1. The environmental catastrophe playing out in the Gulf of Mexico is the fault of liberals or environmentalists.
2. Saying that man is ruining the environment mocks God somehow, because really only God can do that.
3. When a rich man gives away his money to charity he is helping to destroy the middle class.
4. The moratorium on offshore drilling is doing more harm than the BP oil spill.
These are just a few of the assertions I’ve heard on the ever dependable right-wing nut Christian fundamentalist radio over the last 24 hours or so.
Why do I listen to it? Well, I’m kind of a captive audience, because that’s about all I can usually get on my radio, save for NPR from time to time.
As to number one. I guess the assertion is that by political pressure environmentalists (usually liberal, by definition) have at times prevented drilling too close to shore where it can be seen (I don’t know the truth to this, really). They have also prevented drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, a place that seems to be so important to the drill baby drill crowd. So as a result, the oil drillers have been pushed way out to sea (again, I don’t know the accuracy of all this).
Number two just seems to defy logic. We know at face value man can indeed do great damage to the environment. That does not mean the Holy Creator could not as well. Who knows? Maybe the oil leak is some type of sign from God that we have gone too far.
Number three is just bizarre. Rich people give away portions of their money — it’s often referred to as philanthropy — for a variety of reasons. It was said the Robber Barons of the 1890s did it partly out of guilt. Some of the rich say they just want to show their appreciation for what has been made available to them and re-invest some of their wealth back into society. I guess the wing nuts or nut who suggested it was wrong was saying that money should have been invested in the normal way, into some type of business activity that would presumably create jobs. I guess if things got too far out of hand, and too many rich people gave away too much money the whole system would go down — but really? Is that going to happen?
Number four may or may not have a kernel of truth to it if one thinks in strictly immediate and economic terms. But that’s about it. Destroying or degrading our eco system and despoiling the beauty of nature over time creates a much higher cost, at least that is how I see it.
Why I bother to comment on this I cannot say. But it seems to me that a lot of this fractured reasoning finds a lot of willing listeners who take it all in as gospel.
Heaven help us all!