Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day--A Day of Worship or Hypocrisy?

We published a blog about another botched abortion at an Everett, Washington Planned Parenthood abortion center in March. "Abortion in Washington" found out yesterday afternoon that the patient was a 16 year old girl. You will recall, Rep. Matt Shea introduced a parental notification bill during this session. The Democratic chair person of the committee refused to give it a hearing. Such a notification law could have helped this child.

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Denis Hayes rose to prominence in 1970 as the coordinator for the first "Earth Day" and in 1999 was Time Magazine's "Hero Of The Planet".

Hayes was raised in Camas, Washington, and has an impressive bio, including serving as president of the Bullitt Foundation, named for the family that once owned KING 5 TV and other broadcast properties around the Northwest.

"Earth Day," with which Hayes is still closely connected, claims to be celebrated in 180 countries.

I will not speculate on Hayes' motive, although "Earth Day" is only 41 years old, its roots go back to ancient pagan times.

Anyone who has studied the global environmental movement has heard the term "Gaia".

Gaia is a revival of paganism that rejects Christianity, considers Christianity its enemy and views the Christian faith as its only obstacle to the global religion central to Gaia worship and the unity of all life forms around the goddess of "Mother Earth".

The UN and the National Council of Churches have been extremely successful in infusing the "Green Religion" into the international government body that has increasing influence and significance in the world culture.

Gaia is essentially a redefined, modernized version of the paganism condemned in the Bible. Science, evolution theory and some in the space program have given it a new face, making it sound credible in a modern world and educators have run with its message as though it were new, but it is as old as the paganism in which it is rooted.

The idea of Earth as a living, divine spirit was referenced by Plato---"We shall affirm that the cosmos, more than anything else, resembles most closely that living Creature of which all living creatures, severally or genetically, are portion."

The modern "Gaia" hypothesis, however, is credited to James Loveland, who worked for NASA during the 1960's and beyond.

He has been widely read and accepted by those who seek an alternative to the Creator God.

Loveland's theory claims that the earth's "biota," tightly coupled with the environment, act as a single, self regulating, living system in such a way as to maintain the conditions that are suitable for life. This living system, he believed, was a result of a meteor life form that occupied our planet billions of years ago and began a process of transforming this planet into its own substance.

So, according to Lovelock and others, all life forms on this planet are part of "Gaia"---a part of one spirit goddess that sustains life on earth.

From Loveland's perspective, from space, we see not a planet, but a self evolving and self regulating living system.

He named this being "Gaia," after the Greek goddess that was once believed to have drawn the living world forth from chaos.

The Gaia movement has specifically named Christianity as the greatest obstacle to human evolution and our spiritual destiny.

A document mandated by the UN-sponsored Convention on Biological Diversity, The Global Biodiversity Assessment, says Christianity, as a faith, has set humans apart from nature and stripped nature of its sacred qualities. (Global Biodiversity Assessment, Ch. 8.1 Introduction: Concepts of the economic value of biodiversity, pp. 68,69.)

While condemning Christianity as the root of all ecological evil, the document praises Buddhism and Hinduism as good stewards of "Mother Earth."

The "Green Religion" teaches that monotheism (biblical Judeo-Christianity) has separated humans from their ancient connection to the earth and in order to reverse the trend, governments, the media, education systems, artists and all other areas of influence must help revive this earth-centered belief and reconnect us to the Earth's spirit.

Al Gore expands on this belief in his book, "Earth In The Balance." ( pp.258-259)

He praises Eastern religions and new age spiritualism, while blaming Christianity for the elimination of the ancient goddess religion and calls for a new spiritual relationship between man and earth.

Chris Moody, writing for the Daily Caller and highlighting the national Episcopal Church writes,
"Two of the world's holiest religious holidays are set to fall on April 22 this year---Good Friday for Christians and Earth Day for environmentalists---and some religious leaders are preparing their flocks to celebrate both."

The Episcopal Church recognizes Earth Day as a religious holiday.

First Baptist Church in Seattle also recognizes it as such, with special services planned to honor it.

University Baptist, Seattle, also recognizes it.

So does the University of Washington---apparently.

