November 7, 2005


When Cleaner Air Is a Biblical Obligation (MICHAEL JANOFSKY, 11/07/05, NY Times)

In the latest effort, the National Association of Evangelicals, a nonprofit organization that includes 45,000 churches serving 30 million people across the country, is circulating among its leaders the draft of a policy statement that would encourage lawmakers to pass legislation creating mandatory controls for carbon emissions. [...]

"Genesis 2:15," said Richard Cizik, the association's vice president for governmental affairs, citing a passage that serves as the justification for the effort: "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."

"We believe that we have a rightful responsibility for what the Bible itself challenges," Mr. Cizik said. "Working the land and caring for it go hand in hand. That's why I think, and say unapologetically, that we ought to be able to bring to the debate a new voice."

Framed as a Judeo-Christian moral issue and a conservative obligation, environmentalism will achieve what it never could as an anti-capitalist movement of the Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2005 10:09 AM

Don't bet the farm, oj. It's been tried before and could not gain any traction. It's still a 'gaia' based pseudo-science religious view whose agenda goes far beyond concerns about fossil fuels and co2 emissions.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at November 7, 2005 10:19 AM

It's not science at all, just good manners.

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2005 10:31 AM

Normal people support environmental measures because they want clean air and good drinking water. They don't want garbage strewn about when they're walking or driving. They like national parks, and don't want species to go extinct.

That's the basis for mainstream environmentalism. The Deep Ecologists don't even matter. The radicals only get power when the mainstream ignores the problem.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at November 7, 2005 10:54 AM

I'm all for this if it really is about manners--ie, toxic gasses. But if CO2 counts as bad manners, then we're all in trouble for simply breathing.

Posted by: Timothy at November 7, 2005 11:43 AM

Curtailing carbon emissions isn't good manners - it's leftwing ideology.

These churches are what Lenin called "useful idiots."

Posted by: Bruno at November 7, 2005 12:07 PM

The saints in penguin suits who taught me basic moral theology in the 1950's would nave no difficulty explaining why pollution was morally wrong, or what the vice of gratitiously harming animals entailed. As I recall, both of these issues were mentioned, in the following terms.

Neither of these issues has anything to do with pagan earth-mother worship, but to justice to others harmed by pollution and to ourselves, being degraded by sadism--a kind of spiritual suicide. (Thus Seventh Commandment and Fifth Commandment, respectively, Deuteronomy enumeration.)

Nothing new here, really.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 7, 2005 3:23 PM

the problem here is that the enviromental orgaizations are run by anti-humanists. They will co-opt the evangelicals and drive their campaign into the ditch.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 7, 2005 11:14 PM


Vice versa. We'll achieve what they couldn't and render them superfluous.

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2005 11:32 PM

Didn't work with the commies.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 8, 2005 1:55 AM