Environmentalism is a spiritual deception, deadly to life, prosperity and freedom, according to a recent DVD series created by an alliance of conservative evangelicals. The Cornwall Alliance’s “Resisting the Green Dragon” campaign amounts to a declaration of war on environmentalists and all those who believe that human activity is responsible for accelerating, dangerous trends in climate change and degradation of natural resources.
Here is the promo for the series:
Pitting People Versus Planet
In addition to the DVD series, last month the Alliance came out with an Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming, stating “We believe abundant, affordable energy is indispensable to human flourishing, particularly to societies which are rising out of abject poverty and the high rates of disease and premature death that accompany it. With present technologies, fossil and nuclear fuels are indispensable if energy is to be abundant and affordable.” The accusation that environmentalists care about the planet more than poor people is a clever tactic that may win converts among those who do not understand that a commitment to sustainable living encompasses the search for ways to help all people, of this generation and the future, to thrive.
Fear Tactics on Display
The video below, created by RightWingWatch.org, a project of People for the American Way, showcases prominent Christian conservatives vilifying the green movement, including representatives from the American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and Concerned Women for America. Among their claims: that environmentalism is one of the greatest deceptions of our day, a radical cult bent on destroying Christian values and seeking world domination, and equating environmentalism with a war on the poor.
These people are tough to watch, but it’s important to understand the tactics being used and to glimpse the fear that drives them.
Are Conservatives’ Brains Hard-Wired for Fear?
In a recent study, scientists in Britain have found that the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with fear and anxiety, is larger in people with conservative viewpoints. Subjects with conservative views also had smaller anterior cingulates, described as “an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.” The head researcher noted, “It is very surprising because it does suggest there is something about political attitude that is encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that there is something in our brain structure that determines or results in political attitude.”
Are conservatives born that way, or does the brain develop as political views are formed? Either way, the idea of a brain’s hard wiring may help those of us who support environmental action and true stewardship of the earth to look with more patience on the conservatives who disagree. With patience perhaps, but with no less determination to fight back.
Photo: Still from 'Resisting the Green Dragon' promo, via YouTube
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