A Religion Of Their Own
Rep. Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) underscores her support for environmental awareness (and incidentally, government spending thereon) with a Biblical quote.
In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’ On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children’s children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature.”
Too bad it’s not real.
Distinguished biblical scholars, however, cast doubt on the existence of the passage.
John J. Collins, the Holmes professor of Old Testament criticism and interpretation at Yale Divinity School, said he is totally unfamiliar with Pelosi’s quotation.
“(It’s) not one that I recognize,” Collins told Cybercast News Service. “I assume that she means this is a paraphrase. But it wouldn’t be a close paraphrase to anything I know of.”
Claude Mariottini, a professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Cybercast News Service the passage not only doesn’t exist – it’s “fictional.”
Cybercast News Service also notes the multiple times she’s used the quote in a speech. (Hint: the number is greater than one.)
Lessee now. Prophets? Check. Oracles? Check. Holidays and rituals? Certainly. Tax exemptions? You betcha. Places of mass worship? Gotcha covered.
Environmentalism. It’s more than just a way of life – it’s a religion.
Added: Capt’n Ed Morrissey, now at Hot Air reminds us that this has happened before.
I wrote about Barack Obama’s impulse to do some text-searching of Scripture ex post facto to cover for his Crackerquiddick comments. As I wrote then, people with religious faith are used to people throwing Bible quotes out of context at them to challenge their faith and their values. It’s the hallmark of someone who treats Biblical faith with contempt. But at least they usually get the quotes correct, even if out of context.
Update: It appears that, according to Matthew Hoy, I should stand corrected. I bow to his superior researching skills, for he has indeed found the lost verse.