January 15, 2013

A Soggy Potpourri of Aged Leftism

Interfaith clergy process down New York Avenue towards a White House vigil on climate change calling for ending the use of coal, oil and gas.

Interfaith clergy process down New York Avenue towards a White House vigil on climate change that called for a stop to the use of coal, oil and gas.

Interfaith officials gathered for a climate change “pray-in” and risked arrest before the White House as part of attempted civil disobedience this morning.  Warning “this may well be humanity’s last chance to choose between chaos and community,” the gathering began with a service at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and continued with a soggy three-block silent walk under gray skies to the White House, where clergy and other activists held a vigil.

While one organizer noted that turnout was not as large as hoped, umbrella-toting activists called for ending the use of energy sources that they allege are the chief cause of climate change. The event also had occasional diversions to other Religious Left causes, including de-nuclearization, opposition to war, and a prayer for university students working on anti-Israel divestment campaigns.

“Republicans discovered that you can’t win the White House without us,” declared Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia. Quickly adding that he “did not intend to be partisan,” the Muslim official encouraged the approximately 80 assembled activists to “continue to raise voices, values and votes,” with the refrain “this is our time.”

Between Quaker, Reform Jewish, and old line Protestant speakers, participants sang a version of “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” modified into “We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands” and a native American chant.

“I come from a mother / you come from a mother / we all come from a mother / from a mother earth,” the group sang to guitar accompaniment in the sanctuary of Abraham Lincoln’s Washington, D.C. church.

Describing the image of the entire planet from outer space as “the icon – the revelation of our time,” Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism called for a transformation of environmental policy. Religious institutions practicing not just recycling and energy conservation but also speaking out on public policy would result in a “transformation” according to Saperstein.

“This Earth is our garden, and this time we face not expulsion but devastation,” the Rabbi ominously concluded.

Before the march to the White House, activists were commissioned by former National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar. Recounting his anti-war advocacy during the Vietnam conflict at the same church many years ago, the Common Cause official led the gathering in reciting “this is our time – we are the leaders we have been waiting for.”

Noting that the green ribbon with globe and dove on his jacket was something he wore each day, the United Methodist clergyman revealed that it stood for addressing “fear, fundamentalism and Fox News” while he sought after “peace, prosperity and planet Earth.”

After a large papier-mâché  globe was lifted off of the altar and processed out the sanctuary doors, the gathered clergy unfurled banners and a Buddhist drumming circle joined the sidewalk procession. Upon arriving at the White House, activists heard prayers offered by Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim and Christian clergy at the vigil as some in the gathering prepared to be arrested afterwards for civil disobedience. A Jewish activist blew a shofar horn, while a stole-wearing Christian clergyman prayed to “the spirit of divine love” and repented of sins against the “pan-biological and pan-geological” mother Earth.

“There are those who hate us for what we are doing today,” proclaimed former National Association of Evangelicals official Richard Cizik. “You are my heroes,” the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good president gushed to the soggy potpourri of Religious Left activists.

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  • J S Lang

    “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands” isn’t exactly new. My parents lived across the street from two enviro-loons who were teaching their kids that song 20 years ago. It won’t surprise you that the two loons were ex-Christians – threw away the old religion for one that was (to use their term) “relevant.” (Their house was easy to find – the one with the most lawn weeds, since they wouldn’t use any chemicals.)

    I wish all enviro-loons were as honest as that couple. If your religion is Earth Worship (which is paganism, of course), then say so, and don’t continue to call yourself Christian. “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” is a statement of a bedrock Christian belief. You can’t sing “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands” and still be a Christian. When you throw away the Savior and appoint yourself and your concerned-n-compassionate friends as Saviors, you may be “relevant,” but you ain’t Christian. Asking Mother Earth to forgive your pan-biological sins (truth really is stranger than fiction, isn’t it?) may make you feel good, but it’s not the same as being reconciled to God.

  • http://daryldensford.wordpress.com Daryl Densford

    I wonder who Cizik thought would be hating them? The left are for the same things, so would “love” them. The Evangelical Right are more likely to even love their enemies, so these guys wouldn’t be a target of hate for them, even if they disagree on many of the issues. Perhaps he’s speaking of the commuters who’s travels were delayed by their procession?

    • Ray Bannister

      Cizik was referring to evangelicals (real ones, not his liberal spin-off). Remember that in the liberal playbook, the only real “haters” in the world are conservative Christians.

      Allow me to translate Cizik’s statement:
      “There are those who hate us for what we are doing today.”
      translation:
      “I hate the Religious Right, but instead of saying that bluntly, I’ll say that they are the ones filled with hatred.”