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Wednesday, March 28, 2007 01:41 am

Christian extremists go nuts

The global warming debate divides evangelicals

Untitled Document Just when you hoped that extremist Christian political leaders might have learned a lesson from November’s elections, here they come again — nuttier than a pecan forest. What’s got them jumping out of their shells is all the fuss about global warming. In particular, they’re upset that so many evangelical ministers and churches have become involved in this crucial environmental issue. The evangelical activists see global warming as a violation of the Biblical injunction to provide good stewardship of God’s green earth, and they are joining with scientists and others to stop the industrial forces causing the earth to warm. “Creation Care,” they call it. But, whoa, this Gospel-inspired effort does not suit the agenda of such Christian right-wing political operatives as James Dobson, Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins, and Paul Weyrich. So they sent a letter to the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 30 million churchgoers, demanding that it hush up. Excuse me, but who in the name of Jesus are these guys to be making demands on the ministers and churches? All admit that their groups are not members of the evangelical association, and none of the four is even an ordained minister — they’re heads of political operations aligned with Republican Party. These partisans have been leaders in trying to whip up Christian froth around the bogus gay-marriage issue, using it to produce votes for George W. and the GOP. Now that evangelicals are moving beyond that single-issue definition of their movement, the politicos are panicked that their own influence is waning. In their letter, they’re reduced to whining that evangelicals are siding with lefties and pushing issues that “draw warm and fuzzies from liberal crusaders.”
What a bunch of goobers! They’re separating themselves from their own base, from the American mainstream, and from reality.  

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, columnist, and author.
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