Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, is hardly a stranger to controversy. His history of offensive statements and shocking beliefs is well-documented. But according to news reports, Mr. Turner has again crossed the line with a statement advocating a global one-child policy in order to save the planet from “climate change.” For Turner, environmental concerns necessitate such a step.
Here’s Mr. Turner’s philosophy put bluntly: Kill people to save the Earth. Such a creed sounds unpopular, but many Christians don’t realize the extent of the philosophical common ground between environmentalism and abortion activism. One of the most prominent environmentalist groups in the world is the Sierra Club, a radical organization dedicated in part to “universal access to reproductive health care,” which is a doublespeak phrase meaning abortion-on-demand.
Indeed, the environmentalism movement is dominated by pro-abortion forces such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the National Wildlife Federation. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator for the first Earth Day in 1970 (an event viewed by many environmentalists as the launchpad for the modern environmental movement) has recently called human population growth the “most worrisome environmental problem” today. Population control (a.k.a. abortion) is seen by the movement as the antidote to the “problem” of having too many people on the planet.
Mr. Turner’s suggestion, which is not an uncommon refrain among environmentalists, is ludicrous not only because it advocates the murder of countless innocents, but because it is a direct contradiction of the dominion mandate given to humans by God in Genesis 1:27-28 wherein God told humans to be fruitful and multiply. A global one-child policy (which would over time result in a much smaller world population) would be deliberate disobedience to His command.
There is increasing pressure on Christians to embrace worldly causes like environmentalism. Joining the environmental movement is seen by many Christians as necessary to gain credibility among unbelievers and thereby afford more opportunities to preach the Gospel. Paul became all things to all men in order that some might be saved (I Cor. 9:22b), but he never did so outside of the limits placed on him by Scripture. Support of modern environmentalism is, in most cases, complicit support of increased worldwide population control via surgical and chemical abortion.
There is an old saying that goes, “You can judge the character of a man by the company he keeps.” This concept can be seen in the words of the Old Testament shepherd-turned-prophet Amos. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he asked, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3)? All Biblical Christians would do well to ask this question of ourselves with regard to environmentalism. Participation in a movement such as modern environmentalism wherein a main philosophical premise is to reject God’s commands would be to act outside of Scriptural boundaries.
Ted Turner: Adopt China’s one-child policy to save planet
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“”If we’re going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we’re not going to do it with seven billion people,” CNN founder Ted Turner said Sunday at a conference discussing the impact of demographic trends on the future of greenhouse gas emission.
If such a plan was adopted, the father of five said, poor people could profit from their decision not to reproduce by selling fertility rights.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (NKJV)