Published : Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:01 PM
The Rector of Pasadena’s All Saints Church, the Rev. Mike Kinman, reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord Thursday with a dramatic condemnation.
“Murder is murder, whether it happens quickly or slowly. It is the deliberate, intentional taking of human life. And the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord is murder on a global scale,” Kinman said. “It is a crime not just against our environment, it is a crime against humanity.”
“This is not hyperbole or conjecture but fact. We know that climate change is already causing flooding, hurricanes and famines, which in turn cause and will continue to cause not only immediate death but massive migrations and refugee crises leading to more suffering and death. The world’s most vulnerable people are already the first and most directly affected and this action ensures their suffering will only get worse,” Kinman continued.
In the statement released by the Church, Kinman went on to say:
“If our president walked up to a child living in a beach community in Bangladesh, pointed a gun at her head and pulled the trigger, I hope we would be horrified. I hope we would say that act could never be about the ‘greatness’ of a nation or a people. I hope we would say that no economic argument could justify that kind of barbarism and murder.
“And yet, on a much larger scale, that is what he has just done.
“Murder is murder, whether it happens quickly or slowly. Ask any mother who has lost her child. The president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord is murder. People will die because of it. Children will die because of it. And as people of faith, we only have four words for our president:
“You shall not kill.
“And, as people of faith, this is not a call to despair, but a call to continued and sustained action.
“Continue to urge our own state and local leaders to invest in clean energy and reduce our carbon footprint.
“Continue to pray for transformation of heart for our leaders and for ourselves.
“Today brought a discouraging word, a tragic word. But it will not be the last word.”