On nearly every calendar Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is denoted as “Earth Day," putting it into the same category as “Presidents' Day” or “Independence Day.” Indeed, some consider it the most holy of secular celebrations, the culmination of more than four decades of indoctrination of the theme that it’s moral to force people to go green.
In a burst of excessive enthusiasm, Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist icon and agreeable participant in several marriages as well as romantic relationships with other women, once wrote:
Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.
Earth Day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way ... by using the vernal Equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making the length of night and day equal in all parts of the Earth.
Unfortunately for Mead, the vernal Equinox actually occurred this year on March 20, showing vividly her confusion not only about astronomy but also about religion, science, and the proper role of government.
The original founder of Earth Day was an unprepossessing soul, John McConnell, who was also a Christian who took his religion seriously. His faith taught him that believers had a responsibility to take care of the Earth as stewards, and he often quoted from Psalm 115:16: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”
In October, 1969 he proposed a global holiday to celebrate the Earth at the national UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, perhaps not realizing that his idea would be coopted by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who turned the idea into a movement to promote his environmental agenda. Once he realized that his idea had been seized by internationalists, McConnell quickly distanced himself from them, noting in particular that “John McConnell is not associated with ... self-proclaimed Earthday founder Senator Gaylord Nelson.”
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