Green to Deep Green by the Boy Scouts of America

GET-US-OUT_of_the_United_Nations_squareA little while ago I posted an article where I expressed my disgust at the Boy Scouts of America for adopting a merit badge called “Sustainability,” and therein highlighted some of my problems with the propaganda-like requirements of the badge. I shared that article far and wide.

Overall, the discussion on several Facebook and Linked-In groups was extremely discouraging, especially in a group of Eagle Scout recipients. The vitriol that came my direction shocked me. Perhaps I was naïve to think there would be plenty of people who would support what I was trying to say. Maybe there were more than three conservative thinkers who did read the article on Linked-In, but simply didn’t take the time, or have the courage to jump in and comment. Or maybe there are so many Socialists out there now that I find myself as a Conservative to be part of a tiny, shrinking minority.

I don’t know.

When the flame-war directed at me got the hottest, I seriously considered never again writing another essay or article expressing my political opinion. I found myself doing some deep soul-searching . . . trying to figure out why I felt so driven to open my mouth just to have a virtual foot slammed into my face. I have to admit: It hurt. I felt like I had offended the entire universe, and the universe was telling me to go crawl into a dark hole to die.

Well . . . I am a stubborn cuss from Wyoming. What started out as a hurt, has become a steady-burning flame of indignation. Sorry folks, but TRUTH is eternal, and truth does not change. And no matter how much it hurts the tender little feelings of liberals, this truth remains: Socialism is part of the program of the devil—to bind men in unbreakable chains of servitude to a God-less, secular government.

So, I am not going to sit back and shut up. In fact, I’m opening this can of worms again . . . just to see how stinky it really is.

Let’s talk about the Boy Scouts, or shall we call them, “The Socialist Scouts”.

Just this week, a conservative by the name of Darin (I’m leaving his last name off of this, in case he would rather I not identify him) pointed out a new website run by the BSA. It’s called “Green to Deep Green,” and it’s their new website to support the Sustainability concepts that their new merit badge teaches. (UPDATE 2015: The BSA has revamped the site. For an Internet Archive view of what the site looked like when I wrote this post, see this link:  https://web.archive.org/web/20131118133144/http://www.greentodeepgreen.org/index.php)

Right at the top page is a quote by former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

That sounds okay, doesn’t it? Sure. In fact, I agree with it. However . . . words have meaning that go beyond the first reading. Where is Gro Harlem Brundtland coming from on this? What are her politics? If I really want to understand what she may be saying here, don’t I need to know a little bit about the tree that produced this fruit?

Well, here’s one for you: Gro Harlem Brundtland served as Vice President at Socialist International. Let’s give you some history. Socialist International is the successor of a group called Labour and Socialist International (LSI), founded in May 1923 in Hamburg. With the rise of Nazism during World War II, LSI was dissolved in 1940. Like a phoenix, it rose from the dust in Frankfurt in the summer of 1951 as Socialist International. And this gal was vice president of the organization for a time.

Warm fuzzies yet?

Let’s talk about some more things wrong with this picture.

First of all, you have got to watch the video on Green to Deep Green. If you’re a true conservative, I think you’ll find it’s a little creepy in parts, like when it talks about us killing the planet, and shows a spear impaling the man who threw it. In case you want the text of the cartoon speech, I typed up the transcript below:

“Sustainability means that things can keep going—can sustain themselves, can continue into the future and go on forever. From a human perspective, sustainability for our planet means that it can continue to do what it was designed to do: provide fresh air, clean water, produce food, and allow us all to have a high quality of life forever.

“Unsustainability means that it cannot, and that is where we are now.

“Twenty years ago, scientists in Sweden developed a definition for sustainability with four basic principles. These can be seen as the care instructions for our planet. If we follow them, it is good for our planet. And because we are part of the system that is our planet, it’s good for us too.

“The care instructions are as follows:
1. Reduce our dependence on fossil-fuels and heavy metals
2. Reduce our dependence on synthetic chemicals that persist in nature
3. Reduce our destruction of nature
4. Ensure we are not stopping people, globally, from meeting their needs

“Demand for the earth’s services—clean air, water, food—increases as the population increases, and living standards rise. But the earth’s ability to provide these services is declining because of the way we’re living.

