4/22/2013 — For a much more Biblical view of nature than what you will hear from Ann Coulter, see my Earth Day 2013 entry: The goodness and fruitfulness of creation. See also the environmental quotes from Christian authors Francis Schaeffer and Steven Bouma-Prediger.
I’ve seen this quote from conservative commentator Ann Coulter in several places, and I’m curious about its authenticity:
“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.'”—Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01
I’ve always wondered why anyone would listen to Coulter—she comes across as fuming with rage and anger. I know she claims to be a Christian, so this quote (if genuine) bothers me for a number of reasons.
- It is just plain wrong. The concept of dominion in Genesis 1 is to keep and care for the creation as God’s representatives, not to rape and exploit it for our own selfish desires.
- The creation is not “ours,” it is God’s.
- The tone makes absolutely no contribution to anything, other than to help most people to see conservative Christians as a bunch of yahoos.
Does anyone know if she really said this? Or is this a distortion that has become entrenched in environmentalist urban legends, sort of like James Watt’s statement (that he never made) that it didn’t matter whether we took care of the Earth because Jesus was coming back soon?
Grace and Peace