You seriously think that my example of the Church lashing out at Galileo is animosity on my part toward people of faith? Do you think the Church was entitled to enforce its belief that we were at the center of creation? Do you agree with that view? Do you think that was part of God's teachings via the Bible? If not, please accept it as just a friendly example of how sometimes not everything that SOME PEOPLE believe is so.
We all need to be on guard against unjustified beliefs, including our attachment to some idea that springs into our head to the exclusion of other realistic possibilities. Many of us are apparently so arrogant that we think we are gifted with the truth in all things. Only God is so gifted my friend.
FYI, no, I didn't see the Discovery Channel program you mention but I am familiar with "deep ecology" -- the desire to rid Nature of humanity's "vile presence." No, I'm not in league with those folks and neither are most Sasquatch researchers (although I suspect some are). Most are just curious and excited by the idea of something huge that has escaped recognition by Science. Now, because of the recent DNA results, many are even more excited. There are things we can learn from every one of God's creatures and the Sasquatch may be a gold mine of interesting discoveries.
Now, about those ants, no, I don't care if an ant eats its aunt but I will often pause to catch insects that are trapped indoors and release them outside. Don't you feel any fondness for God's creatures?
New Hampshire and Ecuador.