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Book Review: False Dawn
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"In False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion ($27.95 from Sophia Perennis, P.O. Box 611, Hillsdale, NY, 12529), Lee Penn provides the definitive catalogue of the background, the theoreticians, the funders, drivers, and promoters of the United Religions Initiative which, regretfully, has the support of many Catholics, including high-ranking prelates, Catholic religious orders and institutions, the world's leading "philanthropists," such as George Soros and Maurice Strong, the big foundations and, naturally, the U.S. Government.
"In fact, in a startling departure from the Clinton Administration, the Bush Administration has supported the URI with taxpayer funds and moral endorsements.
"In the foreword, journalist and novelist Mark Christensen observes:
"... A one-world religion is only the latest, and certainly the greatest, example of this corruption of faith. In the new global village of Gorbachev and Soros, there would be only one chapel— an 'interfaith temple' where worshipers would take spiritual direction from a new, alloyed sacred text. Such a 'Scripture' would, presumably, combine all the best aspects of the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, and the wisdom of the East. In the broadest sense, False Dawn speaks to the worst aspect of the communications age: the destruction of all cultures through homogenization. We live in a time that may soon see kids in Modesto, California and kids in Calcutta, India, all wearing the same clothes, playing the same sports, watching the same movies, and even using the same slang. In this same vein, we can see a world approaching in which these children all come together to worship some great amalgamated 'savior.'
"Notwithstanding the tortuous compromises of faith that would be required, the idea that one could create a single, superior global spirituality makes no more sense than the notion of making a 'perfect automobile' by combining the best parts from a Mercedes, a Cadillac, a Ferrari, and a Rolls-Royce. In either case, the result would be a jalopy that goes nowhere. However, to understand why so many powerful world leaders, from the political left and right alike, feel that a one-world religion is a world-saving panacea, you will have to take up False Dawn. ..."
"To start with the first most interesting fact about this book, it is published by a Muslim publishing house, Sophia Perennis, because the founder of the firm, Charles Upton, understands how "Anti-Tradition" forces in the occult underworld of Theosophists arid spiritualists, dating back to Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey, are preparing the world for the arrival of the Antichrist.
The URI was founded by San Francisco's Episcopal Bishop William Swing in 1995 in order to promote "enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, ending religiously motivated violence and creating cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings." Endorsed and supported by such powerhouse organizations as the State of the World Forum, the World Economic Forum (think Bill Gates and 800 of the world's leading business chairmen and CEOs, and 1,400 other "world leaders") and the Earth Charter movement, the URI now has some 26,000 activists working in 56 countries "with backing from prominent foundations and from Federal officials ", writes Penn.
“Associated with the URI,” writes Penn, “are various organizations and movements that propose construction of a New World Order, in which global governance and globalized economics will supersede the national regimes and traditional societies that we have hitherto known. There are left-wing and right-wing factions .among the globalists, but they agree that the Old World Order — including the sovereign nation-state and traditional religions — must go. To that end, some left-wing globalists (George Soros, among others) and. some right-wing globalists (President George W. Bush, the U.S. State Department, and the Rev. Moon's Unification Church, among others) have supported URI.
"To a significant extent. New Age spirituality informs the leftist supporters of the New World Order. Prominent supporters of the URI and of globalism include Robert Muller, a former UN assistant secretary-general, the best-selling metaphysical author Neale Donald Walsch, and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. These New Age authors have drawn inspiration from Theosophy, an occult spiritual movement that took its current form in 1875 with the founding of the Theosophical Society in New York City by Helena Blavatsky. The Lucis Trust (disciples of Alice A. Bailey, a Theosophist writer of the mid-20th century) and other Theosophists and occultists are on the record as supporters of the URI.
"The writings of Blavatsky, Bailey, Muller, Marx Hubbard, and Walsch are a comprehensive anti-Gospel, setting forth a vision of spiritualized totalitarianism, moral chaos, and a politically-correct form of Social Darwinism. These authors' teachings, repeated within their lengthy, sleep-inducing books, include the following:
• Praise for Lucifer, the light-bearer and giver of Wisdom .... For these New Age theorists,
the Fall was really mankind's Ascent into knowledge and freedom. .
• Proclaiming that we humans are gods, and that death is not real.
• Advocacy for population control — especially for the poor in the West and for the
• Support for eugenics and euthanasia.
• Contempt for traditional religions — with concentrated scorn directed at Judaism,
evangelical Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism.”
• Support for a new world order, a spiritualized form of Communism in which everyone will
• Acceptance of war and atomic weapons as instruments of human evolution...."
Each of these points are elaborated upon fully by Dr. Penn, and supported by thousands of footnotes.
"As one would expect from a genuine
Catholic, Dr. Penn supports his critique of the URI with warnings from Popes
from Pius X to John Paul II the latter of whom warned, in a famous
"We are now standing in the face of the
greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think
that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian
realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the
Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This
confrontation lies within the plans of divine
John Paul II was reaffirming what Pius XII warned in a 1951 encyclical on Catholic missions:
"Venerable Brethren: you are well aware that almost the whole human race is today allowing itself to be driven into two opposing camps, for Christ or against Christ. The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its dire destruction."
"Most Catholics, especially in the United States, are totally, completely, absolutely, in the dark about this cosmic struggle."
Wanderer, Vol. 138, No. 27,
Footnote: After the Indonesian Tsunami, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush went on a "world tour" to raise funds for the survivors. After the tour was completed, Bill Clinton was quoted on television as saying: " I believe that world peace will only come through religion." Two known facts about the two men are that Bill Clinton is a contender for the Secretary General of the United Nations post and George H.W. Bush has no formal affiliation to organized religion and is a supporter of the New World Order concept. (HHC Website)