“In our search for prosperity, growth, and success, we are destroying the system that we, as humans, are completely dependent upon: nature!

“We humans have become a threat to our own way of life.

“The earth is a system, and everything is connected: society, environment, and economy. To live sustainably, we need to follow the four care instructions and apply them to everything we do at home, and at work. If we can follow these care instructions, we can work together to be sustainable. We will all have a better quality of life. We’ll waste less, we’ll pollute less, and we’ll create more things that we value in society while improving our planet’s chances of providing us with the very things we need to survive.” << end of transcript >>

There are a lot of ideas here that seem palatable and good, on the surface. But there is one thing missing from all of this blather: Not ONE mention of God. If God created this planet for us, don’t you think He has the power to help us fix our problems, if we will only ask?

I believe in STEWARDSHIP, not SOCIALISM. And this idea of “Sustainability” as being taught by the BSA is not what you think it is.

Some history:

In the video, the BSA cites the beginnings of “sustainability” to be about 20 years ago, or 1992. That is only partially true. In June of 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)—also called Earth Summit—met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where 172 governments participated and discussed work that had begun twenty years earlier at The United Nations Conference on Human Environment, held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. The subject of this conference was the United Nations program called Agenda 21.

The idea of “care instructions for our planet” comes from Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, a Swedish doctor and cancer scientist, who in the late 1980s, proposed the idea that the sustainability of the earth is much like cells in the human body. The doctor drafted a “consensus document” that was sent to a group of over fifty ecologists, chemists, physicists, and medical doctors in Sweden. Many drafts later, there was a consensus about what principles were needed to sustain human life on the planet. Information about the four system conditions can be found here: http://www.naturalstep.org/the-system-conditions

This soon evolved into the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), which is the framework of the United Nations Agenda 21 program.

The basic principles make sense, on the surface. We should all take care of the planet.

But taking care of the earth is not the issue that I have with the BSA. The whole problem with this movement is who is pushing it, and more especially, WHY they are pushing it. Sustainability—the keyword for Agenda 21—is a Socialist program.

And these socialists involved in the program are the one-world-government types. Don’t believe me? Check out this story written on The New American, right after the June 1992 conference in Rio: “Socializing in Rio: Socialists Run the Earth Summit.”

From the article:

“”Furthermore,” said Brundtland, “the nation state is too small an area for addressing regional and global challenges related to the environment and development.” Again, echoing Willy Brandt and her other internationalist comrades, she declared in her plenary speech: “Narrowly focused national priorities will only hamper progress and stand in the way,” She called for “a revolution,” a new “global partnership,” a “new form of collective engagement,” “new global structures,” and other new world order buzzwords for global dictatorship.”

Why should I be alarmed? Why should I care if the Boy Scouts are sucking down the climate-change, population-control, humans-are-killing-the-planet, we-need-one-world-government Kool-aid like it was going out of style?

This is why:

“The plain and simple issue now facing us in America is freedom or slavery. . . Our real enemies, are communism and its running mate, socialism . . . And never forget for one moment that communism and socialism are state slavery . . . one thing seems sure, we will not get out of our present difficulties without trouble, serious trouble. Indeed, it may well be that our government and its free institutions will not be preserved except at the price of life and blood . . .the paths we are following, if we move forward thereon, will inevitably lead us to socialism or communism, and these two are alike as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon our liberties . . . We may first observe that communism and socialism—which we shall hereafter group together and dub Statism—cannot live with Christianity, nor with any religion that postulates a Creator such as the Declaration of Independence recognizes. The slaves of Statism must know no power, no authority, no source of blessing, no God, but the State . . . This country faces ahead enough trouble to bring us to our knees in humble honest prayer to God for the help which He alone can give, to save us . . . Do not think that all these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertency or mistake, the whole course is deliberately planned and carried out; its purpose is to destroy the Constitution and our Constitutional government . . . We have largely lost the conflict so far waged. But there is time to win the final victory, if we can sense our danger, and fight.” –J. Reuben Clark, Jr., as quoted by Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, April 1963

It’s time to wake up folks. The Boy Scouts of America have crossed a red line that should not be tolerated.

