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Saturday, April 25, 2015

DEFIANT CREFLO DOLLAR: YOU CAN'T STOP ME FROM BUYING $65 MILLION JET PLANE~SPACE SHUTTLE IS NEXT NAME AND CLAIM IT ITEM

CREFLO DOLLAR:

"IF THEY FIND LIFE ON MARS, I'LL HAVE TO BELIEVE GOD FOR A SPACE SHUTTLE"


"‘You Cannot Stop Me': 

Televangelist Creflo Dollar Defies Opponents 

in Effort to Buy $65 Million Jet"

by Heather Clark
SEE: http://christiannews.net/2015/04/23/you-cannot-stop-me-televangelist-creflo-dollar-defies-opponents-in-effort-to-buy-65-million-jet/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

Dollar

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Televangelist Creflo Dollar defied opponents of his global effort to purchase a $65 million dollar jet in a recent message delivered to his congregation.
“Let me tell you something about believing God. I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to,” he states in a video posted to YouTube by a group not affiliated with Dollar. “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming.”
As previously reported, staff World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga. had posted an online plead on the organization’s website last month as Dollar asked for 200,000 people to donate $300 dollars each so that he could purchase a new G650 airplane.
Dollar explained that his current 1984 jet, which he purchased in 1999, experienced engine failure in London on a recent trip to Australia. He said that the plane is grounded and is in need of being replaced.
“The plane is not so Creflo Dollar can get on by himself and fly,” public relations representative Juda Engelmayer told the Christian Post. “They take a ministry team of 10 to 15 people with them. They take thousands of pounds of food and provisions with them when they go around the world. If he’s coming to the New York church, he’ll hop on a Delta flight. If he’s taking 12 people plus 100,000 pounds of food, it’s not that simple.”
But as word broke about the project, some still expressed dismay as to why Dollar, who leads a 30,000-member megachurch and lives in a million dollar home, needs such an expensive aircraft, which is reportedly sought out by billionaires. David Graham, Global Express aircraft captain with Advanced Air Management, told the publication that Engelmayer’s claims don’t add up.
“[The aircraft] cannot carry 12 people and 100,000 pounds of food and supplies,” he said.
Dollar’s staff removed the online plea from the World Changers website following negative public reaction and said that the televangelist would be flying commercial while the campaign was being reassessed. However, in a recent message delivered to his congregation, Dollar appeared determined to purchase the jet despite opposition.
“You cannot stop me from dreaming. I’m going to dream until Jesus comes,” he said as his congregation stood to their feet and broke out into cheers. “And here’s another thing I want you to understand: … If they discover life on Mars—if you think a $65 million plane was too much—if they discover that there’s life on Mars, they’re going to need to hear the gospel and I’m going have to believe God for a billion dollar space shuttle because we got to preach the gospel on Mars.”
Dollar urged those gathered to likewise “dream big.”
“I dare you to tell me I can’t dream. I dare you to tell me that I can’t believe God,” he said. “Dream on, baby. Don’t dream on what you can have, dream about what the devil says you can’t have. Dream for the best. Dream for the best healing. Dream for the best deliverance. Dream for the best house. Dream for the best car. Just ’cause the world don’t have it, doesn’t mean you can’t have it.”
Dollar, who has drawn criticism for years over his prosperity preaching and video clips showing the televangelist dancing in tithes with “money cometh” preacher Leroy Thompson, told his congregation that he believes God is on his side and that the effort is therefore unstoppable.
“You cannot stop and you cannot curse what God has blessed,” he asserted. “Half the people that are commenting on the Internet don’t even know me. They don’t know this ministry. They don’t know what we do. That’s why they ask the question, ‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ If you knew what we did then you wouldn’t ask that question. But you don’t know what we do.”
“The early Church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the Church is married to prosperity, personality and popularity,” the late preacher Leonard Ravenhill once stated.



