Educating: For global citizenship and sustainability
Expanding: public discourse on faith and ecology
Creating: just and peaceful communities
In part one, we looked at who these people are, and tried to gain some understanding as to what exactly they do, and what their mission and/or vision is. Above is a very brief synopsis of that. So I decided to delve a little deeper into this “Temple of Understanding” to see what else I find out. So I headed back to their website to search for more answers. Under the heading “What we do,” is where I began my search and this is what I found.
Educate through: Experiential & Academic Programs; Lectures & Workshops; Cultural Performances and Interfaith Events. It sounds good, nothing ominous or threatening, all very altruistic in its presentation. Moving on, they also provide the following:
Advocate through: Cross Discipline Collaborations; UN Initiatives; hang on a minute, that one caught my attention, any time the UN is involved, the tiny hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and I get this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. But let us carry on for now. Advocate through: Interreligious and Intercultural (nice word for multicultural) Dialogues; Local & Global Networks. Oh deep joy! Just what we all need more Big Brother initiatives, only now they are dipping into our religious lives! But I digress…
Lead through: Committee of Religious NGO’s at the UN; Consultation for Interfaith Education: Educators Network; Gandhi-King-Chavez Season for Non-Violence at the UN; Interfaith Leadership Development.
A few things jumped out at me right away; first, not everyone will be aware what an NGO is so I looked it up. An NGO is a non-governmental organization, such as a human-rights advocacy group, and relief groups. Apparently the term or designation became popular after the founding of the United Nations. It is important to note that the NGO was deemed “any international organization that is not founded by an international treaty.” They are to be the checks and balances for government and government watchdogs. I’m sorry but that is funny, honestly do they really expect any of us to have any faith whatsoever (no pun intended her) in the checks and balances on a global level, when we don’t have any confidence in our own government to provide trustworthy checks and balances! Seriously they’re having a laugh! http://worldnews.about.com/od/mp/g/Ngo.htm
Gandhi-King-Chavez Season for Non-Violence at the UN; Say what? You had me until Chavez! Seriously, Chavez! They are equating Chavez with Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King! That in and of itself is an insult to the memory of these two great men! I almost fell off my chair when I read that. Most people know what Gandhi and Dr. King did for their countries, and the positive and non-violent manner in which they advocated for equality showing peace through strength. Chavez is a bully, a criminal and a murderer, and has no business being associated with these two prodigious men! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803492.html
Looking deeper into the Temple of Understanding’s organization I found they offer Youth programs which “empower, educate and provide students from different religious and ethnic backgrounds first-hand experiences with peers from a variety of faiths and traditions to build leadership and critical thinking skills.” According to the website they offer a program called IDEA (Interfaith Dialogue, Education and Action), “where the focus is on developing leadership skills, individual responsibility and creativity to bring youth driven community projects to fruition.’ The mission of IDEA is to empower and educate youth (ages 14 to 19) from different cultural backgrounds to build leadership and critical thinking skills, as well as create bonds of friendship” etc… Currently IDEA is “being offered at the Susan Wagner High School and Port Richmond High School, both located on Staten Island, NY. In the 2012-2013 school year this program will continue to be offered in these schools along with new Staten Island are high schools.”
It was Hans Schemm, head of the first Nazi youth group, known as the Jugendbund, later to be known as the Youth League of the NSDAP who said: “Those who have youth on their side control the future.” It is interesting to note here that the Youth League of the NSDAP consisted of youths between the ages of 14 to 18, comprising primarily of boys, however “by 1939 the Hitler Youth became the largest youth organization in the world with over 7.3 million strong within its ranks. A new law was issued on March 25, 1939, conscripting any remaining holdouts (young people) into the organization amid warnings to parents that unless their children were enrolled they would be forcibly removed and placed in the custody of state-run orphanages.” Just a bit of history offered for those who are not familiar with the reality of Hitler’s youth program. http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/hitleryouth.html
The aforementioned information only made me more curious as to what this Temple of Understanding really was, and just how entrenched it was within our society. So the excavating continued. I searched further on the website and found several videos one of which I will share with you here:
This video tells us more about the founder of the Temple of Understand Ms. Juliet Hollister. It begins stating: “For most of us, Life is a journey without a map, we move through the waters, cope with the winds, when they come up, and glide with relief when the surface is smooth. We may know that life springs from what’s below the surface; but the work or rowing the boat often drowns out our own spiritual selves…” The video goes on offering more detail about Ms. Hollister and her vision for a world without religious boundaries. Do not get me wrong, I believe her vision is one of altruism and selflessness. However, as I continued my own journey of “understanding,” I found that her initial vision had been hijacked and morphed into something very different. Once the United Nations became involved in this endeavor it became not merely another vehicle to expand their vision of a One World Order, but they extended that vision to now include a “Spiritual United Nations,” a One World Religion!
