Jesus is my gardner

This is a weird article in Salon. Well, not so much the first two-thirds about a high-level EPA official deciding she just couldn’t take being a party to Bush’s rape and pillage approach to the environment, but the last page about organized Christianity’s disgust at just that.

Specifically, I was intrigued by the description of an Earth Day letter from a group of ministers claiming to represent 2 million Christians:

Citing the Bible’s directive to “defend the poor and the orphan; do justice to the afflicted and the needy (Psalms 82:3),” the letter sings the gospel of environmental justice, noting that clean-air policy changes have the greatest impact on “those least able to defend themselves” — namely, “[p]oor people, who have limited access to health care; senior citizens, who may have compromised immune systems; and children, who pound for pound breathe 50 percent more air pollution than adults.”

What’s notable about the effort is not just its attention to policy detail, but its direct assault on what Bush’s supporters (and Bush himself) frequently cite as his core strength: an unswerving moral rectitude derived from Christian faith.

NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar put it this way: “President Bush has said that moral values are the cornerstone of his administration. But as a person of faith, I question whether the president fully understands his moral commitment. I’m concerned that he is failing to protect God’s children.”

I was afraid maybe it was going to wind up being middle of the country Christians against pretty much everyone else, but maybe that’s still an audience that could be won. I’m hoping Kerry works this one well. It seems like it might be a good wedge.