately one-sixth the size of Al Gore's house. If you think our having three children makes us despoilers of the planet, send me an email and I will tell you exactly where you can go. (For those who believe people are the worst thing for the planet, I suggest you improve the environment yourself by committing suicide.)
I've always been amused by publications that try to demonstrate how green they are. What is the largest single component of your local landfill? Paper. You think printing presses run on solar power? And what about the semis that get newsprint or coated paper to the press, and then after printing, gets the publications to the post office, where copies are delivered via semi or, worse, airplane, to their readers?
Author P.J. O'Rourke has the funniest and yet most prescient observation about the greenies: "Worshiping the earth is more fun than going to church. It's also closer. We can just step off the sidewalk. And sometimes we can get impressionable members of the opposite sex to perform sacramental rites with us. 'Every drop of water wasted is a drop less of a wild and scenic river, Jennifer. We'd better double up in the shower.'"
Virtue Online reposted a FrontPage Magazine story that demonstrates the religious left's confusion over what they're supposed to be worshiping, with an added misreading of the Bible:
Of course, American "extravagance" provides sustenance to tens of millions of previously poor people globally whose millennia of chronic poverty were finally broken by the growth of international markets. And far more millions around the world, especially the poor, depend on "extractive industries" for their survival. Livingston's "prayer" did not explain how anybody would be "lifted out of poverty" absent the growing markets and extractive industries that fuel global economic growth. The Religious Left prefers its own grim, Malthusian myths that assume the poor can only hope for continued gruel ladled out by Big Government, domestically and internationally.
Exploiting Lent and Easter, which are chiefly about Christian hope and triumph, to perpetuate the Religious Left's depressing, redistributionist, statist assumptions seems odd.
O'Rourke also pointed out that we are able to afford an environmental move because of our prosperity. The Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc tried mightily during the Cold War to economically outperform the West, but failed while simultaneously turning eastern Europe into a giant toxic waste dump.
Not surprisingly, the news media, which generally fails to understand religion anyway, prefers Gaia over God as well, reports NewsBusters:
"And on this Earth Day we told you about the plastic lying around the earth," Sawyer said on "World News." "Well what if you could take it and turn it into an answered prayer for some children? One woman did just that. It's the American heart."
None of this justifies despoiling the environment. God gave us humans dominion over the Earth, which also gives us the responsibility of stewardship of the earth. But the number of times the environmentalist movement has gotten things wrong -- Paul Ehrlich's dreams of environmental ruin due to overpopulation, or the confusion over which kills more, DDT or malaria (correct answer: the latter) -- should make one skeptical about predictions of global warming, 30 years after predictions of an imminent Ice Age. And it takes quite a level of arrogance to assume that man is more powerful over God's creation than God.
I can guarantee you which of the two holidays will be observed in the People's Republic of Madison this weekend. (As a HotAir blogger pointed out, Earth Day is also Vladimir Lenin's birthday.)