The radical green movement is rapidly trying to distance itself from Discovery Channel gunman James J. Lee. That will be difficult to do.
An armed Lee walked Wednesday afternoon into the offices of the Discovery Channel, took hostages and demanded that the TV network alter its programming to suit his demands as laid out in an 11-point manifesto. The incident ended when police shot him dead.
Lee called for saving the Earth by getting rid of people, whom he referred to as “filth,” and stopping global warming. He called for TV programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility, and exposing civilization’s “disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed.”
“All human procreation and farming must cease,” he raved, because “the planet does not need humans.”
Curious to see how the greens would react to the incident, I visited the Grist.org web site, perhaps the most popular green website, where I found an article
by Grist senior editor Lisa Hymas entitled, “Discovery hostage taker is a population-obsessed eco-wacko.”. I read on as I had never seen one green refer to another as an “eco-wacko.”