If it were really true that religion is the opiate of the people then I suspect issues of World Magazine would cost somewhere in the $125 range.
Friend Noel left a helpful link attached to my James Dobson post. I’d like to pull that out of comment obscurity and bring it right here to lead my post about evangelicals that Dobson is frustrated with.
(Initially I was going to specifically write about Richard Cizik. Cizik is the National Association of Evangelicals Vice President for Government Affairs. This week he’s going to be on American Public Media’s Speaking of Faith. The show will be freely available by podcast on Thursday. DO IT! But be careful, public media is known to be radical, for example this will be a 50-plus minute conversation between two people. When they interrupt each other they'll actually be sorry.)
World Magazine April 22, 2006: Greener than thou: Earth Day 2006 arrives with some evangelicals making a controversial push for radical environmental legislation
This article provides a glimpse from the “right” side at the rift between the evangelicals who are wasting their time on climate change and those who are…um…not. I highly recommend reading it. It introduces all the characters.
The article is dubious though…
The “push for radical environmental legislation” that the subtitle mentions is actually the approach affirmed by our US Senate in the Domenici-Bingaman resolution. This resolution was adopted in June 2005, back when the Senate was known to be radical and out of touch with reality. This push for legislation is one paragraph of a 26 paragraph document.
The first paragraph of the article suggests that the April Earth Day Gloom-a-thon (Time Magazine and 60 Minutes specifically) shaped these people’s opinions. The document was introduced in February and had little to do with Earth Day. The core individuals involved have been working on climate change since 2004.
Go here and see the radical action steps the Evangelical Climate Initiative recommends - “10 Things You Can Do as an Individual and Family Member.” The first one is to pray. That's a pretty good hint at just how radical these people are.
Here is an article about the rift from the New York Times perspective - Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative
Here is a perspective from document signer Jim Wallis of Sojourner’s Magazine - An Evangelical Climate Change: 'I'm tired of those old white guys telling us what to think and do.'