The global school board: by rejoining UNESCO, the U.S. government is aiding the UN's grab for power and boosting the Earth Charter crusade to paganize our children. (Education).A global stealth campaign is underway and is gathering momentum. The masterminds of this campaign are aiming at nothing less than a world revolution, a revolution of mind and heart that will change and "transform" humanity. They have devised a new "Global Ethic Drafted initially by Dr. Hans Küng, in cooperation with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions staff and Trustees and experts drawing on many of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration " to replace the Gospel of Jesus Christ Jesus Christ: see Jesus.
40 days after Resurrection, ascended into heaven. [N.T.: Acts 1:1–11]
See : Ascension
kind to the poor, forgiving to the sinful. [N.T. , a new "Sixteen Principles" to replace the Ten Commandments Ten Commandments or Decalogue [Gr.,=ten words], in the Bible, the summary of divine law given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. They have a paramount place in the ethical system in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. , They call it the Earth Charter. The "they" we refer to is an impressive collection of world notables: former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, Marxist friar Leonardo Boff Leonardo Boff was born 14 December 1938 in Concórdia, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. He is a theologian, philosopher and writer, known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded. , radical theologian Hans Kung, media mogul Ted Turner For other persons named Ted Turner, see Ted Turner (disambiguation).
Robert Edward Turner III (born November 19 1938 , philanthropist and spiritual guru Steven Rockefeller, former Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers Rudolphus Franciscus Marie Lubbers or Ruud Lubbers (born May 7, 1939) was prime minister of the Netherlands from 1982 – 1994. A political conservative, Lubbers was regarded by many during his time in office as an ideological heir to Margaret Thatcher; one of his , actor Danny Glover, and actress Meryl Streep Noun 1. Meryl Streep - United States film actress (born in 1949)
Streep , to name a few.
Although children are not allowed to pray in the government schools to the one true God who made the cosmos and everything in it (including our planet), they are being encouraged, under the new "global spirituality," to adopt the pagan religions of indigenous cultures and to worship the Earth itself. The UN-appointed high priest of the new Earth cult, Mr. Gorbachev, has declared his creed: "Cosmos is my God; Nature is my God." Will your children follow him, chanting their mantras of praise to the Earth goddess earth goddess: see Great Mother Goddess. Gaia, or some jungle deity or sacred dung beetle dung beetle: see scarab beetle.
Any member of one subfamily (Scarabaeinae) of scarab beetles, which shapes manure into a ball (sometimes as large as an apple) with its scooperlike head and paddle-shaped antennae. They vary from 0. ? You will not have much say in the matter, if Gorbachev and company have their way. And they do intend to have their way. Thanks to President Bush and a compliant Congress, these Earth Charter evangelists recently received a major boost to their sinister crusade.
Earth Charter Stealth Campaign
Last year President Bush announced his decision to have the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. rejoin UNESCO UNESCO: see United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
in full United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the principal UN organ promoting the Earth Charter. Congress has already appropriated the funds, and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are now flowing into the UNESCO coffers to fund its subversive programs. The Earth Charter is one of UNESCO's major efforts, but far from its only concern. The one-world architects at the UN have big designs for UNESCO: They intend for it to become the global school board that will set global academic standards, design and certify curricula, guide school accreditation standards, monitor national educational compliance with UN mandates, fund education programs -- and much more.
"As a symbol of our commitment to human dignity Human dignity is an expression that can be used as a moral concept or as a legal term. Sometimes it means no more than that human beings should not be treated as objects. Beyond this, it is meant to convey an idea of absolute and inherent worth that does not need to be acquired and , the United States will return to UNESCO"' said President Bush, in his address to the United Nations on September 12, 2002. "This organization has been reformed and America will participate fully in its mission to advance human rights and tolerance and learning." Anyone who surveys UNESCO's programs will quickly see good reason to question these claims of reform and will find absolutely chilling any suggestion that we "participate fully in its mission."
How, pray tell, might UNESCO assist our children in "tolerance and learning"? One of the principal ways, it appears, is through an already prepared and operational global curriculum based on the Earth Charter. It is an indoctrination in·doc·tri·nate
tr.v. in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing, in·doc·tri·nates
1. To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles.
2. program designed to produce children who will be ardent one-world, New Age socialists. The Earth Charter Commission that drew up this new "sacred" text was co-chaired by Mr. Gorbachev, a lifelong Communist, and Maurice Strong Maurice F. Strong, (his first name is pronounced "Morris"), PC, CC, OM (born April 29, 1929, in Oak Lake, Manitoba) is an industrialist and public servant who was the Secretary-General of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), better known as the , the Canadian billionaire socialist who served as secretary-general of the 1992 Earth Summit. Joined by Steven Rockefeller and other UN-designated "wise persons," these anointed "Anointed" redirects here. For the process of anointing, see Anointing.
