Those poor Methodists. First Gov. Underwood scolded them for daring to demonstrate their care for God's creation by approving a resolution that called for a mountaintop removal moratorium. Then he said they shared blame for a bomb threat that shut down the Capitol for several hours, because the nut who sent the threat had apparently read their resolution.
On top of all that, they get dissed by the Daily Mail, which, while calling Underwood's latest statement "weirdly hotblooded," also took time to chastize the Methodists yet again for the resolution, which it said was "not thoughtful."
The Methodists want mountaintop removal mines and the subsequent valley fills halted until a scientific study is completed to determine the effect on human life and the environment. That sounds like a much more thoughtful stance than going ahead with the practice on a monumental scale without really knowing what the effects will be.
And how much thought did Underwood give before he attacked the Methodists? He did try to backtrack the next day. He said he didn't blame all Methodists - who do vote, after all - just "activists in the church hierarchy who pushed for official approval of a resolution that was oversimplified, unnecessary and divisive."
Perhaps Underwood should take his own advice. He said church leaders "must be wary of making public statements that could incite an unstable person to threaten violence." I bet Underwood's unabashed support of mountaintop removal - support so strong he was willing to criticize his own church for taking an opposing view - did much more to incite the author of the bomb threat than did the Methodists' thoughtful and eloquent resolution.
Speaking of mountaintop removal, coal companies in Kentucky are tearing down that state's highest mountain, proving once more that nothing is more sacred to King Coal than profit. Does anyone doubt that coal companies would blast apart Spruce Knob and pile the refuse on Dolly Sods if they could make a few million dollars?
The company in Kentucky is promising to leave the peak of Black Mountain. I'm sure the view from the top will be breathtaking.