Dittoheads, having been thoroughly thrashed on every rational, scientific, and practical front in their war on the environment, are now turning to theology, in a last ditch effort to keep people from embracing the principles of conservation and sustainability. Most recently, they are attacking Nancy Pelosi for repeatedly stating that the principles of environmentalism are found in the Bible, most recently at an Earth Day celebration:
The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship, and that to ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children’s children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature.
What is the dittohead interpretation of god’s word in relation to environmentalism? Let’s check with NYT best-selling author Ann Coulter:
God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.”
Funny that no dittoheads would bother to check with the good book itself, which reads in Genesis 2:15:
Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (New King James Version)
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (King James Version)
And Jehovah God taketh the man, and causeth him to rest in the garden of Eden, to serve it, and to keep it. (Young’s Literal Translation)
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work the ground and care for it. (New Life Version)
The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. (Contemporary English Version)
In fact Deuteronomy has numerous environmental mandates, and answersingenesis.org even argues that Earth Day is at odds with Evolutionary theory and only bible-fearing Christians have a true reason to support environmentalism.
70 percent of evangelicals, including Mike Huckabee interpret the bible as supporting environmentalism, and there are even organizations, like the Evangelical Environmental Network, which find an environmentalist message in the bible. It’s not just the bible people either; lot’s of religions believe in environmentalism.
Environmentalism is an issue religious and secular can unite on whole-heartedly, even reaching across political boundaries. Who would’ve thought we’d ever see these two together?
Compare this with this satire of the dittohead position (HT TGAW), as we saw with the Coulter quote, it’s not far off: