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Eco­Paganism

By Bill Lockwood

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Jim Baum of King County, Washington tried recently to sell his dairy farm but discovered that 13 acres of his 17­acre farm were designated "wetlands." Another problem arose when he noted that his farm supposedly was home for 350 endangered species of plants and animals including "Bigfoot." King County officials say they have no idea how "Sasquatch" got on the list, but the beast must be rare since no one has ever managed to catch or kill one. Mythical creatures need government protection too (Bob Ellison in The New Mexican Cattleman).

Redefining "Life"

What is behind such draconian measures that would hand down mandates concerning private property from governmental bureaucrats? First, there is a redefining of biblical­based American values, with a specific emphasis upon the "devaluation" of human life. The Declaration of Independence set forward the notion that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would be protected from government incursion. Inclusion of this principle was due to the American Founding Fathers' biblical ideal of a God­centered world. "They celebrated the belief that human life reflected the image of the creator and that all other life forms are a gift to be used to sustain and benefit human life" (from Environmental Conservation Organization, Hollow Rock, TN 38342). "Ant God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Gen. 1:27). Regarding man's dominance over creation God said, "and let them [male and female] have dominion over the fish of the sea ... and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" (1:26) Further, man is to "subdue" the earth in his dominance over it.

From this God­centered view, society has now turned to a "biocentric" world view, denouncing the concept that man is to use the environment for his benefit.

In a generation, anthropocentrism [man­centered values] has been denounced as the cause of most of the world's problems, and life, as a value, has been redefined. The new definition of life, the first and highest value to be protected, is all life forms, of which human life is but one strand with no more value than any other life forms. This belief is described as 'biocentrism,' or 'nature­centered.'

According to this concept, the cockroach and banana­ plant has as much value and right to life as does man. Jesus "cursing" the fig­tree thus becomes criminal since it is now a violation of "Earth­first" mentality and is no less culpable than exterminating a person.

In a recent "State of the World Forum" in San Francisco, a planetary confabulation was sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation which was attended by 400 plus elite personalities from around the world including George Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Carl Sagan, John Denver, Shirley MacLaine, Ted Turner, and the heads of numerous countries (The New American, Oct. 30, 1995). In a final session philosopher/author Sam Keen summarized the consensus of the participants. He noted:

There was a very strong agreement that religious institutions have to take the primary responsibility for the 'population explosion' which is the number one crisis per the Forum. Some even suggest that we need to cut the population of the planet by 90%. How is this to be accomplished? Barbara Max Hubbard, a Forum participant proposed in her book The Book of Co­Creation, 'Out of the full spectrum of human personality, one­fourth is electing to transcend.... One fourth is destructive [and] they are defective seeds. In the past they were permitted to die 'natural death.'... Now as we approach the quantum shift from the creature­human to the co­creative human-the human who is an inheritor of god­like powers-the destructive one­fourth must be eliminated from the social body.... Fortunately, you are not responsible for this act. We are. We are in charge of God's selection process for planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.'

Billy Graham

In keeping with the new earth­religion, bear in mind the shift in the thinking of national religious figures such as Billy Graham. Graham has for a long time been as weak as water on the abortion issue, saying "no one really knows when life begins" (Flashpoint, August 1995). Regarding homosexuality, Graham opined on the Larry King Live program that these sinners are "just born that way." Later, in an interview with Cal Thomas, the conservative reporter asked Graham why he had been reluctant to speak out on abortion. Graham answered, "I think the top social issue of our time may be ecology (the environment). I think that's more dangerous ... and I'm going to start speaking out on that." This is certainly a popular notion as "ministers" begin to pander to the social issues of the day, even going so far as to "redefine" what it means to preach the gospel. I am not here suggesting that Graham ever did preach the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, but he certainly reflects the current feeling that preachers ought to be saving the environment, not saving souls, or teaching the value of human life.

The Bottom line

Lastly, the mainspring of environmental hype is to revamp not only the "Christian­oriented" foundations of America, but to replace it with a socialistic world.

Consequently, there has been an explosion of federally mandated environmental rules resulting in the confiscation, devaluation and redistribution of private property.... This is not a matter of those who favor clean air and water versus those who do not. Few of us endorse breathing dirty air or drinking filthy water. But we're confronted with a punitive regulatory system run amok" (Mark Levin, in The Daily Oklahoman, 12­15­94).

Cal Thomas observed that:

Further study and monitoring of environmental concerns is warranted, as are policies to help us deal with trash. But the United States ought not to be a part of a movement by the Third World and its political allies in this country to bring us down to their level technologically and economically. If we do, the socialists who just lost the Cold War might be able to declare victory after all (in St. Louis Dispatch, June 8, 1992).

That Thomas' fears are well­founded, consider that at the 1992 "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, Fred Smith addressed the ecological problems by an attack on the free market system of America. "The world is moving decisively toward central planning for ecological rather than economic purposes" (as reported by The New American, July 27, 1992). The eco­concerns that are currently so prominent are largely driven by religious desires to introduce a new pagan­socialism in America.


Published July 1997