Let them know that you’re not going to put up with them pushing socialist ideals on our youth.

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SEPT. 26, 2014  UPDATE:

Ilene Hatton pointed me to this quote that further supports what I have said above:

“I next address the present-day challenge to the words of the Lord recorded in Genesis: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” All my life I have heard the argument that the earth is overpopulated. Much controversy surrounded a 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, Egypt. No doubt the conference accomplished much that was worthwhile. But at the very center of the debate was the socially acceptable phrase “sustainable growth.” This concept is becoming increasingly popular. How cleverly Satan masked his evil designs with that phrase.

“Few voices in the developed nations cry out in the wilderness against this coined phrase, “sustainable growth.” In Forbes magazine a thoughtful editorial asserts that people are an asset, not a liability. It forthrightly declares as preposterous the broadly accepted premise that curbing population growth is essential for economic development. This editorial then states convincingly, “Free people don’t ‘exhaust’ resources. They create them.”

“An article in U.S. News & World Report entitled “10 Billion for Dinner, Please” states that the earth is capable of producing food for a population of at least eighty billion, eight times the ten billion expected to inhabit the earth by the year 2050. One study estimates that with improved scientific methods the earth could feed as many as one thousand billion people. Those who argue for sustainable growth lack vision and faith. The Lord said, “For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare.”  That settles the issue for me. It should settle the issue for all of us. The Lord has spoken.”  —James E. Faust, “Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil”, September 1995 Ensign

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Green to Deep Green by the Boy Scouts of America — 13 Comments

  1. So sorry to hear that you got blasted on FB and Linked-In for giving your opinion. The thing I dislike most about today’s world is that people feel they have the right to be rude, obnoxious, and hateful if they don’t agree with someone.

    I rarely enter into the political arena because so many people feel they have the right to leave comments full of hatred, foul language, and personal attacks.

    My thought on the matter? Those who think/feel/know they are in the wrong are the ones who scream the loudest and leave the most hurtful comments. The whole environmental/sustainability issue is very complex, and it matters not whether I agree or disagree with you. What does matter is that I wholeheartedly support your right to say what you think, and for you to be treated in a respectful manner by those who disagree.

    And if it helps you any, here’s a thought: The monkey that flings poo usually finds out that what goes around, comes around. And you may quote me on that. Ha ha. 🙂

  2. Daron,

    I’m so sorry you’ve been walking through the fire, and I have to say thanks for not giving up, and continuing to teach the truth about liberal government.

    It’s a sad state of affairs that so many people just blindly follow along, thinking they have freedom while the noose continues to tighten around their neck, and they allow their children to become more and more brainwashed.

    I do hope you’ll continue to be a light and keep on fighting.

    Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams and many, many others, who knew the high price of liberty and bucking a wicked government’s system, would be very proud of you!

  3. I’m curious. How is the words (or quotes of them) and the people who speak them change or show the political and social view of thousands? I don’t care for socialist but (like you) everyone has their own opinions and will express them (like you as well). I don’t care for you seeming to point and say Boy Scouts are socialist. I am a recent recipient of my Eagle Scout award. I travel half way across the country to teach the basics to our newest scouts. I believe that there are some in scouting who have socialist views but I also believe that there are more who share a common idea that all are equal and have endless opportunity. I’ll say this in closing. I don’t like what you’re saying. But I’ll fight for your right to keep saying it and prey that you realize the mistake you accidentally made.

  4. Addition to what I previously posted. Look up our outdoor code. The one that was taught to each scout. The one that was in place BEFORE article-21. You say you wanted to vomit? Why? Because you you don’t see eye to eye with some program? Tell me. How many projects, events, and whatever else you may have been in charge of have the conditions of pleasing everyone involved? Go an lead our government if you want to complain about it. Then let every person with a problem grill you for doing something.

