Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Earth is God's property, not ours, Mr. Santorum

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette published my letter on February 23rd:

In James O'Toole's Feb. 21 report "Santorum Continues Attacking Environmental Policies," he quotes Rick Santorum as saying that global warming is a result of "phony studies" and "phony theology" that puts the Earth before human beings.

Mr. Santorum is doubling down on his statement of a couple of weeks ago at a Colorado Energy Summit, where he stated: "We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth's benefit."

I'm sorry, Mr. Santorum, but I was a monk for 25 years, and according to my understanding, "dominion over the Earth" does not mean we own it and can use it and rape it for our own sense of gratification. That is a mischaracterization of Genesis.

It means the Earth is God's property, and we are charged with protecting it in the service of God, not for our own "coal baron"-like selfish interest, as Tony Norman so eloquently put it in his Feb. 21 column "Believe It or Not, Santorum's Surge Is Scary." It is in our self-interest to protect the Earth. It happens to be our only home, unless you want to go live on the moon with Newt Gingrich.

The letter can be seen on the paper's website here:

You can download an audio clip comment from the Thom Hartmann program here:

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