Clinton Ranks Climate Change More Important Than Human Rights

By: By E. Calvin Beisner, National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
By: By E. Calvin Beisner, National Spokesman, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Chinese leaders February 22 that human rights issues, such as China’s oppression of Tibet, “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.”

Climate change outranks human rights?

That’s right. Ms. Clinton thinks climate change, which is filled with scientific, economic, and moral uncertainties, outranks human rights issues. So while Tibetans suffer Chinese tyranny, and Muslim women continue to suffer oppression from the Taliban, and Christian minorities continue to suffer violence and death in Darfur (partly fueled by Chinese arms sales to and interest in oil production in Sudan) and elsewhere, and millions of people continue to suffer as sex slaves all around the world, our Secretary of State is going to give priority to climate change.

Little could be more shameful.

Also E. Calvin Beisner comments on: Second Coming Ecology by David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today July 18, 2008 which can be found here: “Not only for dispensing with a widespread myth that former Interior Secretary James Watt, an evangelical, expressed disregard for environmental stewardship because of belief in Christ’s second coming, but also for much refreshing insight, this article--which we regret not having seen and applauded when it first appeared--deserves careful consideration by any evangelicals concerned about caring for creation. The Cornwall Alliance expressed the same world view and motivations in our Open Letter to the Signers of “Climate Change--An Evangelical Call to Action” and Others Concerned About Global Warming, which introduced our Call to Truth Prudence and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming. We hope the excerpts below will whet your appetite for the whole article.”

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, will offer a Christian perspective on poverty and energy rationing at the International Conference on Climate Change March 8-10 in Manhattan. Beisner will be one of three speakers in a panel on the morality of energy rationing. Others are Barun Mitra, president of the Liberty Institute and Julian Simon Center in New Delhi, India, and Roy Innis, president of the Congress of Racial Equality. The panel’s presentation will be Monday from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Registration for the conference is still open.

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