Christian Pulpits Invaded By Green Propaganda


by Tom DeWeese

The National Council of Churches (NCC) has launched a major drive to enlist Christian congregations in a massive letter-writing campaign in support of the United Nation’s global warming treaty that was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan last December. The treaty must still be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

The treaty has met major opposition in the Senate because compliance will force the United States to cut back on energy use by at least 30%; increase the price of gasoline by as much as 50 cents per gallon; and cause severe energy shortages and possible gas lines across the nation. The treaty is supported by a coalition of radical-left environmental groups who advocate central control of the nation’s economy. Most scientists now agree that the treaty would do little to protect the environment.

The National Council of Churches has a long history of supporting and promoting leftist causes. For example, documents captured from communist guerrillas in El Salvador in 1983 implicated the NCC in channeling money to those communist insurgents. The NCC was also involved in promoting the communist Nicaraguan Sandinista Party and the communist FRELIMO government of Mozombique.

So it comes as no surprise that the NCC is now heavily involved in promoting the radical environmental agenda as well. The NCC’s General Secretary, Rev. Joan Brown Campbell says the goal is to make global warming “a litmus test for the faith community.”

In truth, this effort by the National Council of Churches, along with the U.S. Catholic Conference and the Evangelical Environmental Network, is part of a nation-wide drive by radical greens to influence American churches into promoting unfounded, nonscientific environmental policies.

Beginning in 1993, more than 100 million Americans in 67,000 congregations became the target of radical leftist environmental propaganda, fueled by over $5 million in grants from private foundations. The goal is to break down the strongest resistance to an environmental movement that advocates earth worship, and the idea that man is only equal to rocks, plants and animals. Much of the opposition to such ideas is strongest in America’s Christian churches.

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE) announced its $5 million dollar program on October 4, 1993 at the Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Its stated purpose was to “underscore the connection between addressing issues of poverty and the environment.” The Partnership is a formal agreement among four of the nation’s largest religious organizations: the U.S. Catholic Conference; National Council of Churches; Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life; and the Evangelical Environmental Network.

Funding comes from (among others) Pew Charitable Trusts, Stephen C. Rockefeller, the Turner Foundation, W. Alton Jones Foundation and the New World Foundation.

The Partnership’s Executive Director, Paul Gorman, said “…how people of faith engage the environment crisis will have much to do with the future well-being of the planet, and in all likelihood, with the future of religious life as well.”

But rather than promoting some kind of a “Christian” answer to environmental questions, in truth, many of those involved with the Partnership are unabashed earth-worshipping pagans who promote a religion called “Gaia”. In fact, the objectives of the NRPE are nothing less than the transformation of social order into a global society organized around the notion that the earth itself is the giver of life, and that all of the world’s religions are evolving into a state of enlightenment that recognizes Gaia as the true source of life and spirituality, and is the only relevant object of worship.

Such a “transformation” is the exact end result that the UN’s global warming treaty will have on American society, should it be ratified by the U.S. Senate. That is why the NCC has launched its all-out drive to force that ratification.

The Partnership operates out of an Anglican church in New York City called St. John the Divine. The Cathedral is also the home of The Gaia Institute and the Temple of Understanding. The Temple is an official UN “Non-government Organization (NGO), making it a direct partner in the United Nation’s global agenda.

Among the directors of the Temple is the Reverend Thomas Berry, In his book, “Dream of the Earth” (published by Sierra Club Books), Berry never uses the work “God” but speaks of a supernatural force in the universe. He says that “we should place less emphasis on Christ as a person and a redeemer. He tells Christians that they should put the Bible away for twenty years while “we radically rethink our religious ideas.”

Also part of the Temple of Understanding is Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the 1993 UN Earth Summit and now number two man at the United Nations. Strong has said, “isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” Strong has owned a ranch in Colorado where he built a Babylonian sun god temple. The ranch became a hotbed of a variety of New-Age religious activities.

Those who worship at the Temple of Understanding follow the teaching of Peter Singer, the father of animal rights. He wrote, “Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed, we must destroy the Judeo-Christian religious tradition.” Helen Caldicott, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a former Soviet KGB front group and a driving force in the Temple, says, “Capitalism is destroying the earth.”

Now these same people have launched a massive campaign to form an environmental partnership with Christians. Can there be any doubt as to their motivation? Western Culture, with its very foundation in Christianity, is the target. Destroy Christianity and our whole way of life, our laws, our relationships to one another, our humanity, will be destroyed.

The Partnership is highly organized. Its Education and Action kits are prepared for each faith, and each denomination. Sermons and Sunday school materials are written to fit into the individual church and denomination and orthodoxy.

The partnership seeks to “broaden exponentially the base of mainstream commitment, integrate issues of social justice and environment, and urge behavioral change in the lives of congregants.” Religious leaders from churches across the country are brought into training seminars. Summit meetings for black and Orthodox Christians are organized. Environmental curriculum for Jewish seminaries are prepared. No stone has been left unturned in the Partnership’s drive to force its ideology into all aspects of Christian thought and action.

The NCC effort to enlist churches in the battle for the UN’s global warming treaty is just a first test to measure how strong the Partnership’s influence is in churches across the Country. And already, churches are responding by printing appeals in church bulletins urging congregations to write letters and make phone calls to their Senators in support of the Kyoto treaty.

Imagine the shock of politicians when they get such calls from their churches. At what point are they no longer able to ignore such pressure? Such is the goal of the National Council of Churches and the Religious Partnership for the Environment. Such is the goal of Maurice Strong and the United Nations.

The Kyoto global warming treaty will destroy America’s economy. It will help transform America into little more than a third-rate nation. If America should be so weakened, so will the once mighty “free world.”

The drive to meld their agenda into churches across the country is the most dangerous move yet made by the greens. This is a battle for the hearts and soul of Western Culture and Christianity. If we lose the churches, we have lost America. Lose the Churches to anti-Christian pagans and the world will truly be thrown into a new dark ages.

Has the Partnership come for your church yet? Rest assured, you are on the list. What action are you prepared to take to save your church, your religion, your nation and your way of life? Because like the dominoes of a child’s game, all will surely fall, one after another.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.