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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bill to Make Illegal Activity Illegal Reminds Roman Catholic Cardinal of Nazis and Communists

Los Angeles Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony says the premise underlying an Arizona immigration bill is not only "false," but also "nonsense," thus distinguishing it from other bills with premises that are true but nonsense, and other legislation that is false but sensible.

An article reporting on the Cardinal's sentiments, in the Los Angeles Times by Teresa Watanabe, says "the Arizona legislation, which has yet to be signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, would make it a crime to be in the state illegally..."

Up to now, evidently, it has been legal to be in the state illegally.

Mohony is upset over legislation that, according to Watanabe, would:
...make it a crime to be in the state illegally and require law enforcement officers to check the legal status of those they suspect are undocumented. The legislation would also bar people from soliciting work or hiring workers under certain circumstances, a provision aimed at the day-labor trade.
Mohony implies this law is comparable to children being required to call 911 to report the immigration status of illegal-alien parents, and says "I can't imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation."

The Los Angeles Times says the proposed law "would not require people to report suspected illegal immigrants to authorities, as Mahony intimated."


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Friday, March 19, 2010

Why Read Time or McClatchy, When You Can Just Visit the Media Matters Website Directly?

Kate Pickert of Time magazine's Swampland column complains that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh responded to the left's exploitation of 11-year-old Marcelas Owens in its desperate 14-month effort to pass its health care takeover.

According to Pickert, Limabugh said:
"Now this is unseemly, exploitative, an 11-year-old boy being forced to tell his story all over just to benefit the Democrat Party and Barack Obama ...And, I would say this to Marcelas Owens: 'Well, your mom would still have died, because Obamacare doesn't kick in until 2014.'"
and Beck said:
"That's the George Soros-funded Obama-approved group fighting for health care... Since all of the groups are so concerned and involved now, may I ask where were you when Marcelas' mother was vomiting blood?"
I don't see either of those statements as an attack on Marcelas, so if that's the worst Pickert can come up with, it appears the gentlemen were holding their fire, probably in deference to the boy's age.

Pickert then rather hypocritically says:
Since Democrats are trotting Marcelas before the cameras, there's nothing wrong with reporters or pundits checking out his story to see if it's true. That's fair game.
O-kay. Reporters checking out the family's personal history to see if Mercalas is a liar is one thing, but Limbaugh pointing out that passage of ObamaCare wouldn't help Mercalas' mother if she were alive and sick today, or Beck wondering why the groups exploiting Mercelas now didn't help his family when it could have used the help, is not?

Pickert linked to a McClatchy Newspapers story by Les Blumenthal as the source of her Limbaugh and Beck quotes. The Blumenthal story tracks extremely, extremely closely with a March 6 post by the left-wing Media Matters organization.

By sourcing Blumenthal rather than the Limbaugh and Beck shows themselves, Pickert essentially admits she did not listen to, or read a transcript of, what the two men said in context. By citing only the same quotes Media Matters reported, along with quotes from a Michelle Malkin column that the Media Matters post linked to, McClatchy's Blumenthal pretty much signals he reguritatated left-wing talking points and called it news.

Media Matters, for its part, was appreciative: It ran a post today commending Blumenthal for his article that "simply lays out the facts."

Addendum: Ed Schultz at MSNBC also seems to track pretty closely to Media Matters talking points, too:


Amazing how they all use the same quotes, isn't it?

Hat tip: YouTube - PoliticsNewsNews's Channel for the Ed Schultz video.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Does Spokesman for Global Warming Alarmists Have Inside Line to Satan?

The Devil ala H. Jon Benjamin from Lucy, the D...Old pal?

Pat Robertson says the earthquake in Haiti is a consequence of Haiti's pact with the devil dating back to the late 18th Century.

Of course, no one can rule out the possibility that God might visit his wrath on any nation for its sinful ways, but Robertson went much, much beyond that.

On his 700 Club program, Robertson didn't just assert that Haitians had pledged their devotion to the devil if he freed them from their French occupiers, but said "the devil said okay, it's a deal..."

I'd love to see the footnote on that one. Perhaps it was the same source he used in determining the high correlation between hurricanes and sinfulness. Or perhaps he and Beelzebub are old pals.

Pat Robertson's statement puts his position on global warming in perspective, doesn't it? For anyone who doesn't know, he believes anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are causing catastrophic warming of the planet.

His statement says something about the global warming alarmist movement to which he now belongs, too.

