The new, green re­li­gion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

For two decades now, politi­cians, pseudo-sci­en­tists and the me­dia have made a con­certed ef­fort to per­suade us that the big­gest threat to mankind comes from man-made, cat­a­strophic global warm­ing re­sult­ing from a pre­cip­i­tous in­crease in car­bon diox­ide in the at­mos­phere.

Are you afraid yet? I’m not afraid of car­bon diox­ide, a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring gas vi­tal to all life on planet Earth.

But I am afraid that, de­spite the ob­vi­ous hoax de­signed to con­vince Amer­i­cans to give up their lib­er­ties and trans­fer their wealth to oth­ers, so many are will­ing to go along with the danger­ous, well-or­ches­trated cha­rade.

What is it that makes peo­ple so will­ing to give up their free­dom and fol­low leaders like lem­mings headed to their doom? It’s hard to say — ma­nip­u­la­tion, co­er­cion, pro­pa­ganda, prom­ises of se­cu­rity, a de­pen­dency mind­set, stu­pid­ity, weak­ness of char­ac­ter. They all play a role.

But I want to in­tro­duce an­other fac­tor — lack of faith in God. I raise this pos­si­bil­ity in light of a truly as­ton­ish­ing ar­ti­cle in the Fi­nan­cial Post two weeks ago that ex­plained where this carbo-pho­bia ul­ti­mately leads.

The an­swer, of course, for any­one who thinks ahead, is pop­u­la­tion con­trol. When peo­ple’s value be­gins to be mea­sured by the size of their car­bon foot­print, the only real so­lu­tion to the phony cri­sis is a rad­i­cal re­duc­tion in the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

How would that be achieved? Diane Fran­cis tells us in no un­cer­tain terms: “A plan­e­tary law, such as China’s one-child pol­icy, is the only way to re­verse the dis­as­trous global birthrate cur­rently, which is 1 mil­lion births ev­ery four days.”

Just to un­der­line the point, she writes: “Iron­i­cally, China, de­spite its dirty coal plants, is the world’s leader in terms of fash­ion­ing pol­icy to com­bat en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, thanks to its one-child-only edict.”

That item wasn’t on the agenda in Copen­hagen (or Car­bon­hagen, as I have dubbed it), but it will in­evitably be the fo­cal point of fu­ture global con­ven­tions of this kind. The truth is ev­ery hu­man be­ing ex­hales more car­bon diox­ide than he or she in­hales. We all rep­re­sent a threat to the planet by this def­i­ni­tion alone.

What took place in Car­bon­hagen clearly sets the stage for the big­gest killing fields in the his­tory of mankind — the big­gest holo­caust. Few are com­ing right out and say­ing it just yet, but, in­evitably, if man­made car­bon diox­ide is the prob­lem, the fi­nal so­lu­tion is the re­duc­tion of hu­man be­ings.

Noth­ing else will work, writes Fran­cis, “un­less a onechild pol­icy is im­posed. Un­for­tu­nately, there are pow­er­ful op­po­nents. Leaders of the world’s big fun­da­men­tal­ist re­li­gions preach in fa­vor of pro­cre­ation and fiercely op­pose birth con­trol.”

Ob­vi­ously, Fran­cis is not a per­son of faith — nor does she be­lieve they are ra­tio­nal peo­ple. Maybe the best place to start with pop­u­la­tion re­duc­tion, there­fore, is with those pesky be­liev­ers.

It’s true that many peo­ple of faith, es­pe­cially the JudeoChris­tian va­ri­ety, ac­tu­ally value hu­man life be­cause they be­lieve peo­ple are made in the im­age of God. If you don’t be­lieve that, there is lit­tle rea­son to pro­tect hu­man life — other than self­p­reser­va­tion.

This en­vi­ron­men­tal fa­nati- cism, of course, is sim­ply a dif­fer­ent kind of fun­da­men­tal­ist re­li­gion. It’s one that doesn’t re­quire good sci­ence. It’s one that dis­misses de­bate. It’s one whose apolo­get­ics are prac­ticed by some of the planet’s most pow­er­ful peo­ple.

Per­son­ally, I think it’s a lot safer to wor­ship the one true God of the uni­verse than it is to wor­ship Mother Earth. God’s in­struc­tions to mankind were to be fruit­ful and mul­ti­ply.

The earth worshippers — at least some of them — per­ceive their god to be telling them to re­duce the pop­u­la­tion at all costs be­cause they are just pro­duc­ing too much car­bon diox­ide.

Tell me which god makes more sense to you? Tell me which one seems more threat­en­ing?

Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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