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Re: Far Right Sees Environmentalism as Police State Precursor

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the spiked book is published by the 'left' book publisher regnery; i thought their 'god and man at yale' was their best.

--- On Fri, 12/12/08, Louis R Godena <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Louis R Godena <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Far Right Sees Environmentalism as Police State Precursor
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Friday, December 12, 2008, 8:27 PM
> Far Right Sees Environmentalism as Police State
> PrecursorQuite a few on the Left aren't too crazy about
> it, either.
>
> http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/5977/
>
> Louis (G)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Phil Gasper
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 11:22 AM
> Subject: Far Right Sees Environmentalism as Police State
> Precursor
>
>
>
> http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=968
>
>
> Earth Worship
>
>
> Environmentalism Seen as Police State Precursor
>
> By Janet Smith
>
> Intelligence Report
> Winter 2008
>
> Addison, Texas - "Environment is not about saving
> nature," the founder of Freedom Advocates, Michael
> Shaw, sternly warned an audience of antigovernment
> "Patriots" and far-right conspiracy theorists
> during a mid-July conference. "It's about a
> revolutionary coup in America. [Environmentalism] is to
> establish global governance and abandon the principles of
> Natural Law." Sustainable development policies, Shaw
> argued, will require "a police state" and
> ultimately "turn America into a globally governed
> homeland where humans are treated as biological
> resources."
>
> Shaw's fearful call to arms against environmentalism
> was sucked in whole hog during the Ninth Annual Freedom 21
> conference held in a Dallas-area Crowne Plaza hotel.
> Co-hosted by the Texas Eagle Forum, a hard-line Christian
> Right organization, and the anti-"New World Order"
> American Policy Center (APC), the three-day convergence
> included such right-wing heavyweights as the error-prone
> conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, gay- and feminist-hating
> Phyllis Schlafly, and the far-right Constitution Party's
> presidential candidate, Chuck Baldwin.
>
> One former popular Freedom 21er was disinvited. Bob Barr,
> a former conservative Republican congressman from Georgia,
> was asked not to return by the head of APC, Tom DeWeese,
> because Barr had talked to Al Gore about global warming.
> "This is not some nice little debate," DeWeese
> said he told someone in Barr's office. "This is
> war."
>
> This year's conference linked up several of the far
> right's bogeymen into one giant whopper of a conspiracy
> about sustainable development policies that attempt to
> protect the earth for future generations. The basic thesis
> pushed at Freedom 21 was that the Security and Prosperity
> Partnership (SPP), a trade agreement between Canada, Mexico
> and the U.S. that includes some environmental requirements,
> is part of a nefarious and secret plan to merge the U.S,
> Canada and Mexico into something called the "North
> American Union" (NAU) - an entity which does not, in
> fact, exist, and has never been planned, despite the
> hysterical warnings of conspiracy theorists like Corsi.
>
> The NAU, these theorists insist, will bring with it
> global government, and, most horrible of all, sustainable
> development policies. Sustainable development is the real
> evil lurking in the shadows of global government, according
> to the conference's organizers; a wolf in sheep's
> clothing, environmental policies really exist to destroy
> Americans' freedoms and system of government.
>
> "Freedom cannot be sustained in the presence of
> 'sustainable development.' The two concepts are
> mutually exclusive," Freedom 21 materials insist.
> "Sustainable development can exist only when people are
> controlled by government."
>
> Michael Coffman, executive director of the United
> Nations-hating Sovereignty International, took on something
> called Agenda 21, which was drawn up in 1992 for the UN
> Commission on Sustainable Development. Agenda 21 is a
> comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally,
> nationally and locally by organizations of the UN,
> governments, and major groups in every area in which humans
> impact on the environment (21 refers to the 21st century).
> In Coffman's eyes, Agenda 21 is a menace.
> Earth worship card
>
> "An anti-human document, which takes aim at Western
> culture, and the Judeo-Christian and Islamic
> religions," is how Coffman referred to it. Coffman also
> alleged that Agenda 21 would lead to a kind of communist
> reallocation of property rights and redistribution of
> assets. Using a big word, Coffman labeled the proposed
> changes "usufructual," which he said means the
> government would own everything. Michael Chapman of Ed
> Watch, a group that opposes public education, reiterated
> Coffman's allegations that Agenda 21's real aim is
> to redistribute wealth. Coffman added that economic
> development is not being restricted in order to protect the
> environment, but rather to give power to the government.
>
> "The new world theology is pantheism," Coffman
> said, "Nature is God."
>
