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Richard Cizik poses for a photo for Vanity Fair, part of a feature on pro-environment leaders from various backgrounds.
With Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings underway, some are hoping — others are fearing — that her political and religious beliefs as a conservative Catholic might influence her decisions as a Justice. Her critics and supporters alike seem to take it for granted that religious values have a profound influence on the landscape of American politics. Few religious interest groups have wielded as much political power in the United States over the past few decades as white evangelical Christians. They focused their attention at first on family values, abortion, and same sex marriage, but have since expanded to global geopolitics and climate change. But just as their religious values have changed U.S. politics, U.S. politics have influenced religion. Conservative political priorities around climate change have trickled down to church sermons, and exhortations from the pulpit guard against the “blasphemy” of environmentalism. In this episode, we take you back to a surprisingly recent period of time before environmentalists were painted as agents of the devil, and when lots …
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