If Stephen Harper believes in God, why is he indifferent to the environment?
And what's expected to happen in the meantime? Prior to Jesus’ return, the earth and human society will be (according to C & AM) hit by the “The Great Tribulation” – wars, strife, chaos, plagues, floods – causing despair to everyone except those unquestioningly accepting the power of Jesus to rectify everything.
Natural and man-made disasters, then, herald the approach of the Biblical battle of Armageddon – the final struggle between the forces of good and the Antichrist –followed directly by the return of Jesus to make all things right.
So in this worldview, issues like CO2 emissions and global warming and pollution become totally irrelevant. Jesus is seen as the sole arbiter of the planetary future.
Those who speak about global environmental conditions, and warn that action must be taken – be they scientists, environmentalists, or even declared Christians – become the enemies of Jesus’ teachings and of his followers.
These unstated but essential themes can be seen running through many of Stephen Harper’s overarching policy directions (e.g. his good vs. evil approach to international politics). But they are most clearly revealed in his relationship to environmental issues.
The orientation of Stephen Harper and the C & MA with respect to environmental matters is closely aligned also to that of the “Cornwall Alliance”, a nominally religious organization in the US, which flatly denies that humans have any influence on global climate change.
The Cornwall Alliance goes even farther, openly stigmatizing those who express concern about environmental degradation as anti—Christian. “…without doubt one of the greatest threats to society and the church is the multifaceted environmentalist movement….Environmentalism has become a new religion.”
Harper not going to "see the light" on environment or science
Unable to countenance thatHarper's religion could be a significant driver of federal policy, a former member of his inner circle, Gerry Nicholls, adamantly hews to the position that the pursuit of power is more important to the Prime Minister then his religious beliefs.
But much evidence challenges this position.
Stephen Harper has made it clear that he will use whatever means available to him in order to pursue his doctrinally-inspired agenda.
In a recent book by veteran journalist Paul Wells, The Longer I’m Prime Minister…, Stephen Harper reveals clearly that he wants to shift Canadian politics towards “social conservatism”, often the public face of uncompromising Christian fundamentalism. In a recent interview on CBC Radio, Wells stated that the Prime Minister is “… not necessarily an ostentatiously religious guy himself, but people whose faith informs their own conception of politics know that a Harper government will leave them more alone than another government would. He’s the most right wing prime minister in my life-time." (from CBC Radio’s The Current, October 22, 2013)
Stephen Harper is running what former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark has publicly called “a private interest government [in a public interest country].” He will do what he can to maintain political power in order that this government can pursue its narrow agenda, driven by religious principles that are at odds with the overwhelming majority of persons of faith in this country.
Central to that agenda is the pursuit of political goals that leave no room for an intact and healthy ecosystem.
Stephen Joseph Harper, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, is not going to “see the light” with respect to the ecological imperatives that dominate the 21st century. He will very likely not slow down his relentless and reckless disruption of environmental science and ecological realities. He has come too far in pursuit of his own extreme goals – and against the grain of history – to stop now.
I believe there is only one way for Canada to regain its respected role as a leader in protecting and conserving critical features in the regional, national and global ecosystem.