  5. This leads us to a curious question. If a group (whatever their political beliefs) believes that we are destroying out planet, and want to stop and/or reverse the process . . . shouldn’t they push for that change with whatever resources they have, rather than allow the gasoline gulping world to care only about themselves without any concern for the future? Daron, what will the public do if someone doesn’t make them stop? Do you suggest that the rest of us will simply do what is best in spite of our own desires for more? And I believe that God uses us to achieve his ends. I don’t believe that he’s going to let us trash this world and just magically clean it up for us just because he loves us.
    I’m not a socialist. Just the opposite. I’m a realist. And our current form of government is fraught with elected officials who impose their will upon us (often for their own gain, not for that of the whole). We need to push for what is right…and support all who push for what is right. And just to be clear, I mean that in both an ecological AND political manner.

  6. Daron,

    I whole heartedly agree with your statements. The BSA is changing from within and we can either state our disapproval or watch as the program melts down after 100 years of great service. As a current Scoutmaster I have decided to stay and fight. We (the committee) will not allow our 80 year old troop to be swayed to the socialist side. Words and phrases such as Carbon foot print, choose an area where you can see a pattern of temperature change over the last 100 years and talking about species in decline due to man are thoughts and ideas we see as an avenue to indoctrinate our scouts to one particular political side.

    Our goal (or rather the BSA’s goal) is to help create the leaders of tomorrow. Teach them to be thinkers and not followers. Sustainability MB does not follow these rules and therefore should not be allowed. Can you imagine if we had a MB called Reap what you Sow. Meaning that if you are successful why should you limit your purchases or even the ability to drive a 8mpg sports car because you enjoy it. We tell our children at a young age they are in charge of their own destiny and that if they work hard enough they can become an engineer, lawyer or doctor. But now we must also tell them that if they do become success full they must eat, live and spend the same as everyone else because buying a second car when you can only use one at a time does NOT promote sustainability.

    YiS,

    Dan

  7. Stay the course! Remember the playbook these people operate from. It’s the same one Constantine used: In order to best destroy something, pretend to embrace it. The BSA, like the church, is being infiltrated by those who may even be kidding themselves about their motives. But you see through all that. So do we.

  8. Additional proof that the Boy Scouts have been drinking the political-correctness-Kool-Aid like never before: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/19/twitter-erupts-after-boy-scouts-ban-water-gun-fights-limit-water-balloon-size

    Yes, you heard that right. No more water gun fights in Scouts because water guns simulate real guns, and pointing even a simulated gun at somebody is unkind.

    Ridiculous.

    Let me remind us all: There is NOTHING correct about political correctness.

  9. I had a lot of good hiking, camping, cooking in the outdoors, survival in cold environments, and other excellent learning experiences in the 1970’s while in Boy Scouts. We were taught to be good stewards of the land. Not one single Scout in our Troop was to EVER leave trash on the trail or at the campsite! We learned to leave our campsites in better shape than when we went in, and were often taught about campfire safety (and using “common sense”) to make sure EVERY TIME that the forests, or wilderness areas, were in good shape when our scout troop left and went back to civilization. My two Scoutmasters taught us the basics of hiking, staying hydrated, keeping up one’s energy in the wild, teamwork and watching out for each other, using what was available in nature, and being good stewards of the land.
    I’ve carried those lessons with me into adulthood, so I’m picky about the way things look when I leave a campsite and often pack out someone else’s trash (as much as will fit in one garbage bag).
    I sure hope that today’s BSA doesn’t become nothing more than a youth group to be indoctrinated by the current American Socialist regime! That would be a terrible loss to the thousands of Young men growing up in today’s constantly-connected, Wi-Fi-all-the-time world !

  10. Agreed! There is a HUGE difference between good stewardship / leave-no-trace and the Socialism being promoted by the new Sustainability Merit Badge. Let’s treat the earth with proper respect as God would have us do. Let’s not deliver our sacred freedoms into the hands of evil people who desire to place all mankind under their tyrannical rule.

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