PAYPAL'S INSANITY ON DISPLAY: ABSOLUTE OWNERSHIP OF USERS MATERIAL AND BRAIN CHIPS IN THE BACK OF YOUR SKULL

PAYPAL'S INSANITY ON DISPLAY: 
ABSOLUTE OWNERSHIP OF USERS MATERIAL AND BRAIN CHIPS 
IN THE BACK OF YOUR SKULL
by Paul Joseph Watson
SEE: http://www.infowars.com/paypal-asserts-copyright-ownership-over-all-intellectual-property-of-its-users/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

In an alarming new update to its user agreement released this week, PayPal has announced that it will assert copyright ownership over all intellectual property of anyone who uses its payment services.
The update comes in the aftermath of the announcement that eBay and PayPal will split apart into two separate companies.
Under the heading “Intellectual Property,” PayPal announces that it is introducing a new paragraph to its agreement, effective July 1, 2015, that will allow the company to “use content that you post for publication using the Services”.
“When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”
PayPal users reacted to the terms of agreement update by expressing their shock and confusion.
“Wow! Does this mean that anything I might funnel through Paypal will belong to them, and that they can do what they like with it, without consultation, interference or redress?” asked one respondent. “So, for example, my business website: they could override my copyright if I channel it through them in any of their services?”
“This paragraph really made my hair stand on end,” remarked another Paypal user. “I hope someone better qualified than myself will be along to reassure us soon. Alas, PayPal is a necessary evil in order to do business online but, boy, they do take liberties from their position of power.”
In 2012, some Facebook users began posting status updates asserting that they maintained copyright ownership of the content they posted on the social media network in the mistaken belief that Facebook had claimed permanent ownership of all intellectual property posted on their website.
In reality, Facebook’s own terms stated, “You retain the copyright to your content. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content.”
However, the Paypal update, which copyright lawyers have yet to weigh in on, appears to be a lot more draconian and is sure to cause controversy.
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Paypal Assert Copyright Ownership
Of All Intellectual Property


JONATHAN LEBLANC OF PAYPAL


Paypal Wants Brain Chips to Replace Passwords:
Published on Apr 20, 2015
Paypal's 'Global Head of Developer Evangelism' Jonathan LeBlanc is pushing implantable brain chips as a replacement for passwords, but insists that such technology must be made to fit inside "cultural norms" before it is accepted by the general public. 



Thursday, April 23, 2015

MARINES CONDUCT RIOT CONTROL DRILL IN VIRGINIA~DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MADE PROFESSIONAL VIDEO TO PRODUCE PUBLIC FEAR



MARINES CONDUCT RIOT CONTROL DRILL IN VIRGINIA
Troops repel angry protesters with pepper spray & rifles
Published on Apr 22, 2015
YORKTOWN | We just received a tip about an Operational Readiness Exercise conducted at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown Virginia. Marines training for riot control.

Per the usual the exercise was given the cover story of overseas preparation. Sgt. Andrew S. Wilbur, a non-lethal weapons instructor said of a similar exercise “Consider they are hypothetically operating within an EMBASSY."

However, As we've been following for weeks, public concerns are running high amidst the recent ft Lauderdale FEMA Camp Roundup drills, and the Ontario California martial law train.

Participants in This latest training exercise were the Bravo Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company.

Oddly the high production footage you're seeing right now is directly from the Department of Defense. As a professional news package intended for the public to see.

This has a twofold effect. First. The Marines are training for riot and crowd control on American soil where tea partiers and Constitutionalists are constantly demonized by politicians and the media. In the event of civil unrest these same Marines could deploy this training upon Americans.

Second. The media production aspect of this is chilling because it shows they are doing this in full public view. They want this to be seen. Because they want the public to accept Marines not police conducting riot control during the coming martial law and societal breakdown.

While training is a common part of military life these tactics a suspect in context of other reports we've done here at the next News Network. Please review our previous reports to gain the full perspective.

And most importantly. Please be prepared for the unknown days that lie ahead.

For the next News Network, I'm Gary Franchi. 