Enter Maurice F. Strong who is a Canadian businessman and a self-declared, life-long socialist. Born April 28, 1929 in Oak Lake, Manitoba, Canada he is an entrepreneur, environmentalist and one of the world’s leading proponents of the United Nations‘ involvement in world affairs. His cousin was Anna Louise Strong, a known Marxist with strong connections to Communist China. This connection affords Strong favored status in China and is why he is so welcome there and why he resides there most of the year. Lovely! A few of quotes Mr. Strong is known for:
- “[I am] a socialist in ideology, a capitalist in methodology.” – Maurice Strong as Quoted in Macleans
- “[The Earth Summit will play an important role in] reforming and strengthening the United Nations as the centerpiece of the emerging system of democratic global governance.” – Maurice Strong Quoted in the September 1, 1997 Edition of National Review Magazine
- In the opening session of the Rio Earth Summit, Strong commented: “The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of environmental security.”
- “Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.” – Maurice Strong Quoted in the September 1, 1997 Edition of National Review Magazine
- In 1991, Strong wrote the introduction to a book called Beyond Interdependence: The Meshing of the World’s Economy and the Earth’s Ecology, by Jim MacNeil. (David Rockefeller wrote the foreword). Strong said this: “This interlocking…is the new reality of the century, with profound implications for the shape of our institutions of governance, national and international. By the year 2012, these changes must be fully integrated into our economic and political life.” http://keywiki.org/index.php/Maurice_Strong
So why am I talking about Mr. Strong, well, keeping the above mentioned in mind, one of the many organizations he is affiliated with includes, you guessed it, the “Temple of Understanding!”
The Temple of Understanding is located next to the UN in New York City and they call themselves the oldest global interfaith organization in the United States. They have sponsored 6 “Spiritual Summit” conferences which have produced a worldwide network of spiritual leaders all of who are devoted to the principles of the interfaith movement. The can be traced back to the first World’s Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago, in 1893! My they have been busy little bees have they not! According to KeyWiki.org, the Temple works closely with the UN and have sponsored along with the Interfaith Center of New York and interfaith prayer service at the annual opening of the UN General Assembly session since 1997 and this movement seeks to form a one-world religion with the UN. Mr. Strong is also involved in the UN Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through his work in UNESCO, Mr. Strong promotes Gaia, the Earth God among the world’s youth. He is also the Director of the Temple of Understanding in New York. He uses the Temple of Understanding to encourage American’s concerned about the environment to replace Christianity with the worship of “mother earth!” Brilliant! Now I do not mean to offend folks out there that are into Mother Earth, I love the planet as much as anyone else, and know it is our responsibility to protect our environment and the animals, God gave us dominion over the earth and it’s creatures. In Genesis 1:28: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Having said that, I’m pretty sure God did not mean that we were to hold “Mother Earth, this Gaia (Earth God)” in such high esteem as to worship him/her. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure there is something about that in the Ten Commandments, oh yes; it’s the very first commandment! Exodus 20:3; “You shall have no other gods before me.” Well, there you have it!
I leave you with this video, “Know Your Enemy,” to ponder; what is of interest in the video is Ms. Jean Huston, a new age guru and avid supporter of the Temple of Understanding. In her book “Trojan Horse,” she wrote the following:
“The Temple’s purpose is to facilitate the one world religion, through the promoting of both the acceptance and the embrace of all religions, beliefs and rituals. The Temple of Understanding’s Meditation room was to be known as the ‘Hall of Illumination’ where the Illuminati, Masters of Wisdom, our Leaders of the Temple of Understanding will train the public in the New Humanistic Cult…” Sounds familiar does it not? Another interesting note is the headquarters are set up in one of the largest Cathedral’s in the world, Saint John the Divine in New York City. But don’t be fooled by its name. There is nothing remotely Christian about this Cathedral and it is not connected with the Catholic faith. You will understand when you view the embedded video.
So where does this leave me on my journey of discovery, with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Given the current atmosphere, knowing that world leaders are working diligently and tirelessly to form a One World Government, now it appears that they are working equally as diligently at forming a One World Religion. What’s next in this maze of illusions?
By: Andrea K. Robson
Research contrabutions made by: Carol Ray.