A 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.
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