STARTLING VIDEO:
SEE: 
EXCERPT:
Video footage has emerged of Marines conducting riot control exercises at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Virginia during which angry protesters are kept at bay by armed troops.
The Marines, “Conducted an operational readiness exercise, which evaluates the team’s ability to perform riot control,” according to a description which accompanies the video. “The ORE determines of the marines are ready to take their final step in pre-deployment training. After completing and meeting the requirements of the ORE evaluation the Marines will go to Quantico, Virginia for their final phase of pre-deployment training.”
However, the video, which shows Marines taking on irate demonstrators with pepper spray, batons and rifles, will only serve to heighten concerns that the U.S. Army and the federal government are preparing for more civil unrest in America in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots.
The fact that the training exercise has been presented for the consumption of the American public also raises questions as to its intended purpose.
In anticipation of Jade Helm, a nationwide military exercise set to begin in July during which troops will operate undercover amongst local populations, there have been numerous instances of troops and National Guard conducting martial law-style drills.
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Citizens Fear Jade Helm15 Is Out Of Control:
Published on Apr 24, 2015
The citizens of Bastrop TX are looking at backing out as a host city for the Jade Helm 15 Training Operation.
Host Rob Dew talks with Ret Staff Sgt Joe Biggs about this, the newly releases Marine training video, the WalMart Deathcamp conspiracy and new updates from FEMA.

http://www.infowars.com/bastrop-count...

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/lo...

https://fema.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewD...





GOOGLE & PAYPAL WANT "BRAIN CHIPS" INSTEAD OF PASSWORDS~TRACKING EVERY MOVE, THOUGHT, DESIRE~WHY DON'T YOU THINK THAT'S COOL?


“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – 
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
ERIC SCHMIDT OF GOOGLE


GOOGLE DEVELOPING 
“TRUTH-SEEKING ALGORITHM” 
(Friday Church News Notes, April 24, 2015, www.wayoflife.orgfbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “The ‘all-knowing’ Google now the discerner of truth?” OneNewsNow.com, Mar. 27, 2015: “With billions depending on the world’s iconic search engine for virtually every tidbit of information under the sun, Google is looking to take it one step further with its new ‘truth-seeking algorithm’ that will rank sites by what it considers to be truth. Many are concerned with the massive Internet information storehouse’s newest endeavor, especially with the left-leaning political bent it has demonstrated over the years. ... The significant alterations Google is making to its ‘PageRank’ project are geared to make it the ultimate assessor of truth around the globe. It will reportedly be changing over from its current system that ranks all pages according to search results, which are derived from the number of other websites that are linked to the particular page. ‘Google has come up with a new truth-seeking algorithm [that] draws on Google’s Knowledge Vault--a collection of 2.8 billion facts [sic] drawn from the Internet,’ reports CNN Money. ... ‘By checking pages against that database, and cross-referencing related facts, the research team believes the algorithm could assign each page a truth score. Pages with a high proportion of false claims would be bumped down in the search results.’ ... ‘This is potentially very dangerous,’ Media Research Center vice president of business and culture Dan Gainor expressed to LifeSiteNews. ‘I know right now Google is just studying this idea, but the power Google has to impact results and determine what it considers to be absolute truth is 1984-ish.’ ... ‘In the first place, Google has a history of supporting the redefinition of marriage and the erosion of the traditional family,’ LifeSiteNews points out. ‘The tech giant came out against the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011 and, the following year, launched an international campaign to spread a homosexual agenda in countries it deemed “homophobic,” including Poland and Singapore.’ Showing many that Google’s truth will be geared toward its own political worldview, it has also been noted that the California-based technology giant is anything but a neutral bystander when it comes to the most heated social issues of our time.”

GOOGLE: THE EVIL EMPIRE 
FUNDED BY GOVERNMENT
KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU ALREADY
Published on Apr 23, 2015
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had AT&T (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all. http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology...





