I was dumbfounded when I read Robert H. Nelson’s article (TNT, 4-19) claiming environmentalism is a religion. Such twisted reasoning from one who purports to be an academic.
The Oxford English Dictionary (the authority on English) defines religion as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods …” But Nelson says belief in the supernatural is not necessary. Just belief – beliefs like rivers catching fire, wholesale contamination of our environment with pesticides to the point of eradicating birds, and air pollution causing respiratory disease are not desirable.
These beliefs …