Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who has criticized the media's coverage of evangelicals going green, commented, "These liberals mean it is OK to support those who would deny and oppose the central tenets on which we have focused and worked so long and hard to achieve. They are polluting our religious communities by diluting our standards."
"When we embrace the strident messages of radical environmentalism, we are neither just, nor merciful, nor good stewards of the earth, and we condemn the world's poorest people to continued misery and disease," Rabbi Daniel Lapin has argued as president of Toward Tradition, a leading non-profit that defends traditional Judeo-Christian values. "This is not what God intended, and not what our traditions have taught."
To underscore its support for traditional principles on the environment, an interfaith coalition met in 1999 to create the "Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship." The declaration, which has collected over 1,000 signatures, chides much of the environmental movement's alarmism and urges a need for environmental policies based on "reason - including sound theology and sound science."
"Religious leaders are easy prey to lend their moral weight to bad environmental policy," said Rev. Gerald Zandstra, who directs the Center for Environmental Stewardship at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. "They need to beware they are not captured by radical environmentalists."
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