A new effort to mobilize evangelical Christians on the problem of global warming received $475,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the top funders of abortion programs in the United States and abroad.
The Evangelical Climate Initiative went public on February 8, when it released a statement signed by 85 evangelical leaders, including the presidents of 39 colleges, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the heads of denominations, and well-known evangelical figures.
Called Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, the statement includes the following disclaimer: “Signatories do so as individuals expressing their personal opinions and not as representatives of their organizations.”
“Global warming is a controversial issue in itself, but the real problem comes with the so-called solutions, such as population control and reducing access to technology that will lift people out of poverty,” said Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America. “Hewlett Foundation is one of the most prodigious and unabashed funders of abortion causes, with much money going to make abortion acceptable. Its significant grant for this initiative, along with the controversial Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, reveals where this effort could lead. They would not fund something that contradicts their main missions.”
The statement calls upon evangelical Christians, out of concern to protect humanity from the devastating results of climate change, to:
reduce our own consumption of fossil fuels (oil and coal) and support efforts by government and businesses to do the same. Reducing our burning of oil and coal can be achieved by using energy more efficiently and by switching to renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and biomass.
The group seems aware of their potentially controversial actions:
We are proud of the evangelical community’s long-standing commitment to the sanctity of human life. But we also offer moral witness in many venues and on many issues. Sometimes the issues that we have taken on, such as sex trafficking, genocide in the Sudan, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa, have surprised outside observers. While individuals and organizations can be called to concentrate on certain issues, we are not a single-issue movement. We seek to be true to our calling as Christian leaders, and above all faithful to Jesus Christ our Lord. Our attention, therefore, goes to whatever issues our faith requires us to address.
While most Christians agree with the need to protect our world from environmental pollution, some in the pro-family movement question the Hewlett Foundation’s motive in funding the initiative.
“The radical environmental, pro-abortion lobby has learned to adopt language to win over unsuspecting, well-intentioned people. I am sure that most of the evangelical leaders who signed on have no idea of the history and missions of the groups that have made this initiative possible with their financial backing,” said Wright.
A sampling of the Hewlett Foundation’s funding includes:
Activities of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, the most dominant pro-abortion organization, and its subsidiaries in Latin America, where it promotes the “legalization” of abortion, the morning-after pill, and “sexual and reproductive health and rights issues,” which stands for graphic sex education, abortion, sterilization, and the mainstreaming of homosexuality.
More than $2 million in the last three years for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy organization that works through courts to impose abortion on demand.
A $1 million grant for Planned Parenthood to provide its services, including abortion and the morning-after pill, to those hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Gifts totaling $739,000 in 2001-2003 to the National Abortion Federation, the “professional association” for abortionists.The Abortion Care Project, to train abortionists in Vietnam.
The Abortion Access Project, which works through medical students and trains medical professionals in the United States in “abortion care.”
The University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, which attempts to counter the stigma attached to abortion and the lack of medical professionals willing to do abortions through studies, papers, and advocacy.
Pamela Wong is editor of CWA’s bimonthly publication, Family Voice.