Beware the Treehuggers!


Just in time for the holidays, a coalition of Christian conservative groups has issued an “explosive new 12-part DVD series” detailing the dangers of environmentalism. “Resisting the Green Dragon” explains how caring about future of the natural world is really an attempt to “push evangelicals to embrace anti-Christian environmental views.”

There’s a 12-minute preview here (password is “RESIST”), but Right Wing Watch helpfully made a condensed version for those who only want the greatest hits. Here’s their clip:

And from the Christian groups’ press release:

“One of the greatest threats to society and the church today is the multifaceted environmentalist movement,” says Cornwall Alliance founder and national spokesman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. “There isn’t an aspect of life that it doesn’t seek to force into its own mold.”

“Today’s environmentalism isn’t a neutral set of ideas that can be tacked onto the Christian faith without theological compromise,” Beisner said. “Instead, it promotes its own worldview and its own doctrines of God, creation, humanity, sin, and salvation. And those doctrines aren’t Biblical.”

Of course, if the environmental movement was actually as strong as the Christian right seems to think it is, we would have quite different politics on this issue.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.