Resisting the Green Dragon and related far-right ‘Christian’ fundamentalist conspiracy theories
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The Cornwall Alliance is one of many excellent examples clearly demonstrating the closed-minded, “everyone-is wrong-but-us” mentality of ultra-conservative Christian fundamentalism wherein dominionism is wrongly seen as trumping ‘secular’ environmentalism.
According to the Cornwall Alliance & its disinformational video series Resisting the Green Dragon, secular environmentalism is a wholly negative, “evil” conspiracy bent on taking over the world. Environmental concern and action is worthwhile and acceptable only if it comes from the perspective of far-right religious fundamentalists and those who choose an ultra-literal interpretation of the Bible.
In a nutshell, the Cornwall Alliance and its cronies are teaching children that environmental stewardship/activism is actually a conspiracy against the church (seriously!) — and society as a whole — unless care of our planet is married to old-time religion with its myriad superstitions.
Even so, this blogger is a die-hard supporter of freedom of religion; folks should be able to choose to believe and worship however they choose.
Should some of the biodegradable materials published by the Cornwall Alliance, if any, perhaps be buried where they can best decompose into fertilizer to further green growth somewhere on our planet? Earth is in effect our aquarium… it’s our doorstep, which certainly should not be shat upon, even for eye-popping corporate profits. The planet we all share has been ravaged, quite possibly beyond a crucial threshold from whence unrecoverable. The destruction, the degraded environment, the increasingly acidic & trash-filled oceans, et al are only a scant few of the dastardly results of Big 1% Money, Corporate Personhood, the drive for business profit at the expense of all else, and other factors… concerns with which I don’t see organized religion as taking issue or having a problem. Yet these folks — fine folks, I expect — decide to take an over-the-top, highly divisive stand against environmental activism? Go figure.
Religion going green?
It is a real relief that so many churches and religious groups have finally embraced care of the environment in the last decade or two rather than merely shrugging off:
- Engaging in responsible stewardship of natural resources
- Preventing pollution
- Using renewable resources
- Treating animals and other creatures humanely
- and so on…
…as something only liberals and tree-huggers can embrace. Religion’s belated adoption of these and other ideas has been a long time coming. Despite these delays, many are pleased to see that some religious groups seem to be increasingly progressive.
Let’s break out the critical thought
The hesitancy of many religious groups to change old beliefs and behaviors to match (or begin to catch up to) humanity’s vastly increased understanding of how the world works is certainly no surprise, but it’s discomfiting to see ignorance being embraced, common sense relegated to irrelevancy, vehemently anti-science attitudes, and other hyper-fundamentalist actions, beliefs, and superstitions which hearken back to the Dark Ages, contribute to the decline of the planet, and actively steer the more gullible, less educated portions of society into closed-mindedness. It seems the absolutely necessary practice of critical thought becomes ‘Satan’ himself when applied to certain beliefs.
We must work together, not splinter off into controversial, obviously divisive factions.
Dominionism: A problematic religio-political stance?
Dominionism is a worldview among Protestant Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists which sprung from a literalist, legalistic interpretation of the Bible. Dominion theology encourages them to not only be active political participants in civic society (as more of us perhaps ought to be), but also seek to dominate the political process as part of a mandate from God.
Characteristics shared by various forms of dominionism
- Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism (and often American exceptionalism), believing that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation, generally rejecting the Enlightenment roots of American democracy most of us deeply appreciate in a sort of throwback to darker, unenlightened ages when superstition ruled.
- Dominionists in general represent the epitome of religious fundamentalism in that they don’t respect the equality of other religions, including the many hundreds of other versions of Christianity. In their view, they and only they are right. We are increasingly seeing such closed-minded attitudes in the Muslim world and elsewhere.
- Dominionists endorse Biblical law, believing the Bible should represent the foundation of American law; they believe the U.S. Constitution should be a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.
The only true order is founded on Biblical Law. All law is religious in nature, and every non-Biblical law-order represents an anti-Christian religion.
– Rousas Rushdooney
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (King James Version).
The vast majority of Christians reads this text and concludes that God has appointed man as general stewards and caretakers of the earth. It seems only a very small subset of Christians reads the same passage and believes that Christians alone are Biblically mandated to join and eventually lead the government, secular institutions, etc. until the trumpets sound and Christ returns. Of course, there is absolutely no consensus among the countless flavors of Christianity, factions within Christianity, etc. on when Jesus will return.
 …old-time religion with its myriad superstitions…
Please note that my use of the word superstition is not a blanket reference to all religion; this statement applies to literalist/ legalistic/ fundamentalist and especially fideistic scripture interpretations and worldviews that fly in the face of common sense, logic, long-accepted science, or even basic universal spiritual principles. Examples might be Noah’s ark & the global flood as an actual event, talking animals, literal physical resurrection after death, literal creationism (esp. Young Earth creationism (YEC)), and the list could go on.
Superstition (noun) defined
- a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like
- a system or collection of such beliefs
- a custom or act based on such a belief
- irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion
- any blindly accepted belief or notion
 …literal physical resurrection after death
(Yes, a note about another note…) I feel I should explain, given the beliefs of so many people close to me. Many of us believe all the examples of physical resurrection in the Bible to be a metaphor for ego death, elimination of ignorance, enlightenment, etc.
