Marines raising a 
flag over a church

USAID AND WORLD BANK UNITE CHURCH AND STATE

Government Money Silences the Church
While Turning it Into a Partner in Crime

    By a little known alliance established between major religious organizations in America and the United States government, the longstanding wall of separation between church and state has been effectively torn down. It appears that the Seventh-Day Adventists, the Catholics and Jewish organizations have been the major profiteers from their league with the government, yet this league also involves most other religious bodies as well. This unseemly union has been formed under the guise of humanitarianism, but there is a larger agenda than appears on the surface. The issues involved here compromise the mandate of both church and state.

    The partnership incorporates the churches with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a federal government agency that conducts foreign aid to advance the political and economic interests of the United States. Its stated function is to disburse foreign aid to the developing countries of the world. To phrase it as the Federal Highway Administration does, "this is your tax dollars at work;" your tax dollars are indeed at work here, but whose interests are they working to advance and whose hands are being stained with complicity and duplicity in promoting USAID's agenda?

USAID AND THEIR OTHER PARTNERS

    According to a Los Angeles Times article, USAID relies on a host of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) to achieve its goal of advancing the United States' foreign policy. "For generations, the U.S. government has worked to foster America's image as benevolent benefactor to the world's needy. Most people do not realize, however, that this often amounts to goodwill by proxy. (US)AID has come to rely more heavily than ever on a network of 417 private groups, sharing an annual pot of $1.4 billion. [1]

    As incongruous as it may seem, some of the largest recipients of USAID funds--United States tax dollars--go to religious organizations. According to the L.A. Times report, the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) church through its Adventist Development and Relief Agency Inc. (ADRA) "was given more direct U.S. funding than all but three organizations out of more than 400 federal program participants. The Adventists [ADRA] received $85 million in federal cash, food and freight, plus tens of millions more from other nations and donors during the last two years for which reports were available." [2]

    According to a USAID annual report, the Adventists are joined by the Catholics, Lutherans, Mennonites, Nazarenes, Salvation Army, United Methodists, Jewish organizations and others. These churches gather in almost ecumenical-like fashion for their allotment of federal tax money.

    The Times report calls the Adventist partnership with the government "ironic," saying the church founders equated the United States government with the biblical "beast." "Now, says Queens College sociologist Ronald Lawson, an Adventist, the church has become "an arm of American foreign policy." [3] Equally ironic is the church's announcement that ADRA's "educational" program "Global Village" is operated in partnership with the World Bank.

    Realizing that USAID uses these funds for the advancement of U.S. political and economic interests, it would be well to examine one of the major objects of its current focus. Central to U.S policy for the past eight years has been the Iraqi sanctions. According to human rights groups, the principal casualty of this policy is young children under five years of age. The leading cause of death in these children is malnutrition, put more bluntly, starvation.

    About one-and-a-half million people, mainly children, have been killed by the sanctions. That equates to about five percent of the Iraqi pre-sanction population. This is equivalent to about thirteen million dead Americans. Most of the Iraqi people live in poverty and approximately one-fifth are threatened with famine. The per-capita income has fallen from $2900 to the current sub-survival average of $60 per year. Mideast Realities reports that a can of powdered milk costs more than a doctor's monthly wage, a tray of thirty eggs costs more than a university professor's monthly wage.

    Referring to the death and destruction inflicted on the Iraqi people resulting from American foreign policy, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked if the cost in human suffering was worth the gain to the United States. Albright commented, "It's a hard decision, but we think the price is worth it."

    For such atrocities, the Adventists, the Catholics, the Jews and all of the other religious organizations involved with government foreign policy, make themselves responsible for those things government does. Their willing collaboration with the State indicates where their true allegiance lies.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?

    Speaking of the Adventists, one USAID official said, "We have found them to be a good, solid partner." What this statement actually says is, the Adventists and other religious groups have become good, solid partners in the work of moral destruction, tyranny and revolution that is represented in the system now being "lovingly" imposed on the world. The "caring" church participates in the process through its union with international policy.

