Monday, March 01, 2004


Jane Shaw demonstrates that suburbs and nature are encroaching on each other. It is not a one-way thing; the re-forestation (as farmers grow more on less land) of America occurs simultaneously with suburbanization. The Smart Growth platform, factually wrong about almost everything, missed this one too.

Whenever people presume that they are on the side of the angels, they can rationalize their own bad behavior. Ignoring inconvenient facts is just one of them. Arson and other crimes have been committed in the name of greenery, which has become a religion that thrives in this "secular age", including widespread allusions to the spiritual primacy of nature and tacky bumper stickers.

So far, the state promotion of greenery has not been challenged on First Amendment separation of church and state grounds. Enforcement zeal is, again, highly selective.