Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Good News About Bad News

Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative (NY Times)
Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying "millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors."

Among signers of the statement, which will be released in Washington on Wednesday, are the presidents of 39 evangelical colleges, leaders of aid groups and churches, like the Salvation Army, and pastors of megachurches, including Rick Warren, author of the best seller "The Purpose-Driven Life."

"For most of us, until recently this has not been treated as a pressing issue or major priority," the statement said. "Indeed, many of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that climate change is a real problem and that it ought to matter to us as Christians. But now we have seen and heard enough."

"We have not paid as much attention to climate change as we should, and that's why I'm willing to step up," said Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College, an influential evangelical institution in Illinois. "The evangelical community is quite capable of having some blind spots, and my take is this has fallen into that category."

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That's a start. Perhaps this will also help convince evangelicals that this administration lies and covers up on all policy issues that might ultimately conflict with their core ideology: expansion of power and domination by big business interests. (Oh my, did I leave out religion, ethics, morality and true conservatism???)

Of course, many other evangelical leaders continue to show their blind contempt for science and mankind and exhibit their naked political ambitions, and thus deserve our conscience contempt.

Some of the nation's most high-profile evangelical leaders, however, have tried to derail such action. Twenty-two of them signed a letter in January declaring, "Global warming is not a consensus issue." Among the signers were Charles W. Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries; James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; and Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Their letter was addressed to the National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella group of churches and ministries, which last year had started to move in the direction of taking a stand on global warming. The letter from the 22 leaders asked the National Association of Evangelicals not to issue any statement on global warming or to allow its officers or staff members to take a position.

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Related news from the last month....

Ex-EPA Chiefs Blame Bush in Global Warming

Last Year Was Warmest in a Century, Study Concludes

Twentieth Century 'Warmest in 500 Years'

Gore to Publish Book on Global Warming

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