> The John Birch Society (JBS), a group that once insisted
> that President Eisenhower was a Communist Party member but
> now focuses on immigrant-bashing, agrees with Coffman. JBS
> was on hand to warn that environmentalists are really out to
> get your children. The JBS handed out cards featuring a
> strange depiction of a group of children holding hands under
> a large, glowing, balloon-like mockup of the earth that
> warned of "The New False Religion, Worshipping the
> Earth." "Advocates of a UN world government have
> drafted an Earth Charter, which they compare to the Ten
> Commandments and keep in an 'Ark of Hope,'"
> warns the JBS without any apparent reference to reality.
> "Will you let the United Nations or any other group
> undermine the faith of your family?" The JBS is so
> concerned with this that is has created a new website,
> www.getusout.org/earthworship, to battle "Earth
> Worship."
>
> It turns out that environmentalists also are out to get
> your guns. Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, a radical
> gun-rights group that doesn't believe in any
> restrictions on guns whatsoever, told the audience that
> "the major goal of the sustainable development movement
> is to disarm Americans."
>
> Other notable conspiracy theorists put in an appearance
> at Freedom 21. Jerome Corsi - a man who has made a career of
> Catholic and Islam-bashing and is best known for
> co-authoring the error-ridden Unfit for Command: Swift Boat
> Veterans Speak Out that attacked John Kerry's war record
> - laid out several conspiracies during his keynote speech.
>
>
> Corsi, who recently made headlines for his appearances on
> the racist radio show "The Political Cesspool,"
> was also there to hawk his latest (and, once again,
> error-filled) book, Obama Nation. Corsi warned that the
> North American Union is imminent and that the Trans-Texas
> Corridor (TCC), a superhighway linking Mexico, the U.S., and
> Canada, must be stopped. Corsi described Washington, D.C.,
> as "a day at the circus" and opined that Congress
> should be "put on a barge and sent out to sea."
> "It's time to make the U.N. into a parking
> lot," Corsi added.
>
> Phyllis Schlafly, self-proclaimed defeater of the Equal
> Rights Amendment and founder of the anti-feminist Eagle
> Forum, was on hand to give one of her standard stump
> speeches railing against the courts, the government and
> public education. Schlafly was introduced by Cathie Adams,
> who leads the Eagle Forum's Texas branch. "Feminism
> has destroyed society," Adams told the group.
> "It's nice to look out in the audience and see men
> who are willing to lead and are doing it."
>
> During a luncheon speech, Schlafly explained to the group
> how the federal court system has expanded its power from
> interpreting the law to legislating from the bench. Schlafly
> claimed that the problem with the Supreme Court goes back to
> a crooked deal made between the state of California and Earl
> Warren, who, while governor of California, allegedly
> delivered the Republican vote to Eisenhower in the 1952
> election and was rewarded with a seat on the Supreme Court
> in 1953. Schlafly also expounded on the problems of public
> education, arguing that schools should "spend more time
> on prayer than putting on condoms" and claiming that
> "diversity is a code word for teaching homosexuality in
> schools." Schlafly finished her speech by encouraging
> everyone present to "take self-government back from the
> courts." For those who wanted to know how to proceed,
> copies of Schlafly's book, The Supremacists, The Tyranny
> of Judges and How to Stop It, were available at a book
> signing session after lunch.
>
> Amazingly, a few state legislators made appearances at
> the conference, illustrating one more time how conspiracy
> theories can easily slip into the political mainstream.
> State Sen. Karen Johnson (R-Ariz.), a former campaign
> manager for white nationalist commentator and one-time
> presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, spoke on Arizona's
> own efforts to combat the SPP. Johnson, who is retiring at
> the end of this term, told the group that she loves Freedom
> 21 and has been attending for six years. State Sen. Randy
> Brogdon (R-Okla.) spoke on how he has worked to stop the
> Trans-Texas Corridor from crossing Oklahoma's border.
> Brogdon encouraged the group to "take a stand to
> protect the freedoms the founding fathers gave us" and
> reminded the audience: "America is not for sale.
> America will never be for sale."
>
> What was for sale at Freedom 21 was an expensive program
> put out by the Free Enterprise Society (FES), which claims
> that it has determined lawful ways of avoiding intolerable
> debt and tax burdens. For a not-so-cheap one-time fee of
> $1,200, plus $50 per month, one can enjoy a lifetime FES
> membership and receive the FES handbook. Steve Hempfling,
> the director of the radical tax protest outfit, bragged that
> he has former judges and elected officials among his
> firm's membership. Describing the IRS as a
> "terrorist organization," Hempfling said that
> paying taxes is voluntary and that citizens waive their
> Fourth Amendment right to protection against unreasonable
> search and seizure when they file tax returns. "The
> income tax, to me, is a big fraud," Hempfling
> concluded.


      

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