The anti-choice crowd is after your car. No, it’s not the religious right-wing; it’s the religious left-wing. The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is mounting a national campaign to demonize SUVs, to make you feel guilty, even sinful, for choosing to drive a car that makes you feel safe.

The NRPE’s campaign is centered around the question: “What would Jesus Drive?” Paul Gorman, NRPE’s head honcho, says they will send materials, including bumper stickers, to 100,000 congregations and train the clergy to denounce SUVs as sinful.

It really isn’t that hard to answer NRPE’s question. Roy Rivenberg has conducted a study of the Bible and discovered that Jesus would most likely drive a 1965 Plymouth, because the Bible says that “God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury.”

It is possible, however, that Jesus may drive a Pontiac, or a Geo. Psalms 83 says, “pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm.”

It is not likely that Paul Gorman, or the NRPE cares much about what the Bible says. The Rev. Thomas Berry, co-author of The Universe Story, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Temple of Understanding, which helped spawn the NRPE, believes that the Bible should be put away for a generation or two. He believes that the traditional Christian view of an external God, who created man in His image is as wrong as the pre-Copernican view of the sun revolving around the earth. He is convinced that the earth itself is the life-giver.

Berry and the NRPE are the focus of an extensive article in the October Whistleblower and in “The Rise of Global Green Religion,” a special report produced by the Environmental Conservation Organization in 1996. (Available to ECO members only.)

The anti-choice campaign targeting SUVs is only the latest chapter in an ongoing NRPE enterprise that seeks to redefine religion to be earth worship, expressed by the political and financial support of the environmental extremists’ agenda.

The Union of Concerned (confused) Scientists, consultants to the NRPE, says that SUVs spew 43 percent more “pollution” than other vehicles, which is included in NRPE’s propaganda. They ignore the fact that the only scientifically proven consequence of elevated carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increased growth and productivity of virtually all vegetation.

The claim that human-produced carbon dioxide causes catastrophic global warming is an unproven hypothesis that continues to disintegrate in the face of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary.

Facts, however, do not dissuade environmental extremists from pursuit of their anti-choice agenda. Whether it is dictating how people may use their land, what food to eat, or which cars people may drive, environmental extremists use every technique available to impose their agenda on everyone else.

Their success, in major part, is due to the cooperation of a sympathetic mainstream media. PBS’ popular “Car Talk” program, recently announced a campaign to discourage people from buying SUVs. ABC News joined the WWJDrive promotion, as did the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times and CNN.

In addition to the propaganda the NRPE provides regularly to 100,000 congregations, the campaign will run a series of print and television ads, suggesting that Jesus disapproves of driving SUVs. Protest rallies, with people carrying placards, are planned for various cities, and confrontations with major car manufacturers – staged for maximum media exposure.

Churches that support this foolishness should realize that they are simply being used as political pawns by this group of extremists. Pastors should certainly examine the theology and doctrine embraced by the founders of this movement. Many who have tend to disassociate themselves, and their churches, from the earth-goddess, Gaia belief system promoted by Thomas Berry, Paul Gorman, the Temple of Understanding, the Gaia Institute, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (which gave birth to the NRPE).

People should drive whatever they want to drive, and they should not be hounded, demeaned, or criticized by this group of holier-than-thou elitists who are convinced that they know best how everyone else should live.

The only difference between this batch of extremists, and those who spike trees, and blow up research labs, is a matter of degree. Both groups intend to force everyone else to live by their belief system, one way or another. This cause is not only anti-choice, it is anti-freedom, which is anti-American.

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