Is climate change a religious cult? As Twitchy just reported, NBC News just set up a “climate confessions” page where people can unburden their souls by publicly posting their transgressions against the environment, like eating meat or using air conditioning.
We’re not sure about whom writer Daniel José Camacho is speaking when he refers to religious people talking to plants — maybe that scientist who’s said she has received “Yoda-like advice” from shrubbery — but he’s very clear in his targeting of Christians and their white supremacy feeding into the climate crisis.
You might want to make fun of religious people talking to plants, but the sad joke is how Christian ideas, over a 500+ year span, about the inferiority of Indigenous peoples & [white] humans dominating the earth, directly fed into the ecological emergency we're confronting today.
— Daniel José Camacho (@DanielJCamacho) September 18, 2019
As they say, there’s a lot to unpack in that tweet.
"You might want to make fun of religious people talking to plants"
Say no more, you have a deal. https://t.co/9i48aLuhhZ
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) September 18, 2019
— Andrea (@freepicasso) September 18, 2019
I, for one, think the whole “noble savage in touch with the earth” trope is pretty horrifying.
— 🇻🇦bad trad🇻🇦 (@Matt24326055) September 18, 2019
I don't see anything in the Bible or Christianity that posits inferiority of Indigenous peoples or whites dominating the earth. Sadly, some who used Christianity as a means to their ends espoused such ideas; yet one oughtn't confuse their use of religion with true Christianity
— HymnHistories (@HymnHistories) September 18, 2019
must be racist tweet day.
— Boaty McFredoface (@85percentweare) September 18, 2019
Considering none of the Bible's writers thought of themselves as white the way modern people do, and most were of Asian Hebrew descent, I would love to read some white supremacy quotes.
Or you're just making it up.
How do real white supremacists think about Hebrews?
— Ryk Comerford (@Truth_Quest30) September 18, 2019
The Catholic Church emphatically declared that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were rational human beings with souls and the same rights as Europeans and that anyone who enslaved or despoiled them would be excommunicated, in 1537. https://t.co/Grmj1opjuk
— 🦗New Free Soil Party (@FreeSoilAndrew) September 18, 2019
500 years ago humans were confronting widespread hunger, war and destitution. Today they must confront ginned-up politically motivated hysteria. https://t.co/4aSahlnOkj
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) September 18, 2019
There were empires in the pre-Columbian Americas that perished because of self-made ecological disasters, and their answer was typically human sacrifice in hopes of appeasing the gods, which IMO is right up there with confessing your climate sins to potted plants. https://t.co/cMts8pcOht
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) September 18, 2019
Those Human sacrifices that Indigenous people did were awesome dude 👍🏻👍🏻
— Robert Bacon White (@GbaconRobert) September 18, 2019
The only thing dumber than the people talking to plants are the people defending the people who talk to plants.
— Just a guy named Jim (@SaysAMillennial) September 18, 2019
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And here are the people literally confessing to plants who are easy to make fun of:
Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor.
What do you confess to the plants in your life? pic.twitter.com/tEs3Vm8oU4
— Union Seminary (@UnionSeminary) September 17, 2019
Feeling guilty about contributing to global warming? NBC News is taking ‘climate confessions’ (definitely ‘NOT a religion’ though!) https://t.co/KG878LPlim
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 18, 2019