Cornwall Alliance is at war with the Pope

Cornwall Alliance is at war with the Pope

The Cornwall Alliance is a US based ‘coalition of theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, policy experts, and committed laymen  – an evangelical voice promoting environmental stewardship and economic development built on Biblical principles’  – and right now they are gunning for Pope Francis over the issue of global warming.

A cockamamie document entitled “The Cornwall Declaration On Environmental Stewardship” rejects notions such as human-induced climate change and over-population, and the Alliance, according to this report, was quick to lash out at the Pope this week when he announced he would soon be issuing a “rare encyclical on the environment and climate change”, as well as convene a summit of the world’s religious leaders to address climate change.

Pope Francis will also address the United Nations General Assembly with a view toward influencing the upcoming UN meeting on climate change in Paris this year.

Earlier the Pope harshly condemned:

The monopolizing of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics that are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth.

He added:

Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness.


The Pope’s most recent announcement drew a harsh rebuke from the Alliance, whose spokesman, Calvin Beisner, above, said that regardless of his position as Pope, or intent to help mankind:

Francis will be opposed by the powerful US evangelical movement.

The Koch-funded “Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation” had previously issued a biblical declaration labeling the American environmental movement a dirty false religion and “unbiblical”. It has stated that:

To believe in climate change is really an insult to God and will lead to tyranny.

Writing for Politicus USA, “Rmuse” said:

There is nothing whatsoever in any version of the Christian bible that refers to the American environmental movement as a religion, false or otherwise, or contrary to biblical principles. But American evangelicals cannot be expected to know the contents of an alleged holy book they refuse to read much less follow.

Beisner also warned the Pope that he had better “back off” talking about combating climate change saying that:


Although the Catholic church is correct on ethical principles, it has been misled on science. It follows that the policies the Vatican is promoting are incorrect. Our position reflects the views of millions of evangelical Christians in the US as well as the Koch brothers, above, who fund the Cornwall Alliance.

According to Wiki:

The brothers have mainly contributed to libertarian and conservative thinktanks and campaigns. They actively fund and support organizations that contribute significantly to Republican candidates, and that lobby against universal health care and climate change legislation.

“Rmuse” added:

There are some addressable issues in Beisner’s warning to Jesus Christ’s ‘representative on Earth’ to back off and stay out of the fossil fuel industry’s business of decimating the environment.  The only ‘ethical’ principle evangelicals agree with Catholic doctrine on is controlling women by banning all forms of ‘unnatural birth control’.

That the Pope embraces the obvious science and empirical truth about anthropogenic climate change, and is joining the battle to assuage its destruction, is why the Kochs and their dirty energy cabal are funding the evangelical war against the Pope; to perpetuate the damage from climate change and their ungodly profits.

The writer concluded:

The Pope may not be an environmental champion yet, especially in America, but because he is the first Pope in generations to actually espouse the teachings of Jesus Christ, it is highly likely his war on global climate change will garner widespread support from the estimated 1.2 billion Catholic devotees around the world.

Still, with only millions of American “onward Christian soldiers” in the evangelical movement opposing the Pope, and unlimited Koch and oil industry money, one can only assume that the Koch war on the Pope will not end quickly; at least not in America.

There’s more about the Koch brothers here.

21 responses to “Cornwall Alliance is at war with the Pope”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    The answer is in the bible of course. “Elias… prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.” James 5:17. Pray for the weather you want. Seems to work.

  2. Caute says:

    This is crazy…the religio-politico-funamentalist- loons arguing over who has the right to decide the future of the planet. The only hope for survival of the balance of nature and the future of life on this planet is for multinational secular agreement and control over energy, climate, population,water, air quality,deforestation, food supplies, GM, fisheries, agriculture etc. Narrow selfish dogmatic, national, religious, big business, interests must be subjugated and even excluded from consideration. This is the only hope. Otherwise humanity, energies the relentless bickering of relious bigotry combined with big business monopolising interests, will fail and perish. Those other earthly species that survive the holocaust will eveolve and thrive very well without mankind and unoticed by the universe.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Caute: Well said.

    According to a 2011 Baylor University study, 73% of Americans believe that God has a plan for everyone. And the more strongly they believe in God’s Plan, the more likely they are to see government overreach in the affairs of Americans.

