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Gwin Pratt at Rally 4-3-2014

Rally Speech from Gwin Pratt-

Kellogg Park 4/3/2014

                                                                                                                         Photo by Christy Newell

There are powerful economic….. logical……financial….statistical….…scientific…….

reasons to oppose this expansion…

…and we should listen to them.

But…………THAT’S NOT WHY I’M HERE TO SPEAK!!!

I’m here speaking for clergy, pastors, Rabbis, priests, Imams :

….and it’s personal to us….

…not here because it’s routine…pro forma….

…business as usual.

It’s personal…

….for two reasons:

First,

….the Earth is Holy.

Our beginnings are Holy…

The 5th

 Commandment is….

They were our beginning.

Beginnings are Holy.

The Big Bang was Holy…

Everything that came from the Big Bang..

The Earth is Holy…

…to honor our mother and father.

…our beginning.

…is Holy…

…and to desecrate it with the poison of oil…

…is wrong.

Second….

We are “sky pilots”…..

..to use a phrase from the history..

We are to care for the people’s souls….their spirits.

This can mean …

…that sometimes what we say…

….and upsetting to some.

But we speak nonetheless.

Our reliance on oil….

…of military chaplains….

..will be uncomfortable..

….brings death to our people.

Clergy always…

…..say no to the death and sickness of the people.

Hunger….war…..poverty…..

…any and all things that make our people sick…and die…

…the Clergy are bound to say “NO!”

And… here’s the thing:

When a person’s body is sick…

When people can’t breathe with their lungs….

….their souls can’t breathe either.

The word in our scriptures for “Spirit”…

…is the same word as “breath”

When we foul the air….

…the breath…

…we are fouling God’s Spirit….

….and our people get sick and die.

The expansion of this pipeline is….

….an investment in death.

The great prophet of the Older Testament…Ezekiel….

…as he surveys the scattered bones of his people…

…so is their soul.

…of the people….

LITERALLY…

asks:

“Can these bones live again?”

And the answer…of course…

…is “Yes…….with an infusion of God’s Spirit.”

Today……we ask….

“Can our people’s lungs and souls live?

And the answer is:

Only if God’s Spirit….our breath….

 Only if we begin to say NO!!!!!

…is not poisoned with carbon.

To carbon absorption…..

And YES!!!!!

To new and clean forms of energy.

The expansion of this pipeline…

…would be a terrible mistake…

….for a lot of reasons.

But the “religious” reason is….

It would be saying Yes to death…

…and no to life.

It would be…

…from my faith tradition…

 …..casting our lot….

…with Good Friday…..

And slamming the door…

…on Easter.

Today we call upon Judge Lipman….

….to say a huge….

YES!!!!! To the health of our people….

And a NO!!!!! to the way of death and oil.