"A sharp difference of opinion over which issues ought to top the political agenda of Christian conservatives spilled out into the open at this week's meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals.
The group rebuffed complaints from some of the religious right's leading lights about the organization's newfound focus on global warming.
The group, which represents 45,000 churches and more than 60 evangelical denominations, took no action on a letter sent by 25 conservative Christian leaders demanding that the organization restrain its Washington policy director, the Rev. Richard Cizik, from putting forward his views on global warming.
"We have observed that Cizik and others are using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time, notably the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage and the teaching of sexual abstinence and morality to our children," said the letter, which was signed by prominent religious conservatives such as James Dobson, Don Wildmon, Paul Weyrich and Gary Bauer.
Cizik has been outspoken on the global warming issue, saying in a recent documentary that "to harm this world by environmental degradation is an offense against God."
But Dobson and the other signatories of the letter to the National Association of Evangelicals board said evidence supporting global warming was not conclusive and that the organization "lacks the expertise to settle the controversy."
"The issue should be addressed scientifically and not theologically," they said, calling on the group's board to either rein in Cizik or encourage him to resign."
Wait just a cotton-pickin' minute! "The issue should be addressed scientifically and not theologically"?! If the issue were Creationism vs. Evolution, would they say the same thing? Absolutely not!
Ironic hypocrisy aside, they are right. This is STILL a scientific issue, because science has NOT definitively said this is going to happen. Yes people, Global Warming is a THEORY, not a scientific FACT.
Even the Theory of Evolution has more scientific evidence going for it than Global Warming does. Considering evangelicals don't accept the Theory of Evolution, why on Earth would they EVER accept Global Warming?