Power Line “Rathers” Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers has shown himself to be a rabid Bush basher time and again. Now Power Line, proving why it may be the best political blog in America, catches Moyers foaming at the mouth as he tears into Bible-believing Christians.

Moyers is convinced that we want to destroy the environment to bring on the Apocalypse:

So what does this mean for public policy and the environment? Go to Grist to read a remarkable work of reporting by the journalist Glenn Scherer — “The Road to Environmental Apocalypse.” Read it and you will see how millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed — even hastened — as a sign of the coming apocalypse.

As Grist makes clear, we’re not talking about a handful of fringe lawmakers who hold or are beholden to these beliefs. Nearly half the U.S. Congress before the recent election — 231 legislators in total and more since the election — are backed by the religious right.
Remember James Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s first secretary of the interior? My favorite online environmental journal, the ever-engaging Grist, reminded us recently of how James Watt told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. In public testimony he said, “after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.”

Beltway elites snickered. The press corps didn’t know what he was talking about. But James Watt was serious.

Wow. I was afraid my premise for The God Conspiracy, in which the government blames a series of terrorist actions on fundamentalist Christians who want to trigger the Apocalypse, bordered on the unbelievable.

It doesn’t make me feel better to know that I was right–there really are otherwise intelligent people who believe we’re capable of this.

There are two problems with Moyers’ rant:

  1. I don’t find these beliefs anywhere in my Bible.
  2. James Watt never said any such thing.

And the respected veteran journalist Moyers felt no compulsion to verify the quote from his “favorite online environmental journal”.

It’s almost funny. Moyers and his ilk think we’re fools for believing prophetic words written a couple thousand years ago by an old man in exile on an island in the Aegean. And yet we’re to be feared because we’ve somehow seized control of the most powerful nation on Earth.

It’s the “Stupid Evil Genius” theory of political science.

Maybe that’s why, as Power Line documents, Moyers seems to feel morally justified in repeating lies when he trashes us.


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