Keeping the Global Warming Faith

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Including the “carbon tithe,” the global warming Anglican group adopted five commitments “to each other, to the Church, to the Earth and its peoples, and to God.” Among them were to “incorporate the issue of climate justice, and related themes, in educational programs, at all age levels and venues, within and outside the Church,” and to support initiatives aimed at the reduction of climate emissions by “overdeveloped nations.”  The Anglican activists seem not to have defined the term “overdeveloped.”   It’s doubtful that many Anglicans or others in the impoverished Global South view their own under development as a blessing.   But liberal church elites in the U.S., from the comfort and security of their own wealth, warily tut-tut over poor nations potentially sharing in their own standard of living, allegedly increasing global warming   After all, what would “the Earth,” as the chief victim of “overdevelopment,” say?

The Anglican global warming group also committed to “recruit and empower a core of missionaries from the global south” to come to the United States, “in a ministry of accompaniment and consciousness-raising about the effects of climate change.”  Traditional Christians understand missionaries as proclaimers of the Gospel.  But the Religious Left has mostly reinterpreted redemption to mean conformity to its own political agenda.   Its “missionaries” declare the Good News of reduced political and economic liberty in service to statism and international regulation.

“What’s the difference between the strong attention climate change and climate justice get from much of the developing world, and the lack of attention and even denial of the challenge the issues receive here?” California Bishop Marc Andrus querulously asked in a blog posting leading up to the event in the Dominican Republic. “The answer lies at the heart of the definition of climate justice: it is where poverty is most intense, and thus where people have few resources to protect themselves, that the worst environmental abuses occur.”

Yes, wealthier nations, less distracted by the struggle for survival, can afford to guard their own environment better.  Perhaps poor nations, and the environment, would benefit from economic growth, rather than global warming induced repression of growth, along with enervating, guilt-ridden “tithe” transfer payments from wealthy Western nations.

According to the Episcopal News Service, about 30 attended the Anglican global warming jamboree, including seminarians from Berkeley Divinity School, Yale Divinity School and several Latin American institutions.  No doubt all were suitably enraged when told about repeated instances of “climate injustice” such as the consumption of resources “at such a frantic rate that we are stealing from the future generations of the Earth.” Participants complained about rising water levels “displacing entire island populations,” deforestation, the “decimation” of indigenous peoples, and degraded rivers affected by toxic runoff and human waste. All are the sinister products of global warming, the organizers insisted, having largely replaced the concept of divine judgment with apocalyptic environmental scare scenarios.

“Our hope is in God … who does not forget the covenants made with the Earth, and our hope is in our capacity to love,” the Anglican/Episcopal statement decreed, without citing a Scriptural reference for where the Almighty ever made agreements with “the Earth.” But as devoted servants of “the Earth,” the Episcopal Church segment of the Religious Left no doubt will persevere in its increasingly dubious global warming crusade, perhaps relating to a lonely Noah when he built the ark, and no doubt hoping for eventual vindication.

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  • mememine69

    This plea to environmentalism is making it’s way around the Net.
    “Continued belief in Climate Change’s “death threat of unstoppable warming” is dividing environmentalism, if not all of progressivism too. I can’t look my kids in the eyes anymore and tell them they won’t have kids of their own if they don’t’ start turning the lights off more often and help to SAVE THE PLANET! Issuing CO2 death warrants to our children means we have become the neocons of fear mongering with our Iraq War of lies called Climate Change.

  • mememine69

    PART TWO of two:
    Call it a mistake if you like but it isn’t sustainable in voter consensus anymore. We all know it was just an exaggeration that got away on us. I know, it’s hard to let it go. But we have to face reality and know that support is lost and cant’ possibly come back because that would have people hanging onto THE END OF THE WORLD for another 25 years? Let’s remove the CO2 and start anew. Pollution is real. We get it now. Let’s all grow some and face the future challenges of over population, pollution, energy and waste with courage, and not lead environmentalism down the wrong road any further. DROP THE CO2 AND NOTHING CHANGES, except the fear. Let’s stop the fear and stop the lies. System Change, not Climate Change. Signed, Former Believer.”

  • Amused

    You may not want to call it Global Warming , and it in fact may not be "global warming " , but there is climate change occurring . So much so that the CIA and NSA are scampering to play catch up after years of political games killed funding . Especially during the Bush years . You see climate change , as it relates to countries like Pakistan , with massive population shifting floods , countries of South america , and Africa where crops fail on a massive scale , affects and has distinct implications on American foreign policy , and dependence upon vital resources.