Faith, Our Earth & Justice

The essay below was written by Victoria Furio, Convener, Climate Justice, in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and their confrontation with the Dakota Access Pipeline. 
From the Hollow to the Hallow
By Victoria Furio
The struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (known as DAPL) epitomizes the dangers and moral depravity of our current climate crisis but also points to the way out of it. We are witnessing once again the same coveting of what is not rightfully ours with which this nation was born, repeating the same historical disregard for life and dignity that continues to the present day.
In the pipeline frenzy, we see a seething for material gain, which Jesus tells us, is ephemeral (Mt. 6:19-21). He also warns us against being like the foolish man who built his house on sand instead of on the rock (Mt. 7: 24-27). A colossal pipeline stretching close to 1200 miles across four states, transporting dirty and volatile fracked oil, DAPL is a stunning reminder of the warning in Lakota prophecy of a black snake that is to bring with it destruction and devastation. In the pursuit of profit, there is no regard for the trampling of sacred sites, nor for the potential poisoning of water for millions, never again to be pure.
With disrespect for our First Nations peoples as the shameful common currency, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation became Flint II, a repeat of decisions to protect a select group, while a racial group is condemned to sickness and death. Only months after the

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