Ordinarily, a global warming Chicken Little spouting off something nutty would be completely unremarkable. In fact, I expect it. But Robertson is no ordinary clucker. He's been a spokesman for Al Gore's "Alliance for Climate Protection," appearing in the group's "We Can Solve it" advertisements urging action on climate change.

So Al Gore looked around and thought to himself, "Pat Robertson... now there's a credible guy. He's just who we need to reassure the public that we aren't a bunch of crackpots."

Oh, did I mention that Robertson appeared in Gore's ads with the Reverend Al Sharpton?

Doubly reassuring, no doubt.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Unto You Is Born This Day

Luke 2: 1-14

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

What's Happening Now

Tim Cavanaugh: Another fiscal year older, another $1.65 trillion in debt.

Michael van der Galien: Everybody loves clowns, right?

GE gets its payoff.

Jules Crittenden: Intelligence without experience is like knowing how roller skates work without ever having skated. (One guess who he's talking about.)

PhRMA spends $9.4 million more promoting left-wing health care "reform"; forgets left-wing health care means drugs gets rationed.

Patterico tries to get a Washington Post correction. Good luck with that.

British Christian hotel owners charged with criminal offense after discussing religion with Muslim guest.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Is the Liberal Health Care Plan a Trojan Horse for Socialized Medicine?


Get the answer from the liberals who know. Watch this 4-minute video from Glenn Beck's June 15, 2009 television program.


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Friday, June 05, 2009

BeldarBlog: POTUS as the Great Defender of the Faith

Beldar said it well:
Has [President Obama] actually read his present job description, or the rest of the Constitution and its amendments?
If he thinks fighting "against negative sterotypes of Islam wherever they appear" is what a U.S. President is elected to do, I think a few of his countrymen might differ. (That is, his countrymen here in the good old USA, not the ones in whatever country he was talking about that has one of the largest Muslim populations in the world.)

Funny, the left always seems to be claiming or at least acting like "separation of church and state" is in the Constitution, and now this.


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Friday, May 08, 2009

Watch Deneen Borelli Live Online on Fox's "Strategy Room" Monday, May 11

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on the Fox News Channel's online "Strategy Room" program on Monday, May 11 between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM eastern.

Deneen expects to raise the issue of the seemingly high wall of separation between church and state erected by the Obama White House. This discussion would include the covering of religious symbols during Obama's recent speech at Georgetown University and his lack of active participation in the National Day of Prayer. It will also likely include discussion of his upcoming planned commencement address at Notre Dame that has outraged many Catholics and social conservatives.

In comments on the issue that have been submitted to the "Fox Forum," Deneen wrote:
Judging by his actions, it seems President Obama's true spiritual devotion lies more with to politics than religion. Religious institutions apparently only present a prominent forum for him to enhance his reputation.

...Given Obama's track record, it's not surprising that his possibly most direct religious statement as president thus far has been his declaration that "we are not a nation of Christians."
To access the live Internet broadcast, click here and then click the "STREAM THIS NOW" headline in the center or the page under the photo.

This post was written by National Center for Public Policy Research Executive Director David Almasi. To send comments to the author, write him at [email protected].

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

No Lions at Georgetown

Some Christians faced lions in the Coliseum rather than deny Jesus.

At the theoretically-Catholic Georgetown University, all it takes is a White House request.

From "Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request," by Edwin Mora for CNSNews.com:
Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram "IHS" -- symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ -- because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.
A Georgetown official told CNSNews: "The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they've done for other policy speeches..."

So they covered up Jesus Christ.

Addendum: The White House responds:
Decisions made about the backdrop for the speech were made to have a consistent background of American flags, which is standard for many presidential events," said White House spokesman Shin Inouye in a statement released Thursday.
The White House wants a "consistent background."

What, they don't appreciate diversity?



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Unto You Is Born This Day

Luke 2: 1-14

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Project 21's Nedd Joins Other Religious Leaders at UN Public Health Conference

From David Almasi:
Project 21 member Council Nedd II, a bishop in the Episcopal Missionary Church, is returning from Geneva, Switzerland, where he helped lead a non-governmental organization (NGO) delegation to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. Council was there to defend the intellectual property rights that currently protect patents on prescription medications.

Activists are seeking WHO approval to circumvent these patents, saying the needs of the poor and afflicted outweigh a drug company's intellectual property rights.

