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Climate Change Is Here to Stay

Debate over global warming has only intensified since conservatives targeted Cizik.

The evangelical debate over global warming has only intensified since Focus on the Family chairman James Dobson, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, and 23 other conservative evangelicals called for National Association of Evangelicals vice president for governmental affairs Richard Cizik to resign in March.

"Cizik and others are using the global warming controversy to shift the emphasis away from the great moral issues of our time," read the March 1 letter to NAE board chairman Roy Taylor. "In their place has come a preoccupation with climate concerns that extend beyond the NAE's mandate and its own statement of purpose."

The letter claimed Cizik was unauthorized to speak for the 30-million-member NAE on global warming, which Cizik argues is central to the Christian mandate to care for creation. "If he cannot be trusted to articulate the views of American evangelicals on environmental issues," the letter read, "then we respectfully suggest that he be encouraged to resign his ...

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