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ENVIRONMENT: Are activists modern Druids?

Letter by Don Wilbur, University Place on April 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm with 14 Comments »
April 30, 2012 2:16 pm

Re: “Why was article even published?” (letter, 4-24).

The writer refuted Professor Robert H. Nelson’s contention that environmentalism and traditional religion are similar. Christianity was cited to support the professor’s argument.

Perhaps the writer is right in claiming the environmental movement cannot be equated to Christianity. Christianity deals with the spirituality of humans while environmentalists deal with the spirituality of trees, etc.

The environmentalists’ literature is loaded with references to the spiritualist feelings projected by living trees, etc. The environmentalists’ near worship of nature could easily be compared to the Druids who preached their religion in ancient Britain and elsewhere. The Druids were soothsayers who predicted gloom and doom to their followers if they deviated from the priests’ interpretation of “nature.”

Many of us believe the environmentalists have unconsciously replicated the aristocratic Druid priests and updated their religion with billions of taxpayers’ dollars to contrive “scientific research,” propaganda, frivolous regulations and projects.

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  1. aislander says:

    Ancient Germanic tribes worshiped nature and the things in it. There was a certain nostalgia for that at one time, if I recall…

  2. And don’t forget Deists who saw God in every part of His creation. Oh, that’s right, many of our founders were Deists and would be environmentalists today, because they also believed in the Enlightenment and in discovery of what is best for our nation through scientific research and exploration.

  3. RLangdon says:

    Backoff on the Anti-Druid rhetoric pal!!!

  4. I’ve attempted to explain this on this blog many times, Mr. Wilbur. Don’t ask me why there is a refusal to see the obvious “religious fervor” that exists among many environmentalists. Not only is there a spiritual component for many of them, they are inclined to preach their cause with a zeal equaled only by televangelists, right up to an including scare tactics.

  5. Aislander – many tribes and cultures (some not so ancient) worshiped natrue and the things in it.

  6. tellnolies says:

    One major difference between any religion and the environment is that the environment is inescapable, for all of us. Hindu, Christian, whatever, we all breathe air, and drink water.

    You may believe your god’s wrath, or love, or whatever, is also inescapable, but that is only your belief.

  7. sozo, “religious fervor” is a metaphor. “Environmentalism” at whatever level a person subscribes to it is not a religion. There is a huge difference in wanting to manage our resources responsibly for futute generations and worshipping trees.

    I am sure there are Druids out there. We have all kinds of belief systems. However, this letter is just another attempt to deflect from the real science of the issues. Those who use such tactics are to be pitied, because they are fighting a losing battle without any ammunition.

  8. LornaDoone says:

    I worship at the alter of the StopBurningRivers Church

  9. Frankenchrist says:

    Modern Druidism is mainly about running around in the woods naked. I’m all about that, especially if the chicks are hot.

  10. And franenchrist is the one who warns us about a “war on women.” I’m sure the irony escapes him.

    tuddo, I am in favor of being environmentally responsible and practice such responsibility in my own life. All I’m saying is that SOME people have embraced “environmentalism” with the zeal of evangelists. This is an observable fact for goodness sake. And SOME environmentalists’ convictions are rooted in religion of sorts…paganism, animism, pantheism, etc.

  11. anders_ibsen says:

    Funny, there are some who would say that environmentalism is about as Christian as you can get:

    “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.”

    Lev. 25:23-24

  12. And many Christians take the responsibility for this role of stewardship willingly. Don’t believe the media hype that would suggest Christians are against conservation and care of the planet. It’s nonsense. That said, some of us want it to be clear that we do not put our hopes in the planet, nor do we worship it as it sometimes seems that some folks do.

  13. wildcelticrose says:

    The big difference between worshiping a “god” and worshiping nature is that it can be proven that nature exists.

    On a more practical level, even a pig won’t sleep where it defecates so environmentalism is just good common sense.

    And if you believe in a creator, doesn’t it make sense to care for that creation?

  14. If that last question was directed at me rose, please read my posts again.

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