Liberals the world over aren’t the least bit shy about their own nuttiness, particularly when it comes to certain environmental groups and their wacky beliefs.
We’ve all seen the stories involving leftists who have married and/or had sex with the ocean, hooked up with bridges, and on the insanity goes.
However, while this stuff has mostly been done on an individual scale — meaning no governing body has ever gotten in on the action — things are about to get even weirder after what’s going on in New Zealand.
Apparently, New Zealand has become the first country in the world to grant rights — human rights — to a river.
You can’t make this stuff up.
According to Fox News:
In a push that started way back in 1870, New Zealand’s Whanganui River this week was signed into a legal status under the Whanganui Treaty settlement. Under the approved bill, there is no legal difference between damaging the river and damaging tribespeople; thus, they are one in the same and subject to the same charges and prosecution in the eyes of the law.
Two local guardians were set to oversee the affairs of the river, located in the North Island and the country’s third-largest.
“I know the initial inclination of some people will say it is pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality,” Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said. “But it’s no stranger than family trusts, or companies or incorporated societies.”
However, local lawmaker Adrian Rurawhe affirmed that this wasn’t such a unique concept for their community, as the prosperity of the river and the prosperity of the people were directly connected and reflected in the Maori expression “I am the river and the river is me.’’
Negotiations with a local tribe started in 2009, news.com.au reported.
Although it is not yet clear what protective mechanisms will be put in place and what commercial and recreational provisions will be allowed, the treaty’s signing was met with weeps of joy from hundreds of tribal representatives this week who saw it as a step in the right direction.
Somewhere in the Disney vault, an animated Pocahontas is breaking out into spontaneous song about how silly humans are finally getting with the program and treating nature as a living, breathing being.
The truly startling thing about this development is how quickly liberals are ready to assign personhood to a river, yet an unborn human being — alive from the moment of conception — is still just a blob of cells.
How do the folks who support this river thing reconcile this with their worldview? Is it even possible for the jumbled mess of progressive ideology to be untangled and organized into something even remotely resembling rational thought?
It doesn’t appear so.
Heaven help a world granting rivers rights we deny the pre-born.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]