Resources: Twisted views of disinformation group Cornwall Alliance
- Resisting the Green Dragon — Views might be summed up as follows: Environmentalism is one of the greatest global threats… Without a doubt one of the greatest threats to society and the church today is the multifaceted environmentalist movement. Although its reach is often subtle, there isn’t an aspect of life that it doesn’t seek to force into its own mold…
- Cornwall Alliance – Wikipedia
- Cornwall Alliance home
- The oily operators behind the religious climate change disinformation front group, Cornwall Alliance – ThinkProgress — Defenders of the dirty energy status quo, particularly the lobbyists and politicians associated with the oil and coal industry, have repeatedly trotted out a group of evangelical leaders known as the Cornwall Alliance to counter the growing sentiment in the evangelical community that anthropogenic climate change is a threat to God’s creation. Cornwall declares that true Christians believe “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.” In this repost, Wonk Room exposes the Big Oil funding behind the Cornwall Alliance…
- Behold the ‘Green Dragon’: Whopper of the Month – Nashville Scene — But a group announced in June 2010 and bearing the catatonic name “Resisting the Green Dragon” is now using The Tennessean to peddle its wares, according to an article that appeared Tuesday. The group, a top-down kind of affair composed of a few heavy-hitters in the evangelical community, is suggesting the creation care movement is a “cult” and that Christians who believe in environmental stewardship are “radical"…
- Dominionism, dominion theology – Wikipedia — In the context of American evangelical efforts to penetrate and transform public life, the distinguishing mark of a dominionist is a commitment to defining and carrying out an approach to building society that is self-consciously defined as exclusively Christian, and dependent specifically on the work of Christians, rather than based on a broader consensus… Source: Barron, Bruce A. (1992). Heaven on earth? The social & political agendas of dominion theology. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. p.14
- Dominionism and Dominion Theology: Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party – Theocracy Watch — If Rushdoony and his disciples have their way, democracy will be abolished and a Christian theocracy will be established: A theocracy based on the Bible along the lines of John Cotton’s Massachusetts Bay Colony. Rushdoony wrote, “The only true order is founded on Biblical Law. All law is religious in nature, and every non-Biblical law-order represents an anti-Christian religion.” He also made it clear that he expects that force will be necessary to impose such order, “Every law-order is in a state of war against the enemies of that order, and all law is a form of warfare”…
- 5 Facts About Dominionism – Huffington Post — Very few Christians identify themselves as “Dominionists”… experts say the New Apostolic Reformation has gained traction among charismatic Christians and Pentecostals under the influence of C. Peter Wagner, a church-growth guru and prolific author. Prominent “apostles” in the NAR include Lou Engle, co-founder of TheCall assemblies and Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo…
Body of July 10, 2014 mass email from Cornwall Alliance re: Resisting the Green Dragon
July 10, 2014–Haven’t had a chance to see Resisting the Green Dragon yet? Do you have friends or family members who would like to see the series? This is your chance! The entire Resisting the Green Dragon Series will be aired on the NRB Network beginning today, July 10th. Don’t miss out! The Introduction begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST.
This lecture series, conducted by some of the top Christian leaders and scholars in America, contains 12 half-hour sessions, along with a special bonus 30-minute documentary. To buy the Resisting the Green Dragon series go to www.resistingthegreendragon.com or call the Cornwall Alliance at 703-569-4653.
Have you ever wondered why so many non-Christian, Left-wing organizations like George Soros’s Open Society Institute, Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Bauman Family Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and more—many of them strong supporters of population control, abortion on demand, and government-run “family planning” programs some of which include forced sterilization and abortion, as well as supporting steps toward global government and the erosion of American liberties—give millions of dollars to evangelical organizations?
A brand new Cornwall Alliance Report entitled, “Evangelical Environmentalism: Bought and Paid for by Liberal Million$$$?” reveals the truth behind the funding of many so called “creation care” organizations, and the worldview behind that funding.
You can obtain this report with a donation of any amount to the Cornwall Alliance during the month of July. Remember to request offer code 1407. You can make a donation online, by phone at 703-569-4653, or by mail to Cornwall Alliance, 9302-C Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA, 22015.
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The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation seeks to magnify the glory of God in creation, the wisdom of His truth in environmental stewardship, the kindness of His mercy in lifting the needy out of poverty, and the wonders of His grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ. A coalition of theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, policy experts, and committed laymen, the Cornwall Alliance is the world’s leading evangelical voice promoting environmental stewardship and economic development built on Biblical principles. The Cornwall Alliance is a non-profit religious, charitable, and educational organization. All gifts are tax deductible.
But fundamentalism hides behind several masks, such as political fundamentalism (commonly referred to as partisanship).
 Political fundamentalism
Today’s hyperpartisanship has obviously created what may be the most serious political divide ever for this country in recent times. It seems the U.S. has screeched to a grinding halt when in fact much action needs to be taken, the precursor of which is compromise — not closed-mindedness, intellectual dishonesty, and line-toeing.