    USAID forbids proselytizing by the organizations using USAID grant money because the United States and other countries prohibit the use of their funds for religious purposes. The government, however, effectively uses the churches as evangelistic mediums for their brand of religion, crusading for democracy around the globe. Donald Falkenberg, a top official of Global Mission and brother to the SDA church president says ADRA "'is not out there proselytizing,' he acknowledged, however, that the effect has been to heighten the denomination's profile with local residents. Adventist sociologist Lawson said the church's intent perhaps can best be seen in the candor of a relief worker he met in Africa, who confided: 'If I'm going to build a road, I'm going to have it go past an Adventist church.'" [4]

    Discerning USAID's agenda will also reveal the true motivations of many prominent religious organizations whose mission has been coopted to serve another sinister global mission. The omission that proselytizing is not what the churches are doing is ominous considering that proselytizing is the very foundation and mission of the Christian faith. To not proselytize is to acknowledge the power of the state over them since it is the state which commands just how a church now under their financial umbrella must behave and what they must say. They, in fact, proselytize for the U.S. government and the United Nations while being silent in regards to their own faith. This is to what they all agree. If these religious organizations do not do what they agree to, they practice deceit in regards to the federal government for the motivation of attaining money.

Seven headed chinese dragon

WITH WHAT ARE NATIONALIZED "CHRISTIANS" UNITING?

     According to its web site, USAID is actively involved in promoting the interests and goals of the United Nations including:

    USAID administrator J. Brian Atwood addressed the World Affairs Counsel in October 1998. He further clarified the role USAID is playing in the implementation of the globalism's agenda as it is quietly imposed on nation after nation. Atwood stated, "Secretary of State Albright summarized the essence of what we need to be doing: 'In the wake of the Cold War, it is not enough for us to say that Communism has failed...we must heed the lessons of the past, [and] take advantage of the opportunity that now exists to bring the world together in an international system based on democracy, open markets, law and a commitment to peace.'"

THE NEW SYSTEM

    Politicians and bureaucrats are masters in the art of government double speak. Beneath the guise of flowers, their words paint a descriptive picture of their well-matured plans. Ms. Albright and Mr. Atwood speak of an international system based on democracy, open markets and law.

    The democracy of which they speak is more accurately defined as World Social Democracy. This democracy is the rule of the majority who have been manipulated by the media and other propaganda agents to shape and condition the thinking into alignment with the will of these background rulers. In this democracy individual "freedom" is lost in favor of "rights" granted to the individual by the state. All rights originate with the state; and make no mistake, what the state grants, the state can take away. Like prices, rights are subject to change without notice. One select group may have rights that infringe and trample on the rights and freedoms of others. This is allowable in their democracy. Freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion consists in subscribing to the state's views on appropriate speech, thought and religious beliefs. Inalienable rights endowed by the Creator have no place in this new international scheme.

    The open markets of which they speak actually mean the eradication of national sovereignty. It means that a major multinational corporation can move its operation into your city or country without seeking your permission, thereby, destroying local and national enterprise. By merit of their size, they can dominate the economy of a country killing the native economy. It means that no longer can a developing country stand up to outside corporate power which can move in at will, ruin the economy, then threaten to move out if their demands are not met. Ultimately, the corporation rules.

    Open markets leave a country vulnerable to outside takeover and manipulation, which is the primary object of these powerful interests. The World Bank is urging developing countries to liberalize their capital markets, putting developing economies at the mercy of Wall Street speculators.

    An open market system, such as is being called for today by the powerful elite, is a system which tyrannizes the people of the world. It leaves countries open to corporate dominance, to be plundered at will. It is a free system only to the rich and powerful. Commentator Noam Chomsky says, "The whole farce is standard and natural under the rules of 'really existing free market capitalism.' The biggest thug on the block basically does what he likes." [5]

THE WORLD BANK - ANOTHER FACILITATOR OF TYRANNY

    Headquartered amid opulence in Washington D.C., the World Bank works to project a caring image. While their offices in the nation's capital are undergoing a renovation "at a cost of $314 million" [6], the Bank urges austerity measures for the world's poorest people. At the same time, James Wolfensohn, the Bank's president, warns that maldistribution of income threatens global stability, yet "his 74 senior officers each draw a salary of $120,000." [7]

    On a broader scale, the Bank's policy is responsible for widespread destruction both socially and economically throughout the developing world. Through its Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) the Bank manipulates internal policy within a country. With most Third World nations, the Bank's entering wedge is through its offer of loan money for a price. The cost usually comes in the form of concessions which benefit the Bank and its larger interests - consolidating its gains - drawing the state more firmly into their "INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM."

