Drilling in Alaska Is Biggest Religious Issue of Our Time

What political debate more than any other today tests one’s belief in God and the Bible? Reciting "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? No. The display of nativity scenes during Christmas season? Still, no. It is our drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. For this issue boils down to whether we place real human needs over the lifestyle patterns of animals, in this case, the caribou. It revolves around the fundamental biblical assertion of where God placed human in His cosmic design.

There is no question that at this immediate point in time, living, breathing people in America need oil to power their hospitals, provide feasible antidotes to cold and heat, provide the fuel for transport to work and for cooking. Not to mention how we need oil to guarantee our national defense and local safety. Today, oil makes possible a healthy and long life, often life itself. The greater the supply, the cheaper the cost. The cheaper the cost, the less people have to choose what necessaries they must do without.

Yet even with this knowledge, "fashionists" have chosen the migrating patterns of the caribou over the essential needs of human beings. Consequently, no drilling. Tough luck, humans! The implication is that animals — in fact, all of nature — is on a par with the human being. I suppose that makes sense if one subscribes to the notion that human is nothing more than an evolved entity from animal antecedents, perhaps from great granddaddy caribou himself.

But to those of us who look to the Bible, the opposite is quite clear. In Genesis, God assigns a hierarchy to human over animal, to mankind over fern and fauna. Though human is warned not to be rapacious, God makes it clear that all that He created prior to Human is to be used in the service of mankind, for mankind’s health and necessity.

Anticipating that there would be those who would bestow on all creatures an across-the-board equivalence, God numerous times warns that nature is not to be worshiped, nor assigned a position above human as if animal and plant life were gods in themselves. Man’s place in the cosmos is not simply "relative" to the environment.

We are to be, God says, stewards of our surroundings, not victims of it. As stewards, we are to act wisely and judiciously, however, when necessary "You are to subdue it" and "Reign over the fish, the fowl, the animals, even the earth itself." Hundreds of millions around the world are grateful that the Bible already answered the controversial question of whether man’s stewardship over the environment means that mankind is secondary to it and must even suffer in behalf of it. The answer given is No. Any other answer is preposterous.

That humans have worshipped animals over themselves is not new in history. It was called paganism. History is full of "isms" assigning more or equal import to animals in relation to human, isms that obsessed over nature more than over mankind’s wellbeing. In fact, many in today’s neo-paganism protect every aspect of caribou and spotted owl life yet are in the forefront of promoting the killing of the human fetus even when its head has already met the air we breathe.

It’s not about oil. It’s about neo-paganism, stupid! I suppose, then, the ACLU will demand no drilling as a means of guaranteeing a "separation of church and state," since drilling implies an acquiescence to the biblical view that man’s needs take precedence over the lifestyle patterns of animals.

American people move across the country to regions completely different than a previous residence, yet elk and deer, the radicals assert, are incapable of moving a few miles down the road to terrain indistinguishable from previous grounds.

Fanaticism is the best word to describe the knee-jerk zealotry by which radical "environmentalists" seem to stymie every effort toward ameliorating the human condition, erecting roadblocks to almost every solution to our plights. No one calls them fanatics because the secular left has been successful in consigning that word to religious people only. In truth, however, it is they, the secular left, who are themselves devotees to the creed of neo-paganism, their religion.

Their "practical" protestations against drilling are smokescreens for their real agenda. They say, for instance, it will take ten years to bring the oil to market. But, had they not blocked it when first introduced back in 1995, we’d have the oil at our local stations by now. It will supply, they assert, only a year’s worth. Not so. Many, such as the Department of Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey, envision a titanic bonanza, a mother lode, with untold more barrels coming on line, as is often the case, once drilling begins. Besides, if we’d add up each of the dozens of places across America they claim will provide just 1% of our needs, the cumulative sum reaches around a 20% figure.

Naturally, we would forgo drilling in spectacular places such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon and dozens of other natural treasures even if oil were known to be there. However, the actual drilling site in Anwar is not a remarkable part of Alaska, rather a non-descript tundra that no nature-lover ever heard of until the "green" attacks began, and word has it from other drilling sites that the local herds seem to have flourished in areas where transport pipes warm up the arctic nights, growing, in fact, from 3,000 to 32,000.

Viewing man as evil and predatory, many crazed enviros simply want much of our planet off limits to humans. In other words: No Humans Allowed. What this is, then, is absolute fanaticism.

But the fanaticism is even worse. Instead of drilling in our own country and keeping the money here, the fanatics are boxing us in to transfer huge sums of American money to Islamic regimes using that money to build nuclear bombs that they boast will one day target our cities and people and to Wahhabi regimes supporting terrorist groups. Other recipients of our oil money are communist dictators funding anti-American activities. Yet, even in the face of this, the "environmental" fanatics choose animals over our own physical security. Choosing suicide over life is the greatest form of fanaticism.

Those in need and, therefore, in search of a cause are often fanatics. The Torah has a phrase to describe such blind fanaticism. It is called Avodah Zara: alien worship. Like all paganism before, neo-paganism, no matter how fashionable or high-sounding, has in it aspects of death worship.

No doubt, as with so many policy positions advanced by the elitist left, Non-drilling has become yet another merit badge displaying their moral superiority and sensitivity for matters beyond the ken of we mere plebeians. Yes, it takes someone living in an apartment on Broadway and 76th in Manhattan to truly appreciate the pristine wilderness!

That there are scores of ministers, rabbis and priests, as well as church and synagogue organizations, behind fanatic environmentalism is, also, nothing new. History is replete with "false prophets" and "religious" organizations who were co-opted by forms of paganism, who defied the explicit Word of God for a new, higher calling. And, naturally, they wrapped their "theology" in holiness.

The drilling in Alaska issue attests to how important the Judeo-Christian ethic is to America. The authentic version, that is. For absent a mindset rooted in it, deranged outlooks prevail. Absent it, vacuums are filled with dangerous nonsense that prioritizes a spotted owl over humankind and chooses a herd of caribou over American life and survival.

How we finally decide this issue will foretell whether attitudes based on biblical authenticity still prevail or if neo-paganism and its co-option of many in the clergy is, now, ascendant.