May 24, 2009
Reviving the ‘Science’ of ‘Re-education’
No Room For God
“…the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology…. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated…. As yet there is only one country which has succeeded in creating this politician’s paradise.” Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society, 1960.
“The methods used to make ‘learning’ and confession [group authenticity and sharing] palatable and workable are borrowed freely from … evangelism, psychiatry and science. The language and ideals of each of these fields were taken over and given new meanings and new interpretations in accordance with communist need. Brainwashing is a combination of this fake evangelism and quack psychiatry in a setting of false science.” Edward Hunter, Brainwashing
“For many generations we have bowed our necks to the yoke of the conviction of sin. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents… If the race is to be freed from its crippling burden of good and evil, it must be psychiatrists who take the original responsibility. … Can such a program of re-education or of a new kind of education be charted?” Dr. Brock Chisholm, first head of the World Health Organization
“If you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods… you shall surely perish….” Deuteronomy 8:19
Julea Ward knows what it means to suffer for her faith — in America. As a graduate student in Eastern Michigan University’s counseling program, she was assigned to a male homosexual student. Since her conscience prevented her from supporting his chosen lifestyle, she sought advice from her supervising professor and was told to refer the student to another counselor.
When she met with the student to explain the change, she neither counseled nor confronted him. Instead she explained her convictions and shared her faith. Her supervisor was not pleased!
In his article, “When Conscience is Criminalized,” Joe Coffmann explains what happened next:
“Julea was summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing and told that if she wanted to continue on with her graduate program, she would have to submit to a ‘remediation’ program so that she could see ‘the error of her ways.’ She refused to be forced into a re-education program designed to convert her from biblical faith, and as a result, she was kicked out of school…..
“Does it scare you that the people overseeing her program weren’t content with the fact that she acted properly and with integrity? Does it scare you that they wanted her to change not just her actions, but her religious beliefs? If you have a child in a publicly funded college or university, this should make all kinds of alarms go off in your head….”
He’s right. But I’m not surprised. Back in the 1940s (and earlier), globalist visionaries agreed that Biblical Christianity must be quenched — or changed — before a world government could be established. Among the influential leaders of this movement was Canadian psychiatrist Brock Chisholm, the first head of The World Health Organization (WHO), a UN agency. Notice his hostility toward God’s moral guidelines in his report titled “Re-establishment of Peacetime Society:”
“Misguided by authoritarian dogma, bound by exclusive faith, stunted by inculcated loyalty, torn by frantic heresy…and loaded down by the weight of guilt … the unfortunate human race, deprived … of its reasoning power and its natural capacity to enjoy the satisfaction of its natural urges, struggles along under its ghastly self-imposed burden. The results, the inevitable results, are frustration, inferiority, neurosis and inability to enjoy living, to reason clearly or to make a world fit to live in…
“The government of a country cannot organize and impose any social developments or external relations which are too far ahead of the state of maturity of its citizens. There would otherwise result internal conflict and dissension, producing a reactionary government and a retreat to a less mature stage of social development. Any such reaction now becomes a dangerous threat to the whole world…. [F]or the very survival of large parts of the human race, world understanding, tolerance, and forbearance have become absolutely essential….
“There is something to be said for taking charge of our own destiny, for gently putting aside the mistaken old ways of our elders if that is possible. If it cannot be done gently, it may have to be done roughly or even violently — that has happened before.”
Where? In the Soviet Union? Keep in mind, Chisholm’s friend Alger Hiss published this analysis in his socialist/communist magazine, International Conciliation. The two men shared a common vision of a world without God or freedom!
PREPARING THE WORLD FOR GLOBAL CHANGE
While Stalin was implementing his “scientific” brainwashing system in the Soviet Union, the free West (especially England, Canada and the USA) generally ignored it. No moral outcry was heard when millions of Russians were slaughtered or herded to labor camps. Why?
Actually, many Western leaders supported the Russian “experiment.” What’s more, they were already building a global network to research and impose the same mind control strategies on the rest of the world. So, in 1948, two years after Brock Chisholm took control of the WHO, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) was founded. It would “enjoy consultative relationship with several UN agencies and… national groups” but remain free from government oversight.
Dr. Chisholm, Margaret Mead and other social “scientists” wrote its founding document, “Mental Health and World Citizenship.” Notice their attitude toward traditional American values:
“Social institutions such as family and school impose their imprint early…. It is the men and women in whom these patterns of attitude and behavior have been incorporated who present the immediate resistance to social, economic and political changes. Thus, prejudice, hostility or excessive nationalism may become deeply embedded in the developing personality… often at great human cost.
“…change will be strongly resisted unless an attitude of acceptance has first been engendered.”
Today, more than half a century later, that “attitude of acceptance” is fast becoming the norm. Nations around the world are conforming to the mind-changing pattern set in the 1940s. The global network of “mental health” partners is working to prevent anything that would hinder collective and dialectical thinking in the rising global village. Outside that network, few notice how its tentacles are reaching into community health programs and civil society in nations around the world.
Of course, we are not supposed to see the web of control and connections behind the scenes. As Peggy Noonan pointed out in a recent WSJ article, the “indecipherable language of government” brings confusion, not clarity. She suggests a reason for why our “government doesn’t speak clearly about what it’s doing” these days: it doesn’t want to hear responses such as “Oh, that’s not a good idea,” or, “The cost of that will kill us.” Our visible leaders don’t want us to know the unconstitutional intentions of the bureaucratic hierarchy behind the scenes!
