WILL YOU LIVE UNDER "THE EARTH CHARTER"?
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
Most people knowledgeable about global events are aware of The Earth Charter. However, what most people do not know is that the principles of this charter could be enacted into the law under which we live! You think not? Most American mayors are members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which on June 25, 2001, passed a resolution stating that the conference "endorses the Earth Charter and commits the organization to the realization of its aim." This means YOUR mayor has probably agreed to this!
First, the charter indicates we would live under Socialism, as one of its goals is to "promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations." Second, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would become law, as the charter "affirms gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development" (note the word "equity" rather than equal opportunity). Third, population control (eugencis and abortion) would be legal, as 2 charter goals state: "Adopt patterns of reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities" and "Ensure universal access to health care that fosters reproductive health and responsible reproduction." Fourth, education (including values and school-to-work) would be internationalized, as the charter proposes to "integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life" and "recognize the importance of moral and spiritual education for sustainable living."
On October 8, 2005, Earth Charter Community Summits were held in cities (e.g., Chicago, San Diego, Portland, Atlanta, Dallas, etc.) across the U.S. and around the world (e.g., Canada, India, Belgium, etc.). And November 7-9. 2005, a meeting was held in Amsterdam, Holland, attended by Earth Charter sponsors Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong (U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's right-hand man) and other notables, partly designed to see how Earth Charter principles could be integrated into international law. Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on October 25, 2005, Gorbachev proclaimed: "I believe that we need a kind of global compact about the principles of the New World Order....We should also start building a better global governance on the basis of international cooperation, international law." Apparently, Gorbachev believes in international law for others (e.g., Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic hauled off to The Hague for crimes against humanity), but not for himself and his Soviet atrocities against Afghan children (exploding toys). Relevent to the U.S., it is important to remember that several U.S. Supreme Court Justices have indicated they consider international law when rendering their decisions.
Note particularly the "values" and "spiritual" components of the charter. Speaking to the gathering at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mentioned above, President Clinton remarked: "I support the analysis of world events and the prescription for their solution that President Gorbachev outlined tonight. We live in an interdependent world....We can agree with any people of any faith as long as nobody claims to be in possession of the absolute truth...." Doesn't this mean we are supposed to reject Jesus' statement: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me"?
Commenting on the spiritual nature of the charter, Gorbachev in a Los Angeles Times interview said: "My hope is that this charter will be a kind of Ten Commandments, a 'Sermon on the Mount,' that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next (21st) century and beyond." And charter co-sponsor Maurice Strong similarly remarked: "The real goal of The Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments."
The charter was written for Gorbachev (who has said "Cosmos is my god. Nature is my god.") and Strong by Steven Rockefeller (Nelson Rockefeller's son), who in his September 29, 2001, speech "The Earth Charter: Building a Global Culture of Peace" in Tampa, Florida, stated: "One way of understanding The Earth Charter is to think of it as a declaration of global interdependence and universal responsibility....It is in our national interest to be caring global citizens....The Earth Charter sets forth a consensus on ethical values that is taking form in the emerging global civil society....The ethical principles of The Earth Charter...provide a common standard for individuals, organizations, communities, and governments....We must give the United Nations strong and consistent support, financially, diplomatically, and morally." And in an introductory essay in SPIRIT AND NATURE: VISIONS OF INTERDEPENDENCE, Steven Rockefeller asked: "Will human beings develop the faith and imagination to discover the face of the sacred in rocks, trees, animals, women and men, people of all races, and the Earth as a whole?"
This reference to "the sacred in rocks, trees, animals" sounds like long-time U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller's NEW GENESIS: SHAPING A GLOBAL SPIRITUALITY, in which Muller refers to "our brethren the animals, our sisters the flowers." He also said we should "display the U.N. flag in all houses of worship" and that "happiness can be achieved by elevating oneself to God." This New Age spirituality is evidenced in the Robert Muller Schools around the world (e.g., in Arlington, Texas), which have an underlying philosophy "found in the books of Alice A. Bailey." Bailey's books were first published by Lucifer Publishing, which changed its name to Lucis Trust and which has been in charge of the U.N. Meditation Room for years.
While the Biblical Ten Commandments are under attack by the ACLU in courts in the U.S. today, pagan deities are allowed to remain in courts (Themis, with blindfold and scales in hand), on state seals, on public property (e.g., Vulcan in Birmingham, Demeter in Annapolis, Quetzalcoatl in San Jose at a cost of $500,000 to taxpayers, etc.), and a statue of Neptune is in the Library of Congress. Also, when one enters the U.N. building in New York City, there is a large statue of Zeus, the pagan god of war.
The Earth Charter Commission, meeting at UNESCO headquarters in March 2000 approved the final version of The Earth Charter. It was later presented to the U.N. in the Ark of Hope, which was designed like the Biblical Ark of the Covenant (see www.ark-of-hope.org/). However, in typical New Age spirituality language, the Ark of Hope website says it's "carrying poles are unicorn horns which render evil ineffective." The ark and charter have been on display in Indiana, Vermont and elsewhere around the world.
The U.N. Environment Program has published a "Sabbath Newsletter" concerning the environment, along with "An Environmental Sabbath---Earth Rest Day Guide." In this guide, one finds an activity for students called "Mount Olympus" described as including "A family meeting of the gods or the Lords of the Universe discussing the problems of the rogue Planet Earth." Students "plead the case for human survival....Try to win over the gods to save the planet and the human race." This represents the spirituality of the U.N. and The Earth Charter. And remember, the U.S. Conference of Mayors "endorses The Earth Charter and commits the organization to the realization of its aim."
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Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.
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First, the charter indicates we would live under Socialism, as one of its goals is to "promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations."