It’s true. This is pretzel logic at its finest. Here’s the direct quote from Der Popenfuhrer:
Experiencing the shared responsibility for creation (Cf. 51), the Church is not only committed to the promotion of the defense of the earth, of water and of air, given by the Creator to everyone, but above all is committed to protect man from the destruction of himself. In fact, “when ‘human ecology’ is respected in society, environmental ecology also benefits” (ibid). Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where is existence is denied? If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the “final authority,” and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.
Is this political aggrandizing or just plain delusion? It’s hard to tell, isn’t it? The Pope is saying rather unequivocally that lacking belief in god turns people into egotistical destroyers of the environment. I find this accusation puzzling on a number of layers. First, we know what causes people to be conspicuous consumers. I wrote about it here. Conspicuous consumption is a demonstrable effect of the math underpinning natural selection. Second, I did a relatively thorough web search looking for Christian Environmental Organizations. I looked briefly through the seventeen hits I got that looked remotely like they might be what I was looking for. It appears that only a couple, like Christian Ecology Link, actually fit the bill as genuinely Christian environmental protection organizations. Their activities include especially effective activities, like this one: Oct 4th is to be a Day of Prayer about Climate Change.
When I searched for non-affiliated environmental organizations, I quickly realized that if I checked all the websites as I did the Christian ones, I’d be here until the rising sea covers New Orleans. There are thousands. Maybe tens of thousands. Furthermore, after a little perusing, it became clear to me that the secular organizations are saying pretty much the same thing as the Christian ones. Lots of stuff about saving rainforests and reducing energy consumption.
I looked at the Greenpeace website, and could find no information about Jesus, but I did learn that the organization was formed in 1971 — almost 40 years ago. The Christian Ecology Link was formed in 1981, a decade later, and it’s the oldest organization I can find.
Surely these web searches aren’t conclusive, but I’m shocked to see so many organizations from all countries and continents when True Environmentalism™ is only possible through the one true savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pardon my indelicacy Mr. Representative of All That’s Holy on Earth, but shove it up your ass. Stop portraying us atheists as horrible people. Some of the world’s most active environmentalists are atheists. Most of the scientists working on the problem of Global Warming worldwide are not Christians. The United States, the most singularly Christian modern nation on earth, is the most wasteful nation on earth.
First you want to take credit for inventing science. Then suddenly you’re sort of ok with this whole evolution thing. Then you want to steal environmentalism for yourself?
If the Church does deserve recognition for a particular achievement, it should be this: You get the gold medal for opposing science until it becomes overwhelmingly obvious that it’s true, then trying to say you invented it in the first place. You are first rate theives.