The standard fundamentalist attack on the environmental movement is that it exalts the creation over the creator. But now one of the leading fundie critics of environmentalism is taking a new, and if possible even loonier argument.
Many of us remember the Dr. Seuss book and movie The Lorax. It's being adapted into a computer-animated feature film that's due to come out next month. The EPA is helping promote the film--something that doesn't sit too well with Cal Beisner, head of the Cornwall Alliance, a fundie-oriented climate change denial outfit. He claims that the EPA's sponsorship of this movie amounts to--wait for it--government endorsement of religion.
"What you've got there is the mixing of taxpayer dollars into the promotion of a clear ideology that has a particular religious flavor to it," the Cornwall Alliance spokesman concludes. "And frankly, I think that this is a violation of the separation of church and state."So let's see if we're getting this right. Teaching kids to take care of the planet is somehow promoting religion? Downright comical. Apparently it hasn't occurred to Beisner that maybe, just maybe having dominion over the earth carries a responsibility to take care of it.
Beisner's hand-wringing over The Lorax sounds pretty disingenuous when you consider that the Cornwall Alliance has strong ties to the oil and gas industry. Think Progress peered into the Cornwall Alliance's guts two years ago. Apparently its founder, Chris Rogers, has collaborated for some time with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, a climate-change denial group heavily funded by money from Chevron, ExxonMobil and the Scaife family. In fact, Beisner is a member of the CFACT board.
Sounds like Beisner is more concerned about the threat to the guys pulling his strings than any First Amendment issues.