Wednesday, February 08, 2006

GOD'S GREEN SOLDIERS UPDATE

Yesterday I blogged the story of Rev. Richard Cizik, dubbed the leader of “God’s Green Soldiers” by Newsweek. Today the New York Times elaborates:

“Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative”

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/national/08warm.html?ei=5090&en=c398855db07c1657&ex=1297054800&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

From the article:

“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."

The statement calls for federal legislation that would require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through "cost-effective, market-based mechanisms"”…

This over the previously noted opposition to evangelical leaders such as James Dobson…

Watch this. It could be the beginning of the biggest political shift in a decade: The fragmentation of the “unfragmentable” Religious Right.

Oh well. That just seems to be the pattern. Political movements that hold together as the underdog working to gain power often fall apart once power is achieved. We’ll see if the political Christian soldiers break the pattern or affirm it…

Comments:
Lot's of people on the religous left. These folks are probably a good cross section. Should be better known as the politicized religious left.
 
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