Messing with God's Creation

Sullivan, Ned
May 2006
E: The Environmental Magazine;May/Jun2006, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p15
The article discusses the efforts of religious groups and leaders to protect the environment in the U.S. The Christian right took aim at President George W. Bush's long-standing refusal to impose limits on sources of carbon dioxide, the primary culprit in global warming. Replacing dire warnings about fire and brimstone after death with a call for immediate action on Earth, 85 evangelical leaders proclaimed that this is God's world, and any damage that people do to God's world is an offense against God himself. Immediately upon issuing their call to action, the religious leaders descended on Capitol Hill to lobby for federal mandates for economy-wide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. They unleashed a blitz of television, radio and print advertisements, including a full-page advertisement in the journal "New York Times." Both supporters of the global warming action agenda and an evangelical contingent who signed a letter to the National Association of Evangelicals opposing the initiative invoked the church's traditional responsibility to help the poor as the basis for their positions.


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