The fact that we are inundated with mind-dulling distraction only adds to our confusion. Across the country, many Americans fill their “free time” with trivia, entertainment, a feeling-based rather than fact-based media, and unending streams of suggestive ads and propaganda. Some of it is almost unavoidable. But it all fits together in the current transformation.
Aldous Huxley warned us about planned distractions long ago. Surrounded by British Fabian Socialists, he became increasingly troubled about the spread of totalitarianism. So, after the deadly fallout from Communist and Nazi tyranny, he expressed his concerns in Brave New World Revisited:
“In Brave New World non-stop distractions of the most fascinating nature… are deliberately used as instruments of policy, for the purpose of preventing people from paying too much attention to the realities of the social and political situation….
“Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties… A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time… in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.
“In their propaganda today’s dictators rely for the most part on repetition, suppression and rationalization — the repetition of catchwords which they wish to be accepted as true, the suppression of facts which they wish to be ignored, the arousal and rationalization of passions which may be used in the interests of the Party or the State.
“As the art and science of manipulation come to be better understood, the dictators of the future will doubtless learn to combine these techniques with the non-stop distractions which, in the West, are now threatening to drown in a sea of irrelevance the rational propaganda [propagation of actual facts] essential to the maintenance of individual liberty….”
Yes, factual information is vital to freedom! When we know the facts, we won’t surrender to lies and illusions. When we put the facts together into a clear picture of reality, we won’t be deceived. And when we know God’s Truth as well (which Huxley didn’t), we won’t fear the rising world system, for we trust Him whose strength is sufficient for every challenge.
Faith in our sovereign God sustained Julea in her battle with the educational establishment. After all, following her Bible-trained conscience was a costly choice! It put her right into the camp of faithful disciples who, through the centuries, would rather suffer with Jesus than compromise their faith.
Such faith flies in the face of today’s socialist transformation. Contemporary change agents demand mindless compliance! They don’t object to “Christians” who conform to the culture. But they can’t tolerate individual thinkers with personal convictions that hinder compliance. As Edward Hunter wrote in Brainwashing,
“The achievement of this [Communist] submission is the immediate short-range objective of brainwashing. The man does not have to be a true believer so long as he is convinced that he has no alternative to following Red instructions. Hope — the prospect of any alternative in life, no matter how slim — must be wiped out of his mind entirely before communism can feel safe with him.”
PREPARE YOUR CHILD TO REFUSE TO COMPROMISE
Antonio Peck didn’t know his New York elementary school wanted to change his values. So when his teacher told him to make an environmental poster for Parent’s Day, the kindergartner simply combined what he had learned in class with the message on his heart. He drew:
People picking up litter.
Children holding hands around the globe.
A white-robed man kneeling in one corner.
Antonio didn’t tell anyone that the man in the corner was Jesus, but his teacher guessed it. Later, when his poster hung on a wall along with nearly 80 others, his picture looked different. One corner had been folded up, hiding the kneeling man and part of Antonio’s name.
Antonio felt embarrassed and confused. Why shouldn’t Jesus who created the world be in the picture? It didn’t make sense.
“This is simply a case of requiring students to be responsive to the educational curriculum,” explained Paul Battaglia, the attorney who represents Baldwinsville Elementary School in Syracuse in the First Amendment lawsuit. “It is not at all a case of great religious significance, but simply a case where a student was asked to… perform a particular lesson and give back certain material and failed to do so.”
But Antonio did fulfill the assignment. He included the environmental vision of earth stewardship and unity. His only “failure” was his refusal to exclude Jesus.
“He didn’t follow the teacher’s instructions despite being given two opportunities to do so,” Battaglia said. “It’s unfortunate, but the school has particular curriculum standards it must enforce.”
Curriculum standards with no flexibility — even in kindergarten? Why?
Today, students who refuse to conform to the global indoctrination planned six decades ago often face increasing pressure, intimidation and censorship. Such punishment works well on most children. In a nation trained to crave human praise more than God’s approval, few will endure exclusion or rejection for Jesus’ sake.
But Antonio stood his ground and passed the test — twice. He would not remove Jesus from his picture of the earth. A little boy in New York chose to face humiliation and reproof rather than compromise his faith and deny His ever-present Lord.
May we be as brave.
1, Catholic Social Thought on Labor-Management Issues, 1960-1980, Patrick J. Sullivan, CSC
2, Edward Hunter, Brainwashing, pps. 202 and 148.
3, G. Brock Chisholm, “The Re-Establishment of Peacetime Society,” Psychiatry, February 1946.
4, God’s Warnings for our times
5, Joe Coffmann, “When Conscience is Criminalized” (5/14/20)
6, “Origins of the World Federation for Mental Health”
7, “Mental Health and World Citizenship,” founding document of the World Federation for Mental Health, pages 7 and 8. Distributed by the National Association For Mental Health, Inc., 1790 Broadway, New York 19, N.Y.
8, “Future challenges for Mental Health”
9, Peggy Noonan, “What’s Elevated, Health-Care Provider?” May 16-17, 2009.
10, Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited (Perennial Library,1958), pps. 36-37.
11, Jason Pierce, Poster With Picture of Jesus Lands Kindergartner in Court, CCNS News, April 3, 2001. This link is now obsolete.
12, See “Anti-Christian Bias in Education” and A Federal Curriculum for Preschoolers: Mental Health & Gender Issues in Head Start. HR 1429.
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