Council and three other members of the international clergy -- Bishop Emeritus Albilio Ribas of Sao Tome & Principe (Roman Catholic), The Rev. Fr. Anthony Ojeh of Asaba, Nigeria (Anglican, like Nedd) and Pastor William Daldoum of the Nations Upon the Rock Church in Sudan (Pentacostal) -- have signed a statement of principles regarding faith, health care and the protection of individual property rights (the patent on medicines, in particular). They see patents and the protection of them as vital to ensuring new and better health care advancement in the future.

These men -- who have engaged in health care-related missionary work in African countries that include Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Sa Tome & Principe, Angola, Sudan and Nigeria -- decry the claim that "patents deny patients access to medication" and instead want to promote "the importance of intellectual property rights to advancements in developing world health care."

To follow is their statement:
Whereas it is being said in certain quarters that patents deny patients access to medication, we the clergy gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, based on our hands on experience in our public health missionary activities, particularly in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Sa Tome & Principe, Angola, Sudan and Nigeria hereby declare and affirm that:
The most important issue here is keeping people alive and healthy.

Drug counterfeiting which is prevalent in Africa and particularly in Uganda, Ghana, Sudan and Nigeria denies patients access to life saving medicines because of the abysmally poor and dangerous quality of the counterfeit drugs.

Scientific and technological research and development are very important in guaranteeing the development and production of new quality life saving medications and in effect opens the door for patients to access quality medication.

Counterfeit and inferior drugs worsen and complicate ailments and the condition of patients. In very many cases, counterfeit drugs destroy lives and deplete needed human capital. Patients should be protected from counterfeit drugs.

Patents are a driving force for incentives in drug research and development. If researchers insist on being rewarded through patent protection for their inventions and discoveries, so be it. The important thing is that lives are saved thereby and not destroyed. The laborer after all is deserving of his pay.

Considering that all human beings are individually gifted, and if it be necessary to preserve patents as an incentive, monetary or otherwise to encourage further scientific and technological discoveries in quality life saving drugs, then we should do it. More especially as we cannot at this point rule out the possibility of the emergence of new diseases that could threaten human existence in the future, we need to preserve incentives to encourage an individual to use his/her gifts for the benefit of others especially in matters of human health. After all our civilization does not encourage us to force a man to use his natural gifts for the benefit of his fellowman. Such an individual may refuse his gift, and if he does so, that is a matter between him and his maker.

Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Miracle Healer. He tells us in the book of John 14:12 that "The things I do ye also can do them." The effect of this is that it is in our power to be miracle healers through gifted scientists by preserving the instrument that encourages them to find solution to our health problems. Patent protection seems to effectively do that. The starting point is to discover the solution such as the drug and then ensure that the patient is able to access the solution. First the solution must be available, and then we ensure access.

In light of the above, patents actually do save lives. The issue is to ensure that people are kept alive and healthy.

Counterfeit and fake drugs do not save lives. They destroy lives. Existing medicines must be made available to those in need of them, wherever they may be. We must not allow bad politics to take precedence over the safety of human lives and good health today and tomorrow.
God Bless. Signed this 30th Day of April 2008,
The Most Rev. Albilio Ribas, Bishop Emeritus of Sao Tome & Principe

The Right Rev. Council Nedd II, Bishop of the Chesapeake, EMC

The Rev. Fr. Anthony Ojeh, Asaba, Nigeria

Pastor William Daldoum, Nations Upon the Rock Church
For more on this issue, I recommend a New Visions Commentary, "Underserved and Overlooked," by Council Nedd that Project 21 published in February.
To contact author David Almasi directly, write him at [email protected]. David is executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. He provides staffing support to Project 21.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Global Warming Alarmism and Religion - Together at Last?

From Peyton Knight:
This is a summary report from last Thursday's Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled, "An Examination of the Views of Religious Organizations Regarding Global Warming."

In her opening statement, committee chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said that "Evangelical Christians, Catholics, African Methodist Episcopals, Jews, mainline Protestant Christians, and many other people of faith see the need for action on global warming as a moral, ethical, and scriptural mandate." The clear implication being that the religious community, by and large, was of one mind on the issue.

She then laid out her "vision" of "lush forests teeming with wildlife," clean air, clean water, and various other illustrative descriptions of nature at its best, as well as the United States taking the lead in promoting a "new green economy."

She invoked her own grandson and future grandson for the cause, saying that we all need to save nature for them and other children.

