Yes, asserts John
McMahonMcAdams, a one-man wrecking crew to MU's reputation, in yet another risible post:
The key thing here is that environmentalists, and indeed the left generally, are secular. They don’t believe in God, and don’t like religion.
But not believing in God doesn’t change the fact that people have a deep desire to feel righteous, to feel clean and redeemed and right with God -- or with something equivalent to God.
Environmentalists fulfil this need with environmentalism, and like the least tolerant religious people want to cleanse the world of unrighteousness. They want heresy stifled. They want goodness and virtue to prevail -- by force if necessary.
For an example of wanting to feel "right with God -- or with something equivalent to God," the Brawler points you to these paragraphs (Brawler's bold).
Equally worrying is the ecological question which accompanies the problem of consumerism and which is closely connected to it. In his desire to have and to enjoy rather than to be and to grow, man consumes the resources of the earth and his own life in an excessive and disordered way. At the root of the senseless destruction of the natural environment lies an anthropological error, which unfortunately is widespread in our day. Man, who discovers his capacity to transform and in a certain sense create the world through his own work, forgets that this is always based on God's prior and original gift of the things that are. Man thinks that he can make arbitrary use of the earth, subjecting it without restraint to his will, as though it did not have its own requisites and a prior God-given purpose, which man can indeed develop but must not betray. Instead of carrying out his role as a co-operator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature, which is more tyrannized than governed by him.76
In all this, one notes first the poverty or narrowness of man's outlook, motivated as he is by a desire to possess things rather than to relate them to the truth, and lacking that disinterested, unselfish and aesthetic attitude that is born of wonder in the presence of being and of the beauty which enables one to see in visible things the message of the invisible God who created them. In this regard, humanity today must be conscious of its duties and obligations towards future generations.
Were these words taken from Sierra Club agitprop or the Unabomber manifesto?
Actually, they're the words of Pope John Paul II, from the Centesimus Annus, a papal encyclical that McAdams
McMahon has namechecked but apparently never read.
Not for the first time,
McMahonMcAdams, who apparently believes he has telepathic powers, demonstrates a knack for fatuous projection rather than thought.
The Brawler adopted some of the above verbiage from his comrade in anonymity Illusory Tenant, who also makes sport of Herr Doktor McAdams.