'The Religion Of Choice For Urban Atheists'

That's the late Michael l Crichton's pitch-perfect description of environmentalism, found via Kathy Shaidle's Examiner.com article on "Earth Day", where she writes:

Did your children celebrate Lenin's birthday in school today?

Don't answer "no" right away.

The first Earth Day "teach-in" was celebrated on April 22, 1970, to protest the Vietnam War, pollution, and littering -- and to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of history's most notorious villains.

As the father of communism, the deaths of tens of millions of people can be laid at that Soviet dictator's doorstep. That now forgotten fact about Earth Day's origins should place your child's sudden enthusiasm for recycling, saving the panda bears and energy efficient light bulbs in a new, well, light.

Like the Marxist philosophy that inspired it, today's environmental movement has become, for its most ardent proponents, an ersatz religion. As Joseph Brean recently observed, "in its myths of the Fall and the Apocalypse, its saints and heretics, its iconography and tithing, its reliance on prophecy, even its schisms -- the green movement now exhibits the same psychology of compliance as religion."

In a widely disseminated 2003 speech, Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton called environmentalism "the religion of choice for urban atheists" and "a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths."

Read the whole thing; then click over to Kathy's blog for more.

In addition to being a pseudo-religious event, Earth Day really is the perfect Frankfurt School method of subverting traditional values one step at a time -- and selling it via the standard "Progressive" tactic of the Moral Equivalency of War.

So how is President Obama spending his party's ersatz national holiday? Pretty much the same way he did last year, by burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel. Which is always a good thing in my book, and as I mentioned in a Silicon Graffiti video last year, perhaps Obama's "science" czar as well:

Update: At the CATO Institute, "Happy Earth Day? Thank Capitalism."