July 8, 2007

The creator of “creation care”

If you were wondering when the religious right would jump on the global-warming bandwagon, meet Joel Hunter, one of America’s “New Guard” evangelicals:

Until recently, the national evangelical leadership included those who denied the scientific consensus that global warming exists. They rejected the notion that climate change is primarily a result of human activity and feared that significant remedies would cost too many jobs.
Hunter and his allies reject these notions and have adopted the term “Creation Care” as an evangelical euphemism for environmentalism. “We’re approaching it with a biblical agenda rather than a political agenda,” he said. “The church should be about replenishing as much as repenting.”
This should have been obvious, said the Rev. Fred Morris, former executive director of the Florida Council of Churches, who has long urged Hunter to become involved in environ-
mental issues.
“Anyone who professes to believe in a Creator God has a moral and spiritual obligation to care for and defend God’s Creation,” Morris said. “I think he is going to get into hotter and hotter water with his evangelical colleagues, but he is willing to do that, because he knows it is a crucial issue.”

Plus Hunter knows that with a Democrat in the White House, the deranged Dobson/
Robertson axis will lose its grip on power faster than California is burning up—and he wants to fill that vacuum.

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March 25, 2007

Global warming solved

Now why didn’t Al Gore think of this?

Recalling claims that “Jesus spirit” ended a SARS outbreak in 2003, a Filipino sister has called on global warming to stop “in Jesus’ name”.
UCA News reports that Sr Raquel Reodica of the Religious of the Virgin Mary has prayed over national television for an end to global warming, ordering the “spirits” to stop all natural disasters.
“Global warming, I order you in Jesus’ name to stop!” Sr Reodica said in a service broadcast on morning television. Shifting to Tagalog, the main dialect in the northern Philippines, she also commanded “all disasters” to leave the world in peace and order.
Imploring the help of God, who “created heaven and earth” and “created us all,” the nun healer recalled how “Jesus’ spirit” ended the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in some 27 countries in 2003. She said reports of new cases stopped a few days after she started praying.
… Sr Reodica had already started her prayer ministry for ecology at the time of the [1992 United Nations Earth] Summit. Speaking to UCA News, she traced the ministry’s beginning to July 1991, just after Mount Pinatubo erupted in Zambales province, some 80 kilometres northwest of Manila.
A “visionary” came to her convent in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, to find Sr Reodica. She brought her to Botolan town in Zambales, where the statue of the Blessed Mother was covered to its waist in volcanic ash. The woman accompanied her to the statue, where she prayed for the volcano to calm down, and it did a few days later.
Since then, similar visionaries have contacted her, warning of earthquakes, typhoons, eruptions and other natural phenomena.

Still, Reodica has a better understanding of global warming—she believes it is caused by “human beings’ excesses and disregard for ecology”—than our Glorious Leader. Perhaps she could have one of her visionaries contact him.

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March 3, 2007

The green Antichrist

Meanwhile, through the Vatican looking glass:

An arch-conservative cardinal chosen by the Pope to deliver this year’s Lenten meditations to the Vatican hierarchy has caused consternation by giving warning of an Antichrist who is “a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist”.
Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, 78, who retired as Archbishop of Bologna three years ago, quoted Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900), the Russian philosopher, as predicting that the Antichrist “will convoke an ecumenical council and seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions”.
The “masses” would follow the Antichrist, “with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants” who would fight to prevent the watering down and ultimate destruction of the faith, he said.
… The cardinal gave a warning of the coming of the Antichrist during his two decades as the Archbishop of Bologna, and said that an “invasion” of Muslim immigrants was undermining Europe’s Christian values.
Cardinal Biffi said that the Antichrist was not necessarily a person but “the reduction of Christianity to an ideol-
ogy… The teaching that the great Russian philosopher left us is that Christianity cannot be reduced to a set of values. At the heart of being a Christian is the personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” But he quoted with approval from Solovyov’s Three Dialogues on War, Progress and the End of History, which suggests that the Antichrist is a real figure.
Cardinal Biffi said that Christianity stood for “absolute values, such as goodness, truth, beauty”. If “relative values” such as “solidarity, love of peace and respect for nature” became absolute, they would encourage
“idolatry” and “put obstacles in the way of salvation”.

Heaven forbid that the Catholic Church promote peace or respect for nature.

And remember, folks, Biffi was hand-picked for this role by Pope Benedict.

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January 29, 2007

Not so hot

From the country* where one in four citizens believes that Christ’s second coming will take place in 2007:

In North America, which is the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, 84% say they are aware of global warming, but less than half of them (43%) consider it’s a very serious problem.
More worrying, 13% of North Americans said they had never heard or read anything about global warming and one in ten consumers said it was “not a serious problem at all.”
“North Americans consistently ranked least aware and least concerned about global warming,” said [Patrick Dodd, president of polling-firm ACNielsen Europe]. North America’s national apathy towards global warming was likely to be a major reason for Al Gore to make his controversial environmental film documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” which was described by critics as “the most important movie made in 2006.”
The three lowest countries globally in terms of awareness were the UAE, where 16% of respondents said that they had not heard of global warming, followed by the US (13%) and Malaysia (11%).

*Although ACNielsen’s press release refers to “North America,” I’m betting that these statistics are U.S. only. Europeans routinely refer to the U.S. as North America—proving that geographical ignorance isn’t the sole province of U.S. schoolkids.

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January 18, 2007

Northern light

Scotland may be cold, but Frosty wouldn’t like it:


A film made by former US Vice President Al Gore on climate change will be shown in every Scottish secondary school.
Starting in August, every fourth and sixth-year pupil in the country will get the chance to see An Inconvenient Truth, Mr Gore’s stark warning on the future of the planet.
They will do so courtesy of the Scottish Executive and ScottishPower, the energy giant which owns the massive coal-fired Longannet station.
The announcement was made yesterday as Mr Gore attended a conference in Glasgow along with former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix.
Ross Finnie, Scotland’s Environment Minister, said he had been inspired by the film’s “powerful message” and thought the nation’s young people would be too.
… He said: “I am very clear that climate change is with us and is a real problem and that there is scientific backing to that.
“Anybody who has observed the pattern of this year’s winter and who thinks that nothing is happening has got to be on planet Mars.”
… The minister said he saw no problems with the executive co-operating with a private power generator to distribute the film.
ScottishPower, which will invest tens of thousands in the scheme, is currently developing renewables, including controversial wind power schemes.

The irony of ScottishPower sponsoring this initiative may have been lost on Finnie, but it sure won’t be to those who live in the shadow of its ageing, atmosphere-choking power plants.

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