My letter in The Toronto Sun, the editor’s brief comment on my letter & mine on his …
WHY WORRY ABOUT PLANET?
Too large a portion of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s supporters unfortunately are his fellow theological devotees. I find it “unfortunate” because that portion enables anti-science policies to be passed and enforced by his theologically-inclined MPs, whose fundamental Scriptural beliefs are essentially a threat to healthy, life-sustaining Canadian eco-systems. If Harper’s biblical convictions are any indication, healthy and pristine Earthly eco-systems apparently are of no actual science-based concern. For, according to the Book of Revelation, Earth’s surface is to eventually, perhaps even imminently, be laid complete waste for a considerable period of time — if not permanently. It might all be true in the end, whenever that would be in the natural course of our planet and all of its life-forms, but that’s certainly no excuse to insanely justify screwing the environment in advance. Mentality in translation, perchance: Why the hell worry about an unhealthy state of the planet’s environment — especially when there are so many jobs to be had?
FRANK G. STERLE, JR.
WHITE ROCK, B.C.
[b](Editor’s response: "Got it. Harper and his supporters are working to bring on Armageddon. Brilliant argument! Seriously")
To the Toronto Sun letters editor,
I didn’t just pull that “Brilliant argument!” out of my a--.
As one who’s spent some early years (late 1980s) very extensively, avidly consuming much fundamentalist Christian preaching and teaching, including the evangelical sort of which Harper and many of his MPs claim to be devout followers, it’s clear that such theology does not at all concern itself with a healthy, pristine Earth eco-system, the latter which is generally well-aligned with scientific caution.
I learned that for myself: There was much environmentalist/ism bashing with theologically-based God-condemnation, via zealous “Christian” political talk-show hosts and guests. However, literally absolutely nothing was ever mentioned at all regarding mass polluters, for The Bible was/is somehow perversely translated into somehow supporting or excusing such mass pollution.
As national head-honcho, Stephen Harper, so far, has proven himself very much like-minded with the said “Christian” radio ecological-sustainability (non)thinkers.
“Seriously,” name one single actual act of environmental caution performed by Harper and his econo-euphoric ilk.
In hindsight, I could’ve worded the missive more tightly—although the thesis statement would’ve been the very same. Of course, nobody is “working to bring on Armageddon”; however, there are aplenty “Christians”—just like Harper but fortunately without his power and control—who don’t take Earthly eco-system concerns at all seriously. Why? Because Rush Limbaugh, etcetera, says that it’s all some sort of ruse involving naught but false cries of wolf?
At very first, I was really surprised that you published a first letter of mine—until it became clear as to why, and thus it would almost certainly be the last … unless you can easily twist my thesis statement into a smarta-- closing Ed comment.
It’s truly a shame that you cannot find it within yourself—unlike your Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and even Calgary (home of Harper) counterparts—to be genuinely open to contrary perspectives than those of your own and perhaps those of your corporate masters.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.
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