RELIGION AND WORLD GOVERNMENT
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
There have been a number of religious leaders over the years who have advocated world government. According to the American Baha'i WORLD ORDER (October 1947), "Baha Ullah spoke of a United Nations of the World as early as 1860," and called for a world religion, world government, world police force, world language and world currency.
Among Protestants, the American Baptist Publication Society in 1919 published THE NEW WORLD ORDER by Samuel Zane Batten, in which he declared: "The old order passes from view; the new world rises upon our vision....We have vindicated the right of social control....There must be developed a national spirit of service....Society must break the stranglehold of capitalism....The natural resources of the nation must be socialized....The state must socialize every group....Men must learn to have world patriotism. World patriotism must be a faith....There is no more justice for the claim of absolute sovereignty on the part of a nation than on the part of an individual....The only alternative is World Federation...with a world parliament, an international court, and an international police force....Men must have an international mind before there can be a world federation. They must see and affirm that above the nation is humanity. Internationalism must first be a religion before it can be a reality and a system."
Batten was a prominent official with the Northern Baptist Convention, Baptist World Alliance, World Brotherhood Federation, and a founder of the Brotherhood of the Kingdom in 1892 along with Walter Rauschenbusch. Rauschenbusch was a Fabian Socialist who stated in 1893 that "the only power that can make socialism succeed, if it is established, is religion." And in Edgar Bundy's COLLECTIVISM IN THE CHURCHES (1958), one reads regarding Rauschenbusch that "Socialism thus was his first concern. Religion was only a means toward achieving socialism."
Rauschenbusch was known as the "father of the Social Gospel" and taught at Rochester Theological Seminary, which was funded by the Rockefellers. The Rockefellers also funded the establishment on December 2, 1908, of the Federal Council of Churches, co-founded by Rauschenbusch (Baptist) and Harry Ward (Methodist). In Congressional testimony July 1953, former top Communist Party official Manning Johnson testified that for many years Ward "has been the chief architect for Communist infiltration and subversion in the religious field," in seminaries, divinity schools, churches,, and in religious organizations. The Federal Council of Churches would become the National Council of Churches, part of the Socialist-dominated World Council of Churches.
Pertaining to Christian Science, early in the 20th century, there was a change in the leadership of the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR. This newspaper became one of the five Prof. Carroll Quigley in TRAGEDY AND HOPE (1966) mentioned as being influenced by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which was an outgrowth of Cecil Rhodes' plan "to take the government of the whole world," in Rhodes' own words. According to Erwin Canham, Frederick Dixon, MONITOR editor (1914-1922), was "on intimate terms with Col. Edward M. House," who was President Woodrow Wilson's chief adviser, an agent of the power elite, and a moving force behind the CFR. According to PROCEEDINGS IN EQUITY (1919-1921), after Dixon addressed the MONITOR's board of directors, a resolution was introduced on January 17, 1917 "that the editor of the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR be authorized to editorially and through the news columns of the MONITOR endorse and support an alliance of the English-speaking peoples...." This was a furtherance of Rhodes' plan.
Erwin Canham was a Rhodes scholar (named for Cecil Rhodes), who was MONITOR editor (1939-1964) and editor-in-chief (1964-1974), as well as president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. For most of Canham's editorship, another Rhodes scholar, Clayton Bion Craig, was on the board of directors of the Christian Science Church (1948-1972).
Both Lord Waldorf Astor and Lady Nancy Astor were Christian Scientists who were members of Cecil Rhodes' secret Circle of Initiates, as was Philip Kerr (also known as Lord Lothian), who wrote editorial columns for the MONITOR. CFR member Richard Nenneman was MONITOR editor-in-chief from 1988 to 1993, during which time was published a column by World Federalist Association president and CFR member Norman Cousins on January 2, 1990, calling for "a system of world interdependence" and claiming that "the national sovereign state in its present form is an anachronism." And in the February 20, 1990, edition of the MONITOR, Cousins asked "how to give the World Court compulsory jurisdiction."
The Catholic Church underwent dramatic changes with the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. And on December 7, 1965, Vatican II document, PASTORAL CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD, was published and pronounced: "It is our clear duty to strain every muscle in working for the time when all war can be completely outlawed by international consent. This goal undoubtedly requires the establishment of some universal public authority acknowledged as such by all and endowed with the power to safeguard on the behalf of all...." Then on March 26, 1966, Pope Paul VI wrote POPULORUM PROGRESSIO calling for "a new juridical order" and stating: "Who can fail to see the need and importance of thus gradually coming to the establishment of a world authority capable of taking effective action on the juridical and political planes?...Delegates to organizations, public officials, gentlemen of the press, teachers and educators---all of you must realize that you have your part to play in the construction of a new world order."
Today in many Protestant as well as Catholic churches, one is more likely to hear a message about the need for "social action" than the need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in order to be saved and go to heaven. In fact, there is currently one very popular religious figure who began his ministry by surveying people about what they thought should be preached at church, and he holds leadership seminars emphasizing the need for social action and service. Does this sound like the words of the "father of public opinion," Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud's nephew), who wrote in PROPAGANDA (1928) that in the future there would be a businessman/politician who would take "a survey of public desires and demands" in order to say, "I must lead the people. Am I not their servant?"
Bernays also wrote in PROPAGANDA: "Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of the country....It remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons....It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world."
The power elite who "guide the world" are guiding us all toward a World Socialist Government, and religion plays an important role in their plans. Cecil Rhodes formed the secret Society of the Elect in 1891 "to take the government of the whole world," as indicated earlier. Rhodes' secret society was comprised of a secret Circle of Initiates and a semi-secret Association of Helpers, with the latter forming the Round Table Group.
According to Martin Erdmann in BUILDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH (2005), "the principal method chosen by the Group to bring about that 'organic union of nations in a commonwealth embracing the whole world' was to persuade the general public by various means of mass communication, and in particular through the activities of the churches, to accept a world federation 'as the only final basis of freedom and enduring peace'." (See THE ROUND TABLE, September 1935, for a review of its first 25 years.)
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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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