Green fundamentalism

By Joseph Farah

Somehow, I thought Sept. 11 might put an end to the witch-hunt against so-called “right-wing fundamentalism.”

One of the reasons the very real threat of Islamic terrorism was obscured through the 1990s was due to the focus on the unreal threat of “right-wing fundamentalism.”

Today we know, thanks to the reporting of WorldNetDaily, that the FBI throughout the 1990s was obsessed with “right-wing fundamentalism.” Whenever there was an attack – like the Oklahoma City bombing – the assumption was made that it was the work of these home-grown militia types. Evidence to the contrary was ignored. Evidence supporting this misguided theory was manufactured and invented when it didn’t exist.

Somehow, I have never shared the anxiety of the FBI and those who directed it, especially during the Clinton administration. In fact, I think it is high time Americans started paying attention to a different threat – the growing power of “green fundamentalism.” What is “green fundamentalism”? You’ve never heard the term, you say? Of course not. That’s the point. If you had heard about it, it wouldn’t pose nearly the threat it does to America today.

What is “green fundamentalism” and how does it manifest itself in America’s political system today? How else can one explain the way politicians are compromising and subverting our constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in favor of the singularly religious idea of protecting even the most obscure plant or animal?

In many cases, thanks to the influence of “green fundamentalism,” so-called crimes against the environment are today taken more seriously than crimes against humanity. While violent repeat felons walk the streets and prey on people in our inner cities, a Florida man was locked up for years for dumping a small truckload of builder’s sand on a remote piece of private property designated as a so-called wetland. While convicted killers profit from their notoriety, a California farmer had his tractor seized, his property idled and his livelihood threatened after he inadvertently ran over a rare breed of rat.

This isn’t common sense at work here. Instead, it has all the earmarkings of a fanatical new religion – a new morality. What’s emerging is a whole new value system, a completely new way of looking at the world. Its name is – or should be – left-wing fundamentalism.

A few years ago, with the California Desert Protection Act, we turned over a land mass roughly the size of the state of Maryland to the federal government to protect barren wilderness. “Green fundamentalists” wanted to ensure that California’s deserts remain deserts. Throughout the course of human history until that point, we have used our know-how and technology to make the deserts bloom. Now, these green religious fanatics are imposing a new morality on us – a morality that insists that the deserts must remain just as they are.

Worse yet, these zealots are using the power of the state to force their will on the rest of us. The high priests of this new religion see the state as their savior. And the state, always willing to assume greater power, is only too eager to take the cue.

What exactly is “green fundamentalism’s” creed? It holds to be self-evident the untruth that there is no difference between a child, a tree and a rock. In fact, depending on the stage of the child’s development, the tree and the rock may warrant more legal protection.

“Green fundamentalists” seek to keep man out of any area that is not already developed. How far has this raw fanaticism gone? In the name of protecting the forests from man, federal managers have established vast “eco-systems” where Homo sapiens is not permitted to enter, even to put out a fire if it was started naturally. Do you see the religious aspect of this new value system? A forest fire is bad if it is started by man. If it is started by lightning, however, it’s OK – let it burn. Make no mistake, this is not about conservation. It’s about Earth worship.

But this brand of pagan fundamentalism has other doctrines, too. Don’t discriminate between good behavior and bad. Don’t make people feel bad about their self-defeating lifestyle choices. Don’t teach children right from wrong. Nobody knows when life begins or ends. Compassion is measured by how much of other people’s money you are willing to spend on social programs. Bigger government means better government. It’s a religion that basically stands the Judeo-Christian tradition on its head.

As radical and extreme as this program sounds, it may be the best-kept secret in politics. Why? Because the focus has not been on pagan fundamentalism, it has been on right-wing fundamentalism.

If the FBI is going to look under beds for religious extremists, it’s time to realize they’ve been looking under the wrong beds.

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If you want to read more about the threat of Green Fundamentalism, make sure you get the October issue of Whistleblower magazine and the cover story “Green With Envy.”