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By Debra Rae

February 13, 2007

NewsWithViews.com

A Moral Imperative

Canadian billionaire and 1992 Rio Earth Summit Secretary-general, Maurice Strong contends that global ecosystems will be preserved only when affluent nations lower their standards of living. Countering the culture of abundance with “a rite of atonement for the sin of excess” apparently resonates with Protestant underpinnings of colonial history. Increasingly, evangelical Christians align with this moral mandate.

Representing a new breed of eco-theologians, Father Thomas Berry fingers humans as the “peril of the planet,” not the crown of God’s creation. Why? Because all human activities like eating meat, having air conditioning, and using appliances are, well, unsustainable.

In 1982, British atmospheric chemist James Lovelock expounded the basis for sustainability in an Oxford Press publication. Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis warned that, unless humans halt their technical assault on earth, she cannot heal herself and, for that reason, faces destruction.

To merit the coveted status of “sustainable,” enlightened communities first must limit growth, eliminate suburbs, establish ethnic/economic equality, and curtail consumption patterns consistent with America’s middle class. Accordingly, responsible global citizens are called upon to renounce frozen fast food, fossil fuels, refrigerators, and air conditioners—this being “an inconvenient truth” (Al Gore).

A Pernicious Plan

To a geologian, human dominion over earth, as the Bible commands, spawns environmental crisis. You see, all human activities to “subdue” and “take dominion” are deemed unsustainable and, therefore, worthy of being controlled and/or shut down.

Keep in mind that the UN guiding principle of sustainable development is described, not in any of America’s founding documents, but rather in the 1997 USSR Constitution (Chapter #2; Article 18). Former President Mikhail Gorbachev considers any unilateralist approach to be “infantile,” especially if it mirrors American hegemony. What is required instead is a multi-faceted global agenda defined by spirit-infused eco-socialism.

Director of the National Park Service, Roger Kennedy, addressed the 1994 National Wilderness Conference. “Wilderness,” he postulated, “is a religious concept that should be part of our religious life.” In time, Biosphere Reserves connected by corridors of wilderness will enlist at least half our “sacred” land area for unhampered wild life migration. Even now, the government is systematically reintroducing wolves and bears, thus displacing humans whose Biblical directive is to tend, keep, and subdue the earth for life’s necessities.

In the politically correct mindset to the contrary, Gaia-Mother Earth allegedly deserves human apology for damages inflicted; and a “world brain,” consisting of the United Nations and its agencies, will see to it.

The “C” Word

Biocentric thought discounts private property as impracticable; technology as needlessly assaulting nature. That the planet is “irredeemably spoiled” offers justification when—for the greater good, of course—loggers and miners are denied their livelihoods, and ranchers are robbed of grazing allotments.

To minimize markings of Western civilization, sustainable communities restrict humans to high-density “urban clusters” managed by non-elected civil society. The Green plan and ethic for societal restructuring is advanced by the means of an Earth Charter, formally adopted by Seattle, Berkley, Urbino in Italy, and others.

Rooted in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, drafted in 1997, and officially launched in Y2K at the Hague, Netherlands, this charter is the brainchild of powerful world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice Strong, and Steven Rockefeller. In short, it mandates “joining together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.”

The socialist principle of government-managed development, sustainable development demands totalitarianism, required to enforce human subservience to biodiversity. Now we’re getting to the crux of the matter. That being control. More specifically, human control.

A Green Charter

Despite its spiritual underpinnings, the Earth Charter was officially endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (2001), now expressly committed to realization of its aims. And just what are these aims? Socialism for one. To ensure sustainable living worldwide, the charter further commits to enforcing the ERA, population control, and cosmic education.

Also in 2001, an Ark of Hope was unveiled in Vermont. A striking counterfeit to the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, the former housed—not the Ten Commandments—but rather a handwritten Earth Charter on papyrus paper. This charter delineates sixteen spiritually-rooted and earth-centric principles that represent a set of “soft laws” honored subsequently in 2004 by the coveted Peacemaker Award.

Thereafter, the Netherlands’ royal family hosted the Earth Charter+5 event (November 18-30, 2005) with intent to transform the charter’s soft-law component into enforceable international law—if not through the UN, then through an empowered EU.

Its fifth launching anniversary, celebrated in Amsterdam, was attended by numbers of global dignitaries—Gorbachev, for one—in hope of adding legs necessary for the charter’s timely administration. In the autumn of 2005, Earth Charter Community Summits set out to energize the process while expanding the base of support across North America and around the world.

Earth Servitude

A neo-pantheist Steven Rockefeller acknowledges “the sacred” in rocks, trees, and animals (Spirit and Nature: Visions of Interdependence). As the charter’s penman, Rockefeller characterizes it as “a declaration of global interdependence and universal responsibility.” Moreover, this Green Constitution characterizes us as “one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.”

Likewise catching the wave of “New World spirit,” Mikhail Gorbachev extols as his god the cosmos (Greek for “world order”). In The Search for a New Beginning, this chief spokesperson for the charter calls for integrating the Native American philosophy of Earth servitude into society’s earth-centric New Paradigm.

For good reason, the Earth Charter is likened to the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and a Bill of Rights within the Magna Carta of New World civilization. While the Magna Carta’s 1215 version guaranteed human rights against excessive use of royal power, the Y2K Earth Charter guarantees sustainable development unmarred by predominately middle-class affluence. This is accomplished only by enforcing urgent changes in values, lifestyles, and public policy.

“In the balance” are humans, not so much earth, as Gore presumes.

Earth Worship

Alongside the Earth Charter, resting inside the Ark of Hope, are decidedly occult Temenos Books of “collaborative prayers and affirmations for earth.” These Books reflect belief in astrology, ceremonial magic, and earth worship; and they are rooted in teachings of Carl G. Jung, whose esoteric grandparents influenced him to believe that the Tibetan was occultist Alice Bailey’s “higher self.”

One usage of the New Age rainbow is that of many different religions blended together in unity; however, while UNESCO’s “soft” international law calls for respect of “truth and wisdom,” it specifically excludes Western religious tradition to make way for Gaia. You see, UNESCO’s Declaration on Tolerance requires “the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism” (as found in the Bible).

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In 1853, Hillsdale College President Edmund Fairfield reasoned rightly that “the more the ignorance, the better the slave.” The chronically uninformed accept without question that sustainable communities “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (1987 UN Conference on Environment and Development, headed by then vice-chair of the International Socialist Party).

After all, the secretary-general of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit Maurice Strong says so; and Europe, as the Pied Piper, leads the merry way.

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Daughter of an Army Colonel, Debra graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa. She then completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. These were followed by Bachelor of Theology and Master of Ministries degrees-both from Pacific School of Theology.

While a teacher in Kuwait, Debra undertook a three-month journey from the Persian Gulf to London by means of VW "bug"! One summer, she tutored the daughter of Kuwait's Head of Parliament while serving as superintendent of Kuwait's first Vacation Bible School.

Having authored the ABCs of Globalism and ABCs of Cultural -Isms, Debra speaks to Christian and secular groups alike. Her radio spots air globally. Presently, Debra co-hosts WOMANTalk radio with Sharon Hughes and Friends, and she contributes monthly commentaries to Changing Worldviews and NewsWithViews.com. Debra calls the Pacific Northwest home.

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Representing a new breed of eco-theologians, Father Thomas Berry fingers humans as the “peril of the planet,” not the crown of God’s creation. Why? Because all human activities like eating meat, having air conditioning, and using appliances are, well, unsustainable.