"We have observed," the letter says, "that Cizik and others are using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time."The Association has not backed down from its recent "Urgent Call to Action" on environmental challenges, though, and current president of the NAE, the Rev. Leith Anderson, told the Times that he stood behind Cizik and his emphasis on the issue.
Those issues, the signers say, are a need to campaign against abortion and same-sex marriage and to promote "the teaching of sexual abstinence and morality to our children."
While the letter focused on the moral issue, several of the leaders were pretty candid about political motivations in later interviews: "...some signers of this latest letter said they were wary of the global warming issue because they associated it with leftists, limits on free enterprise and population control, which they oppose." We're not exactly sure about the Biblical basis for these concerns... perhaps they'll be addressed in another letter? ::New York Times
UPDATE: Fortune senior writer Marc Gunther discussed this development with the Rev. Cizik, and provides an overview of the minister's "conversion" to Christian environmental activist on his blog.
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