A new holy war is growing within the conservative evangelical community, with implications for both the global environment and American politics. For years liberal Christians and others have made protection of the environment a moral commitment. Now a number of conservative evangelicals are joining the fight, arguing that man's stewardship of the planet is a biblical imperative and calling for action to stop global warming.
But they are being met head-on by opposition from their traditional evangelical brethren who adamantly support the Bush administration in downplaying the threat of global warming and other environmental perils. The political stakes are high: Three out of every four white evangelical voters chose George W. Bush in 2004. "Is God Green?" explores how a serious split among conservative evangelicals over the environment and global warming could reshape American politics.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Is God Green?
A few days ago Bill Moyer of PBS did an extended news feature on how some evangelicals are taking a more aggressive stand on environmental issues. This stand is in opposition to the long held belief by some conservatives that environmental protection issues and global warming are only liberal agendas intent on costing American jobs and hurting corporations. I do think Moyer’s suggestion of a “new holy war” is overly dramatic; however, this is an interesting and growing debate that is worth our attention. You can see the video of the stories here. Below is a summary from Moyer’s website.
Posted by Scott Sterner at 9:32 AM