Thursday, April 20, 2006

Is the Religious Right splitting over the environment?

I know, it's an old cartoon, but it's still appropriate.

Recently more than 80 Religious Right leaders signed the Evangelical Climate Initiative . It's a statement that makes four claims:

Claim 1: Human-Induced Climate Change is Real

Claim 2: The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Significant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest

Claim 3: Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem

Claim 4: The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change starting now.

Seems like a pretty sane and responsible statement.

But, as you know, sanity and responsibility aren't exactly cornerstones of the Religious Right movement. And now the Holy shit has hit the fan.

It would appear that there is an even crazier branch of the Religious Right and they aren't the least bit happy with the brethren that have adopted the position that is obvious to the rest of us. They are even accusing them of being soft on gays and calling them liberal. Now that's about the worst insult you can throw at the right.

Howse argued that while "It is bad...that so many 'evangelical' environmental
extremists have infected our churches, colleges, universities and evangelicalism
with their liberal brand of
but now they want to damage America's free enterprise system by
making it difficult for business to compete in the world market place?"

And we all know that Jesus died to save American Business.

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