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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill: Southern Baptist reaction

I was pleased to discover that the Southern Baptist Convention, which met this month in Orlando, had passed a resolution condemning the Gulf Oil Spill.

This is a quotation from the resolution, from the Associated Baptist Press report: "Our God-given dominion over the creation is not unlimited, as though we were gods and not creatures, so therefore, all persons and all industries are then accountable to higher standards than to profit alone."

National Public Radio also reported on the matter. I quote from that report:
. . . the Convention called on the government "to act determinatively and with undeterred resolve to end this crisis ... to ensure full corporate accountability for damages, clean-up and restoration ... and to ensure that government and private industry are not again caught without planning for such possibilities."

NPR interviewed the Dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who told the reporter that there was no reason why a true conservative should not call for government to regulate responsibly, and also told the reporter that a believe in sin included a belief in corporate sin. (The Dean was not speaking for the Convention, but for himself, but, no doubt, his views are shared by many Southern Baptists.)

Good for the SBC, which is the largest Christian body in the US, as I understand it, and generally associated with conservative political views.

Thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering what they said about BP, if anything. I notice many put blame on BP, but I noticed that BP in the recent history has been one of the more responsible oil companies on the market. The only one that I saw then that was better than BP was Sunoco. I would like to see your thoughts on this one.

Martin LaBar said...

If BP was one of the more responsible, we're in more trouble than I thought. They (with help from their supposed government overseers) got by with some safety violations, and their disaster recovery plan appears to have been a joke.

I was unable to find the text of the resolution passed by the Baptists.

Thanks, superrustyfly.

Anonymous said...

If you think that's scary, you should check out Esso, Exxon, and Mobil. According to my source (which includes more than environmental concerns), they are in danger of being corporate criminals. I always hate to say that, so I'll just say that they are the most unconsciously irresponsible at the least (that only goes for the ones who make all the decisions though).

PS (I bought the book "Care of Creation" that you contributed to. I look forward to reading your section)