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Tennessee House Falls Victim to ‘Agenda 21′ Conspiracy Theory

By Marilyn Elias on March 14, 2012 - 5:31 pm, Posted in New World Order

Editor’s Note: The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the resolution condemning Agenda 21 by a vote of 72-23 on March 15.

In a new sign of antigovernment extremism creeping into the political mainstream, the Tennessee House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a resolution condemning Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan for sustainable development.

In the world of far-right extremists, Agenda 21 is demonized as a sort of Trojan horse, part of a larger scheme to shatter Americans’ liberties and institute a totalitarian, one-world government known typically as the “New World Order.”

Of course, this bears no relation to the facts. Actually, the U.N. agreement is a rather benign, non-binding plan calling for governments to develop plans to meet current needs for natural resources without threatening the survival of future generations. It was adopted by 178 governments, including the U.S. under President George H.W. Bush, 20 years ago at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

But to the John Birch Society (JBS), one of the main groups promoting the conspiracy theory about Agenda 21, it represents the end of America as we know it. This is the same group, of course, that claimed President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a secret communist.

In a big win for this big lie, the Republican National Committee (RNC) in January passed a resolution condemning Agenda 21 and calling for policymakers to be made aware of its “destructive strategies for ‘sustainable development.’” The RNC voted to give copies of its resolution to all Republican members of Congress as well as to the party’s presidential and congressional candidates. It also recommended that the anti-Agenda 21 policy be adopted in the party platform at the 2012 convention.

The Tennessee legislative proposal follows similar resolutions passed in New Jersey and North Carolina counties earlier this year.

“Is it a Communist plot to tell a landowner he can’t put a smelting plant in a residential neighborhood?” mused Bill Williams, 77, editor emeritus of The Post-Intelligencer of Paris, Tenn., in an editorial critical of the resolution last week. “Yet accusations of a U.N. plot have risen over non-partisan efforts in this state to set aside natural areas or to establish land trusts to protect areas that have scenic, historical or cultural significance.”

Parts of the state resolution are taken word-for-word from model legislation produced by JBS, he noted.

Joe McCarthy, “the senator who saw a Communist plot behind every door, could well be the guardian angel” of the legislative move “to label environmental planning as a scheme to take away citizens’ property rights,” Williams wrote.

In an interview with Hatewatch, Williams said the Tennessee legislature has taken a more conservative tack in recent years.

“It’s a ridiculous measure, but it’s looking like they are at least half-way serious about it,” he told Hatewatch. “I’m afraid it has a good chance of passing.”

The JBS website is chock full of information promoting its “Stop Agenda 21” project. It pushes a new “action kit” that can be used for organizing against Agenda 21. It also gives news about scheduled lectures and seminars, some of which are sponsored by Tea Party groups. In addition, the site boasts of a recent alleged blizzard of local government withdrawals  from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, a group that claims more than 1,200 local government members from 70 nations. It is committed to sustainable development and provides technical consulting and training for members.

Among the antigovernment extremists who have presented frequent seminars around the country or latched onto anti-Agenda 21 propaganda to advance their causes are Tom DeWeese, head of the American Policy Center and creator of the new “action kit” at the JBS website; Phyllis Schlafly, a pioneering, virulently anti-feminist organizer and founder of the Eagle Forum; the Oath Keepers, a “Patriot” organization that encourages police officers and soldiers to disobey orders they believe are unconstitutional; and the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization that promotes a second Southern secession.

  • Lou

    The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the resolution condemning Agenda 21 by a vote of 72-23 on March 15. (2012) see: blog/ 2012/ 03/ 14/ tennessee-house-falls-victim-to-agenda-21-conspiracy-theory/

    this site says agenda 21/smart growth now illegal in TN. urban-design/ sustainable-development-smart-growth-and-agenda-21-now-illegal-tennes see.html

    Can someone please verify. Has this actually become a true law that agenda21 is now illegal in TN. I cannot seem to find the actual law.
    Did it pass – is this a true law now?

    Thanks so much.

  • frank59

    Let me get this right, a large percentage of the world is still run by tyrannical governments, the greater part of history the world was run by tyrannical governments, the US won its freedom from a tyrannical government and there’s proof the the US has implemented at lest parts of agenda 21, they’ve infringed on basically all of our rights.
    But you say our government would never do that. Really!? I mean really! Naive people.

  • Joshua

    Got a letter in the mail thanking for my contribution today.

    Please have a look at this:


  • cdmsr

    Captain Slappy, meet Real Man. Real Man, Captain Slappy.

  • Jesse

    Captain Slappy.
    Thank You.
    and for most everyone else.

    I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers, – Kahlil Gibran

  • Real Man

    Wow, the Koo laid is flowing to all the sheeple. This is a great day for Tennessee I probably would move there except for the TSA roadblocks.The SPLC is and has been known to be a propaganda rag. The funny thing is still retarded people still believe in global warming… I mean cooling …. I mean climate change. Of course there is climate change. But what about the real game changers in the climate such as War, ( DU weapons & bombs) launching rockets (punching holes in the atmosphere with a big burning trail) Government officials flying all over the world ( shopping vacation ect.) I do own land by water and are dealing with this crap. I am the steward of my land and will CONTROL my land and water the way I choose! Don’t be a dumb arse. I do respect nature,neighbors and are way more capable of taking care of my land to ensure my families survival. ( Don’t crap where you eat.) I have declared my property an agenda 21 & U.N. Free zone under rule of ownership only ruled by Natural law. Thanks for this article as it is waking up people to your real agenda…21.

  • Angela

    The “Patriots” are hitting commissioners in Florida now.

  • Reynardine

    Dr. MJG: Try LSD. Enough of that, and you might see some sense in Slappy’s peroration, whether there is any or not.

  • DrMJG

    WOW! Even after a large scotch and soda I have NO idea what Captain Slappy said!

  • Josh

    I’ll admit, I’m somewhat confused about the backlash towards Agenda 21. It’s a non-binding resolution towards sustainable development. Why is that controversial? We cannot continue to grow and expand as a species without some sort of guidelines to prevent us from inadvertently destroying ourselves. There’s no loss of liberty or infringement of human rights involved.

  • CalperniaUSA

    >>>>Editor’s Note: The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the resolution condemning Agenda 21 by a vote of 72-23 on March 15.

    Maybe that should tell you that more people don’t understand what Agenda 21 is than ‘extremists’. I am glad you included a definition of what Agenda 21 is in your article. But you may sell that definition more if you edit the stereotype of it being an extremist’s theory. Granted, the theory may have been born out of an extremist group. I don’t know, just giving you that. But if I knew I would be labeled an extremist for not understanding something, I would be less apt to ask a question or believe the answer from a source calling me an extremist.