While it would almost fit in with a Friday post, this is more sad than funny. Some nutcases in Bolivia have granted “rights” to nature on par with those traditionally acknowledged for human beings. Mother earth has rights dontcha know. The person(s) who is crafting this law/regulation/waste of paper must be a real piece of work as well. It used to be an old joke about things like “tree huggers” and things of that sort, but now it is becoming all too real.
I have a song that I first heard years ago that talks about a program for saving the earth while we deny unborn children the right to birth. Now it has arrived.
That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution.
That acorn will now have the “right to life” to grow into a tree, but an unborn baby will not. But it isn’t just the mad folks of Bolivia who are onboard with this.
Canadian activist Maude Barlow is among global environmentalists backing the drive with a book the group will launch in New York during the UN debate: Nature Has Rights.
I think I hear Thomas Jefferson spinning over in his grave right about now. The man who penned the phrase declaring that man had been given inalienable rights by our Creator probably never imagined some ninnies trying to extend those same rights to all of the creation itself, and oh the irony in the effort.
In a 2008 pamphlet his entourage distributed at the UN as he attended a summit there, 10 “commandments” are set out as Bolivia’s plan to “save the planet” — beginning with the need “to end capitalism.”
Why is it that when people decide to spit in God’s face, they always do it with such tactless lack of imagination? Satan may be a lot of things, but creative apparently ain’t one of them. I am so thankful that that old serpent doesn’t get the last word or the last laugh. It gives me reason to be able to laugh in the face of such absurdity.