Moyers is green. What about God?

I just got off a conference call with Bill Moyers, who is promoting a documentary called “Is God Green?” It will be on PBS on Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. You can watch a “preview.”:

Moyers’ question is intriguing, but goofy, making me think of Kermit the frog. But that’s me.

Regardless, his focus is the growing interest in environmentalism, particularly global warming, on the part of evangelical Christians. Moyers thinks this development is a big political story because evangelicals who are concerned about global warming just might vote Democratic.

“They’ve been voting essentially right down the line on conservative issues,” he said. “That’s beginning to change.”

It sure sounded like wishful thinking on Moyers’ part. He is a man of faith, but not of the conservative variety. And he clearly believes that environmentalism should be a priority of evangelicals and everyone else.

Moyers mentioned that Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, has faced some heat from conservative evangelicals for expressing his concern about global warming. Moyers didn’t leave much doubt about where he stands.

“Cizik has shown great courage in refusing to back down,” he said.

Moyers was asked whether evangelicals who care about the environment will vote for Democrats who are pro-choice and gay-friendly. It’s a good question. Evangelicals might be more likely to try to change Republican policy on the environment than to suddenly abandon all their favorite issues.

But Moyers said he can see evangelicals defecting from the Republican Party over global warming.

“It could deny Republicans 5, 10, 15 percent of the vote in a significant election,” he said.

We’ll see.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.