PAYPAL ASSERTS COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP OVER ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF ITS USERS

Payment processor announces alarming update 
to terms of agreement
SEE: http://www.infowars.com/paypal-asserts-copyright-ownership-over-all-intellectual-property-of-its-users/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

In an alarming new update to its user agreement released this week, PayPal has announced that it will assert copyright ownership over all intellectual property of anyone who uses its payment services.
The update comes in the aftermath of the announcement that eBay and PayPal will split apart into two separate companies.
Under the heading “Intellectual Property,” PayPal announces that it is introducing a new paragraph to its agreement, effective July 1, 2015, that will allow the company to “use content that you post for publication using the Services”.
“When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”
PayPal users reacted to the terms of agreement update by expressing their shock and confusion.
“Wow! Does this mean that anything I might funnel through Paypal will belong to them, and that they can do what they like with it, without consultation, interference or redress?” asked one respondent. “So, for example, my business website: they could override my copyright if I channel it through them in any of their services?”
“This paragraph really made my hair stand on end,” remarked another Paypal user. “I hope someone better qualified than myself will be along to reassure us soon. Alas, PayPal is a necessary evil in order to do business online but, boy, they do take liberties from their position of power.”
In 2012, some Facebook users began posting status updates asserting that they maintained copyright ownership of the content they posted on the social media network in the mistaken belief that Facebook had claimed permanent ownership of all intellectual property posted on their website.
In reality, Facebook’s own terms stated, “You retain the copyright to your content. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content.”
However, the Paypal update, which copyright lawyers have yet to weigh in on, appears to be a lot more draconian and is sure to cause controversy.

Paypal Wants Brain Chips to Replace Passwords
Published on Apr 20, 2015
Paypal's 'Global Head of Developer Evangelism' Jonathan LeBlanc is pushing implantable brain chips as a replacement for passwords, but insists that such technology must be made to fit inside "cultural norms" before it is accepted by the general public. 






"DEATH WISH"?-JEB BUSH & HILLARY CLINTON; THE WORST OF EVILS FOR AMERICA

Jeb And Hillary: The Worst Of Evils

BY CHUCK BALDWIN
SEE: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3311/Jeb-And-Hillary-The-Worst-Of-Evils.aspx; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

Does anyone in the country want to see another Bush vs. Clinton presidential race? If they do, they have a death wish for America.

It is not uncommon these days to hear people refer to Jeb and Hillary as the “royals.” And, while I’m glad that a lot of people seem to have a natural revulsion to having another Bush or Clinton in the White House, the fact is, the Bushes and Clintons are not two “royals.” They are one CRIME FAMILY.

One of the greatest hoaxes of modern times was the façade that the Bush and Clinton families were political adversaries, when the truth is, they have all been “best buds” for most (if not all) of their political careers. For anyone who wants to research the veracity of what I am saying (with an honest and open mind), it will take almost no time to be convinced. The recent reports about foreign influence and money that have poured into the Clinton coffers are nothing new and are just the tip of the iceberg.

While there is no way that we can know the totality of all that this international Crime Family is guilty of, there is enough evidence and eyewitness testimony out there to convince even the most stubborn skeptic that these people are among the most despicable trolls in the world. If we had a semblance of a free and independent national news media, the Bushes and Clintons would have already been exposed as the miscreants they are and would be serving life sentences in prison--which is where they all belong. (Of course, that could be said for a bunch of those criminals in Washington, D.C.)

We hear much talk about the “lesser of two evils.” Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are the worst of evils. Both of these people are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the international elite who are hell-bent on destroying capitalism, free enterprise, constitutional government, and yes, the sovereignty and independence of the United States. There is no substantial difference between them. They may have two different last names, and claim to represent two different political parties and ideologies, but, again, they are members of the same cabal of international gangsters. And between the two, Jeb is probably more dangerous.

Despite the best attempts by the propaganda press to keep Hillary’s crimes under wraps, the skeletons are starting to fall out of the closet. It will be virtually impossible to keep them from developing into full-fledged scandals in forthcoming months. Hillary is damaged goods. In fact, Hillary is NOT even electable. I repeat: Hillary is NOT electable. The only way that Hillary will even obtain the Democratic nomination is if the power elite want to offer her up as a political sacrifice so Jeb (or another controlled Republican) can be the next President. The fact that New York newspapers are already breaking the foreign-cash scandal against Hillary is illustrative of what I’m saying. But if it looks like they cannot cram Jeb Bush down the throat of the Republican Party, and there is too much popular resistance to Bush, they might decide to let so many skeletons out of the closet that Hillary would not be able to even win the nomination.

