“Make no mistake about it. Environmentalism is no longer your friend. It is your enemy.” (Janet Parshall)
The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation has a message for you: Environmentalism is of the devil. The founder of the Cornwall Alliance refers to environmentalism as “the Cult of the Green Dragon.” I know, you’re thinking, Ooohhh, scawy! But fundagelicals don’t think of dragons as cool mythical beasts. They think of dragons as symbolic of evil and Satan. To them, dragons are scary, because they represent the very greatest danger of all.
Environmentalism has become a new religion.
Environmentalism’s policies are devastating to the world’s poor.
Environmentalism threatens the sanctity of life.
Environmentalism is targeting our youth.
Environmentalism’s vision is global.
They’re offering what they call a “one-of-a-kind DVD series, discussion guide, and book presenting a Christian response to radical environmentalism.” The fifty dollar DVD series has six hours’ worth of material, plus “a bonus documentary and digital discussion guide containing questions and suggested practical applications for churches, Sunday schools, families, classrooms, home schools, and small groups.” The book, Resisting the Green Dragon, is available for thirty bucks, and you can buy the book and DVDs together for seventy-two. They say their products will help you “slay the green dragon and promote the true gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The Wonk Room gives us the following information about the Cornwall Alliance:
The Cornwall Alliance appears to be a creation of a group called the James Partnership, a nonprofit run by Chris Rogers and Peter Stein, according to documents filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Rogers, who heads a media and public relations firm called CDR Communications, collaborates with longtime oil front group operative David Rothbard, the founder and President of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and Jacques Villarreal, a lower level staffer at CFACT, for his James Partnership group. In the past, Rogers’ firm has worked for the Bush administration and for the secretive conservative planning group, the Council for National Policy. …
In late 2005, evangelical leaders like Rick Warren joined a drive to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying “millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.” To counter this historic shift in the evangelical community, a group called the “Interfaith Stewardship Alliance” (ISA) was launched to oppose action on carbon emissions and to deny the existence of climate chance. One of the men guiding this group was Paul Driessen, a consultant for ExxonMobil, the mining industry, and for CFACT. …
According to disclosures, CFACT is funded by at least $542,000 from ExxonMobil, $60,500 from Chevron, and $1,280,000 from Scaife family foundations, which are rooted in wealth from Gulf Oil and steel interests.
The people plugging this book and DVD set on their promotional video include Christian talk radio personality Janet Parshall; Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association; Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills; Cornwall Alliance founder Dr. E. Calvin Beisner; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; prominent Southern Baptist Dr. Richard Land; David Barton, Founder of Wallbuilders; Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family; Dr. David Noebel of Summit Ministries; Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America; Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Frank Wright, President or National Religious Broadcasters; Dr. Michael Farris of Patrick Henry College; writer Steven Hayward; and James Tonkovich of the Cornwall Alliance.
Can you guess what, apart from their fear and hatred of environmentalism, they all have in common? I’ll bet you can.
They’re all Creationists. They’re all anti-abortion. And they’re all virulently anti-gay. It’s the same pattern we see over and over again among fundamentalist Christians and Muslims: They hate science, they hate women’s rights, and they hate gay people. And now they hate environmentalism. Big surprise. No doubt the vast forces of ignorance will take this assembly of cranks, haters, and superstition mongers seriously. They’ve got to keep their followers fired up about something.