Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.
Issue number one this week in American politics is the ever-widening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For some political activists, the spill is both a political and a spiritual crisis. For others, the environmental threat to worry about is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Sojourners president Jim Wallis said the spill is a result of our "oil addiction." He wrote that people need to consider making significant sacrifices, starting with listening to and praying for people and churches along the Gulf.
"At the root of the crisis today is that BP learned exactly the lesson it was taught by our culture and our government through the Exxon-Valdez spill. Change is easy, quick, and cheap. Americans are hooked on oil, they aren't going to kick the habit anytime soon, and they have short memories—so slap on another new coat of paint and then get back to business as usual," said Wallis.
Rose Marie Berger, an associate editor at Sojourners magazine, went further by calling for a ban on BP doing business in the U.S. for 50 years, while she noted that this would not solve the current crisis or end the threat of other oil spills.
"The best news is that Attorney General Eric Holder is opening a criminal investigation against BP. This is exactly how a government should behave, and I applaud Holder's forward movement on this," said Berger.
The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is organizing a "Gulf Oil Spill Prayer Walk" along the gulf shoreline beginning on June 14. According to EEN president Mitch Hescox, the event is meant to build relationships with people living along the coast ...1