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"Is God Green?"

A new holy war is growing within the conservative evangelical community, with implications for both the global environment and American politics. For years liberal Christians and others have made protection of the environment a moral commitment. Now a number of conservative evangelicals are joining the fight, arguing that man's stewardship of the planet is a biblical imperative and calling for action to stop global warming.

But they are being met head-on by opposition from their traditional evangelical brethren who adamantly support the Bush administration in downplaying the threat of global warming and other environmental perils. The political stakes are high: Three out of every four white evangelical voters chose George W. Bush in 2004. "Is God Green?" explores how a serious split among conservative evangelicals over the environment and global warming could reshape American politics.

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With the MOYERS ON AMERICA series, we inaugurate the Citizens Class, an extensive, interactive curriculum designed to encourage and facilitate public discourse on the issues raised in the series. The workshop features multimedia discussions, reference materials on the key perspectives presented in the program, and questions for further reflection — all designed to stimulate deep and thoughtful community dialogue. Interested? Check it out.

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In our resources section you'll find essential documents, a glossary, a timeline charting important events in U.S. environmental and evangelical history, and sites for further research. Visit Watch & Listen for Web-only video and audio and excerpts from the Moyers program archive. Read the transcript of "Is God Green?"


Moyers and Beisner Exchange

There is a lie circulating in the October 9, 2006 edition of the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance Newsletter (read the newsletter) (PDF), which is written by Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, who appeared in the documentary "Is God Green?" In the newsletter Beisner wrote:

"First, not earthshaking regarding climate science but of some interest to yours truly, Bill Moyers's documentary "Is God Green?"...airs on PBS Wednesday evening, October 11 (check local listings). When Moyers interviewed me for the documentary last spring, he very candidly told me that he is a liberal Democrat and intended for the documentary to influence the November elections to bring control of Congress back to the Democrats. Don't expect good science, economics, or ethics--or even journalistic balance."

Dr. Beisner is not telling the truth. Bill Moyers did not say that or anything like it. Every other conservative evangelical in the documentary wrote or called the Moyers team to praise the integrity of the documentary and their treatment in it. Mr. Moyers immediately wrote Dr. Beisner to demand an apology and a retraction. (Read the email) (PDF) When Dr. Beisner did not respond, Mr. Moyers, through counsel, repeated his demand for a retraction and an apology.

On Wednesday, October 25, 2006, Dr. Beisner had let his false statement stand and Mr. Moyers sent another letter to him via email (Read the letter) (PDF).

Read the exchange between Bill Moyers' lawyer Neil J. Rosini and Dr. Beisner's lawyer J. Shelby Sharpe:

  • Letter from Neil J. Rosini to Interfaith Stewardship Alliance dated October 18, 2006. (Read the letter) (PDF).
  • Letter from J. Shelby Sharpe to Neil J. Rosini dated October 20, 2006 (received October 27, 2006). (Read the letter) (PDF).
  • Letter from Neil J. Rosini to J. Shelby Sharpe dated October 31, 2006. (Read the letter) (PDF).
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