She concluded by quoting "ancient religious writings," saying: "See to it that you do not destroy my world, for there is no one to repair it after you." (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13)

In his opening statement before the committee, ranking minority member Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) pointed out that Sen. Boxer's committee had conducted "hearing after hearing after hearing on global warming. But we have yet to have legislative hearings on the climate bills that are supposedly the reason for this endless parade of hearings."

Sen. Inhofe also noted that the Congressional Budget Office had recently released a report titled "Trade-Offs in Allocating Allowances for CO2 Emissions" that found a carbon dioxide allocation scheme would disproportionately harm the poor. The Senator referred such a scheme as "Robin Hood" in reverse.

Inhofe cited a quote from Barrett Duke, Vice President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who cautioned that we should avoid global warming policies that "make the delivery of electricity to [undeveloped countries] more difficult, millions of people will be condemned to more hardship, more disease, shorter lives and more poverty."

Inhofe also took on one of the chief evangelical global warming alarmists, Rev. Richard Cizik, noting that Cizik also "shares the beliefs of liberals on the issue of population control." According to Inhofe, Cizik told the World Bank in May 2006: "I'd like to take on the population issue... We need to confront population control and we can - we're not Roman Catholics after all - but it's too hot to handle now."

The Senator then offered his own Biblical perspective regarding global warming, saying that we "should respect creation and be wise stewards, but we must be careful not to fall into the trap of secular environmentalists who believe man is an afterthought on this Earth."

For good measure, he quoted Romans 1:25: "They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God's creation instead of God who will be praised forever. Amen."

Below are the summary views of the panelists who testified at the hearing.

*The Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

According to Dr. Schori: "The crisis of climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the goodness, interconnectedness, and sanctity of the world God created and loves."

She implored the committee to make cutting carbon emissions by 15 to 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 a "national priority."

Dr. Schori testified that poverty kills 30,000 people in the world each day, and, according to her: "We cannot triumph over global poverty, however, unless we also address climate change, as the two phenomena are intimately related. Climate change exacerbates global poverty, and global poverty propels climate change."

As for mitigating the detrimental effects of global warming policies (i.e., skyrocketing energy prices) on the poorest among us, Dr. Schori recommends adjusting tax policies "to encourage middle and low income taxpayers to take advantage of new technologies or to adjust to potentially higher energy costs." She also suggests throwing more money at the "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program" (LIHEAP) and expanding the program to pull more households under its umbrella.

*John L. Carr, Secretary of the Department of Social Development and World Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Channeling his inner Al Gore, Mr. Carr stated that "our response to climate change will be a measure of our moral leadership as a nation."

He said that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops accepts the United Nations' IPCC report on climate change, but pointed out that "for us, this began with Genesis, not Earth Day." He also boldly declared: "If we harm the atmosphere we harm God's creation."

In his testimony, Carr also stated that: "We do not have to know everything to know that human activity is contributing to significant changes in the climate with serious consequences for both the planet and for people, especially those who are poor and vulnerable." To this, he added, "prudence tells us that we know that when a problem is serious and worsening, it is better to act now." (So much for looking before you leap.)

Borrowing more from Al Gore, Mr. Carr told the committee that the real "inconvenient truth" is that those who contribute least to global warming will be hurt the most.

*Rev. Jim Ball, Ph.D, Evangelical Climate Initiative

Dr. Ball confidently declared that "human induced climate change is real," and the "science is settled." Sparing no hyperbole, he called global warming the "major relief and development problem of the 21st Century," and claimed that because of it, "millions are threatened with death."

He stated that "Christian moral convictions demand our response" to global warming, and the response that he supports is a "cap-and-trade" approach.

For good measure, Dr. Ball invoked "the great lawgiver" Moses' call to "choose life" as reason for Christians to embrace the global warming regulatory agenda. The agenda his organization embraces is reducing U.S. CO2 emissions 80 percent below year 2000 levels by the year 2050. He said that this target must not be voluntary, but mandatory.

He also implored "all churches" to teach their members about the threat of global warming.

*Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

According to Rabbi Saperstein: "The urgency of climate change mixed with our strong scriptural mandates have connected our faiths and compelled us to act in unison to forge an answer to our climate crisis." (Consensus, anyone?)

He cited the "Evangelical 'What Would Jesus Drive?' campaign aimed at raising the moral concerns about fuel economy" and the "Jewish community's 'How Many Jews Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?'" campaign that "mobilized synagogues to install over 50,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs during this past Hanukkah."

