In a Press Release dated April 6, 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated the following:
Pelosi on New Science Report: ‘Global Warming Already Underway, but It Is Not Too Late to Slow It Down’
Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on a report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II on the effects of climate change:
“The new scientific report on global warming warns that global warming is already affecting the earth and that the effects are likely to be significant and widespread in this century, causing increased drought, drinking water shortages, and widespread extinction of species. Poor people around the world are especially vulnerable to the hazards of climate change.
“Global warming is already underway, but it is not too late to slow it down and reduce its harmful effects. We must base our actions on the moral imperative and the scientific record, free of political interference in scientists’ assessments of the effects of climate change on society and the environment.
“In this Holy Week, we are reminded of these words in the Old Testament: ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’ We must move quickly to honor God’s creation by reducing greenhouse gas pollution in the United States and around the world.” (emphasis added)
This supposed passage from the Old Testament bothered me the minute I read it. I am not a Biblical scholar, but I have done my fair share of reading the Bible, and for the life of me I could not recall such a passage. Further, it just doesn’t sound like the language found in the Old Testament. The Bible’s theme is worshipping God, not creation. In need of answers, I searched my Concordance and did a word search on an internet Bible, hoping to find the passage. Still no luck. After doing an internet search of “minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship” I ran across this blog entry dated February 13, 2007:
Speaker Pelosi said that the future of our children and grandchildren is in our hands. She spoke about the need to act now in order to save our planet. To prove her point, that government needs to act now and tackle “humanity’s greatest challenge,” she quoted the Bible. She said:
The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, “To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”
These are touching words. This biblical admonition is very important and highly relevant to the pressing issue of global warming.
Too bad this biblical admonition is not in the Old Testament.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
My suspicions were confirmed. Further, I was perplexed and amused to see that this made up Old Testament verse seemed to be her favorite. She quoted it in many speeches and press releases. Here’s a few samples:
According to Dana Milbank and Dan Balz of The Washington Post in an article discussing the Democrats “getting religion”, then-House Minority Leader Pelosi made a speech on the House in early January, 2005 :
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) cited a pair of biblical passages on the House floor, saying the Scriptures “tell us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship.”
Going back further, we find Pelosi using this “passage” to advocate for a child tax credit. In a June, 2003 Speech to the Call to Renewal Prayer Gathering, no less, Pelosi states:
“The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation, and that certainly includes our children, is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made them.
“It is hard to tell where an act of worship ends in the Congress because we all think we are here to do the Lord’s work.
“But we must ask ourselves, is it an act of worship to deprive children of working families in our country of the basic necessities in order to give a tax cut of nearly $100,000 to families making over $1 million per year?
“Is it an act of worship to deprive a child tax credit to 250,000 children of active-duty military families, just as many of these families are enduring tremendous hardships and separation in the war on terrorism?
“Is it an act of worship for us to say to those families and to those children: ‘Though your parents work and they may just make the minimum wage even if they both work, that you are not worthy of a tax cut that will provide food, clothing, and necessities?’
“As we hearken to what the Gospel of Matthew says about ministering to the needs of the least of our brethren, know that it is an act of worship to minister to those needs.
“And so here we are gathered today to pray that the right decision will be made by those who have the power to make a difference. We hope that they will see the difference between honoring the God who made us and dishonoring Him by ignoring the needs of his creation.
Leader Pelosi used the same “passage” in her 2006 New Year’s radio address. This time the passage wasn’t directed at global warming, but at the urgent need to defeat President Bush’s upcoming budget:
“2006 is a year of decision.
“One of the first decisions Members of Congress will make is reconsideration of the Republican budget. The federal budget should be a statement of our national values. Sadly, the Republican budget fails that test.
“That is why leaders of every religious denomination have led the fight in Washington and across the country to defeat it. Religious leaders told Congress that they are drawing a moral line in the sand against the Republican budget’s misplaced priorities.
“They reminded us that the Bible teaches that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. Religious leaders stated that our religious tradition teaches us that society, through government, has an obligation to meet the needs of the American people.
Still enamored with the “passage” she quoted it in her first response as Speaker to the President’s State of the Union Address on January 19, 2007. And what is worse, she quotes another fake Bible passage in this speech:
For our future to be strong, all of our communities must be strong. It
says in the Bible, ‘When there is injustice in the world, the poorest
people, those with the least power, are injured the most.’
In a January 27, 2007 speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors once again quoted her favorite “passage” to advocate work on global warming and energy independence:
Announcing the creation of the House Select Committe on Energy Independence and Global Warming, (Febrruary 8,2007) she also quoted her favorite passage.
All this makes me wonder. Does Ms. Pelosi truly believe that she can make up Bible passages at will to support whatever agenda she is advocating? Did she think that the American people were so stupid that they wouldn’t notice? Should we Americans trust someone who blatantly lies about the Bible to tell the truth about anything?