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Green Evangelicals ‘Masquerade’ New EPA Rule as ‘Pro-Life’


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green-evangelicals-%E2%80%9Cmasquerade%E2%80%9D-new-epa-rule-as-%E2%80%9Cpro-life%E2%80%9DFront Page Magazine:

Over the last year, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads promoting as “pro-life” new power plant regulations from the Obama Administration. The aim is to persuade America’s largest religious demographic to embrace ardent environmentalism as intrinsic to their faith.

This week, EEN’s chief testified before a Congressional committee ostensibly on behalf of a “growing” number of evangelicals who are now “consistently pro-life” by adopting political causes of the left on poverty and the environment, according to my assistant Kristin Rudolph who listened in. Reverend Mitchell Hescox insisted that faithful Christians should back new rules potentially costing over $9 billion annually so as to defend the “unborn” from mercury.

Evidently the plan is that evangelicals, whom The Washington Post once infamously called “’poor, undereducated and easily led, will enlist in the zealous green movement after understanding that the “unborn” are now the beneficiaries. Seemingly, evangelical lemmings are expected not to think through such complexities as cost/benefit analysis or whether the expensive and expansive new regulations actually address a real threat to large numbers.

Expanding the definition of “pro-life” to include environmentalism, for starts, ultimately neutralizes the label altogether. For this reason, secular left-wing philanthropies, like the Rockefellers Brothers Fund, are possibly shrewd to back EEN’s drive for “pro-life” elasticity. One EEN television ad portrays a pastor warning: “I expect members of Congress to protect the unborn.” An EEN’s radio ad featured the pastor asking Michigan voters to thank their liberal Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow “for their leadership, and let them know you support continued efforts to keep the unborn safe from mercury pollution.” By implication, members of Congress who are pro-life on abortion but don’t succumb to the mercury scare campaign are actually less than pro-life.Scissors-32x32.png

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