    As Christianity Today pointed out, this distaste for government’s role in human affairs ” … diminishes as belief in God’s plan wanes.”

    It’s a simple juxtaposition – God’s preset course for history trumps any scheme concocted by humans. And any human-centered efforts that deny the Almighty’s heavy hand in the writing of history are, at best, apocryphal and, at worst, heretical.

  4. L.Long says:

    And they claim we are insulting by calling these people stupid.
    Sorry but they are not stupid…they are not nearly smart enough to be stupid, they are certifiably crazy stupid!!
    With so few trying to solve the problems and being so many who not only don’t give a schite but are actively trying to prevent a solution, we are near to doomed.

  5. barriejohn says:

    In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, God commands us to subdue the earth (see Genesis 1:28). Most interpret this to mean that we should take care of the earth and be good stewards of its natural resources. If it were true that the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas did have a significant negative effect on our environment, it would make sense for us to modify our behavior. But it appears that we are just in the upper range of a natural temperature cycle. It is not at all clear that the small amount of additional CO2 produced by the burning of fossil fuels is detrimental to the environment. It is humbling to remember that when God was judging the earth with a global flood that He was creating inexpensive fuel sources for future generations. Let’s obey God’s command and use our scientific knowledge to be good stewards of our natural resources and preserve our environment for the next generation until He comes again. (Dr Alan White) (My emphasis)

    They’re not taking it seriously!

  6. Daz says:

    “It is not at all clear that the small amount of additional CO2 produced by the burning of fossil fuels is detrimental to the environment.”

    Two-and-a-half million pounds per second is ‘small’? What is Dr White’s definition of ‘big,’ I wonder.

  7. John C says:

    Please, for the sanity of everyone, just shoot these imbeciels now.

  8. Broga says:

    Whatever the Cornwall Alliance, the Pope or anyone else thinks or wants will make no difference. Humankind is destroying the planet and, although a minority are trying to stop this, the majority don’t give a toss. We cannot save ourselves because of the way we think and feel.

    The seas are polluted to the point where they become barren, the land is becoming denuded of wild animals as they are slaughtered for profit and entertainment and the air is becoming toxic. Capitalism provides, for profit, what the hedonistic consumer wants and politicians dance to its tune.

    This morning, as on the first Sunday of every month, I have a minor and admittedly trivial but practical experience of this. I live a few miles from one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the UK. Every month my wife and I join a group to clean a stretch of coast by picking up the trash. As usual there were the empty tins casually thrown away (Coca Cola being prominent); empty crisp packets, masses of plastic food containers, cigarette packets, plastic bottles containing energy drinks, fishing lines, bits of netting and so much else.

    Much is washed in but so much else is just thrown away. To-day was an easy day as the holiday season is over. What I am describing reflects a careless attitude to the environment which I assume is typical of behaviour generally. We are the most destructive pests on the planet.

    Happy New Year.

  9. L.Long says:

    Well Borga I know you meant it as a short cut, but we ARE NOT destroying the world. We are changing the world to make it unlivable for US, and the world don’t care as it will survive in some form without US.

  10. Angela_K says:

    The various religions are determined to destroy our Planet by over-breeding and over-consumption, smug and certain that they will still have a comfortable time in a non-existent afterlife. These ignoramuses wish to hasten their own passage to their heaven with no regard for those of us that know this is the only life we have as do those of future generations. To our Planet, Humans are parasites that could be kept under control if it wasn’t for the interference of religion.

  11. Broga says:

    @L.Long and Angela_K: You are, of course, both correct. A prominent scientist (whose name I forget) said, “The cosmos is indifferent to the fate of humans.”) The dinosaur age lasted for 100,000,000 years. How long have we been here in our present form: a tiny fraction of that. It is depressing because there is in people an element that could achieve wisdom, restraint and tolerance.

    I think religion obscures that and replaces it with, to take one example, the Christian fundamentalist certainty that God gave us the planet and all that it contains to use and abuse as we wish.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    Just when you think they can’t get any crazier, those evangelists manage to turn up the stupid dial yet another notch. As well as being downright bloody ignorant, it is a complete abdication of responsibility and morality to declare that god somehow has a plan for ourselves and the Earth so we can all just keep on eating up resources like they come out of some kind of bottomless pit.

