by Duluth News Tribune
September 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Duluth pastors say mountaintop-removal coal mining that occurs in Kentucky and West Virginia is a sin against God’s creation.
Tags: churches, Religion 17 Comments »
I can imagine how excited the people of Appalachia will be to learn they have the support of 12 Lutherans from Duluth engaged in taking jobs away from them.
Isn’t open-pit mining in Minnesota exactly the same thing as “mountain top” mining, only at a different elevation?
These Lutherans should be lobbying to shut down the entire Minnesota mining industry before they venture out to tell others what to do.
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These throwback pastors should stick to preaching on religon, not politics. We have more than enough politicians already.
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Gee George…..can’t a person have an interest and opinion on things?
I do have to say this mining doesn’t need to be catagorized as a Sin….Didn’t see Refrain from Mountain Mining in the 10 Commandments (wish I could still go down to city hall and see Them but the Civil Liberties Union took That Liberty away). Would it be a Mortal Sin or a Venial Sin? It IS done with intent and May be our ultimate undoing. hmmmmmm
Although I have to agree….if this keeps up pretty soon we will have come full circle and the earth will be Flat like those before Christopher Columbus feared. wink
We have slid Far Down the slippery slope of trying to preserve the very earth that sustains our lives.
At this point it may very well be necessary to ask God to help us.
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I must apologize to Misty…I shot first and asked questions later on your post which I generally agree with so please disreguard my dislike. I practised contemp prior to investigation which will keep man in everlasting ignorance.
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No Worries Ivan…..a Lot of my posts are done tongue in cheek throughout. Not many get it, but that’s ok too. That we still have the Liberty to voice an opinion is all that matters.
As you may know, I often walk about wearing my scuba gear and/or hard hat…..ROFL
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Thanks pastor for bringing a bite of a light to this very questionable practice. Thanks Tribune for noting the fact on job issue that 54,000 jobs have been lost in this area of the US. Please keep up the good work.
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Stick to saving souls Reverend Tryggstad! There are plenty of enrironmentalists who value nature more than mankind to carry this torch! Why not stick with daily sins to save man or are they just a little too mundain and do not gather the headlines? Are we seeing a bit of ego and self importance here from the goodly clergyman!
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When the pastor stops using electricity generated from coal I’ll stop calling him a hypocrite. When more expensive mining methods are used I’ll bet the pastor whines about his electric bill going up too. The people who rely on this mining for their livelyhood probably don’t want his “help” either.
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Since when did this pastor become an expert on mountaintop mining? Did he hear it from someone that thinks they know all about it. We in the northland do not like outsiders with little or no knowledge coming into our homeland telling us what is best for us and what we should do with little or no knowledge about the subject. Stick with what you know and have knowledge about and them make an opinion.
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These pastors should disconnect the electricity from their churches and homes. Electricity is made with coal which is a sin against God’s creation.
It’s like these guys are anti-profits – they can’t see beyond their own self-righteous noses.
Profit = prophet
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You were probably just as right the first time, David.
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Generally it’s more effective when you announce you’re “against” something…..to offer a better alternative that is a better idea. I don’t see any of the good ministers suggestions as to how we can better generate the massive amounts of electrical energy we consume to light and heat all the homes, businesses and yes, cavernous churches too. I assume these ministers want the lights to come on when they hit all those light switches Sunday morning ?
So, is stripping off mountain tops to get at low sulfur coal an ugly sight which probably isn’t all that environmentally friendly ? Sure….most likely. Once these fine ministers offer practical alternatives to this practice, or offer to disconnect their homes and churches from the (mostly coal fired) electrical grid, then maybe they will find a more receptive audience on this issue.
Defining a problem is always the easiest part of the equation. Offering solutions is the more useful and challenging part. Attempting or threatening to take away someone’s job in Appalachia (probably already the most economically depressed area of the country) before a good alternative to this practice is found probably isn’t the best way to go about this.
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Its obvious, the complaints are with the “TYPE” of mining and not against mining or power in general. This type of mining has itself already eliminated the majority of jobs and the savings are not benefitting the consumers. This type of mining is destroying other resources for the financial benefits of few, and therein lies the sin(imho).
When citizens rose up against Reserve Mining, it wasn’t against mining, it was against the discharge of 60,000,000 tons of waste per day into Lake Superior, not against mining or steel.
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OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight, Mining coal on a mountain top is sin, but hiring a practicing homosexual as a pastor isn’t? I can’t find any reference to mining being a sin, but plenty for the latter.
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Man, I knew this article was going to be hilarious before I even clicked the headline.
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This pastor is a friggin idiot. Time for him to pull his head out.
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