Debate on how we act as stewards of the environment continues in our nation’s capital. The Bush administration has sided with polluters and profiteers over biblical mandates for the protection of creation. All the evidence suggests that care for creation doesn’t count as a moral value for this president or his allies on Capitol Hill. The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries reports on their latest assault:
The biblical call to be stewards of God's creation has led people of many faith traditions to oppose opening the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil or gas exploration. This is a national treasure, an ecosystem virtually in its original form. It is currently under threat by a backdoor proposal in the Senate to include a drilling proposal in the budget process and thus avoid a full debate. Let your senators know that you oppose opening ANWR to drilling and development, and further oppose any attempt to slip major policy decisions past the American public.
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Religious leaders – including prominent evangelical Christians – are speaking out on the need for protecting the environment. The New York Times quotes The Reverend Rich Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, as saying recently, "I don't think God is going to ask us how he created the earth, but he will ask us what we did with what he created." Over 1,000 mainline religious leaders recently released a statement stating that: “To continue to walk the current path of ecological destruction is not only folly; it is sin.” You cannot find a clearer example of sin than the Republican effort to destroy the environmental health of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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