Did your children celebrate Lenin’s birthday in school today?
Don’t answer “no” right away.
The first Earth Day “teach-in” was celebrated on April 22, 1970, to protest the Vietnam War, pollution, and littering — and to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of history’s most notorious villains.
As the father of communism, the deaths of tens of millions of people can be laid at that Soviet dictator’s doorstep. That now forgotten fact about Earth Day’s origins should place your child’s sudden enthusiasm for recycling, saving the panda bears and energy efficient light bulbs in a new, well, light.
Like the Marxist philosophy that inspired it, today’s environmental movement has become, for its most ardent proponents, an ersatz religion. As Joseph Brean recently observed, “in its myths of the Fall and the Apocalypse, its saints and heretics, its iconography and tithing, its reliance on prophecy, even its schisms — the green movement now exhibits the same psychology of compliance as religion.”
In a widely disseminated 2003 speech, Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton called environmentalism “the religion of choice for urban atheists” and “a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.”
Today is Earth Day, a holiday created to honor the planet and to raise the consciousness of man’s effect on the environment. Philadelphia has a very strong tie to this day. One of its native sons, Ira Einhorn, was a co-founder of the environmentalist jubilee.
But Mr. Einhorn has another line on his resume. In addition to being a environmental guru, he is the Unicorn Killer.
While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Einhorn dated a Bryn Mawr College graduate by the name of Holly Maddux. When the affair ended in 1977, Mr. Einhorn went into a jealous rage and murdered her.
He concealed his crime for 18 months by stuffing Ms. Maddux’s body in a trunk that he kept in his apartment. The foul odor of the decomposing corpse coming from Mr. Einhorn’s Powelton Village apartment caused neighbors to complain. In 1979, police found the trunk stored in a closet in Mr. Einhorn’s apartment.
Ira Einhorn, member of the counterculture pantheon, one of the founders of the environmentalist movement, icon of the liberal intelligentsia, was charged with murder. But it was not just a simple murder, it was a gruesome case of domestic violence.
At the bail hearing, Mr. Einhorn was praised by a contingent of luminaries — all testifying to his character. There were Ivy League professors, an Episcopalian minister and corporate executives who worked with Mr. Einhorn raising funds. They all stated under oath that he was a man of the greatest integrity.
Arlen Specter, currently Pennsylvania’s senior United States Senator, was Mr. Einhorn’s attorney.