civil rights movement, climate change, global warming, Jefferts Schori, Katharine Jefferts Schori
Well, it’s official: Al Gore is no longer the high priest of global warming. He’s been supplanted by a woman with higher credentials; at least higher in terms of faith. As it is faith upon which the global warming movement is based, this is particularly appropriate. The Guardian, which is very much a cheerleader for the movement/one true faith has the story:
The highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a ‘blind’ and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.
‘It is in that sense much like the civil rights movement in this country where we are attending to the rights of all people and the rights of the earth to continue to be a flourishing place,’ Bishop Jefferts Schori said in an interview with the Guardian. ‘It is certainly a moral issue in terms of the impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable around the world already.’
In the same context, Jefferts Schori attached moral implications to climate denial, suggesting those who reject the underlying science of climate change were turning their backs on God’s gift of knowledge.
‘Episcopalians understand the life of the mind is a gift of God and to deny the best of current knowledge is not using the gifts God has given you,’ she said. ‘In that sense, yes, it could be understood as a moral issue.’
She went on: ‘I think it is a very blind position. I think it is a refusal to use the best of human knowledge, which is ultimately a gift of God.
And how is the head of the Episcopal church intending to use her office and the moral authority of the church?
It’s hard work when you have a climate denier who will not see the reality of scientific truth,’ she said.
Ah! So now we see that the job of the church is to bring the light of scientific truth to climate deniers, and it’s hard work indeed. I assume this would make global warming hockey stick bully Michael Mann a saint? In other words, gentle readers, if you think climate change one of the great scams of human history, you sin. Thus does the Episcopal Church continue down the slippery slope of replacing Christian doctrine with progressive political orthodoxy.
Come to think of it, I didn’t know the Episcopal Church actually recognized sins anymore…
Pro or con: both sides use ideology and propaganda to promote their points and both sides ultimately aim to control related policy as well. If conservatives ever came to decide that the prospect of global warming created advantage for them: they’d be on it like flies on a dog turd.
I grew up in the Episcopal Church (Holy Apostles in Ft. Worth). To see the church of my child hood turn into this makes me want to throw up.
Mike McDaniel said:
I’m a paid professional singer at St. John’s Anglican Church–formerly an Episcopal Church/Diocese. One doesn’t hear much about global warming there.
I’m roman catholic these days out here in the people’s republic. Mostly because I’ll take a catholic eduction any day over a public one here. So I’ve lost touch with the Episcopal Church. I had heard of the split of many churches from the Episcopalian mainstream into the Anglican Communion. I’m glad to know that at least some of them are doing well.
The real danger of the global warming scam is it will turn the public away from scientific inquiry. We really can’t afford that. The scientific house needs to be cleaned and soon.
The other giant issue is that in the case of the woman bishop and the black president, they should have seen the historic opportunity to show they could do the job. Steer a prudent course etc. Get the job done and do as little harm as possible. Instead they have shown the woman really should not be bishop and the black guy should not be president.
Mark E said:
If that really a moon on that bat’s hat?