- Jan 2016
Or, in Ann Coulter's more contemporary words, "God gave us the Earth, and told us to go out and RAPE it".Yes
I believe we should be good stewards of creation. But I believe that people are more important than plants and animals and the earth. So I believe farmers should be able to kill a wolf or a black vulture if it is a danger to him, his family and his livelihood.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We are NOT being 'good stewards' of the Earth; that's precisely the point, ripskater. Not when a MILLION species look likely to go extinct within your lifetime (unless you're an old geezer like me). We have been more than 'fruitful'-------we have multiplied to the point where we are threatening the Earth's biosphere, and the proper functioning of ecosystems that help to keep us alive. We humans did not hit our first billion in population until about the year 1804, most demographers figure. In barely more than two centuries, since roughly the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, our numbers have ballooned to over 7.7 billion, a number still rising rapidly, by almost 85 million people every year. We are literally elbowing out all the wildlife of the planet. Mammals are actually going nocturnal, and getting smaller, the better to HIDE from the human race.
I prefer Chief Seattle: "The Earth does not belong to Man. Man belongs to the Earth."