Strange Green Bedfellows

GreenIn Christian circles it is en vogue to be green.

It won’t be long before the first Bible with a low carbon footprint is on the market. And more and more churches are considering ways that they can lower their churches energy loads with LED and other low wattage uses. For that, I celebrate. I think churches should be on the cutting edge of technology and limiting waste.

And yet, this pull towards all things green brings with it some odd bedfellows. While green may be hip, it still carries the same baggage from the far left. You know, the types that throw paint on fur coat wearing ladies in New York City, the people who chase fishing boats with Greenpeace ships, the type who blow up cars at dealerships just to prove a point, the type that fight the building of a life-saving overpass in order to protect a rare sponge, and the type that take to trees to protect trees and call trespassing in the name of the tree OK.

As Christians sort out how to be both green and redeemed, they have a whole new slough of stuff to sort through. Enter Toni Vernelli.

Toni chose to have a child aborted and was later sterilized to save the environment.  That’s right… she murdered an unborn human being in the name of green.

While some might think it strange to celebrate the reversal of nature and denial of motherhood, Toni relishes her decision with an almost religious zeal.

“Having children is selfish. It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet,” says Toni, 35.

“Every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases, and adds to the problem of over-population.”

While most parents view their children as the ultimate miracle of nature, Toni seems to see them as a sinister threat to the future. Story

Let’s call this what it is. This lady is deranged. Her logic isn’t logical. It makes no difference what epistemology you run it through… she is messed up. This is why I think there should be a deliniation somewhere between “practical green” and “radical green.”

See, I’m all in favor of encouraging people to buy better cars and turn off lights. I’m even in favor of making it easy and giving people tax credits to swap light bulbs and put in more efficient heating/cooling systems. I’m even in favor of people getting solar systems and wind power and whatever else we can do to lessen our dependency on fossil fuels in favor of more sustainable energy sources. I’m in favor of all that. These are practical green things. But I stand against radical antisocial behavior.

So I ask my Christian friends. How far into “green” is far enough? And how do we delimit the radicals in order to keep the good in being green? 





2 responses to “Strange Green Bedfellows”

  1. Mykel Avatar

    Yes, I’m all for shutting off lights and recycling. But lets face it, the Earth is dying. Has been since the beginning of time. Its no excuse to abuse it and we do need to be good stewards of our planet but the earth was created for us not the other way around.

  2. Todd Porter Avatar

    I think we as Christ-followers need to go as far as the Bible tells us to go. Obviously this lady went way beyond that. But I think the first step is to actually get the Church to think green in the first place. I don’t think enough churches are doing this.

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