Protests get weird as the religious in Poland show up to demonstrate against environmentalists. It’s almost enough to make me turn into a tree hugger!
The above photo from the Gazeta Wyborcza agency shows the religious from the town of Augustow counter-protesting Greenpeace and other environmentalists (below) who want to stop the planned highway through the nature spot of Rospuda Valley.
The Polish government, which much to the annoyance of the EU, had supported the bypass around Augustow (where residents complain that increased traffic has killed many people) backed down last week and ordered a referendum in the town to decide the issue.
The EU, Greenpeace, etc say that the referendum cannot be a higher law than the EU. Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?
Cue the clash of protestors – tree huggers versus cross huggers.
That the religious right has suddenly taken economic progress to their heart has to be welcomed, but this is unusual, these days.
For instance, the religious have only been too keen to jump on the anti-GM crops bandwagon in recent years, preaching that the science of genetic engineering is trying to play God, blah, blah.
The religious don’t like stem-cell research either, because it’s ...‘playing God’ etc…
We have also seen the rise in the last few years of an unholy alliance between Environmentalism and Creationism. These green-Christians go by the name of 'Creation carers', and are gaining strength in the US.
Creationists say that environmental degradation is the same as spiritual degradation. They point to bits of the Bible – of course. For instance, Isaiah 24:5, reads:
"The earth also is defiled (polluted) under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."
If the spirituality of Man is damaged then the environment will wreak its revenge. This bit of the Bible from Jeremiah 16:18 sounds very much like a modern day environmentalist. Both warn that ‘nature’ will fight back against the excesses of humanity:
"I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols."
So listen up, yee religious of Poland! Get back to your natural friends, the environmentalists: both of you hate progress.
And leave the anti-Green protesting to us Humanists!