We are used to Religious Right leaders like David Barton saying that the Bible has a clear and unequivocal position on every single political issue from the minimum wage to net neutrality. Of course, in most cases the Good Book just so happens to support the same view held by right-wing activists.
For example, take the controversy over a bridge construction project in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where two environmental groups challenged a proposal to replace the 50-year-old Bonner Bridge. Christian Action League head Mark Creech claims he knows exactly where God and the Bible stand on the matter of rebuilding Bonner Bridge.
Obviously, God agrees with Creech that the environmentalists are wrong to oppose the project:
Fiery state Senator Bill Cook at a recent press conference called upon the environmentalists to give up their legal shenanigans. Cook said they were to blame for the situation getting to this point. He said, “Today, I would like to call for the Southern Environmental Law Center to give it up….You’ve done enough damage.” He further stated, “Here we have a beautiful place, an island, and we’re letting overly zealous environmental folks shut down a bridge effectively. They delayed a bridge for what, 20 years? It’s insane.”
Indeed it is insane. It’s as insane as when farmers just a few years ago in California’s San Joaquin Valley had to have the water they used for crops diverted to the Pacific just to save a three inch fish known as the delta smelt. The action driven by radical environmentalists caused a 40% unemployment rate in the region, also causing food shortages, higher prices, and situations that made it more difficult for the poor.
What precipitates such nonsense? It is one’s worldview.
Most people in North Carolina and the nation have been deeply impacted by a cultural Christian worldview, even though they may not know or acknowledge it. The Book of Genesis teaches that mankind is to ‘[b]e fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion…over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Jesus taught that human beings, made in the image of God, are of much more value than animals. On one occasion the Savior said, “Look at the birds of the air…Are you not of more value than they?” (Mt. 6:26). On another occasion, He demonstrably stated, “Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! (Mt. 12:12). The biblical worldview on the environment is that we should responsibly “subdue” (subjugate, restrain, control) and develop the earth and its natural resources in a way that best benefits the human race.
Contrast the Christian worldview with the viewpoint of militant environmentalists and you’ll see there’s a divide wider than the Bonner Bridge. Many believe in “untouched nature” as their ideal. Thus they subvert building projects via lawsuits to protect some species of animal, bird, and even insect life. Some go so far as to argue the human population should be drastically scaled back to save the earth.
The Bonner Bridge closing is a case in point as to how our worldview affects us for either good or bad. Moreover, it demonstrates that when some point of view other than a biblical worldview is granted supremacy in public-policy, it inevitably results in harm to God’s crowning and most beloved creative achievement – man.
Sen. Cook is right; the environmentalists in this case need to get out of the way. But they might consider an even greater reason for getting out of the way than the trouble they’ve caused the people of Hatteras Island. Much of the philosophy behind what they do stands as an obstruction to the purposes of God.
The Tea Party biker group 2 Million Bikers To DC, which drew praise from Fox News for its protest against a tiny 9/11 truther rally, is definitely not racist…so not racist that it posted this image to its Facebook page today:
Most recently, the biker group’s leader Belinda Bee spoke at Larry Klayman’s rally for a second American revolution, where she denounced Sharia law, homosexuality and the amendments to the Constitution which followed the Bill of Rights.
Today on the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson railed against President Obama as both an incompetent leader “who never ran anything” and an ideologue who is imposing his radical agenda.
“He doesn’t understand what these things are, he’s never been in the military, he doesn’t understand it, he doesn’t understand geopolitics,” Robertson said. “But he has a prism on the world that was shaped by his radical father and he has a prism that was shaped by some of his friends who were radical leftists and his spiritual mentor who at one time hated America; that’s who is running our country.”
“We are waiting like, are we ever going to get delivered from this thing?” he said.
Robertson compared the state of the nation to Gulliver’s Travels: “This is a great nation, it’s like Gulliver and the little Lilliputians. Here’s a giant who is held down by all these pygmies and we’re a giant, America is a giant, being held down by these pygmies. It’s time to pray, lots of prayer, and some action maybe in these next elections.”
In a column today, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah claims that the late Nelson Mandela was “an unrepentant terrorist” who should not be mourned. Farah takes issue with the federal government’s decision to lower flags to half-staff in honor of Mandela. Americans should “mourn instead for the tens of millions of innocent victims of Communism and other forms of totalitarianism Mandela promoted,” he writes.
Last week, Farah argued that Mandela was an advocate of white genocide.
Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a Communist Party leader?
Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a liar and a deceiver?
Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for an unrepentant terrorist?
Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a friend of Arafat, Gadhafi and Castro?
Mandela was not a freedom fighter – any more than his loathsome buddy Yasser Arafat was.
