ENVIRONMENTALISM: THE RELIGION FOR AN ECO-THEOCRATIC SUPERSTATE?
In a recent address to the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C., Czech President Vaclav Klaus declared, "Environmentalism is a religion. It does not belong in the natural sciences and is more connected with social science" (Mooney, no pagination). According to Klaus, this religion is purely a statist one designed to enthrone policy professionals that hope to �rule from above� (no pagination). Klaus asserted that this religion worked in tandem with �multi-culturalism,� �internationalism,� �social democratism,� and other fashionable ideologies to accelerate the global tectonic shift towards �supranationalism� (no pagination). These contentions seem to be reinforced by the admonitions of one of the environmentalist movement�s leading ideologues: Albert Gore.
A cursory perusal of Gore�s Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit reveals the religious character of environmentalism. Replete with inherently religious terms like �heretical,� �moral,� and �spirit,� Gore�s book virtually qualifies as a sacred text. However, the religion that Gore espouses is hardly amicable to Christianity. Gore assails Christianity for the purported suppression of the �goddess religion,� which he contends provided humanity with a "spiritual sense of our place in nature" (260). According to Gore, those who think otherwise hold �heretical� beliefs (258).
Gore claims to be a Baptist (244). However, almost every assertion that he presents represents a departure from traditional Christian theological precepts. For instance, Gore re-conceptualizes the Godhead as God, nature, and man (255). Rejecting man�s universal position as imago viva Dei, Gore declares: "We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment ... Man is organic with the world" (21). Gore also expresses the belief that the totality of human intellect is �detached� from man and constitutes a �new disembodied mind� (251-52). This �new disembodied mind,� Gore contends, possesses absolute omniscence and can �observe the movement of matter everywhere� (251-52). Such ideas are nothing new. Gore�s monistic Weltanschauung is merely the latest incarnation of the belief in an emergent deity within the immanent cosmos. W. Warren Wagar explains:
The �faith of progress itself� was also one of the defining pillars of the anti-Christian Enlightenment. This anthropocentric religion, which reached its nadir with the bloody French Revolution, venerated progress as the product of man�s apotheosized Reason. Goeringer elaborates upon the Enlightenment view of progress:
Not surprisingly, the Enlightenment also venerated nature. Goeringer states:
Of course, there are some crucial distinctions to be made. The Enlightenment�s view of nature was not as overtly spiritual as Gore�s, although many Enlightenment thinkers did view the decoding of nature�s secrets as analogous to divine revelation. Moreover, while Gore promotes a doctrine of emergent deity, his religion seems to eschew progress in favor of an anti-indutrial, agrarian feudalism. Thus, modern day Enlightenment proponents like the Randian Objectivists clash violently with Gore�s environmentalism. These distinctions aside, there are some ideational commonalities that share an overall aversion for Christianity.
Gore vision is purely global in scope, as is evidenced by his proposed �Global Marshall Plan.� This hypothetical policy would stipulate the formation of a �trust fund� to generate revenue for environmentally sound products (349-50). The money for this fund would be confiscated from offenders of �mother earth,� namely those segments of industry that are guilty of increasing carbon dioxide emissions (34-50). Further delineating his framework for an eco-theocratic state, Gore proposes a form of universal education that will �monitor the entire earth� (357). Gore�s hypothetical state would also mandate �an annual tree census� (357).
the supranational character of Gore proposed social and political
machinations, the claims of Vaclav Klaus certainly gain more credibility.
In his address to the CATO Institute, Klaus specifically identified
world�s gradual migration towards global governance as a threat to
liberty everywhere (Mooney, no pagination). Klaus contended that environmentalism
was providing the ersatz religion for gradually developing superstate
(no pagination). If he is correct, then Gore qualifies as the high
priest of the emergent world theocracy. Gore�s film, An Inconvenient
Truth, enjoyed an international audience and won an academy award
at the Oscars. Evidently, the evangel of the new ecclesiastical authority
is spreading. Heretics, beware.
Goeringer, Conrad. "The
Enlightenment, Freemasonry, and the Illuminati." American Atheists
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Phillip D. Collins acted as the editor for The Hidden Face of Terrorism. He has also written articles for Paranoia Magazine, MKzine, NewsWithViews, B.I.P.E.D.: The Official Website of Darwinian Dissent, the ACL Report, Namaste Magazine, and Conspiracy Archive. In 1999, he earned an Associate degree of Arts and Science. In 2006, he earned a bachelors degree with a major in communication studies and a minor in philosophy. During the course of his seven-year college career, Phillip has studied philosophy, religion, and classic literature.
He has recently completed a newly expanded and revised edition of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship (ISBN 1-4196-3932-3), which is available at Amazon.com. He is also currently co-authoring a collection of short stories, poetry, and prose entitled Expansive Thoughts. It will be available late Fall of 2006.
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Gore vision is purely global in scope, as is evidenced by his proposed �Global Marshall Plan.� This hypothetical policy would stipulate the formation of a �trust fund� to generate revenue for environmentally sound products