Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Tyee – Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission

The Tyee – Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission

This is truly scary stuff, especially if the claim that Harper believes this delusional crap has any merit.  Is there any doubt this is a form of neoliberal religion?

"Unknown to most Canadians, the prime minister belongs to the Christian and Missionary Alliance, an evangelical Protestant church with two million members. Alberta, a petro state, is one of its great strongholds on the continent. The church believes that the free market is divinely inspired and that non-believers are 'lost.'...

Harper would seem to take his advice from the Cornwall Alliance, a coalition of right-wing scholars, economists and evangelicals. The Alliance questions mainstream science, doubts climate change, views environmentalist as a 'native evil,' champions fossil fuels and supports libertarian economics.

A book published by the Alliance called Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion not Death even portrays environmental groups as 'one of the greatest threats to society and the church today.' One passage reads that, 'The Green Dragon must die... [There] is no excuse to become befuddled by the noxious Green odors and doctrines emanating from the foul beast...'

The Cornwall Alliance also believes that renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar are only good enough for poor or rural peoples until nuclear and fossil fuel facilities 'meet the needs of large, sustained economic development.'"

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