This article, noted for blatant McCarthyism, allegedly ties the anti-ICLEI fight to the (GASP!) John Birch Society!
The council paid the bill, but the protest did not happen by accident. In the last couple of years, the John Birch Society has ramped up its work in Montana, and it has found a receptive audience for its platform, including opposition to ICLEI, said society spokesman Bill Hahn. The society does not disclose membership numbers, but the Montana field director said “it’s definitely growing.”
According to its website, the John Birch Society aims “to bring about less government, more responsibility, and – with God’s help – a better world by providing leadership, education, and organized volunteer action in accordance with moral and Constitutional principles.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which fights racial injustice and monitors hate groups, considers the John Birch Society an anti-government “patriot” group.
The Montana Human Rights Network has been tracking the activity of the John Birch Society and its interactions with the tea party in Montana the last year and a half, said McAdam.
When the ICLEI membership raised concern in council chambers, the Human Rights Network linked the outcry to the John Birch Society and a fall speaking tour in Montana by Tom DeWeese, a leading critic of Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 is a United Nations roadmap of sorts to sustainability, but its detractors see sustainability as a trap of “radical environmentalists” and a threat to private property rights.
Globally, many cities already are responding to climate change.
Increasingly, they are acting in concert and learning from one another, regionally, and through national and international networks such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments, the EU’s Covenant of Mayors, and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. (emphasis added)
What’s wrong with that? Nothing in theory but American cities cannot enter into a league with these international agencies and organizations.
ICLEI has political goals:
7) Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being. This means ABORTION!
(9) Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
This means statist and socialistic solutions to poverty not free-market ones
(10) Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
More share the wealth nonsense
(11) Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
This is the political heresy that health care is a “right” and the people have a “right” to economic outcomes that the left conjures up regularly.
(12) Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
(13) Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
(14) Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
Propaganda and indoctrination – especially our kids!
And it supports globalist treaties that undermine pro-life goals or parental rights:
Governments are urged to ratify all relevant conventions pertaining to women if they have not already done so. Those that have ratified conventions should enforce and establish legal, constitutional and administrative procedures to transform agreed rights into domestic legislation and should adopt measures to implement them in order to strengthen the legal capacity of women for full and equal participation in issues and decisions on sustainable development. (Agenda 21, section 24.4)
Governments should take active steps to: * * * (b) Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, annex), at the earliest moment and implement it by addressing the basic needs of youth and children; (Agenda 21, section 25.13[a])
So, it might be bad to be a John Bircher (I am not endorsing the JBS) but it is certainly UNCONSTITUTIONAL for a city to be a member of ICLEI! The citizens of Missoula need to be better served on this issue than this sort of article.