The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 April 2007

Quote of the week

Kathy Shaidle, in a column Our Sunday Visitor couldn't bring itself to run:

Did your children celebrate Lenin's birthday in school last week?

Don't answer "no" right away.

The first Earth Day "teach-in" was celebrated on April 22, 1970, to protest the Vietnam War, pollution, and littering — and to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of history's most notorious villains.

As the father of communism, the deaths of tens of millions of people can be laid at that Soviet dictator's doorstep. That now forgotten fact about Earth Day's origins should place your child's sudden enthusiasm for recycling, saving the panda bears and energy efficient light bulbs in a new, well, light.

Like the Marxist philosophy that inspired it, today's environmental movement has become, for its most ardent proponents, an ersatz religion. As Joseph Brean recently observed, "in its myths of the Fall and the Apocalypse, its saints and heretics, its iconography and tithing, its reliance on prophecy, even its schisms — the green movement now exhibits the same psychology of compliance as religion."

And some of the same pathologies on its fringes, I'd add.

The good thing about this, of course, is that there's a legitimate argument for Separation of Environmentalism and State.

Addendum, 21 April: If we're going to have Earth Day commentaries — and, let's face it, we are — I recommend this one.

Posted at 7:52 AM to QOTW


I find it ridiculous those who are part-time skeptics, such as those who are critical of religion but blindly accept "environmentalism" (and vice versa).

Posted by: Dwight at 10:44 AM on 20 April 2007

Doesn't matter what day you pick, some despot or devil was born THAT day sometime in history.

Posted by: Dan B at 7:08 AM on 21 April 2007