Anointed is a Contemporary Christian music duo consisting of siblings Steve and Da'dra Crawford. Their musical style includes elements of R&B, funk, and piano ballads. lu- minaries produced a document perfectly suited to UNESCO's global collectivist col·lec·tiv·ism
The principles or system of ownership and control of the means of production and distribution by the people collectively, usually under the supervision of a government. agenda.
As the Earth Charter itself declares, "we urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community." This grand "shared vision of basic values" was formally unveiled to the world last September at the United Nations World Summit on Biological Diversity (Earth Summit II) in Johannesburg, South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. . * Transported to the UN summit in the Ark of Hope, a sacrilegious sac·ri·le·gious
1. Grossly irreverent toward what is or is held to be sacred.
2. Having committed sacrilege.
sac parody of the sacred Ark of the Covenant Ark of the Covenant
In Judaism and Christianity, the ornate, gold-plated wooden chest that in biblical times housed the two tablets of the Law given to Moses by God. The Levites carried the Ark during the Hebrews' wandering in the wilderness. described in the Bible, the Earth Charter was presented for all to venerate and adopt as the life-guiding new holy scripture. Although most Americans still have not heard of the Earth Charter, they will soon feel its dangerous impact. The Charter is being adopted and accepted by schools, universities, cities, counties, churches, businesses, and professional groups as a basic handbook providing moral direction for all human action, including all legislation and public policy.
The Earth Charter Initiative The Earth Charter Initiative is the collective name for the extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions who participate in promoting the Earth Charter, and in implementing its principles in practice. organization, one of the document's major proponents, refers to the Charter as "a soft law instrument that provides an ethical foundation for the ongoing development of environmental and sustainable development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union law." In globalese this means that widespread adoption and acceptance of the seemingly innocuous Earth Charter ("soft law") will lead, inexorably, to the adoption of later "hard law' as exemplified by UN environmental and social treaties, such as those concerning deforestation deforestation
Process of clearing forests. Rates of deforestation are particularly high in the tropics, where the poor quality of the soil has led to the practice of routine clear-cutting to make new soil available for agricultural use. , global warming global warming, the gradual increase of the temperature of the earth's lower atmosphere as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. , biological diversity, sustainability, habitat, children's rights The opportunity for children to participate in political and legal decisions that affect them; in a broad sense, the rights of children to live free from hunger, abuse, neglect, and other inhumane conditions. , etc. These treaties involve significant transfers of jurisdiction and power to international institutions within the UN system.
Give Me That Earth-friendly Religion
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the UNESCO curriculum promoting the Earth Charter is the blatant proselytizing for pagan "Earth-friendly" religions. A none-too-subtle theme permeating the UNESCO programs is that these alternative (good) religions offer belief systems and lifestyles in harmony with nature and Mother Earth, in contrast with (bad) Christianity and Western Civilization Noun 1. Western civilization - the modern culture of western Europe and North America; "when Ghandi was asked what he thought of Western civilization he said he thought it would be a good idea"
Western culture , which are supposedly exploitive of, and antagonistic toward, nature.
This slant toward "indigenous" religions infuses UNESCO's Internet curriculum, entitled Teaching and Learning for a Sustamable Future. In one lesson, for instance, students study the sustainable lifestyles of the people of the Anapurna region of Nepal. They read an interview with Mm Bahadur Ba`ha´dur
n. 1. A title of respect or honor given to European officers in East Indian state papers, and colloquially, and among the natives, to distinguished officials and other important personages. Gurung, a village elder, who explains: "Our culture and religion provide education for nature conservation. In every village we have a forest sanctuary where we worship our forest god. The forest is prohibited from any use.... Our sacred forests are set aside above our village.... Our forests shape our lifestyles and behaviours."
Likewise, in a companion interview, Om Bahadur Gurung, a Buddhist priest, tells the students: "We respect the forest because it is the home of our god.... We tell people not to cut down trees and not to kill animals."
