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December 04, 2003



We've discussed the absurdity of thinking that entertainers (Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand...) are foreign policy experts and environmental scientists. Michael Crichton is the author of The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun and The Lost World. Can we agree with him even though he's no expert on religion or environmentalism? I guess anyone who risks being added to the Hollywood blacklist with James Woods, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson and Tom Selic can't be THAT bad! Let's just hope there's no criticism from the left. That would create an atmosphere of "intimidation" and "censorship" that would "send a chill" through free speech rights (thanks to Tim Robbins for the scary quotes).

Nothing Crichton said was original or insightful. RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH WEEKLY #406 debunked the environmentalism is relegion garbage back in 1994, wich should give you some idea of how old it is.

MYTH No. 9: Environmentalists essentially practice pagan tree worship. Environmentalists are disconnected from what's important to people. They're anti-God and anti-American.

FACT: This argument is based in as little truth as the absurd McCarthy-era witch hunts of the 1950s with suspected "communists" lurking behind every door. Today, more than 80 percent of Americans consider themselves "environmentalists," and
conservation is as patriotic as motherhood and apple pie. The conservation ethic has its foundation in Judeo-Christian
faiths. The Book of Genesis tells of God giving humankind dominion over his creation. Those who suggest destroying natural resources destroy not only God's gift, but the resources
essential to the survival of humankind.

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