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Concerned Women for America Uses Jesus to Attack Environmentalists on Behalf of Big Oil

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The Christian organization Concerned Women for America (CWA) warned last week that efforts to protect the environment from corporate pollution were “an incredibly evil set of values" and “the most dangerous agenda on earth.”

It's not surprising, given the recent revelation that the CWA got $8.2 million from an organization called "Freedom Partners," which is funded by the Koch brothers, billionaires who make their money in the oil and gas industry, noted Politico.com.

On their blog, the CWA recalled statements about overpopulation from people who have long since passed away: Margaret Sanger, Paul Ehrlich and Jacques Cousteau.

There was also one quote from Prince Philip, who is still living, who quipped in 1986: "In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation."

Of course, Prince Phillip doesn't represent any environmental group, mainstream or otherwise, but that didn't stop the CWA from demonizing environmentalists:

What do you think of when you hear the term “environmentalism”? For most people, the word probably brings to mind images of harmless hippies out to curb pollution and encourage recycling.

But the reality is much more sinister. What most people don’t realize is that environmentalism may very well be the most anti-human, anti-life agenda on the planet. Humans are seen as a blight on the world, population levels are considered far too high, and it is believed necessary to dramatically reduce the number of people globally through brutal methods (including sterilization and abortion).

Environmentalism is not benign; it is a highly dangerous ideology. The individuals quoted above are far from obscure within the movement; they are rather mainstream environmentalists. Their vile beliefs are not simply being repeated in ivory towers, but are increasingly infiltrating public policy through a burgeoning regulatory system. These views are also gaining ground in American school systems, thanks in part to initiatives like Common Core, which promotes texts involving these themes.

The CWA also tried to use Jesus Christ to attack environmentalists by misapplying a verse that was in reference to "false prophets," however, mainstream environmentalists have never claimed to be religious "prophets."

The CWA wrote:

Christ warns His followers, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Environmentalism is similarly deceptive, requiring us to employ spiritual discernment. Although it may seem outwardly attractive, underneath environmentalism’s glistening veneer of social justice is actually an incredibly evil set of values.

The CWA failed to mention the Bible actually commands people to care for the environment and the Rev. Billy Graham's website also advocates taking care of the environment.

Sources: BillyGraham.org, About.com, Politico.com, CWA

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