The University of Washington recently sent out the following announcement:

"The Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) at the University of Washington in partnership with the Mountains and Plains Education and Research, the NWCOHS is pleased to help bring a very special exhibit to the Pacific Northwest, 'Holding Mother Earth Sacred'.

This presentation was held April 8, 9, 10 at Hec Ed Pavilion on UW campus.

It will also be held at the UW Bothell campus, May 16-27.

These kinds of religious events are being held across the state and the country in churches and in public education.

Earth Day is a religion. Certain Christian churches say it is. Leaders in the movement say it is.

The Seattle School Board has said they have a policy that does not permit promoting religion. They recently made this public statement. "We have a 'Religion and Religious Accommodation' policy, approved by the School Board in 1983, stating that 'no religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the school district or its employees, and none should be disparaged.'"

Why then, are they promoting Earth Day, when its founders say it is a religious day and some Christian churches say it is a religious day and history says it is a religious day?

Is it ignorance or hypocrisy?

Is there a lawyer who will step up and raise this issue?

And why are some Christian churches in the tank with the religion of Gaia or Earth Day?

I'll talk about that tomorrow. I also want to show you a video of a group of college age kids participating in a worship/repentance/therapy service in the forest. It is both stunning and heartbreaking.

God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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13 comments:

  1. I'm going to spread this post as far and wide as I can, because any reasonable person will see how far from mainstream reality you are.

    And by all means, please bring on a lawsuit against the public schools for celebrating earth day. I can't wait to see coverage of that all over the media.

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  2. Earth Day is a RELIGION?!

    What's surprising is not what your logic says about Earth Day, but what it says about Christianity. In order to make your point, you reduce the importance, reach, and impact of your religion (Christianity) to the level of Earth Day as a religious force.

    Is Christianity's status as a religion really on par with Earth Day's, so much so that a comparison can be made in the courts?

    Good luck bringing this issue up ... I'd love front row tickets to this one.

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  3. Oh,my. Gary's logic about Earth Day is pretty clear to me. He is merely making the point that many people believe it is a spiritual or religious matter. If "status" is the criteria, then Christianity should be perfered over all other religions, because I believe it is the biggest.
    I have read his posts for a long time. Even a cursory glance at what he writes would tell you he does not believe any other religion is more important than Christianity.
    The point he makes is valid in my mind. Its not about which he thinks is the biggest or most important, that's settled in his mind. He is talking about whether or not Earth Day has a religious component.
    He thinks it does and I agree. He is calling out the hypocrisy of public schools and government banning trees and eggs calling them Christian, while being emerged in Earth Day celebrations, when in fact it is a religion to some. I'm thinking you might be trying to miss the point.

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  4. 10:53 I hope you do spread this blog far and wide. Earth worship is more prevelant than you might think. Believing the earth is a living organism is not as mainstream as you may think. Thax Gary.

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  5. @1:52

    I see nothing in Gary's blog comparing the relative sizes of Christianity and the so-called Earth Day "religion." He's making the point the two are comparable, and if public institutions can celebrate Earth Day, they should be free to celebrate Christianity, too. I'm thinking you may be trying to miss the point.

    My point stands: It's ludicrous to argue Christianity is nothing more than a 20th century holiday tied to the environmental movement.

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  6. If one day which has it's roots in humanism is given attention (promoted?) by the school system, shouldn't religious days also be given the same amount of attention without disparaging them if their purpose is good?

    I looked up the word disparage in my dictionary, and it explains that to disparage is an attempt to lower in esteem as by insinuation, invidious comparison, faint praise, etc.

    Maybe we should ask ourselves if the school system is attempting
    to lower religious days, or religion by their actions? That would be disparaging, would it not? If lowering the esteem of religion or religious days (such as Christianity, or Good Friday) by insinuation (which it seems to me their actions indeed do no matter how they form the words of their policy) through their giving more attention to other days, activities, systems of belief or conduct, then are they not in violation of their own pretended policy?

    If while they seek to build something, they tear down what they build, are they not a transgressor?

    There is no doubt hypocrisy in what they say and do. It confuses the mind and that does not promote a good learning environment. How can one learn if there is so much confusion in the air? It scrambles the brain. It's destructive to all that is truly good.

