Truth in advertising
After reading another one of the Washington Office of the PCUSA letters, I am calling for a truth in advertising name change. The Washington office does not represent the PCUSA, only the extreme liberal portion. They advocate everything from open borders to partial birth abortion. It is time to call them what they are—Pushing Congregations Under Socialist Agenda (PCUSA) Washington Office.
This time the issue is climate change. Here are portions of the letter with my comments:
People of faith everywhere are increasingly concerned that the impacts of climate change have and will dramatically and negatively alter God’s gracious gift of creation. Because the effects of global climate change are already impacting those least able to cope with them, addressing global climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also a justice issue. We must live sustainably, so that all God’s children may live and thrive on God’s good earth.
Let us take a closer look at this statement. What we find is the term “climate change” has now been substituted for global warming because the real evidence (un-doctored) is clearly showing that “global warming is simply not happening”. In the midst of a recession President Obama is now pushing for taxes of trillions of dollars (cap and trade) that you and I will ultimately pay (through the products we purchase). Will this change the climate? Not even advocates for this stuff believe it will have a significant positive effect. Yet this “advocacy group” working under the name of Presbyterian, supported by them, with a visible presence on the PCUSA web site, ignores all evidence that might be contrary to their extreme liberal views and urges all Presbyterians to support these policies.
Reduce Climate Change Emissions: Enact a mandatory system that lowers greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 20 percent* by 2020 and by at least 80 percent by 2050, in order to ensure the earth’s temperature does not increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scientists warn that such an increase would be the tipping point for catastrophic climate change.
This is clear advocacy for cap and trade policies. Where is the evidence that we need to do such major changes? What scientists are they talking about? Are there any scientists that oppose this? How about this one? In this article we find these very strong statements:
“This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda,” Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, said in an interview. “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.” Happer served as director of the Office of Energy Research in the U.S. Department of Energy under President George H.W. Bush and was subsequently fired by Vice President Al Gore, reportedly for his refusal to support Gore’s views on climate change. He asked last month to be added to a list of global warming dissenters in a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report. The list includes more than 650 experts who challenge the belief that human activity is contributing to global warming. Though Happer has promulgated his skepticism in the past, he requested to be named a skeptic in light of the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, whose administration has, as Happer notes, “stated that carbon dioxide is a pollutant” and that humans are “poisoning the atmosphere.” Happer maintains that he doubts there is any strong anthropogenic influence on global temperature….”All the evidence I see is that the current warming of the climate is just like past warmings. In fact, it’s not as much as past warmings yet, and it probably has little to do with carbon dioxide, just like past warmings had little to do with carbon dioxide,” Happer explained. Happer said he is dismayed by the politicization of the issue and believes the community of climate change scientists has become a veritable “religious cult,” noting that nobody understands or questions any of the science….He noted in an interview that in the past decade, despite what he called “alarmist” claims, there has not only not been warming, there has in fact been global cooling. He added that climate change scientists are unable to use models to either predict the future or accurately model past events.
I wonder if anyone at the Washington office bothered to research the issue. I wonder if anyone watched this video:
Instead they go on to advocate for more socialist (redistribution of wealth) policies because of the exorbitant costs these policies. Yes, they realize that this will mean massive amounts of money and taxes, which poorer people cannot afford, so the government will need to provide them even more assistance at the cost of greater bureaucracy and even more taxes on the middle-class and above. But they don’t stop there. They also say:
Assist and Welcome Climate Migrants: Provide generous humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the effects of climate change, and admit to the U.S. a significant number of environmental migrants through a new entry mechanism similar to the special immigrant visa process.
Ahh…yes! “Climate change” will also mean that we need to have looser immigration policies. While I am not opposed to improving immigration, having had family members who immigrated legally and knowing the time and effort it takes to do so, to connect these issues is both unwarranted and unethical.
The reality is that the “science” is ambiguous about the issue. The conclusions are manipulated politically and are used to advocate for whatever cause they wish. I would like to know what purposes the Washington office of the PCUSA serves. Are there not already millions of liberals who advocate for the exact same causes? It seems to me that they only serve to divide and disenfranchise conservatives within the denomination, and should therefore be immediately dispensed with.
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