How interesting that three of our most popular religions have corresponding holidays this week. With Passover starting on April 19 and Easter being celebrated this week on April 24, you are probably thinking, I know about Easter and Passover, but what is the other holiday, Paul? I’m, of course, talking about Earth Day. But then, you are probably asking, when did Earth Day become a religious holiday? Well, to a secular Leftist, is there anything more important to celebrate than the day dedicated to Mother Earth? In fact, the most Leftist organization in the world, the United Nations, declared April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day. Each of these holidays are celebrated worldwide and shares a message of redemption. But Earth Day celebrates something completely different in the idea of man’s salvation.

Passover is, of course, a Jewish holiday celebrating God’s love for his chosen people by freeing them from Egypt’s rule. The Exodus story is as famous as any, detailing God’s wrath against Egypt by the killing of the firstborn of the Egyptians and saving the Israelites as the Angel of Death “passed over” the homes with lamb’s blood on the door post. Through this act, God showed his people his love for them by defeating their enemy and setting them free from their bondage in a foreign land.

Easter, to the Christian, is the story of God’s love for mankind through the sacrifice of hs only begotten son, Jesus, on a cross and his resurrection three days later from the tomb. Christian theology teaches that through this act of Jesus, all may have their sins forgiven if they believe in what Jesus did for them on the cross. Here, like the Passover story, the theme of redemption and salvation shines through.

On a side note, Easter can also be celebrated as an egg hunt and chocolate bunny day, too, but since most people don’t put much faith in a giant bunny who hides eggs, we will move on.

Earth Day is also a religious holiday. A religious holiday of the Left and for the Left. If there is one unifying issue that brings secular atheists and agnostic liberals together, it is celebrating the environment. According to the late Judy Bari of Earth First!, an environmental group, the saving of our plant is tied into changing our culture: “I think if we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecologically sound society under socialism. I don’t think it is possible under capitalism.” This mentality is also what caused activist judges in 2007 to stop the flow of water through California’s San Joaquin Valley so that the smelt fish could be saved, all while farmer’s profits and crops were destroyed.

So often, people write and talk about religious groups being extreme, but these same voices fail to see the extremist mentality in environmental groups. It is these environmental groups that preach peace and love that consistently commit heinous acts of violence. Whether it be tree spiking, the destruction of SUVs or the breaking into scientific laboratories, these environmental fanatics are as passionate about their cause as any extreme religious person.

Let’s not fool ourselves into believing Earth Day is simply about saving the whales and going green. The Left and its values have become sacred to the believers, and with their own prophets, like Al Gore, leading the way. The idea that man can save the world through acts of environmental kindness is at the heart of April 22.

A strong belief in something doesn’t cause great acts of passion. It takes a religious-like fiery belief to behave in such a manner, and for some, Earth Day is not simply a reminder to be green, but a day as important as Israel’s freedom and man’s salvation to a religious environmentalist.

These three holidays all share a vision of reshaping a fallen state of man in a corrupt world. The first two see God’s role in redemption. The last one looks solely at man. I’m not a betting man, but I have more faith in God than humanity.    

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