God-o-Meter feels a tad guilty for lavishing so much HTML on Barack Obama, but no other candidate is courting religious voters with as much rigor and transparency (unlike, say, Republican candidates who powwow with Christian Right leaders in secret). On the same day that Obama announced a string of gospel music concerts to benefit his campaign, he also appeared at an “interfaith forum on climate change” in Des Moines. From the AP:

[T]he Illinois senator said God has entrusted humans with the responsibility of caring for the earth, and “we are not acting as good stewards of God’s earth when our bottom line puts the size of our profits before the future of our planet.”
“It is our responsibility to ensure that this planet remains clean and safe and livable for our children and for all of God’s children,” he told about 200 people gathered at the downtown public library. “But in recent years, science has made it undeniably clear that our generation is not living up to this responsibility…”

Given the well-documented role that evangelical groups and figures like the National Association of Evangelicals and Rick Warren have played recently in combating global warming, the only surprise for God-o-Meter is that other Democrats aren’t doing more to exploit Creation Care as the religious wedge issue that it is.


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