Ah yes: peace, harmony, unity, interdependence, sustainability. Enlightened, selfless, tree-hugging Buddhists versus rapacious, tree-killing, Christian loggers. The choice is obvious -- once students have been sufficiently steeped in green theology. After reading the interviews with the Anapurna tree god worshipers, the students are instructed to "identify the relevance of the nine principles for sustainable living Sustainable living might be defined as a lifestyle that could, hypothetically, be sustained without exhausting any natural resources. The term can be applied to individuals or societies. followed by people in the Anapurna area" and compare it to their own religion. The pupils are then told to "rate the relevance of each of the nine principles of sustainable living to your chosen religion," and to "summarise how people in your chosen religion do (or perhaps do not) practice these principles."
The UNESCO curriculum materials are replete with similar lessons extolling the supposedly superior wisdom and ecological sensitivity of pantheistic pan·the·ism
1. A doctrine identifying the Deity with the universe and its phenomena.
2. Belief in and worship of all gods.
pan "indigenous spirituality." A robust diet of this classroom fare will surely transform many erstwhile Christian children into fervent pagans.
"Transformation" and "fundamental change" are central themes in the UNESCO and Earth Charter agendas. But what must be changed and transformed? Everything, say the new messiahs. The Preamble to the Earth Charter warns: "An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened." To avert global catastrophe, it declares, we must "form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living." (Emphasis added.)
"As never before in history," the Charter says in its conclusion, "common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning." This, it insists with evangelical fervor, "requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility." Accordingly, the document declares that we "have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom" initiated by the "global dialogue" that brought forth the Earth Charter.
Green Outside, Red Inside
To those familiar with the Earth Charter's genesis and UNESCO's history, it will come as no surprise to learn that the transformation envisioned by the UN's global savants is one which would change each of us into a submissive, obedient socialist and dutiful du·ti·ful
1. Careful to fulfill obligations.
2. Expressing or filled with a sense of obligation.
du world citizen.
The germs of the Earth Charter can be found in many of the writings and speeches of Mikhail Gorbachev and the programs of the State of the World conferences hosted by the Gorbachev Foundation. Over the past decade, these mini-summits of the one-world elite and New Age gurus have served to hone the new global ethic embodied in the Charter.
One of the keys to understanding the real meaning behind the Earth Charter's fuzzy, feel-good, globo-speak is Mr. Gorbachev's 1995 book, The Search for a New Beginning: Developing a New Civilization. In fact, the above quoted passage from the Charter about humanity seeking "a new beginning" appears to have been recycled from the cover of his book. Having been appointed at the 1992 Earth Summit to head the Earth Charter Commission that would draft this wondrous new document, Gorbachev had, by 1995, worked out its main contours in his The Search for a New Beginning.
A close reading confirms what is overwhelmingly evident from his other productions as well: Despite cleverly polished rhetoric couched in terms meant to convey the popular impression in the West that he has broken completely with his Communist totalitarian past, Gorbachev is still a Bolshevik and is still committed to the glorious socialist revolution.
"First of all," Gorbachev writes, "we must return to the well-known human values Human Values is the universal concept that preserves and enhances Homo Sapiens as a species, this applies to every human being on the present universe, anything against this values brings the consequence of a Self Species Extermination Event (SSEE) like hate, racism or war. that are embodied in the ideals of the world religions and also in the socialist ideas that inherited much from those values." (Emphasis added.) In typical Marxist fashion, he declares that "the wealth of some means the poverty of others," and he posits that in the "new civilization" he envisions, "cooperation will gradually supplant competition." He insists that "the values of the Western world are becoming more and more anachronistic a·nach·ro·nism
1. The representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than chronological, proper, or historical order.
2. ," and that we should, therefore, "take a sober and unprejudiced un·prej·u·diced
Free from prejudice; impartial. See Synonyms at fair1.
free from bias; impartial
Adj. 1. view of the strengths and weaknesses of collectivism collectivism
Any of several types of social organization that ascribe central importance to the groups to which individuals belong (e.g., state, nation, ethnic group, or social class). It may be contrasted with individualism. ." (Emphasis in original.) It is clear that he has thrown in "weaknesses" to give the appearance of objectivity, but it is the alleged strengths of collectivism that he is vigorously promoting. This is consistent with the vision expounded in his earlier book, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World. In that masterpiece of deception, he admitted that Soviet dictator and mass-murderer V. I. Lenin was "an ideological source of Perestroika." Of Lenin he rhapsodized: "His very image is an underlying example of lofty moral strength, all-around spiritual culture and selfless devotion to the cause of the people and to socialism." All of which is well to keep in mind when reading the Earth Charter's appeals to moral, spiritual, and cultural "norms" and "values."
