Monday, June 11, 2007

Religious groups ally with CoGW in the name of "environmental justice"

TownHall's Amanda Carpenter writes on the various Christian and Jewish groups that have jumped on the AGW bandwagon, paraded in triumph by prominent Democrats:

Last Thursday, [Sen. Barbara] Boxer held a hearing that highlighted the growing role of religion in liberal political campaigns--particularly in the name of “environmental justice.” There, a coalition of 35 religious denominations called for an 80 percent reduction in global warming emissions by the year 2050, and bill S.309, sponsored by Boxer and avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.), calls for the same.

“Evangelical Christians, Catholics, African Methodist Episcopals, Jews, mainline Protestant Christians, and many other people of faith see the need for action on global warming as a moral, ethical and scriptural mandate,” Boxer said.

She explained, “People of faith contacted us recognizing that science says global warming’s effects will fall most heavily on poor people. All we have to do is look at what happened during [Hurricane] Katrina, even in one of the world’s wealthiest countries.”

(Not that Katrina had anything whatsoever to do with AGW)

This is a clever political move on behalf of the Dems, who appear ready to claim that any Republican that opposes the CoGW agenda hates the poor. Given the likely fact that many of these Republicans belong to Christian denominations that have swallowed the AGW pronouncements whole, they had better be ready to be attacked on moral and religious grounds.

Many of the religious groups that have signed on are longtime friends of the environmental and Marxist left, so no surprises there. But others are relative newcomers, such as Rick Warren and Joel Osteen.

One thing that unites these various denominations and persons is the fact that they know next to nothing about whether or not the AGW claims are actually true. They simply assume it's all true. Just as secularists use emotional pseudoscientific arguments to cut off debate, so these religious leaders use emotional moral arguments to cut off debate. In the end, truth loses -- and the cause of Christ is sullied.