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May 26, 2005

OpEd masquerading as news

From Knight Ridder Newspapers via the San Luis Obispo, (California) Tribune:

On such issues as global climate change, endangered species, and mercury hazards to the unborn, many evangelical Christians are parting ways with conservatives. They are embracing environmental protection as "stewardship" of God's creation.

A. This is nothing new. Evangelicals have always recognized our duty as stewards of nature.

B. We aren't parting ways with other Conservatives, either. Other Conservatives have acknowledged the need for responsibly handling the environment, we just never used it as a sleazy political ploy the way Liberals have.

One such expression came last week, when President Bush gave the commencement address at Calvin College, a small school in the Reformed tradition in Grand Rapids, Mich. A third of the faculty of the college signed an open letter to Bush, citing "conflicts between our understanding of what Christians are called to do and many of the policies of your administration."

Among the concerns, the faculty wrote: "As Christians we are called to be caretakers of God's good creation. We believe your environmental policies have harmed creation and have not promoted long-term stewardship of our natural environment."

Lots of unanswered questions there. It's become painfully apparent that while a school may claim to be of a certain religion or tradition, it's faculty and even administration may have ideas in complete opposition to those claims. Just because the school claims to be “reformed” doesn't mean it is any more than that it is. Which professors? What are their views on issues that would distinguish them as truly Evangelical Conservatives? Knight Ridder conveniently omitted those details.

Historically, many evangelical Christians have been suspicious of environmentalism as a liberal, godless movement more interested in scenery than souls.

No, radical environmentalism. There's a big difference that the writer seem oblivious to. True environmentalism has been a concern among all Conservatives all along.

But in recent months, a number of evangelical leaders have advocated for strong measures to protect the environment, based on biblical teachings of stewardship, helping the poor, and loving one's neighbors.

No, there's just been more effort made to acknowledge the fact that the enviro-nut cases that the MSM claim define “environmentalism” are not the only ones concerned about the environment and that caring for the environment should not be defined in terms of the type of radical, anti-people mentality expressed by fruitcakes like Greenpeace and ELF.

The piece is very slanted and pushes the writers agenda in spite of the facts. Knight Ridder needs to learn the difference between news and opinion.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 26, 2005 09:21 AM

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