In his book Freedom On The Altar the late William Norman Grigg went into the theological background of the United Nations. Yes, for those who don’t know, the UN does have a theological background, as do all organizations. Some will admit it, some won’t, but it’s there.
Mr. Grigg gave us some background. He wrote: “Referred to derisively as a “spiritual swap-meet’ by one commentator, the 1993 Parliament of World Religions was in some ways a homage to the first such event, which took place as an adjunct to the Columbian Exposition of 1893. According to The Quest, a quarterly journal published by the Theosophical Society, the 1993 Parliament has facilitated a ‘Theosophical revival’ in part because the event reminded religious scholars that the Theosophical Society had been a major participant in the first Parliament a hundred years before…”
Mr. Grigg told us: “The Theosophical Society was represented at the 1893 event by Annie Besant, who went on to become president of the society in 1905. Both of the Theosophical Society’s objectives–the drive for religious syncretism and the propagation of eastern mysticism–were served by the 1893 parliament. The event signaled the introduction into America of eastern religions such as Hinduism, which was represented by Swami Vivikenanda, a fellow traveler of Madame Blavatsky’s society.” This character promoted religious assimilation as the way to promote “tolerance” and he went on to condemn “fundamentalism” as the fountainhead of all the world’s misery. You can already see where those people were going. (Just for the heck of it, look up Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besant on the internet.)
Grigg continued: “In the late 1980s a small group of Vivikenanda’s followers in Illinois and Wisconsin began preparations for an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Swami’s address. The leader of this group was a small, bespectacled man named Daniel Gomez-Ibanez, who is a trustee of the Millenium Institute, an Arlington, Virginia group that describes itself as ‘A non-profit organization promoting integrated global thinking.’ On January 25, 1993, Gomez-Ibaniz joined a colorful collection of religious leaders around the ‘Peace Altar’ at the UN’s Temple of Understanding to inaugurate the ‘Year of Inter-Religious Cooperation and Understanding.”
And now, we come to “sustainable development” which is currently “in vogue among globalists and environmentalists. ‘sustainability is measured by an individual’s or an institution’s willingness to submit to a global government.” Gerald Barney, a former director of the national program for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has told the religious leaders at the Religious Parliament to “make your religious traditions sustainable.”
That raises the question–what happens to religions that refuse to conform to the United Nations sustainability agenda? Mr. Grigg told us that, according to Barney “Christianity is not a sustainable faith ‘as it is understood and practiced now.’ Furthermore, he condemned ‘religious exceptionalism’ which is essentially the monotheistic belief in a universal, omniscient God. What is required of the world’s religious leaders, asserted Barney, is a ‘reinterpretation and even (a) rejection of ancient traditions and assumptions.”
In other words, to be acceptable to the United Nations, Christians must be prepared to jettison their belief in the Holy Scripture and the God of Holy Scripture. That’s what they are asking for. I can’t think of a better reason for this country to get out of the United Nations than this. Christians should not throw away their faith to embrace UN “truth” rather they should reaffirm their faith in the Triune God of Scripture and tell the UN to go back to its father the devil.
This piece was previously published at Revised History on August 17, 2022.
Al Benson is the South’s best-known Copperhead (Northern-born patriot), a prolific columnist. and the coauthor of Lincoln’s Marxists.