Forgive me if I don’t mourn for Mandela. I mourn instead for his victims. I mourn instead for those martyrs being persecuted, tortured and killed every day around the world for their faith in God. I mourn instead for the tens of millions of innocent victims of Communism and other forms of totalitarianism Mandela promoted.
Last week ALEC held its annual meeting here in Washington, DC, once again bringing together state legislators and corporate representatives to advance legislation that hurts everyday Americans. But they weren’t alone.
Outside their meeting at the Grand Hyatt, PFAW and ally organizations led a protest to stand up to ALEC’s extreme agenda. Holding signs like “ALEC shoots first… and hits real people” and “Stop the war on workers,” hundreds of advocates from diverse organizations and backgrounds marched, chanted, and made speeches about the real toll ALEC-supported policies have on Americans’ lives.
PFAW’s Diallo Brooks’ speech to the crowd was interrupted many times with cheers and applause. He said:
It doesn’t matter where they meet—here in Washington or any other city. When ALEC comes to town, we need to let them know that it is not okay for them to have private meetings with our legislators and corporations and write legislation that impacts our lives every day. We’re here to let them know—loud and clear—that democracy is still alive. We’re paying attention, and we’re going to call them out wherever they go.
Following last week’s news that ALEC drafted an agreement for their state chairs calling on them to put the interests of ALEC first, Brooks and other protest leaders went into the meeting area and asked attendees to sign an alternative pledge – one asking ALEC legislators to honor the Constitution and their constituents rather than corporate interests. None of the attendees signed.
Even after a Texas school district refuted an erroneous report from Fox News reporter Todd Starnes alleging that the district is banning Christmas trees and the colors red and green, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday decided to run with the story anyway in order to scare its members about the “War on Christmas.”
In August, TX Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the “Merry Christmas Bill,” which legally permits students and teacher to use traditional holiday greetings such as “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” and also protects traditional holiday symbols. Lawmakers in the state hoped it would put an end to the “War on Christmas” scandals that plague us each winter. Unfortunately, officials at Nichols Elementary School in Waco, TX have already violated the new law, banning all reference to Christmas, from Christmas trees to the colors red and green, in their upcoming “Winter Party.”
Contact Principal Courtney Murphy & school board president Renee Ehmke and tell them that the parents and students at Nichols Elementary are guaranteed the right to celebrate Christmas. Call Nichols Elementary at (469)-633-3950 or contact them via email at email@example.com and contact Emke at (469)633-6000.
Of course, if the FFC had simply contacted the school district (as it advises its members to do) or just did a Google search, it would have found out that the school district’s “War on Christmas” is nothing but a Fox News-generated myth:
An unfortunate misunderstanding regarding an email that was sent by a room mom has unfairly portrayed a school and the Frisco ISD as having violated the “Merry Christmas Law.” This is simply incorrect.
The email being referenced was not an official PTA email nor was the school aware of it being sent. The email that was sent by the room mom was sent two weeks before the party planning meeting had even been held. At the party planning meeting held on November 19, prior to any knowledge of the email, the school leaders went over the new law as part of the meeting. Please understand, there has never been a ban on what is worn, what is said, or what is brought to the party (as long as they do not violate the “Limitations on Content” prohibited by policy FNAA -obscene, vulgar, inappropriate for the age, etc.). The new law is consistent with the manner in which holiday parties have been handled by the District in the past and in line with state and federal law.
When the email was forwarded to Mr. Fallon stating no red or green or Christmas trees and no reference to Christmas or another religious holiday, he sent a letter to our Superintendent regarding the law. Our Superintendent called him and assured him these were not our rules. We are still unsure of why the campus and District’s position was misunderstood and why there is the feeling that there is some sort of ban of items or greetings regarding the winter holiday parties at that school.
When in our schools and offices, you will see a variety of decorations – you will see Christmas Trees at some, you will see a winter wonderland theme at others, you may even see staff wearing Santa hats. Yesterday the District hosted a senior citizens luncheon and students performed a lovely concert with Christmas and holiday tunes.
On October 8th, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in McCutcheon v. FEC, which has the potential to be the most destructive campaign finance case it has considered since Citizens United v. FEC. In McCutcheon, the Court is examining the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits and, depending on the decision it’s expected to release in early 2014, could allow even more money to be poured into our elections.
In addition to mobilizing its networks around the case, People For hosted a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, where activists from a wide range of backgrounds and issue areas spoke about how moneyed politics affects our democracy. The rally was co-emceed by People For’s Marge Baker, and featured YEO Maryland State Director Craig Rice and YP4 Fellow Brendien Mitchell.
To learn more about People For the American Way’s campaign against big money in politics, visit our Government By The People page.