by Phillip D. Collins ©, Apr. 11, 2007
In a recent address to the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C., Czech President Vaclav Klaus declared, “Environmentalism is a religion. It does not belong in the natural sciences and is more connected with social science” (Mooney, no pagination). According to Klaus, this religion is purely a statist one designed to enthrone policy professionals that hope to “rule from above” (no pagination). Klaus asserted that this religion worked in tandem with “multi-culturalism,” “internationalism,” “social democratism,” and other fashionable ideologies to accelerate the global tectonic shift towards “supranationalism” (no pagination). These contentions seem to be reinforced by the admonitions of one of the environmentalist movement’s leading ideologues: Albert Gore.
A cursory perusal of Gore’s Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit reveals the religious character of environmentalism. Replete with inherently religious terms like “heretical,” “moral,” and “spirit,” Gore’s book virtually qualifies as a sacred text. However, the religion that Gore espouses is hardly amicable to Christianity. Gore assails Christianity for the purported suppression of the “goddess religion,” which he contends provided humanity with a “spiritual sense of our place in nature” (260). According to Gore, those who think otherwise hold “heretical” beliefs (258).