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Cruelty and Violence
- Romans 1:21-25
- Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither
were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the
creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The Religious Right often uses Romans 1:21-25 to condemn environmentalists. Here's an example from
CBN News: The Growing Threat of Far-Left
PAT ROBERSON: What is the agenda of the radical Left? They talk about -- aren't environmental
concerns sort of like a god to them?
SEN. JAMES INHOFE: It is. Look, Pat, I don't have to tell you about reading the
Scriptures, but one of mine that I've always enjoyed is Romans 1, 22
and 23. You quit worshipping God and start worshipping the creation --
the creeping things, the four-legged beasts, the birds and all that.
That's their god. That's what they worship. If you read Romans 1:25, it
says, 'and they gave up their God and started worshipping the
creation.' That's what we are looking at now, that's what's going on.
And we can't let it happen. They say we don't want a litmus test on all
these issues, but these issues are not just Republican issues, or
conservative issues, or Christian issues, these are issues that
resonate in the minds of the vast majority of the people in this
country. That's what we are engaged in. We want to have a spiritual
country and I would hate to think that we give in, and particularly
organizations like the NAE, to a bunch of far-Left-wing
Pharyngula PZ Myers