How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

This lengthy background analysis lays out how fossil fuel corporations bent evangelical religion to climate denial.

The depth of systemic control over conservative religion astonished me.

Conservative groups, funded by fossil fuel magnates, spend approximately one billion dollars every year interfering with public understanding of what is actually happening to our world.

In terms of impact, however, few investments can rival the return that the conservative donor class has gotten from the small cohort of evangelical theologians and scholars whose work has provided scriptural justifications for apocalyptic geopolitics and economic rapaciousness.

... the Cornwall Alliance, formerly known as the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance,  is a network with ties to politicians and secular think tanks across the conservative landscape.  Members of the Cornwall Alliance and their ilk are not simply theoreticians but enforcers, stifling dissent in the wider American evangelical community, smothering environmentalist tendencies before they gain a following.

Together, Cornwall, Heartland, and Heritage have been able to set the terms of the conservative conversation—evangelical or otherwise—about the climate.

Another article goes into detail of "Capitol Ministries" in the chart above. The Trump Cabinet Has Its Own Weekly Far-Right Bible Study Group

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No one better than religionists at pushing propaganda.

Yeah.

...in one instance of propaganda...Quaker Oatmeal...

http://www.salon.com/2015/05/13/christian_fundamentalism_is_a_capit...

Seems like this guy lead the way for others to follow....

 I really don't follow this stuff, but I'm glad you do. You are my link to what's happening. Keep up the good work!

Thanks, here's the latest, from a People for the American Way email:

This week, Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The same day he made those remarks, Texas megachurch pastor and Trump evangelical adviser Robert Jeffress declared that God had authorized Trump to "take out" Kim Jong Un.[1]

Other influential Religious Right leaders who have Trump’s ear have called him “God's Chaos Candidate" and said he's been put in power to carry out God's will -- God’s will as they explain it to the president, of course.[2]

In these uncertain times, the danger of convincing the president -- an erratic megalomaniac whom many would say already has a God complex -- that he has a divine mandate is undeniable.

Trump has a cabal of spiritual counselors telling him that he has been anointed by God -- and who sincerely believe that Trump’s presidency is part of a divine plan to create the "Christian nation" of their dreams and establish their "dominion" over every aspect of our society. [yellow mine]

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1. https://act.pfaw.org/go/452?t=6&akid=117%2E851753%2Exwxg4K 

2. http://act.pfaw.org/go/453?t=8&akid=117%2E851753%2Exwxg4K 

And to think that last year, lots of pastors vehemently opposed tRump! (Before he won the Republican nomination... after he got it, many decided that anyone would be better than a Democrat.)

This gem from Susan B. Anthony has been posted before, but it never loses its luster:

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

As often happens, "liking" not the facts but the reporting -- thanks, Ruth!

I've found that Evangelicals will deny climate change for 2 reasons anyway.

1. Many see the earth as 6000 years old so climate has had little time for mankind to affect it.

2. In our fast paced world the search for fossil fuels seems to them like Revelation is coming true so we     are now in the "end times."

  

Never mind that the book of Revelation came into our current canon in 412 AD and god and Jesus took so long to tell us about it. This must be god's word and it tells us what is happening today. How could that be? Then we come back to that bogus science belief mentioned as number 1 above.

A closer and real truth is that all happening in the world today has to do with fossil fuels and mineral rights and who gets to pocket the money.

Micheal,

This is what so strange on the Evangelicals thinking mentality....If indeed the Armageddon is coming, why are the religious folks are so bent on gaining so much power, control, and wealth when they will stand to lose it anyways? I have asked this question before and the answers I got were, "I'll get back to you on that later" to a puzzled expression.

Thomas, it could be because deep down everybody knows that religion is a hoax anyway. According to their book their god wants them to prosper but we find so many trying to get rich and claiming it was "god's will." Most of them do exactly as they want to and "give god the glory." In other words, everyone likes power, wealth, and control and we find that their god is very much like they are. The big sin is to "not believe."

I have a friend that drinks and does what she wants to but she spews her brand of religion very much like Pascal's Wager while trying to tell you that you should prove and fact check all things. My own daughters know that I no longer believe but the each claim they believe "in their own way."

The difference between this and people inside a church building is simply that some people do gather inside a church building. Others do not.

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