Portrait of an anti-nuclear vandal

84-year old Catholic nun Megan Rice spent 40 years of her life teaching in Africa’s poorest areas. Now she lives with over one hundred other women in the Metropolitan Detention Center; a federal prison in Brooklyn, N.Y. She faces a 3 year sentence for breaking into a federal nuclear facility known as Y12 located outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The New York Daily News reports that Rice and two other activists (armed with spray-paint cans, bolt cutters, and some other supplies) were able to sneak in through that holes they cut avoiding plant security surveillance measures. The trio spray-painted Bible quotes on plant walls and banged on the building with hammers in order to invite arrest. Their activism was allegedly geared to call attention to nuclear proliferation but, simultaneously, the three exposed holes in the plant’s security apparatus.

There are also environmentalist influences in her thought on the matter. She is quoted as saying:

“The question — how can we overcome the secrecy and blatant distortion of the truth of the horrific risks to planet Earth’s survival as we know it as long as we fail to transform the nuclear weapons and energy industries into possible, life-enhancing alternatives, and begin with dismantlement now? We are all equally responsible to stop known crimes, according to our unique gifts and abilities,” Sister Megan said.

Aside from the fact that Rice’s church leader, Pope Francis, has condemned mankind for its effect on the environment. A point directly in line with Christianity’s doctrine of original sin. In the case of Rice and Pope Francis we see how religion and environmentalism literally become one. As opposed to religion that seeks to sacrifice mankind to the greater glory of God, environmentalism seeks to sacrifice mankind to the needs of nature. With recent events and activities on the part of Francis and Rice the to philosophies are in agreement with each other.

Furthermore, the Catholic Church of Kenya is objecting to the usage of a tetanus vaccine due to untrue allegations that the vaccine contained a birth control substance. The church also attempted to hold up the vaccine’s proliferation alleging it was not safe obviously as some sort of tactic out of a paranoid idea that it was a part of a conspiracy to sterilize Kenyan citizens.

In these instances (especially the example of Megan Rice) we see a union of religion and environmentalism. The two primitive philosophies consider human beings as a means to an end to the great glory of sacrifice to their causes based. One for the greater glory of the god of Christianity, the other to the needs of Gaia. Religion and environmentalism are anti-life. According to religion and environmentalism mankind (you) are a sinner from the day you are born and your existence must be a life of living death for the cause of some mystical higher power.