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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2011 Gary Hardaway
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By:  Gary Hardaway

How does this idea from an “Earth Day” editorial strike you? “We need to start . . . recognizing that nature has inherent rights.” Historically, our civilization, especially in the United States Constitution, has recognized that humans have rights. And, because animals can suffer, we acknowledge that abusing an animal is not one of those rights but a cruel wrong.


Now, we are told, “nature,” – whatever that is – has a kind of personhood, similar to sensate beings. Nature has needs, feelings, interests, and, we soon discover, political concerns. Ah yes, concerns that require political advocates who will craft laws serving its interests.


The writers, of course, know what’s best for nature and us. First, the United Nations must adopt a “Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth,” – “a companion piece to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Then, “this declaration would be backed by enforceable laws around the world.” Whoa! Say what? Let’s take a breath and think a little.


Suddenly we’re not talking about recycling, conserving electricity, or producing more efficient vehicles. We’re talking about imposing a religion on humanity. All must believe in a deity named “Mother Earth.” Our Blessed “Mother,” evidently must be the source of our life, the womb from which we have come, and the provider of our food, water, heat, and light. We have sinned by not recognizing her bounty and grace. We must repent and atone for our deeds.


But, since we are hard-hearted, we must be forced to our knees – “enforceable laws around the world.” A global religion requires a One-World Government. Only then will every knee bow to Mother Earth and every tongue confess that she is the One who blesses and provides.  Are you ready to have your religion handed to you at the point of a gun?


The authors of the piece cite various examples of cities and a few countries where nature’s rights have been legislated into being. The recipe seems to call for heaping quantities of Marxism, stirred vigorously. Otherwise the totalitarianism doesn’t quite rise to the required level of intense enforceability.


But perhaps I exaggerate. Maybe this is all harmless speculation. However, the authors themselves let us know what’s good for us. “Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. The earth, and all its inhabitants, urgently needs this to be one of those times.”


If you’re willing to adopt the religion and church of Mother Earth, accept a totalitarian world government, and meekly conform to a collectivized society, we must part company.


My faith starts with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” “Mother Earth” does not exist. The stunning and glorious blessings of “nature” flow freely because of the Creator’s magnificent design and generosity.


Moreover, the Creator designed us for freedom, not slavery. We are uniquely endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are not serfs to be controlled but citizens to be respected.


If some day, we are all herded into the same pen for reeducation, I’ll be the student who has to be shot. It’s OK. There’s a resurrection coming that will wipe away all tears. All who question nature worship might check that out, while you’re still free .


Gary Hardaway is a freelance writer who lives in Lynden. He has taught in universities in the USA, Canada, and Lithuania. He holds a PH.D. in foundations of education.

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