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Religious group pushes to protect San Gabriel Mountains

An activist religious group has joined the effort to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national recreational area eligible for additional federal resources including law enforcement personnel, interpretive signs and hiking trails.

The group, Progressive Christians Uniting, is touting the proposal to congregants of dozens of San Gabriel Valley churches near the 650,000-acre range that constitutes about 70% of Los Angeles County's open space.

"We are helping to bring the moral compassion of people of faith to bear on an urgent public issue," said Rev. Peter Laarman, executive director of the Los Angeles-based group. "This is an ambitious effort. It involves public health, an important natural resource and millions of people who live near it. We want to be on board."

The designation would be made by the National Park Service, which is conducting an ongoing "special resource study" of the San Gabriels and the San Gabriel Watershed. The study includes three draft alternatives for new collaborative approaches to managing the range currently run by the U.S. Forest Service for purposes other than recreation.

A final recommendation could come in 2011. In the meantime, a coalition led by conservation groups and community organizations plans to present its "San Gabriel Mountains Forever" campaign to as many churches as possible.

"Religion and stewardship connect gracefully," said Sierra Club spokesman John Monsen.

Pastor Arthur Cribbs of San Marino Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, said his congregation recently forwarded a letter of support for the proposal to U.S. Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), whose district includes a large portion of the San Gabriels.

"We are blessed to have such a natural resource," Cribbs said. "It is a place where we can step out of our everyday business in the metropolis of greater Los Angeles and find quietude and stillness, strength and magic."

-- Louis Sahagun

 
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RE Paul Taylor: What would your Jesus do? Somehow I suspect the answer would be pretty creepy.

yeah! sign me up!

"For big-government social engineering in themes like racial justice, sexual-identity justice, environmental justice, food justice, shelter justice, economic justice, etc."

hmmm...so that means they want racial equality, equality regardless of what you do in the bedroom, Reduction - or eradication of corporate pollution...and reparations to victims of corporate environmental crimes (like polluting water, etc), Oh - and everyone gets to eat and have some type of housing...and poverty is a thing of the past...

They are evil! how dare they want for those things to occur! don't they know that they are living in the United States of America! sheesh!

"• For expensive global warming and climate regulations;"
Well - usually when you let something go it is expensive to fix. I remember one time my brakes started squeaking and I just ignored it... eventually I took my car to the mechanic and he told me if only I had taken my car in when it started sqeaking it would have been a tenth of what it wound up costing me... so, we have allowed the environment to get to the point where it is now - guess what? News Flash - it is going to be EXPENSIVE to fix it!!!

Preserving our natural resources is something that should be a top priority for those who have faith in a God..or simply faith in humanity...

I’ve often framed today’s environmentalism as a “religion” -- a secular religion for progressive (liberal) ideologues in the environmental movement. Well, in recent years a strange amalgam of progressive religious organizations and “green” activists have leveraged their common social justice and anti-capitalist impulses in yet another nonprofit venture called the “Progressive Christians Uniting” (PCU). PCU’s mission statement is: “… committed to equipping individuals and congregations for the work of transforming society through the radically inclusive gospel of Jesus Christ.” This is a new “Christian left” group erected as a counterweight to the politically-powerful “Christian right”

In California, the PCU organization is campaigning to make 650,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains a “national recreational area.” This mountainous area constitutes about 70% of Los Angeles County's open space. The new “recreational area” designation would carry the wildfire risks, access and commercial prohibitions, and land development restrictions similar to those of the exiting Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. The proposed “San Gabriel Mountains National Recreational Area” would also draw heavily upon California tax funding of its operations and maintenance.

The PCU organization is, as its above mission statement implies, a transformative and “radically” directed group. Their referenced program initiatives and literature are:
• Against Union member secret ballots;
• For African-American reparations;
• For integration of Native American pagan worship, unreformed Islam and Buddhism into the Christian faith;
• For expensive global warming and climate regulations;
• Against genetic modification of food crops;
• For big-government social engineering in themes like racial justice, sexual-identity justice, environmental justice, food justice, shelter justice, economic justice, etc.

Why? Doesn't that sort of politicking endanger their non-profit status?

Great, Now they (Progressive Christians Uniting) were not the only ones looking out for these SG Mountains. They must learn to get along with the other groups as well and begin a new relationship as strategic partners. They have a hidden agenda folks, look for it.

"It is a place where we can step out of our everyday business in the metropolis of greater Los Angeles and find quietude and stillness, strength and magic."


That's not recreation that's regeneration and spiritual connection. Recreation is soccer, fishing, hunting, off-roading.

Now that's a brand of Christianity that deserves consideration.
And, I am an athiest.


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