Gorbachev and his Earth Charter comrades are after global collectivism, under a global government. A paramount requirement of our time, says Gorbachev in The Search for a New Beginning, "is unqualified compliance with international law. Today, international law is the product of the collective efforts of virtually all states that comprise the United Nations. What they create must be put into effect with unswerving determination." (Emphasis added.)
This is nothing if not an open appeal to transform the UN into a global legislature, and it at least implies that this legislative authority should be backed up by force. How else would its laws be "put into effect with unswerving determination"? The Earth Charter echoes this appeal, urging steps toward "hard" international law. In its penultimate paragraph, it declares: "In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development."
Among the many UN agreements that Gorbachev and UNESCO are pushing is Agenda 21, the mammoth, socialist ecomanifesto that emerged from the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, city, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (rē`ō də zhänā`rō, Port. rē` thĭ zhənĕē`r . Agenda 21 is an Orwellian plan for regulating all human activity and regimenting every person on Earth. UNESCO's Educating for a Sustainable Future tells students that "the kind of change required by sustainability implicates each community, each household, each individual." Next, the students learn that "all over the world people are working together to build a sustainable future at the local level." And these people are building this sustainable future, we find out, by implementing "the local community version of Agenda 21," efforts known as "Local Agenda 21 initiatives." One of the many lies that UNESCO transmits to the unsuspecting youngsters in this lesson is that these "local" initiatives are local. In truth, they are top-down programs built on the Soviet model in which the Communist Party Communist party, in China
Communist party, in China, ruling party of the world's most populous nation since 1949 and most important Communist party in the world since the disintegration of the USSR in 1991. produces a central plan and then sends it d own the ranks for local soviets (councils) to implement, under a facade of local participation and input.
Education in Sustainable Deception
The socialist bent of the Earth Charter/UNESCO program is to be expected, considering the history of UNESCO and the makeup of the Earth Charter Commission. Chairman Gorbachev is surrounded by like-minded comrades. Take Leonardo Boff, for instance. This revolutionary Franciscan monk has been at the center of radical Marxist activity and liberation theology liberation theology, belief that the Christian Gospel demands "a preferential option for the poor," and that the church should be involved in the struggle for economic and political justice in the contemporary world—particularly in the Third World. in Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. for decades. He has been called on the carpet repeatedly by Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born and Vatican officials. This distinction obviously qualified Boff boff 1
1. A line in a play or film, for example, that elicits a big laugh: "He doesn't go for the big boffs, artificially inflated, but lets his comedy build through a leisurely , above all the other possible candidates from among thousands of Catholic clerics, for a spot on the Earth Charter Commission.
Recently, Friar Boff was one of the featured celebrity participants at the 2nd World Education Forum, held in January in Porto Alegre Porto Alegre
Port and city(pop., 2005 est.: city, 1,386,900; metro. area, 3,978,263), southern Brazil. Located along the Guaíba River near the Atlantic Ocean coast, it was founded c. 1742 by immigrants from the Azores. It was first known as Porto dos Casais. , Brazil. The overarching theme for the conference, cosponsored by UNESCO and hosting thousands of teachers from around the globe, was "Education and Transformation: Public Education in the Construction of a Possible New World." The Earth Charter shared center stage with Boff in a session entitled, "Living together: understanding and living the Earth Charter." According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. an enthusiastic report from the Earth Charter Initiative, "Boff closed the session with a highly inspirational oration in which he quoted several times from the copy of the Earth Charter he was holding tightly onto." The same report noted that Boff was joined in the session by members of the Paulo Freire Institute, a center of revolutionary activity named for Paulo Freire, a Marxist educator from Brazil who worked closely with UNESCO and various Communist regimes around the world.
As with all utopian schemes, the Earth Charter's master planners have greatly emphasized transforming the younger generation. Thus, the Earth Charter Initiative's website declares: "The Earth Charter values and principles must be taught, contemplated, applied and internalized. To this end, the Earth Charter needs to be incorporated into both formal and non-formal education. This process must involve various communities, continue to integrate the Charter into the curriculum of schools and universities, and constitute an ongoing process of life-long learning." We're talking total saturation indoctrination here -- lifelong.
It also says this: "We seek to increase the participation of young people in utilizing the Earth Charter as a guideline in their work as active agents of change." Of course; having been properly catechized in the new Earth ethic, the juvenile disciples will become militant change agents to help usher in the new civilization.
Synthesis, a paper produced by the Earth Charter Education Advisory Committee in 2001 "to articulate an educational philosophy for the Earth Charter and identify priority tasks for the education programme," notes that the Charter "can be used to achieve three key educational objectives: consciousness-raising; application of values and principles to local and global problems; and a call for action and partnership amongst all sectors and actors."
