Judaism, Christianity, Environmentalism

As I 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.

Leftism has influenced the literary, academic, media, and, therefore, the political elite far more than any other religion. It has taken over Western schools from elementary through graduate.

For 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.

Nothing 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 on the left) in America as well.

This was most graphically displayed by the infamous Time magazine cover of April 21, 2008 that 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 nature.

This is 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.

Worship 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:

1) God 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 (not above nature).

2) Nature cannot be worshipped because nature is amoral, whereas God is moral.

3) All of creation had one purpose: the final creation, the human being.

With the demise of the biblical religions that have provided the American people with their core values since their 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 largely a hindrance, not an asset.

On February 20, a pit bull attacked a 4-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 additional 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 over 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 video plea for the dog.

The non-profit 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.”

This is the trend. Nature over man.

This is why environmentalists oppose the Keystone pipeline. Nature over man. The pipeline will provide work for thousands of people and it will enable Canada and the United States to increasingly break away from dependence on other countries for their energy needs. 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 those environmentalists’ efforts to ban DDT.

One of the fathers of the green movement is James Lovelock, the scientist who originated the Gaia hypothesis of the earth as a single living organism. This past Sunday, the British newspaper, the Guardian, reported that, “Talking about the environmental movement, Lovelock says: ‘It’s become a religion, and religions don’t worry too much about facts.'”

He 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 wind farms.”

As G.K. Chesterton prophesied over a hundred years ago: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”

Now it’s the environment.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, “Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph,” was published April 24, 2013 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.


  • Uncle Dave

    Published in 2006, “Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health!” by John Beralu Starts with the banning of DDT and goes on to discribe much of what Dennis Prager is talking about.
    From http://www.BN.com:
    Tree-huggers may actually be squeezing the life out of the environment.
    In a book that is alternately alarming, enlightening, ironic, and entertaining, award-winning journalist John Berlau explores the myriad ways in which shortsighted environmentalism actually endangers trees, wildlife, and people. In chapter after chapter, Berlau debunks myths and libels about:
    global warming and climate change the dangers of pesticides like DDT trees and pollution fuel economy and the auto industry the threat posed by asbestos the lifesaving role of dams and levees plans to “rewild” America. Mother Nature is not a gentle person, and Berlau’s pointed reporting reveals the very real dangers to people and their environments when Eco-Freaks prevent us from restraining her.
    Save the Planet . . . and Ourselves
    In Eco-Freaks, award-winning journalist John Berlau provides a much needed and startling exposé about how the environmental movement with its radical, shortsighted eco-activists has actually helped amplify the dangers of natural disasters and destroyed the lives and property of millions of Americans.
    As Berlau writes, “America . . . is still mighty prosperous, but environmentalism is putting us on the brink of danger as well. As technology after technology that our grandparents put in place is being banned, and new technologies never even come to market, we risk a public-health disaster. Environmentalists have promoted all sorts of doomsday scenarios about population explosions and massive cancer crises from pesticides that have been shown to be false. But now, because we have done away with so many useful products based on those scares, we are in danger of an old-fashion doomsday returning, because we’ve lost what protected us from the wrath of nature. Indeed, as we will see throughout this book, public health hazards caused by environmental policies are already on the scene.”

  • Brian Stover

    I stopped subscribing to National Geographic magazine because I grew weary of its implicit premise that mankind was the problem for everything.

    It makes me feel good that my action is saving the trees that would have been used to provide the paper for my subscription.

    Chalk up another gain for the planet!

  • Bob Olden

    It’s interesting that, while leftism is like a religion, it seems to have plenty of dogma but not much “theology”. Theology is the rigorous compilation of thought and argument to bolster the ideas about the system of worship and the supreme object of worship. In Christian theology, this includes serious scrutiny of Scripture and consideration of many opposing views. It is hard work. But leftism is lazy. It grasps at anything that supports its general premise without regard to flimsiness or contradiction. And since there is no ethical basis, it can be argued without regard to truth, fairness, or honesty.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Unlike the well established , civilizing, and tried in the fire (so to speak) of the Judeo-Christian ethic, environmentalist’s lacked their own. Thus was born “deep ecology”. An ethic for right living in the future in total harmony with nature. Well at least for a lucky few. And I do mean few. “Deep ecology” is explicit about it’s rejecting of the Judeo-Christian ethic, with it’s “utilitarian” philosophy. (utilitarian means it serves humanity first). As well it explicity puts human life on par with other eco systems. Implicit in this ethic, is it becomes moral to defend eco sytems, even if it means humans must die, (or be killed). Spend some time digging around “Green Party” websites who’ve adopted this ethic, and you’ll soon find planet earth, is really only suitable for around 500 million people. That is some 6 BILLION people have to leave. Have you ever wondered WHY all evironmental solutions seem to want to take us back to the stone age? It’s not because “stone age” living is their plan, (they plan to live with high technology) it’s because they hope to see most of the 6 BILLION perish along the way. Stone age living simply can NOT support our curent population. While once “deep ecology” played no POLITICAL role, that is no longer true. “Green Parties” (by and large) have adopted this ethic. While the “Green party” has little influence (yet) in the U.S., in Europe it’s ascending rapidly. In Canada the last Federal election saw them poll 6%. And they have elected their first (Canadian) Federal and Provincial (Provincial is like State) legislators. While the ethic is not a religion in and of itself, folks who look into the ethic often find it’s supporters rife with worshippers of Gaia (the earth Goddess) An ethic that explicitly rejects utilitarian philosophical underpinnings, backed by religious ferver, could be a heck of a lot more dangerous for humanity, than any global warming ever could.