Saturday, April 16, 2005
Next week, April 22, comes one of my least favorite holidays, 'Earth Day.' For the last 35 years, it has given me the creeps. I was both a student at Michigan State University and working for the Michigan House of Representatives as a speechwriter and "Legislative Analyst" when the first Earth Day was 'celebrated'. I will confess to you I did not like the Vietnam War -- most people in my generation did not, although we had lots of empathy for those in our age group drafted to fight in that 'conflict.' I had no trouble marching against that war. I also had no trouble marching for civil rights. I will confess to you now that I was an energetic young activist. I still treasure so many of the friendships and acquaintances I made in that era, including even Rosa Parks herself. I was running a mayoral campaign in Highland Park, Michigan in 1975 -- a successful campaign to unseat a sitting mayor. While sitting in a church service that we descended upon in what I now will concede was a shameless effort to gain votes for our side, I felt something tugging on the hem of my dress. I looked and there was Rosa Parks with thread and needle. She had noticed my hem was loose and she was in her usual unassuming manner, repairing same. About 8 years later, I was to meet Tony and Sue Liuzzo. Tony is the son of slain civil rights crusader, Viola Liuzzo. Although Viola Liuzzo turned Unitarian in her quest, Tony and Sue now share my traditional Christian beliefs. They remain close personal friends.
However much I passionately participated in the first two events, as I did in the Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign of 1968, I could not and would not participate in the first Earth Day, even though so much of the crowd in the various peace and civil rights movements were there. I sat in my cubicle in the Speaker's Staff headquarters of the House of Representatives section of the Michigan State Capitol and literally shivered with creeps as I read the announcements for the day. I bought the books for research, but I frankly instinctively disliked all I was hearing. I could not tell you why until 1981, the year I first discovered the New Age Movement. Perusing literature of popular groups of the Movement starting with the Sierra Club and moving through Friends of the Earth and the scare projections of the Club of Rome, I had what the New Agers would probably label an "aha moment" and others might call "an epiphany." My thoughts went something like this:
"They are talking about increasing living space, population reduction, mandatory abortion, licensing people to have children, encouraged and even forced sterilizations, terminating life supports -- My God -- that is what the Nazis were all about! So many nice people into this -- somebody's got to warn them."
When I discovered the esoteric underpinnings of the movement which were almost universally talking about (a) a new 'messiah' coming; and (b) recognition of Lucifer as a benevolent planetary force (Theosophical Society; Lucis Trust; Benjamin Creme, et al ad nauseum), I knew that I was facing something for which I could not conscientiously keep silent. I remember saying to myself about the probable consequences for speaking out "professional suicide; political suicide"! But speak out I did.
I was surprised over the years to see that much of my support came from places where I often least expected it and so much of my opposition came also from places where I least expected it. I will write more about that in future blogs, but for now
1. I will not be celebrating Earth Day -- not this year -- not any year.
2. I recommend you take steps to obtain a read a book by Bruce S. Thornton. I read significant portions of it today on a subscription service I employ, Questia. com. I plan to track the book down on Amazon.com and order same as soon as possible! Publication information is:
Book Title: Plagues of the Mind: The New Epidemic of False Knowledge. Contributors: Bruce S. Thornton - author. Publisher: ISI Books. Place of Publication: Wilmington, DE. Publication Year: 1999. "
I frankly found the book tracking down sources where Javier Solana's mother was quoted. I rather doubt if Mr. Thornton caught her own 'false knowledge' which was an open profession of OSHO/Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as her 'teacher.' He quoted her in a context of how false beliefs get started and are perpetuated. He skillfully identified so many, including the myths behind Earth Day, and the alleged 'civility' (NOT) of pre-Christian cultures. But for understanding what is happening to our times, right after the Bible and a few other classics, it is an invaluable reference. Have a nice weekend and happy reading!
Check the list of signers and see how many you can come up with links to the New Age movement. Did you know Earth Day was to be a celebration of the Equinox?
And then there is:
"THE IRA EINHORN whose house we are about to enter is a stranger to us. We know the previous Ira much better, the 1960s and '70s Ira that Steven Levy wrote about in the only book about the case, The Unicorn's Secret, the mesmerizing and charismatic eco-activist-hippie-guru-visionary of Philadelphia, an organizer of the first Earth Day,..."
(Just put Russ Baker and Einhorn into Yahoo...the url is very long)
Before Einhorn killed Holly Maddux stuffed her body in a trunk and kept it, he, let's say, was at ease with many political people and money people. See the book. Although he organized the first Earth Day, somehow his connection to Earth Day has been dropped in official reports about Earth Day beginnings. (From the Cumbey gathered files)
Oh yes, on a bigger note....that lovely Sustainability movement, straight out of the UN and into every community, school, church in the world. You didn't think your commnity came up with the plan all by itself now did you?
I don't know a whole lot about the earthday conspiracies, though i have been told they exist over and over, and i always wonder if the people against earth day realize that most people who celebrate earth day do it under the belief that they are celebrating the idea of a cleaner earth.
When i say cleaner earth i mean less cans on the ground and "don't litter" signs everywhere.
those ideals are not what you oppose, so what is the modern threat, only still relevant threats please, associated with earthday celebrations?
We have a clear choice. Do we worship God who made it or do we worship the earth and various false entities who lyingly claim they were the creators, 'co-creators,' etc.
I hope I answered your question -- and I think it's great that you do help keep the beautiful environment the Lord created for us clean! Keep up THAT good work, but don't ever sing hymns to the Earth or pray to the Earth or offer any homage to "Gaia" or anything of this nature. It will be displeasing to your Creator and ultimately harmful to you!
ok, thanks for the clarification
because i have never really learned about the history of earthday... of course i view worshipping the earth itself as a silly thing to do, because i worship the one true God.
what about sun based religions? i know there isn't a "sun" day... except for the first day of the week.
do sun cults fall in with the earth cults?
Check out this link about the Earth Charter and compare how they are turning it into a religion. (and it's ties to the United Nations)
Gorbachev's name keeps coming up in these sites about earth day, earth charter, and earth magna charta...as well as green cross which he founded.
Also, the equinox plays a big part of this day. I'm sure Constance could fill us in on how that ties back to the new age movement, earth worship, wicca, etc...
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