In this, the Advisory Committee appears to have borrowed directly from Paulo Freire's "classic" work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Pedagogy of the Oppressed is the most widely known of educator Paulo Freire's works. It was first published in Portuguese in 1968 as Pedagogia do oprimido and the first English translation was published in 1970. , which sets forth, in almost identical terms, a theory and program for transforming children into Marxist activists through the educational process.
According to UNESCO's website, "education for a sustainable future should permeate the entire school curriculum, with every subject area, at every year level, dealing with aspects of sustainability in some way." It lists some of the subject areas: "Agricultural Studies, Home Economics, The Arts, Mathematics, Commerce and Business Studies, Manual Arts and Technology, First Language Studies, Religious Education, Second Language Studies, Science, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies."
Yes, sustainability is the sacred totem before which all must bow. Its dogma "should permeate the entire school curriculum," says UNESCO. Yet UNESCO admits that there is "no agreed definition" on the meaning of sustainability! "Much has been written in academic terms about the meaning of sustainable development and the need to integrate ecological and economic principles into personal and public decision-making," notes Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future. "However," it continues, "there is no agreed definition of the concept and perhaps there is no need for one. This is because sustainable development concerns a process of change.... Thus, sustainable development is an 'emerging concept'" How absolutely convenient! The would-be global dictators who intend to micromanage micromanage Administration A popular term for excess oversight of lower management by upper management every facet of every life on Earth can thus make up new definitions for this "emerging concept" to fit their needs as they go.
The vast majority of your friends, neighbors, and pastors still have not seen or heard of the Earth Charter. Most of them also know very little about UNESCO. Both of these emerging forces soon will be coming onto center stage. We know this is so because of two major developments: the U.S. return to UNESCO and the recent multi-billion dollar commitment of the World bank to the global UNESCO-driven Education For All program. These developments are providing an enormous jumpstart in prestige and financial aid to UNESCO and the Earth Charter. Here are some other indicators:
* On February 13, 2003, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige helped launch UNESCO's Literacy Decade.
* The School Sisters of Notre Dame School Sisters of Notre Dame is a worldwide order of Roman Catholic nuns devoted to primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Founding and growth
The order was founded in Bavaria in 1833 during a time of poverty and illiteracy. , a teaching order of Catholic nuns, have launched an educational campaign focused on the Earth Charter in their schools throughout North America.
* All 35 members teaching "The University Colloquium col·lo·qui·um
n. pl. col·lo·qui·ums or col·lo·qui·a
1. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.
2. An academic seminar on a broad field of study, usually led by a different lecturer at each meeting. : A Sustainable Future" at Florida Gulf Coast University About FGCU
The newest university in the State University System of Florida, the school was established by then-governor Lawton Chiles in 1991, although the site of the university wasn't chosen until 1992, and construction pushed back even further still (until use the Earth Charter. This class is a graduation requirement in all five colleges of the university.
* The Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership -- a partnership of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, Copernicus-Campus, the International Association of Universities, and UNESCO -- is working to "develop and disseminate college-level teaching materials on 'Earth Ethics and Sustainable Development'" based on the Earth Charter.
* The Global Elementary Model United Nations, a worldwide elementary school program, adopted the Earth Charter as its overarching theme for 2002 and asked participating students to use UNESCO teaching materials on the Charter.
* "Earth Charter: Pathway to a Sustainable Future" is the title of a course taught by Dr. Laurie Thorp at Michigan State University Michigan State University, at East Lansing; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1855. It opened in 1857 as Michigan Agricultural College, the first state agricultural college. .
* Earth Scouts, a new national youth program, was launched last year "based on the Earth Charter: A Declaration of Interdependence," with badges for the Charter's 16 principles.
* The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and Prescott College have endorsed the Earth Charter, with plans to eventually integrate it into all departments.
* The U.S. Conference of Mayors and many organizations and local governments have endorsed the Charter.
* Mr. Gorbachev will be traveling in the United States this year to promote the Charter.
* The Ark of Hope and Earth Charter are being taken to U.S. cities and communities to aid the campaign for its adoption.
The Earth Charter stealth campaign is now coming into the open. UNESCO is preparing for massive expansion. These dual threats must be confronted in their early stages; now is the time for parents, educators, pastors, and concerned citizens to become alarmed, informed, and active in stopping these threats, before their insidious influences become embedded in our schools, communities, and local governments.
* See "The New World Religion" in THE NEW AMERICAN for September 23, 2002. A link to this article is located at www.thenewamerican.com/focus/earth_charter/.