Snow Leopards, Religion, and Richard Dawkins
Posted by Richard Conniff on September 12, 2013
The evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has managed lately to be more outrageous than usual in his war to “eradicate the virus of religion.” And, to be fair, religion has given him plenty of fresh material to work with, from the criminal (arranged marriages that amount to religiously-ordained child rape) to the comical (the recent warning by an Egyptian Salafi group that “Tomatoes are Christian”).
For environmentalists, however, it raises the question of whether this relentless assault on religion is really the best way to go about saving the world. No doubt religion has given us an endless supply of holy idiots. The Reverend Jerry Falwell, for instance, attacked environmentalism as an attempt to “use pseudo-science” to destroy the freedom and “economies of the western world.” But Falwell was an outlier even among white evangelical Americans. A 2010 survey by the Pew Center for Religion and Public Policy found that 73 percent of them actually favor stronger environmental regulations.
And now a new study from the other end of the Earth serves as a reminder that religion can sometimes be a powerful force to protect wildlife. … to read the rest of this story at TakePart, click here.