    If I was a student there and saw or heard anything promoting
    Earth Day, I need not say anything negative about it but rather
    simply promote Good Friday and explain the significance of it, and if I am prohibited from doing so, I could tell them they are in violation of their policy of not disparaging religion. I could ask them to make the correction, and ask them to please not do so again in the future.

    If the school system decided it will not promote anything from the Bible (which is not possible to perform for everything good is from God and is in the scripture somewhere) it may do so, and though such a decision is without virtue,
    they should let the students promote the Bible and religion and decide to not disparage such in any way.

    This in one for the lawyers alright.

    They are proving to us something that we all should be able to see, that without God all is lost. Everything of value goes away when we do not rightly esteem God.

    Without God there is nothing but darkness. Without God there is confusion and every evil work. Without God there is no light. When they disparage him by whatever means, they become less able to do what is right or good.

    We should learn by this that man lowers his esteem in the eyes of his neighbors whenever he in any way disparages God.

    Am I discrimiating against such a school system unfairly by exciting ill will, being invidious because of how I say there is something very wrong in what they do? I think not. I wish them the best and hope they go in a better direction. I want them to find what is best and do better for the good of all people involved.

    Though ministering to these things isn't always an easy thing to do, isn't that what all Christians really want? So often we seem to lack the skills in ministering to these kind of things, yet God is our help and he is there to help us in time of need.
    If we look to him he will guide us as we walk through places where we can not see what is going on. He will not leave us in dark valleys. (Psalm 23)

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  7. Basicly what the school system is saying is that they don't want God. They say so because they don't know him.

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  8. The food we eat, the air that we breath and the water that we drink
    comes from the earth. So why the rant against those that want to
    keep the our food ,air and water clean?

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  9. Ralph, it's a waste of time and money. The second coming will be soon and Jesus will make things new again. Plus, man is too insignificant to be able to really hurt God's creation.

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  10. I think a good school policy about religion on campus or grounds might be something that would include encouraging students to exercise their constitutionaly protected rights such as freedom of speech, and the practice of their religion.

    If any student would like a room after normal school hours to meet in for prayer, reading of the scriptures, singing worship songs to the Lord, encouraging one another in walking in a more worthy manner in life, giving testimony, or other good religious activity, I should think the school system should be something to be counted on to be there for those students at least as much as for other activites such as drama clubs, sports, debates, and such.

    Why should a thing that the constitution protects be any different?

    If students abuse their rights concerning religious activites then the school should be able to address those matters.

    People in the school system should think of themselves as educators if what they do affect the students in some kind of learning capacity.

    A policy such as neither support or disparage such things is rather lame isn't it? It seems to me that educators need to go to a higher level.

    I think they should adopt a policy of dealing with trouble in school by encouraging students to go to that one first in private, and if his cause is good and just in his sight and he is still being treated unfairly in his opionion, then he should
    take with him one or two other students after explaining his cause, and they should be willing to hear both sides of any matter, doing for one part the same as for the other part, without special favor, benefits, or hypocrisy.

    They should be willing to explain why they think an action is wrong, and be willing to verify if some actions were done that may have been said to have been done, and if indeed it appears that something was done wrong to another that may be the cause of some present distress, they may make a plea of mercy on the behalf of the one mistreated whoever that may be at the time.

    Students should be encouraged to walk through things with one another, doing justice and judgment, along with mercy and truth as their guide.

    The virtues they should be seeking while doing such work for one another in the fear of God (in prudence and good sense, if you prefer) should be kindness, patience, love, goodness, faith,
    and other such good things which are of God (or are things we all should approve of, if you prefer).

    I should think that good educators should be able to do these things and teach the students how to make good use of their constitutional rights, if for no other reason, because Constituion Day shouldn't be something that contains education about the constitution for just one day in the school year only, that is to say that Constitution Day shouldn't be the only day in which education concerning the things of the constitution is given or received.

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  11. 4:58

    So, if Muslim kids want such a room after normal school hours you'd be cool with that? What about pagans? Or devil worshipers? It's all religion.

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  12. The world belongs to God. Do you think God is "cool" with all that goes on in it?

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  13. 7:23am

    I don't believe in god so there's really no answer to your question.

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