As an ideology, the left is utterly spent. Its grand vision of human wealth, prosperity, and happiness via secular collectivism died with the collapse of the world’s major communist regimes. It’s now a political zombie, walking and talking, but without a mind directing it. Nonetheless, the agenda of the left is still a danger, particularly if its programs are picked up by the religious right. Case in point: religious environmentalism. Here’s how the NY Times article “When Cleaner Air Is a Biblical Obligation” begins:
In their long and frustrated efforts pushing Congress to pass legislation on global warming, environmentalists are gaining a new ally. With increasing vigor, evangelical groups that are part of the base of conservative support for leading Republicans are campaigning for laws that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists have linked with global warming.
In the latest effort, the National Association of Evangelicals, a nonprofit organization that includes 45,000 churches serving 30 million people across the country, is circulating among its leaders the draft of a policy statement that would encourage lawmakers to pass legislation creating mandatory controls for carbon emissions.
Environmentalists rely on empirical evidence as their rationale for Congressional action, and many evangelicals further believe that protecting the planet from human activities that cause global warming is a values issue that fulfills Biblical teachings asking humans to be good stewards of the earth.
“Genesis 2:15,” said Richard Cizik, the association’s vice president for governmental affairs [!], citing a passage that serves as the justification for the effort: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
“We believe that we have a rightful responsibility for what the Bible itself challenges,” Mr. Cizik said. “Working the land and caring for it go hand in hand. That’s why I think, and say unapologetically, that we ought to be able to bring to the debate a new voice.”
Here’s a quote to remember, courtesy of that lovely Mr. Cizik: “I don’t think there’s a Republican running for the White House in 2008 who will not have to deal with the emergence of evangelicals on creation care.”
The phrase “creation care” really says it all, no?