EU invokes God for the salvation of Mother Earth
- except the discerning.
The latest Brussels religio-political initiative is concerned with spreading the green gospel for the propagation of an ‘environmentally friendly society’, and so invitations were sent out to the four corners of the earth for religious VIPs to assist in this climate change evangelism. The convened meeting would also usefully promote ‘tolerance between different confessions in Europe’.
They are not that different, though, since the élite consists of 19 men and one woman from European Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations. While the gender imbalance should have alerted the EU’s equalities watchdog, it has to be observed that this was a distinctly Abrahamic gathering, with no Hindus, no Sikhs, and no Buddhists, which is rather strange considering that these are the faiths to whose karmic doctrine the Mother Earth agenda is intrinsic. The Scientologists were also a little peeved to have received no invitation. And the Jedi Knight fraternity are yet to appoint a spokesperson.
The meeting was chaired by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who told a press conference that ‘churches, mosques and temples could all play an important role in identifying and implementing solutions to the challenge of climate change’.
Well, actually, no. Not least because they do not all accept the premise that global warming is scientifically proven, and Pope Benedict himself has had the good sense to refute the assertions and observe the emergence of a pseudo-cult of Mother Earth worship.
But this is not stopping President Barroso, who, speaking of the EU’s religious élite, intones: “Thanks to their moral authority, their outreach and their structure, they are well placed to make a valuable contribution, mobilising our societies for a sustainable future.”
Prime Minister Jansa (of Slovenia), referring to both the Bible and the Qur’an, said: "Earth was created and given to man, and man has to be respectful of what he has been given," and called for what the late Pope John Paul II described as an ‘ecological conversion’.
"The success in the fights against climate change relies to a great extent on changes in our habits, in our philosophies in our world outlook and the consumer society that has created superficial needs - needs that justify consumption."
But the president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (COMECE) – an exclusively Roman Catholic conference – is ignoring the wise concerns of His Holiness, and has called for the appointment of a ‘High Representative for Future Generations’.
Cranmer would rather they worry about the considerable problems of today and let tomorrow take care of itself.
According the the EUObserver report, some MEPs have in the past questioned the presence of religious figures in strictly political fora in Brussels: ‘The parliament's Party Working Group on the Separation of Religion and Politics in a letter to Hans-Gert Poettering last year wrote: "It is unbecoming for any of the EU institutions to provide an exclusive platform to any particular grouping, including religions, in particular as the majority of European citizens are not religious or no longer practice their religion. Thus millions of individual citizens do not have a voice in the dialogue.”’
Cranmer rather doubts the assertion that ‘the majority of European citizens are not religious’, but it is to be observed that the only exclusive platform which is affirmed by this Working Group is the secular one – and there is nothing remotely alienating or insular about that: it is, of course, supremely neutral, tolerant, and just.