As for Jeb Bush, he is the quintessential neocon: he loves Big Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and, especially, Big Banks and the Federal Reserve. He loves perpetual war; he loves the military-industrial complex; he loves open borders; he loves the DHS, the Patriot Act, and a domestic Police State. And Jeb Bush knows where the bodies are buried. He knows virtually every skeleton in every closet in Washington, D.C.--and in foreign capitals.

Jeb and his fellow globalist robot, Benjamin Netanyahu, are international gangsters of the highest (or lowest, depending on how one looks at it) order. With the two of them in power at the same time, WATCH OUT! The Warfare State and Police State would grow exponentially. War in the Middle East would become as hot as hot can be. Jeb and Bibi would take the world to the precipice of, or into, World War III.

Skull & Bones, the Rothschilds, Bohemian Grove, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergs: Jeb is in the shadow of all of it. Jeb Bush is the Darth Vader of 2016. And with virtually unlimited money and a questionable voting system--not to mention the support of virtually the entire international banking system, military-industrial system, and corrupt foreign leaders in his pocket--he is going to be a most formidable candidate. The media is already skewing poll numbers to make it appear that Jeb Bush is popular with grassroots Republicans. Media manipulation of opinion in favor of Bush has only begun. It will proliferate tremendously in the months to come.

If Jeb Bush is elected President of the United States, he will make Barack Obama's terms in office look downright benign by comparison.

However, the global elite do not always get their way. Jeb’s nomination is far from locked up. He is almost universally despised among grassroots conservatives. They know he is a Big Government neocon. His support for Obama’s executive amnesty for illegals, his support for Common Core, his support for Loretta Lynch, his infatuation with Lyndon Johnson, etc., have raised major red flags with genuine conservatives. It is yet to be seen if GOP grassroots conservatives can rise up against Bush in sufficient numbers to derail his candidacy--but they might.

Of course, the second scenario is that the power elite might use Bush as a smokescreen to pave the way for someone equally controlled. The field of GOP contenders is littered with neocons: Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Bob Sasse, etc. (Forget about Mike Pence; he killed any presidential aspirations he may have had with his embarrassing flip flop over the religious freedom issue in his home State of Indiana.) If conservatives derail Jeb Bush in the primaries--and if the media keeps Hillary Clinton in the race--you can know that this second scenario is the one the elites are using.

Again, if the elites plan on a Democrat taking the White House next year, they will remove Hillary from the race. Otherwise, they plan to play the same old “throw-the-bums-out” game and replace a controlled establishment Democrat with a controlled establishment Republican in 2016. In like manner, they replaced a controlled establishment Republican with a controlled establishment Democrat in 2008. In that race, John McCain was the sacrificial lamb. If this is the same game plan for 2016, Hillary Clinton will be the sacrificial lamb. This two party charade has been going on forever. One would think that sooner or later the American people would catch on; but they seem to never do.

Thus far, the only two Republican candidates who are outside the blessing of the global elite are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. So, you can mark this down and take it to the bank: the Republican establishment and propaganda media will do everything in their power (which is substantial) to make sure that neither of these men obtain the nomination.

I have written preliminary reviews of both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

My review of Ted Cruz is here:


My review of Rand Paul is here:


Without a doubt, New World Order globalists have been active in many presidential administrations, beginning with the man who started it all: Abraham Lincoln. Of course, some administrations have been worse than others: Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, for example. But in the modern era, George H.W. Bush introduced America to the neocon agenda--complete with perpetual war and a burgeoning Police State. And every single presidential administration since Bush I (Clinton, Bush II, and Obama) has merely continued and escalated this agenda. For all intents and purposes, America has had only one continuous presidential administration since Bush I. And the globalists will do their very best to insure that this agenda continues unabated into the next presidential administration, be it Republican or Democrat.

But Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton represent the very pinnacle of the ideal globalist-controlled candidate. If you value your liberties at all, you better pray to God that neither of these people is elected President next year. As I said, anyone who would want to see a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton presidential race in 2016 has a death wish for America.
 

