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‘Nature Rights’ Paganism Advancing in the West

Originally published at The Epoch Times

Did you hear the news? Ireland may soon grant human-type rights to nature.

“Rights” to nature? Really? Alas, yes. From the BBC story: “The Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action has recommended the government advance a referendum on protecting biodiversity. The move would see nature bestowed with rights comparable to those of people.”

So, what are “Nature’s” supposed rights? The BBC explains: “Elements of nature, such as trees, mountains and rivers” would be “recognised as entities with rights to exist and flourish, to be restored, regenerated and respected.”

In other words, Ireland may be about to establish iron-clad legal protections for flies, viruses, trees, fish, rivers, mountains, weeds, granite outcrops, etc.—akin to a right to life for all of nature and its various aspects—thereby establishing public policies and public attitudes in which human flourishing would come last.

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Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.