August 19th, 2011
01:43 PM ET

Does God support mountaintop removal mining?

Editor's note: Soledad O'Brien's documentary, "Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America" airs at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, August 20.

Art Kirkendoll, a former West Virginia county commissioner, says that God clearly supports mountaintop removal mining, which is vigorously opposed by environmentalists. Check out the clip.

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. JoeH

    Maybe it was the Devil that put that coal in the mountains – a test of temptation that we have so far not passed. I believe God wants us to keep and steward all that is green and good in his Creation.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  2. AD67

    There's a big difference between growing oranges and blowing up mountains. West Virginia has beautiful mountains. I pray to God that they are protected. The fact that people are trying to protect these mountains and end mountaintop removal mining proves that there is a God. This is a moral issue.

    September 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  3. Guy

    I have news for the mentally unstable commissioner, layers of rotting vegetation and millions of years of heat and pressure put that coal seam there... not some fairy tale space daddy.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  4. Schizophrenic Christian Squirrel

    God would not support destroying squirrels homes.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • umm

      SCS is bored with no life which is why they are here harassing other people so yes God should destroy your home. Be afraid...be really afraid.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  5. Naomi

    Summary: God is so good. He gave us Planet Earth instead of barren planets though we don't deserve this kind of beautiful, useful, rich planet. We exploited it and our planet is slowly dying because of our abuse. God is coming back to make things right even for the suffering creation world on earth. Only the honest humans who admit the guilt and say sorry to Him before He comes will find mercy.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • So

      "We exploited it and our planet is slowly dying because of our abuse."

      So, why don't you stop making excuses and round up all the Christians and do something about it....Oh, that's right they're to busy living their own lives full of greed and gluttony.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Naomi

      @So, Christians are trying to rescue the unborns and try to halt the ongoing perversions of the society but the secularists continue the blood-shed. It's all too late to rescue the planet.

      August 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  6. MTK

    I struggle daily with my belief in God, but one thing I am sure of is that if God exists then God would not want the mountain top destroyed so we can have coal. Maybe rather than God put that coal there for us to use, God put that thin, hard-to-get seam of coal there so we could not dig it out! Not only are we destroying a beautiful mountain, we are dirtying the water with run off, causing flooding, destroying animal and plant habitat and countless other problems. I know we still need to use coal and oil in the short term, but I wish we would try to diversify our means of energy production rather than cling to old technologies and destroy our world trying to dig/pump out every last bit of it.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  7. Reality

    Putting things in proper perspective:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    August 23, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  8. Hogs94

    Absolutely not. God called the mountains into being, taking millions of years to do so. No artist would wamt to see his or her creation destroyed. And humans chose to use coal... God didn't.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  9. Naomi

    The Word of God:
    16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (Gospel of John chapter 3)

    August 23, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  10. Ed Zachary

    God put the minerals in the mountain top for man to find and use.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  11. Joe

    This is the type of person who should not be allowed to procreate or have anything to do with the education of children. So sad.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  12. JohnQuest

    God (like a good little follower) supports or rejects whatever I support or reject (it is quite convenient for me and God) . I support the defense of marriage act/god supports the defense of marriage act, I reject a woman right to chose/god rejects a woman right to chose. I support all the wars we are fight/god supports all the wars we are fighting, I reject Islam and all it stands for and I think it's evil/god eject Islam and all it stands for and he think it's evil.

    See no conflicts or messy morality questions, God believes everything that I believe.

    August 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • graciegal

      Good post.

      August 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Naomi

      JohnQuest = quest for insanity = American insanity

      August 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
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