Even as the science for apocalyptic, human induced global warming continues to implode, the Religious Left is keeping faith. Episcopal Church activists last month gathered in the balmy Dominican Republic to tout a “carbon tithe” by the world’s wealthy nations. This “tithe” would transfer billions of dollars to ostensibly victimized countries of global warming, where no doubt the windfall would help third world regimes about as much as the Great Society’s transfer payments elevated America’s inner cities. But the Religious Left always has faith in “things unseen,” despite all evidence to the contrary.
These particular Episcopal global warming fear-mongers came from the north and the south and the east and the west, as though in fulfillment of the biblical end times. Or more specifically, they came from South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the U.S., including the bishops of California, who no doubt would be piously loath to miss any global warming guilt-fest.
“We have lost a sense of connection with the world, and have become dominators rather than ‘good gardeners;’ over-developed countries have given themselves over to the sin of consumerism,” a fretful statement by the group intoned. “This sin, as sin always does, has clouded and distorted all our relationships: between people, with the Earth, and with our creator God.” The Religious Left sometimes, a little pantheistically, likes to speak of “relationships” with inanimate objects, like “the Earth.” For them, sometimes “the Earth” displaces a higher authority whom believers better merits a “relationship.”
The Episcopal group met around the theme of “climate justice” December 7 – 10, 2010 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic at the Bishop Kellogg Retreat Center, intentionally overlapping with the United Nations’ climate change meeting in Mexico. For the Religious Left, the UN carries almost transcendent authority, though perhaps not so much as “the Earth.”
The meeting originated out of a companion diocese relationship between the Episcopal Diocese of California and the Anglican Diocese of Curitiba in Brazil.
“We’re hoping to change the conversation in the church from one of climate change to climate justice,” the Rev. P. Joshua “Griff” Griffin, environmental justice missioner in the Diocese of California and one of the conference’s organizers, told Episcopal News Service.
Participants originated from the Episcopal Dioceses of California, Central Ecuador, Colombia, Connecticut, Dominican Republic, Haiti, New Hampshire, New York, Olympia, and the Anglican Dioceses of Cuba, Cuernavaca, Curitiba, Guatemala, and Panama. The participating Anglican provinces were Brazil, Central America and the mostly U.S. Episcopal Church (TEC). All three provinces are closely related, with the Brazilian and Central American Churches having originated from the U.S.-based Episcopal Church. Unlike most conservative Global South Anglicans, most of the small provinces of Latin America are tightly wed to the U.S. Episcopal Church and influenced by its leftward drift. Some Latin American dioceses are actually a part of the U.S. Episcopal Church.
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