    When countries become overburdened, unable to repay loans to the World Bank, the Bank creatively devises a plan to alleviate the problem - - another loan. Catherine Caufield, author of the 1997 book Masters of Illusion: The World Bank and The Poverty of Nations writes: "The bank called these 'structural adjustment loans,' and conditioned them on the borrowing country agreeing to convert to a free-market economy (defined later as "open market" economy) by adopting reforms covering nearly every aspect of life.

    "The World Bank uses these adjustment loans to 'roll over' the bad debts of borrowing nations--thereby disguising the poor quality of the bank's own lending practices--and to impose its ideology of economic reform on its borrowers.

    "Perversely, under this arrangement in which bad loans are covered up by new ones, the World Bank gains more from failed projects than from successful ones. For as its lending grows, so do its profits, and consequently its power and stature. The more the World Bank lends to a country, the more it can insist on being involved in domestic issues confronting the debt-ridden, supplicant borrower."

    Z Magazine stated in its February 98 issue, "World Bank policies have devastated the Third World. Between 1984 and 1990, developing countries under SAPs transferred $178 billion to Western commercial banks. So enormous was the capital drain from the South that one former Bank director remarked: 'Not since the conquistadors plundered Latin America has the world experienced such a flow in the direction we see today.' By severely restricting government spending...the loan terms of the Bank and the IMF have eviscerated the state...leaving in its wake spiraling poverty and hunger.

    "After twelve years of following World Bank and International Monitory Fund (IMF) - imposed policies, Latin America is going through 'its worst period of social and economic deprivation in half a century.'"

    A case in point is the experience of Peru in 1991. In exchange for $100 million from the United States, Peru put in place the World Bank and IMF's "structural adjustment" policy, opening its markets to United States' agricultural products. "As a result, by 1995 corn cultivation fell tenfold. Under these conditions four million people were pushed into extreme poverty. Consequently, there has been a forced migration of impoverished peasants and urban unemployed." [8] Many have turned to the lucrative cash crop of coca (cocaine) as an alternative to destitution. Corruption flourishes, drug trafficking has ensnared many including political leaders, leading to the overall destabilization of society. A large sector of the economy has been criminalized as a result of these self-serving policies required by the Bank and the IMF. The case of Colombia shows a very similar history to that of Peru, the creation of a drug-driven economy, that "requires" the internal intervention of the U.S.

    Another "revealing example is Haiti. In 1981 a USAID-World Bank development strategy was initiated based on assembly plants and agro-export, shifting land from food for local consumption. USAID forecast 'an historic change toward deeper market interdependence with the United States.' The World Bank concurred, offering the usual prescriptions for 'expansion of private enterprises' and minimization of 'social objectives,' thus increasing inequality and poverty and reducing health and educational levels. It may be noted that these standard prescriptions are offered side-by-side with sermons on the need to reduce inequality and poverty and improve health and educational levels, while World Bank technical studies recognize that relative equality and high health and educational standards are crucial factors in economic growth. In the Haitian case, the consequences were the usual ones: profits for U.S. manufacturers and the Haitian super-rich, and a decline of 56 percent in Haitian wages through the 1980's.

