Thursday, February 09, 2006

Will Green Evangelicals Make Rove See Red?

The unholy union between the neo-cons and the religious right has been a profitable one, what with taking over all three branches of government and all, but there are some cracks developing and we on the left should help turn those cracks into gaping chasms.

There is new movement within the evangelical community toward acceptance and action on the crisis of global warming.

Suzanne Goldenberg in WashingtonThursday February 9, 2006
The Guardian

"Whether you believe the Earth began 4,000 years ago, or 4bn years ago, you are still concerned with the consequences of global warming, especially for the poor," said Leith Anderson, pastor of a "mega-church" in Minneapolis, and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Eighty-six influential evangelists yesterday endorsed an environmental action plan that calls on the Bush administration to impose mandatory limits on the fossil fuel emissions that scientists blame for warmer temperatures.

The initiative marks a rare challenge to President George Bush from one of his most loyal constituencies: his fellow Christians. Mr Bush, a former Texas oil man, has refused to acknowledge the dangers caused by burning fossil fuels, and his administration has repeatedly been accused of stifling scientific evidence on the issue of climate change.


Of course the big names in religious pandering are staying far away from this one. James Dobson and Pat Robertson will continue to support bad policy regardless of the consequences to people of faith or the rest of the world. I’m an atheist and I show more respect for God than either Dobson or Robertson, they are political hacks driven by greed and political ambitions, God is only the vehicle they use to get them to their pot of gold.

Perhaps there is hope yet for the sleepwalking masses and maybe, just maybe, some of them are growing tired of having their God peddled as a Bush crony. This would constitute Karl Rove’s worst nightmare and we should help facilitate any split within the ranks. If some of them are willing to stand up for the Earth now, it may not be long before they are willing to take a stand against mean spirited Conservative driven reverse Robin Hood economic policies and pre-emptive military strikes against sovereign nations that pose no threat to us.

For those who are making a move in our direction, we should throw open the door and welcome them with open arms. Evangelicals are the reason most cited for Bush’s two election wins, split that group down the middle and Republicans lose their foot soldiers and the neo-cons will have to find another bunch of dupes to help them achieve their aims. And as appealing as the neo-cons are to the average working stiff, they will have a hard time filling the Evangelicals’ shoes.

8 Comments:

Blogger Rory Shock said...

Well, I'll take any shred of sanity on any subject from anybody ... but I'm very wary of any "alliance" with evangelicals as a whole given the messed up unreal beliefs purveyed by so many ... I dunno, thought provoking and interesting position for an avowed atheist ... a deal with the devil? Definitely provocative post. Thanks.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Roberta Kelly said...

Yes Mollie, I agree 100%. I have composed a little something for all these fine folks who believe in Jesus and "The Beatitudes" ~

"Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"
"Blessed are they that Mourn for they shall be Comforted"
"Blessed are the Meek for they shall Inherit the Earth"
"Blessed are they which DO Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness for they shall be Filled"
"Blessed are the Merciful for they shall obtain Mercy"
"Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God"
"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God"
"Blessed are they which are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven for so persecuted they the Prophets which were before you.”

I'll post my version of "The Sermon on the Mount" tomorrow after I have had the opportunity to send it via fax, email and regular mail to all those who genuinely believe in the words of Jesus Christ ~ who would obviously reject the practices of Rove, Bush, Cheney, et al.

We need the army of the Evangelicals on our side for a change and what Jesus believed, so do we as conscious professional human beings, it's impossible not to when we take responsibility for the power of choice.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Rory--I certainly didn't mean to suggest that we should form an alliance with the evangelicals as a whole, but if some of them are willing to meet us where we live on certain issues, we should welcome them and we should facilitate any split amongst the group as a whole. I don't advocate negotiating with religious extremists, that would be an exercise in futility.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

I hear ya

6:42 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

I love it Roberta, spread it far and wide!

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Roberta Kelly said...

Closed minds do not get opened without trying to understand everyone and their personal beliefs. Narrow minds do not get broadened without deep problem solving. We don't have to adopt another person's belief, but being tolerant is all about understanding that we are, each and every one of us ~ sensitive, caring, loving beings with lots of fears, phobias and yes, some with very ignorant beliefs. It can get distorted and GWB, et al, is an obvious corruption of subtle energy.

Welcoming everyone into the hope of tomorrow, in the march against intolerance, is important. The times are going to be such that we must learn to accept one another's beliefs, and just as long as the energy of one's own psyche doesn't become a victim to another psyche's manipulation, the energy just keeps moving in a perpetual state of spirals.

It's just as tough to not manipulate energy as it is to cultivate it.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

I just don't get this. I mean, won't God step in and fix things when he gets pissed off enough?

11:21 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Neil--you'd think so wouldn't you? I hope he brings Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy with him when he's ready to kick some ass and straighten out this mess.

12:17 PM  

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