“God said rape the planet – it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars – that’s the Biblical view.”
That is Ann Coulter, theologian. In another context she said “God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.’ “
I realize that Ann Coulter likes to shock; she is like a little girl at the dinner table who says “poopy” to upset the grown ups. But one must wonder what, beyond outrage, she hopes to accomplish by saying such idiotic things.
Which is fine, were it not for the fact that many of them are so dense that they mistake Ms Coulter’s ridiculous words for something approximating the traditional biblical view of creation.
In truth, of course, Ms Coulter’s “strip drill and rape” ethos has nothing in common with the ethos of Christian culture; it is the way of materialists, of robber barons and Stalinists, not of Christians.
One need only look at the monasteries that have existed in both the Christian East and the Christian West for centuries, sometimes for over a millennium. Monks and hermits on Monte Cassino and Mount Athos have been planting their grains and grapes and vegetables in the same fertile soil for hundreds of years; indeed monks have always been on the forefront, not only in things of culture but of agriculture, pioneering crop rotation, manuring, and other ecologically sound ways of farming. They did not rape the land; they nurtured it. This is Man’s primal calling, that of the gardener of the earth. Saint Benedict lived lightly on the earth; and Saint Francis famously called the Earth his mother, and the sun and moon and beasts and trees his brothers and sisters.
That anyone could say that God would turn His beloved creation over to be raped is as outrageous as suggesting to a father that he give his daughter to be violated.
I know that many will say that I am taking all this too seriously, that Ann Coulter is the clown princess of the Right, and this is a all meant in jest.
While I sympathize with thoughtful conservatives, and there are many, who are appalled by Ms Coulter, I don’t buy it.
This is not funny. It is not a joke. It is blasphemy, a -literally- God damned insult hurled, not only at the Living God, but at humanity, created in His image.