Driving with Jesus

John McCaslin
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Posted: May 28, 2007 9:21 PM
Driving with Jesus

Driving with Jesus

Obeying the teachings of Jesus is now a part of the global-warming debate.

The Rev. Jim Ball, an ordained Baptist minister and president and chief executive officer of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), is among the panelists who will lecture on faith and science at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Family Research Council in Washington.

Named last month by Time magazine as one of its five climate-change "innovators," Mr. Ball is the originator of EEN's controversial "What Would Jesus Drive?" (WWJD) educational campaign, which states that "obeying Jesus in our transportation choices is one of the great Christian obligations and opportunities of the 21st century."

Pointing out that the Bible mandates stewardship of God's creation, one positive review of the WWJD campaign pointed out that "gas-guzzling, air-polluting, Godzilla-like" sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have unfortunately "become the icon of the 'American image' of success and the spirit of adventure."

Then there is Terry Watkins of Dial-the-Truth-Ministries, who weighs in that EEN "is a group of goofy, biblical-illiterate, environmentalists who are 'helping God' to preserve and protect the environment."

As Mr. Watkins writes: "To degrade the Lord Jesus into a environmental-wacko 'car salesman' is beyond simple ignorance -- it's irreverent and it's blasphemous."

Laura's club

The so-called "first lady of TV news in Phoenix" did not do her homework before interviewing the first lady of the United States, Laura Bush, at Friday's Sandra Day O'Connor Awards luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.

Mary Jo West, who became the city's first anchorwoman in 1976, began the public Q&A by asking Mrs. Bush, a former librarian, about her summer reading list and the current book she's reading, "A Thousand Splendid Suns," by Khaled Hosseini.

" 'The Kite Runner' was about boys and men in Afghanistan, and this is a book about women, and really pretty brutal in a lot of parts, about the way women in Afghanistan were treated under the Taliban," Mrs. Bush explained of the author's pair of books.

At which point Ms. West said, "Well, Mrs. Bush, Oprah has her book list. Maybe you could start yours on your Web site."

"Well, I do, I have a book list on my Web site," Mrs. Bush replied. Without further ado, here's just a few of Mrs. Bush's favorite titles from www.whitehouse.gov/ firstlady:

Family reading aloud: "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White, "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Old Yeller" by Fred Gipson and the "Winnie the Pooh" series by A.A. Milne.

Bedtime: "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown, "Babar" by Laurent De Brunhoff, "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series by Norman Bridwell, "Hop on Pop" and others by Dr. Seuss, "Mother Goose Rhymes," "Curious George" by H.A. Rey and "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.

Adult books: "Ship of Fools" by Katherine Anne Porter and "The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter," "The Brothers Karamazov" by Feodor Dostoevski, "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "Music for Chameleons" by Truman Capote, "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves, "Mornings on Horseback" by David McCullough, "Bless Me, Ultima" by Rudolfo A. Anaya, "My Antonia" and "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather; and "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy.

Wave your flag

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of black fighter pilots during World War II, along with singer Pat Boone and actor Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump"), are just a few of the patriotic participants of today's National Memorial Day Parade along Constitution Avenue.

Leading the 2 p.m. parade will be the U.S. Air Force Band, which is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Air Force. Indeed, look for an Air Force flyover in the "Missing Man Formation" during a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m., when the parade will halt for one minute.

Also marching will be veterans of the "Band of Brothers," E Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division of World War II, made famous by the HBO miniseries by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. And yes, those are several of the "Doolittle Raiders," veterans from 65 years ago, when 16 American B-25s, led by Jimmy Doolittle, undertook a daring bombing mission against Japan. The raid was a morale boost to the country, reeling from the attack at Pearl Harbor. Included is Doolittle's co-pilot, Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole.
And if his voice sounds familiar, the parade announcer will be Adrian Cronauer, the disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam."