Yesterday, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was confronted at a townhall by a seemingly crazed woman encouraging her to support a dire method to combat climate change: eat the babies. 

Initially no one was sure whether this woman was serious, mentally ill or a prankster. 

According to Fox News, the woman told Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, “You’re a pollutant! Too much Co2. We have to start now. Please — you are so great. I’m so happy that you are supporting a Green New Deal, but it’s not enough. Even if we were to bomb Russia, it’s not enough. There’s too many people, too much pollution. So, we have to get rid of the babies. That’s a big problem. Just stopping having babies just isn’t enough. We need to eat the babies. This is very serious. Please give a response.”

As later reporting came out, it became clear this was a set up designed to expose the Left’s extreme environmental policies. The Washington Post reported, “Late Thursday, a Twitter account belonging to the LaRouche PAC — which was founded by conspiracy theorist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. — claimed responsibility for the stunt.” The #EatTheBabies was trending after the outburst. 

While this was a clever setup, if the world were truly going to end in 12 years as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez believes, maybe extreme policies such as this would be warranted. However, since the 12-year deadline was first mentioned several months ago, we’re down to 11.5 years, allegedly.

In any case, there are two valuable things that should be remembered as a result of this strange news story.

First of all, each life is sacred from the womb to the tomb. It’s been a crazy couple years for pro-life supporters. New York and Illinois passed laws increasing access to abortion, the Governor of Virginia considering infanticide and pro-choice advocates tried and failed to defeat the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yet, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Kentucky and Missouri have passed increasingly stringent restrictions on abortion that are all tied up in court. The Daily Citizen provided a helpful summary for readers to guide them through understanding all the new laws. With the 40 Days For Life campaign in full swing, and more states considering restrictions on abortion in the future, the fight for life continues. Babies, born and unborn, the most vulnerable among us, must be cherished and protected.

Second, we must remember that there is a distinction between human life, and the rest of the environment in terms of moral value and worth. In the radical wing of environmentalism, some place the environment and nature as more valuable than human beings. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez recently posted an Instagram video where she questioned the morality of having children because of potential future climate change. The left-wing news site Vox reported that the representative mused, “Basically, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question: Is it okay to still have children?” 

A quick point, there is no such thing as a scientific consensus determining the supposed difficulty of the lives of children. Students learn in elementary biology that science revolves around the scientific method: Observation, research, hypothesis, experiment, data analysis and conclusion. Has there been a scientist that has researched and analyzed the lives of children in the future? I think not.

Back to the point, every human being has infinitely greater worth than plants or trees. Some leftists may call it ‘speciesism.’ But they would be wrong. It’s an acknowledgement that human beings have been created by God with a special position in creation. Scripture tells us that after God finished with the rest of creation, he decided to make men and women according to his image. Of every created thing, only human beings were made to be like God.

It’s good for Christians to remember why God created the environment. Did God create us for the environment, or vice versa? Scripture says, “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’” (Genesis 1:29 NIV) God created the environment to serve and nurture mankind, and then gave humans the responsibility to care for it.

Some radicals elevate the environment to the place of God and reduce mankind to just another creature that negatively impacts the world. As Christians, we have a distinctly different worldview. All human beings are special and invaluable. To quote Dr. Suess’ book Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”