Best of 2009: And God Said: Go Forth and Blow the Tops Off of Mountains
All day, we’re re-running our favorite blog posts of the last year. This post was originally published on May 21, 2009.
Bouncing around the InterWeb, one might get curious about what exactly mountaintop removal involves. And so one might do a Google on “mountaintop mining.” And one might click on the first link, which is an industry-sponsored site called mountaintopmining.com. And there one would read interesting statements claiming that blowing the tops off the nation’s oldest mountains is “essentially the same as road construction.”
And one might also discover a curious link entitled “Religion and Mining.” And there within, one might find an anonymous 2002 letter to the editors of the Louisville Courier-Journal, which puts forth the biblical justification for destroying mountains.
For example, Isaiah 40:4-5:
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
And Genesis 1:28-29:
God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all living things that move on the earth.’ God also said ‘See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has a seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food.
And Timothy 5:8:
Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
This would be funny if it weren’t a real thing.