Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Godly Grizzly Bear Attacks

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association seems to be staking his claim to being the most ridiculous voice of the religious right — and imagine the competition for that title! In his latest missive, he blames a grizzly bear attack at Yellowstone National Park on America for turning their back on God. He begins by quoting a rather ridiculous bit of scripture:

History reveals that God’s covenant with an ancient nation suggests that one of the consequences for a nation which walks in his statues is that it will have nothing to fear from wild animals. “If you walk in my statutes…I will remove harmful beasts from the land” (Lev. 26:3,6).

On the other hand, “[I]f you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments…I will let loose the wild beasts against you” (Lev. 26:14,22).


God will remove harmful beasts from a country? Is there any country on earth that does not contain harmful animals? Has there ever been? Of course not. Including Israel, by the way — remember the famous Biblical story where God sends bears to maul a group of children for making fun of a prophet’s bald head (2 Kings, chapter 2).

But then Fischer makes an argument for killing every single wild animal in existence:

A wholly preventable tragedy occurred outside Yellowstone National Park last week as a bear that only hours before had been trapped and tranquilized by researchers woke up from his induced slumber just in time to maul a 70-year old man who was out for a stroll.

The man was, according to the AP, mauled at almost exactly the same site where the researchers had left the bear after he’d been tranquilized.

The grizzly is a predator, a fierce, savage unstoppable killing machine. Lewis and Clark did not believe the stories they’d been told by Indian peoples about grizzlies until they started running into them. It was not long before their “curiosity” was “quite satisfied” about the grizzly.

Because these researchers were intent on studying the grizzly rather than killing him to protect innocent human life, a husband, father and grandfather is dead today. This was an utterly unnecessary death which could have happened only because our culture has jettisoned a biblical view of the relative value of human life compared to animal life.

Yes, by all means, lets kill every single wild animal that is capable of hurting a human being. That would make the planet so much better, wouldn’t it? Let’s have national parks with no wildlife in them. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?