Today I stumbled on a perfect illustration: Resisting the Green Dragon.
"A Biblical Response to One of the Greatest Deceptions of our DayThe reality is that atmospheric scientists, the ones who actually do the science, have almost nothing to gain personally from their discoveries. They're just doing science because they love it and it's a living.
Without a doubt one of the greatest threats to society and the church today is the multifaceted environmentalist movement. ... Environmentalism has become a new religion ... devastating to the world's poor ... threatens the sanctity of life ... Resisting the Green Dragon takes its cue from James 4:7 ... Learn how the Bible powerfully confronts environmental fears and how – in God's wise design – people and nature can thrive together.
But greendragon.com's introductory video claims environmentalism is trying to put the entire world under its "destructive control." They believe global warming is a massive conspiracy of fear mongering designed to put scientists in charge of the world and to replace God with a new pagan Earth-worship. They seriously claim that there is no global warming, the environment is fine, and that overpopulation isn't a problem.
Worst of all, they believe God has a plan and won't let us destroy the Earth.
It's almost like they think we're little kids learning to ride a bike, with God running alongside to catch us if we lose our balance. We can use and abuse the Earth as we please, and God will take care of us.
This is why religion is dangerous. It teaches people to be irrational, to ignore scientific evidence, and to hope for miracles that will never come. If these people were in charge, we really would destroy the Earth's environment. Luckily they're not in charge.
But they aren't powerless. Their well-crafted propaganda is available on DVDs, and the influence of groups like greendragon.com is a serious impediment to solving the world's problems. These guys are the enemy of civilization.
"But wait," you say, "those guys are a bunch of nutjobs. You're painting all religions with a single brush! Most Christians, Jews and Muslims are more sensible. Don't lump us all in with these extremists!"
And it's true. I shouldn't paint all religious people with one brush. I know that some of the most committed environmentalists are deeply religious. I know that many churches teach that it's an affront to God to damage His world. And yet...
The simple fact is that religion teaches people, starting in childhood, that they must believe ancient myths that just don't make sense. It teaches that there is a magical father-figure God who will answer prayers and fix things. It teaches that the Bible is divinely inspired, when anyone can see that it is full of errors, contradictions, immorality and acts of genocide. It terrifies people with false threats of Hell and false promises of Heaven. And worst of all, it teaches that when faith and reason collide, you should listen to your heart, not your head. It teaches that prayer and faith are better than common sense and logic.
The "nutjob" extremists who are behind greendragon.com aren't really all that different from your average Lutheran, Jew, or Catholic. They've just taken their religion to its logical extreme.
That's why I say that ALL religion has to take some of the blame for greendragon.com. Religion fosters a culture that holds intellect and reason in contempt and glorifies obedience, servitude and blind faith. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that a cult like greendragon.com could take root and thrive in such a culture.