Letter: A final rebuttal
Mr. Edwards’s and Mr. Maggard’s responses (Readers Write, "Facts illuminate plan for world governance," and "Sustainable development threat cannot be ignored," 3/3/11) to my letter of 2/24/11 challenged us to read the documents that make their group so fearful of the so-called occultist environmentalists and their plan to rule the world by manipulation of the UN.
To Mr. Edwards: I have read the UN report in question but not from the sustainable-development-conspiracy oriented website that you directed me to. From what I could tell, the report is nothing more than an idealistic wish list of things that all nations can do together to help stem the tide of reckless destruction of the earth’s environment. I suppose you wanted me to find shocking, sentiments expressed in the reports such as, "We believe that all humanity could uphold the core values of respect for life, liberty, justice and equity, mutual respect, caring, and integrity." Seems innocuous enough, eh? Well, here is how one of the fear-mongering Bircher websites interprets the same statement: "In the fine print, these lofty values lose much of their appeal. Respect for life, for example, is not limited to human life." "‘Respect for life’ actually means equal respect for all life." They go on to imply that by respecting any life other than human life is proof of an occultist conspiracy. Quite a stretch, in my opinion. P.S. I also love my country and am actively defending the Constitution.
To Mr. Maggard: I assure you that I am not defending sustainable development either out of ignorance or by being disingenuous. I respect your eloquence in presenting your facts and sympathize with the notion that "consensus (through our representatives on sustainable development) does not constitute agreement." But, until we get a system in place where citizens can vote on issues directly, I must support our current system of representative government. It can feel like "tyranny" sometimes but that is the system we are bound to defend. Let’s continue to hope that we will have people representing each of our interests after the next elections.
Steven B. Christo
Editor’s Note: Our space is limited; with publication of Mr. Christo’s letter we conclude the exchange between these individuals on this topic.