    "It was the effort of Haiti's first democratic government to alleviate the growing disaster that called forth Washington's hostility and the military coup and terror that followed. With 'democracy restored,' USAID is withholding aid to ensure that cement and flour mills are privatized for the benefit of wealthy Haitians and foreign investors (Haitian civil society), while barring expenditures for health and education [for the poor]." [9]

    These internationalist power groups call for strengthened civil society but always for self-serving purposes. It is difficult for these consortiums to work their will on Third World societies where there is no effective corporate structure or state to work through. As in the case of Peru (and a hundred other countries), it is the national government held hostage by these "humanitarians" that enslave and degrade their own people.

    In their official capacity these globalist institutions speak in lofty, benevolent terms of reducing social inequity, combatting poverty, fighting corruption, improving health and education...but their destructive record speaks more forcefully than their rhetoric. At the annual meeting in Hong Kong the Bank displayed its hypocrisy by the use of caring words while at the same time calling Third World countries to open their capital markets (to exploitation by insatiable multinational corporate profit seeking).

    "Many Southern governments made clear their opposition to such liberalization in Hong Kong but the IMF, backed by the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, is going to push ahead anyway. The insistence on capital liberalization is revealing of the true agenda of the World Bank and the IMF since 1945: fully integrating the Third World into the global capitalist system in the subordinate position of raw material supplier and open market. The fulfillment of this agenda has involved the use of U.S. military power in combination with the World Bank - IMF economic programs to crush Third World governments aspiring to independent development. No talk of poverty can hide such a brutal enterprise." [10]

    This world-subjugating "enterprise" results from the threefold union of secular government, corporate power and merchandising religious organizations. Each of these entities has an individual agenda yet, by their union, all are benefited.

Harlot representing a church

CHURCH AND STATE -- THE FINAL CORRUPT UNION

    The L.A. Times article stresses that ADRA officials maintain they are rigorous in honoring the division between humanitarian work and proselytizing. They say there is no cooperation between ADRA and Global Mission, the church's formal missionary arm, yet "the agency's (ADRA's) 10-year strategic plan, developed in 1996, calls ADRA 'a bona fide ministry of...the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The church's mission is incomplete without ADRA's distinctive ministry." [11] The church inseparably identifies itself with ADRA which, in turn, has identified itself with USAID, making the church inescapably responsible for the agenda of both ADRA and USAID.

    ADRA's mission is now focused on fulfilling USAID's objectives, something one might expect from a "good, solid partner." But how then can ADRA serve both the government's interest (advancing U.S. political and economic objectives) and the church's interest simultaneously? Have the church's interests merged with those of the government's?

    By their own accord, the Adventist church, through ADRA and nearly all other religious denominations, has become a partner with USAID - the U.S. government, the World Bank and the United Nations. In this union they become an accomplice to the crimes against humanity committed by this world-dominating cabal.

    Do the churches realize what atrocities, what systems of terror they become responsible for in aligning themselves with the state? In the partnership of ADRA and their fellow religionists with USAID is represented the final union of the fallen religious bodies with the oppressive and corrupted state. The monstrous offspring of this union is resulting in a system of tyranny such as this earth has never seen.

    The implications of this union of church and state foreshadow ominous events. When religious bodies stretch their hands across the gulf to grasp the hands of the world's secret rulers, when they reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the architects of tyranny, then this country will follow in the steps of those who ruled the world throughout the Dark Ages, trampling on the rights of conscience and debasing humanity.

    This union is pictured in prophecy as the woman who rides the beast or the church amalgamated with the state. There is only one response made to such a confederation in scripture, it declares that "Babylon the great is fallen, come out of her My people, lest you have any part in her sins and you share in her plagues." Scripture also indicates the response of this threefold union to that pronouncement. "The rulers and leaders [the government] who joined in her immorality [the church] and earth's businessmen [the corporation] will weep and mourn because no one buys their merchandise anymore, [no one "buys" their goods or believes their lies anymore]." Rev. 18:2,4,9,11.

 

NOTES:

  1. The Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1998
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. "Market Democracy in a Neoliberal World," Noam Chomsky
  6. Asad Ismi, Z Magazine, February, 1998
  7. ibid.
  8. ibid.
  9. "Market Democracy in a Neoliberal World"
  10. Z Magazine, February, 1998
  11. The Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1998

Written 11/30/98

 

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