Happy Earth Day… and Lenin Day

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Question: What do Earth Day and Vladimir Lenin’s birthday have in common? Answer: they both reoccur every year on April 22. Coincidence?

How about this? The first Earth Day took place April 22, 1970. The centennial of Lenin’s birth took place April 22, 1970. Needless to say, the Lenin centenary was a huge deal to the communist movement, which goes bonkers over dates and memorials to its icons.

Here are more striking similarities: Vladimir Lenin and the communist and environmental movements all remonstrated against capitalism, profits, corporations, industry, free markets, the West.

Here’s another: When the communist movement imploded in the late 1980s, many of its disciples just happened to join… yep, you guessed it: the environmental movement.

Let’s back up and start from the beginning.

‘The Green-ethic’ – – an assault on human life and freedom

Christian anthropology holds as a starting point that God created man in his own image and likeness, that he endowed him with freedom and intelligence, and that he appointed him steward over the rest of physical creation. Being so constituted, human beings are able to know the difference between good and evil and to choose between them. The dignity of human beings lies in their ability to choose the good, and the institutions and laws of society should assist them in doing so. In consequence of this, the human person is the subject of inalienable human rights and corresponding duties. First among those rights is the right to life itself. This right to life of all innocent human beings must be guaranteed by law since it is inherent in the nature of the human person and not conferred by society.

Singer underpins his ethical system with an atheistic anthropology in which he asserts that there is no significant difference between human beings and animals. He asserts: “I don’t believe in the existence of God, so I also reject the idea that each human being is a creature of God. It’s as simple as that.

In line with this, he accuses “the Judaeo-Christian tradition” of having “an unjustifiable bias in favour of human beings qua human beings” (Peter Singer, Writings On An Ethical Life, London: Fourth Estate, 2000, p.320). He adds: “[T]he fact that animals are not members of our species is, in itself, no more morally relevant than the fact that a human being is not a member of my race or not a member of my sex” (ibid. p.326).

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Is the “Green Movement” a biblical sign of the end?

Revelation 9:1-12
(1)  And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet: and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth. And there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.
(2)  And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.
(3)  And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

(4)  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.

(5)  And it was given unto them that they should not kill them: but that they should torment them five months. And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.
(6)  And in those days, men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall desire to die: and death shall fly from them.
(7)  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. And on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men.
(8)  And they had hair as the hair of women: and their teeth were as lions.
(9)  And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron: and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.
(10)  And they had tails like to scorpions: and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men, five months. And they had over them
(11)  A king, the angel of the bottomless pit (whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon, in Latin Exterminans).
(12)  One woe is past: and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.