Rabbi Saperstein says "we must transform ourselves from nature's children to nature's guardians by learning to say 'dai,' 'enough,' to ourselves." He claims that this includes challenging the "fever of consumption that drives unsustainable economic growth," as well as challenging "public officials who deify property and wealth."

*Dr. Russel D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Breaking from his global warming alarmist co-panelists, and perhaps taking umbrage with their not-so-subtle implications that the religious community speaks with one voice on the matter of global warming, Dr. Moore stated that not all evangelicals are united in using the Bible to promote the policies of the "secular environmentalist movement." (Apparently, the art of crafting the perception of consensus where consensus doesn't exist has made its way from alarmists in the scientific community to those in the religious realm.)

Dr. Moore stated that "tying Bible verses to any specific legislation on global warming" was harmful to the public interest. Additionally, he was troubled by the "apocalyptic scenarios" conjured by some evangelicals with regard to global warming and the future of the planet.

According to Dr. Moore, "The theological impetus for environmental concern on the part of Southern Baptists and like-minded evangelicals is, however, the very reason Christians are opposed to the use of religion employed by some environmental activists on the global warming issue. The first area of concern is that the Biblical text not be used as a vehicle for a political agenda."

He denounced the "hyper-politicization of the gospel," and noted, "Southern Baptists and other evangelicals must question the effect of any global warming legislation on the world's poor."

Dr. Moore closed his testimony, stating: "The SBC and other like-minded evangelical groups are not opposed to environmental protection. We have no pronouncements on what Jesus would drive... We are, however, concerned about the ways in which religious arguments are used in this debate, possibly with harmful consequences both for public policy and for the mission of the church."

*Rev. Dr. Jim Tonkowich, President, Institute on Religion and Democracy

Dr. Tonkowich declared: "Thank God for the skeptics."

His testimony addressed two primary concerns: "The first is the positive valuation of human population and human development. The second is the importance on not foreclosing prudential debates that should remain open."

Dr. Tonkowich cited a recent quote by National Association of Evangelicals Vice President Richard Cizik in Newsweek, in which Cizik said that he felt God is saying "with my help, you can restore Eden."

According to Tonkowich, "The thought is tempting, the sound-bite attractive, but Biblically and theologically, it's pure nonsense."

He also lamented that "population control" is beginning to creep into the thinking of some Christians. "For example," Tonkowich observes, "the foundational document of the Evangelical Environmental Network states that environmental 'degradations are signs that we are pressing against the finite limits God has set for creation. With continued population growth, these degradations will become more severe.'"

Tonkowich noted: "Population control, which nearly always includes abortion on demand, is abhorrent to most Evangelical and Catholic Christians."

"And if the truth be told," he testified, "Population growth slows in more technologically advanced societies. So even if we wanted to slow population growth, the most humane way to do that would be to seek the greatest economic benefit for the poor. And in order to do that we must make sufficient quantities of inexpensive energy available to the global poor - something believers in catastrophic global warming are unwilling to do."

Included in his testimony is "an appendix listing scientists with relevant expertise who do not see the evidence that the current warming is primarily caused by humans and catastrophic."

*Mr. David Barton, Author and Historian

Mr. Barton, named by Time Magazine as one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America," stated that "a very accurate rendering of [Evangelicals'] general theological position is presented in the Cornwall Declaration."

He noted that "while more than 100 religious leaders signed onto the Evangelical Climate Initiative's statement on global warming, some 1,500 religious leaders signed onto the Cornwall Declaration that reached quite different conclusions."

"From the beginning," he said, "God warned about elevating nature and the environment over man and his Creator."

Mr. Barton tallied a list of examples where, after "announcing strong conclusions," environmental science had reversed itself, including: the supposed benefits of fetal tissue research, the doomsday "global population bomb" prognostication and the unfounded "harm to humans from DDT." He said that these examples, along with the predictions of a "coming ice age" 30 years ago, were justification for a healthy dose of skepticism.

In conclusion, Barton stated: "Currently, I do not find any substantial widespread movement within the mainstream Evangelical community to support a massive policy proposal on Global Warming that would significantly alter their current lifestyle, or that might inflict additional burdens on the poor and even potentially confine them permanently to a state of poverty. I therefore urge extreme caution in any approach that this body might take in crafting any policy on this issue."
To contact author Peyton Knight directly,
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