COLLECTIVIST POPE FRANCIS TO HOST CLIMATE CONFERENCE

Vatican To Host Major Climate Conference

SEE: http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/20690-vatican-to-host-major-climate-conference; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

Pope Francis is convening a landmark climate change conference April 28 in Vatican City. Entitled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development," the meeting will feature an opening address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (shown with the pope in 2013) as well as statements and panel discussions involving 60 world religious leaders and scientists. The day-long event is sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Religions for Peace, a non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered at the United Nations in New York City.
Bishop Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, told the Catholic aid agency CAFOD that the pope hopes to influence the UN's climate change talks scheduled to begin this November in Paris. "The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion," Sorondo explained.
Apparently, social exclusion ceases to be a tragedy when applied to the tens of thousands of prestigious scientists worldwide who reject the notion that humans are disrupting Earth's climate and destroying the global environment. None of them are slated for the pope's conference. Instead, the speakers list is limited to eco-cheerleaders such as American economist Jeffrey Sachs, who directs the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and University of California professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, who has called global warming "the most important environmental issue facing the world today."
So it should be fairly easy for Francis to influence climate alarmists in Paris next fall. According to the Vatican announcement, however, there is much more at stake.
The goal of this summit is to raise awareness and build a consensus that the values of sustainable development cohere with values of the leading religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable; to elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.
At the conclusion of the conference, attendees plan to issue a joint statement regarding mankind's supposed moral obligation to environmentalism.
The much-anticipated papal encyclical referred to in the announcement will be the second of Francis' papacy and his first on the environment. He has been planning it for more than a year, and judging from the pope's track record, it promises to raise environmentalism to the realm of moral virtue. Last July he told an audience at the Italian university of Molise, "This is our sin: exploiting the Earth," while in November 2013, he published an apostolic exhortation that an economy based on such exploitation violates the fifth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." One wonders if the pontiff will soon require his flock to confess sins like climate change denial, failure to recycle, or opting for an SUV over a Prius. For a man who has declared himself unfit to judge the moral standing of sodomites, is it not ironic that he deems himself the arbiter of your carbon footprint?
Yet while some call Pope Francis' environmentalism radical, it was actually his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who earned the appellation "The Green Pope," driving around in an electric Popemobile and earning the 2008 Euro Solar Prize for blanketing the Vatican in solar panels. However, environmentalism was just one item on the previous pontiff's leftist agenda. He published a 2009 encyclical which calls for a reform and integration of the United Nations and international financial institutions so they could "acquire real teeth," to "manage the global economy," to "bring about integral and timely disarmament," and to "guarantee the protection of the environment," among a long list of other collectivist goals. "For all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago," Benedict wrote.
Quite some years ago, in fact. Pope John XXIII reigned from 1958 until his death in 1963. His successor, Paul VI (1963-1978), also called for "the construction of a new world order" that would enjoy "ever growing authority," in his 1967 encyclical Populorum Progressio. "New world order" became the catchphrase of the more than quarter-century reign of the next pope, John Paul II.
Advancing left-wing ideology under the guise of Catholic theology has apparently been the Vatican vogue for nearly 60 years, and like his predecessors, Pope Francis hasn't limited his collectivist rhetoric to the environment. From denouncing free-market capitalism to calling for a one world religion and social justice by means of intrusive government expansion, Francis is doing much to merit the title "New World Pope" that Time magazine bestowed on him in 2013.
Meanwhile the pope's environmental campaign is causing some to question his church's status in relation to the United Nations. "Is the Church becoming an NGO under Pope Francis?" asks Christopher Ferrara, president of the American Catholic Lawyers Association. Writing for Fatima Perspectives, he pointed out that Francis made the distinction during a recent press conference that "when a part of the Church becomes worldly, it becomes an NGO and ceases to be the Church." Ferrara explains:
The protection of the environment from abuse by industry and others who would exploit it without regard to the common good is a legitimate role of government, subject to what [Pope] Pius XI called the principle of subsidiary function – that the lowest possible level of government should address government's legitimate concerns. That is the business of government, however, not the Church.
Ferrara says Francis' green agenda makes it appear to the world that the Catholic Church "cares more about saving the rain forests than it does about saving souls."