    But in a televised discussion with his colleague Bryan Fischer on November 30, 2012, Beisner apparently declared that the environmental movement is ‘deadly to the gospel of Jesus Christ’ and, as stated in Barry’s article, that believing in climate change is ‘an insult to God’. He further argued that it is an affront to God to not utilize the ‘abundant, inexpensive and effective [fossil] fuel sources’ that God has provided. He elaborated, ‘God buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them and put them to use.’ Fischer, meanwhile, compared those who would curtail the deployment of these resources to the ‘wicked and lazy servant’ in Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30).

    These people are dangerous.

  13. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: If ever there was a recipe for human disaster your description of Christian beliefs regarding the environment has nailed it. The problem is that they are not just doing this to themselves but damaging the rest of us with them.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I think you may be referring to Stanley Kubrick, though others (lampooned as “nihilists” by the religiots) did refer to “cosmic indifference” before him.

    The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.

    This doesn’t mean, of course, that we consider our lives to be “without meaning” – very far from it:

    …if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

    His other quotes are well worth perusing as well.

  15. barriejohn says:

    This is quite a good read as well:

  16. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: Of course they are dangerous, and we in the UK are largely ignorant of the level of their stupidity. Years ago I saw the boss of a huge open-cast coal mine in America being interviewed on TV. He was asked whether the environmental damage done by extracting and burning the fuel worried him, and his reply was: “Of course not – that’s what God put it there for”. You can’t argue with that!

  17. Marky Mark says:

    One thing about climate change that many do not understand is that one will not feel a few degrees rise in the Oceans temperature, but this creates more evaporation, thus putting more moisture in the air which creates more storms of the ferocious kind, with more of them. We see this more and more here in the US of A, especially the large thunderstorms with many tornados.
    The good thing is they are mostly in the south for now, where the evangelicals live…But Pat Robinson likes to blame this on the homos’ to keep his flock in denial.

    Also heaver snowfalls as we had last year up north where I’m located.

    I always wondered, if god hated homos so much…why would he send an F-5 tornado right down main street of an evangelical community wiping out their businesses, churches, and schools…killing their children, instead of sending it to a hit a gay bar up north on a Friday night???

    I’m guessing that god really hates evangelicals!

  18. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: Many thanks. Some great quotes from Stanley Kubrick and I also read the other link with interest. Life, whatever our age or condition, is uncertain. I have just finished a couple of books: one on each of the World Wars.

    I found myself thinking about the young men (they were mostly men) who died in these wars in their millions. Many were full of promise, loaded with talent, often with affluence awaiting them and yet they died in the full vigour of life. I suppose there is an equalisation at work. Almost all the men in WW1 would now be dead anyway.

    I think I’m inclined to the Carpe Diem philosophy while leaving Nature to take care of what happens to me.

  19. Vanity Unfair says:

    See Garrett Hardin: The Tragedy of the Commons: Science v162 (1243-1248) available at
    Common goods have to be exploited in such a way that they are available to the maximum number for the maximum benefit and maximum time. Renewables (resources) have to be husbanded so that they do not become exhausted.
    Failure means that Commoners will take as much as possible before anybody else gets a chance. The old commons in English agriculture were run along such conservation lines and lasted for centuries before being enclosed (privatised in the modern parlance) and subjected to exploitation as farmland.

  20. dennis says:

    barriejohn and the others here evangelistic insanity genesis 1:28 SUBDUE in my great state of TEXAS and those southern states means use it till it no longer exists cause god says use up the good stuff and to hell with the refuse. Its just that simple to them, because they don’t understand what science is telling them and god never heard of atoms.

  21. Cali Ron says:

    The Koch brothers (properly pronounced “cock”) are billionaires whose influence and money have fueled the tea party/evangelical movement that has seen the 0.1% get very much richer while the rest of America gets poorer. These guys make Rupert Murdoch look like an amateur. They are scary rich and scary dangerous for mankind. They are the epitome of greed and power gone wrong.
    And the evangelicals and southerners, with their lack of education and heavy religious indoctrination are fertile ground for the Cock’s to spread their manure and grow a new crop of sheeple. America is fast approaching the point where we will be a corporatocracy instead of a democracy (which we technically aren’t anyway, we’re a representative republic). If I believed in the devil it would be the Cock brothers.