governmental policies is less about institutions and more about persons
At Swarthmore's baccalaureate wedding ceremony in 06, Professor of Religion Mark Wallace mentioned Mathew Louis-Rosenberg inside the same breath of air as University co-founder Lucretia Mott, women's suffragist Alice Paul (Class of 1905), and civil rights member of staff Ralph Roy '50. This individual called all of them " faith based prophets, вЂќ singular Swarthmoreans who have resisted the evils of American societyвЂ”slavery, male dominance, Jim Crow, and now mountaintop removal coal mining.
" Resistance to tyranny is behavior to The almighty, вЂќ stated Wallace, quoting a motto of the ladies rights motion.
In an interview, Wallace explained that spiritual prophets " put forth a moral eyesight вЂ¦ the moral call up of their timeвЂќ and " tap into the deep vein of American mindset that uses religious and moral terminology to encourage social alter. вЂќ He put Louis-Rosenberg in this business " because he is adding his existence and freedom on the line to advance the вЂ¦ cause of saving the planet. вЂќ
Wallace, whose 2005 publication Finding God in the Vocal River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature explored the theological foundation modern environmentalism, said the utilization of civil disobedience by the environmental movement is but the most recent turn in a time-honored American tradition. Unfortunately, he added, this traditions is below siege. Regulations adopted just before and after 9/11, he says, " define environmental civil disobedience as domestic terrorism. вЂќ He paperwork that Massey Energy, containing labeled Louis-Rosenberg and his comrades " environmental terrorists, вЂќ is undoubtedly aware of these regulations.
By contrast, this individual points to Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as individuals who broken up religious icons and suggestions " to touch Americans at their core and motivate these to change cultural institutions. вЂќ Until identical figures making use of religious dialect arise, he said, " the environmental movement will not be good. вЂќ
Former Swarthmore political science mentor Jeffrey Murer, now at St ....