[Ok-sus] Kern considers legislation to protect Oklahomans against U.N. initiative

Shauna Struby sstruby at cox.net
Fri Oct 19 16:58:26 CDT 2012

Kern considers legislation to protect Oklahomans against U.N. initiative


Rep. Sally Kern said Thursday she is considering filing legislation similar
to a measure passed in Alabama that would prohibit state and local
government organizations from participating in the implementation of Agenda
21, a United Nations initiative.


Kern, R-Oklahoma City, made the comments following the presentation of her
Interim Study 2012H-084, concerning due process of personal property rights,
before the House Judiciary Committee. The initiative, Kern and two
presenters said, violated the basic principles of property rights and
freedom and ultimately was designed to minimize private property ownership
by the end of the twenty-first century. "I very well could (file legislation
prohibiting implementation of Agenda 21 initiatives)," Kern said. "It's a
possibility and something I am looking at."


Shelia Briesch and Robert Semands walked committee members through the
history and a number of issues surrounding Agenda 21, which was adopted by
the United Nations at its 1992 Conference on Environment and Development.
Briesch said the goal of the initiative was to "run everything in the world"
by the end of the 21st century. Semands said the document "addresses every
single area of human existence."


Although not authorized by Congress, the initiative was signed by former
President George H.W. Bush in 1993 and former President Bill Clinton issued
a related executive order, said Semands. More recently, Semands said an
executive order from President Barack Obama also appears to contain elements
of the agenda and involves a number of federal government

agencies in its implementation. Semands suggested the requirements attached
to funds distributed locally under the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act was a way to further implement the initiative. "Many programs...can be
shown to be initiated by this agenda," he said.


Briesch said the issue plays out at the local level in a variety of ways,
most recently through efforts at so-called sustainable development, which
she said was designed to restrict land use and the primary way "to abolish
private property rights." Briesch pointed to wetlands projects, smart growth
policies, so-called stakeholder councils and public-private partnerships as
means of implementing the initiative at the local level.


Semands said a laundry list of other terms is associated with the
initiative, including social equity or social justice. "If someone says
'social equity' to me, I know I am dealing with a Marxist or someone who
subscribes to that sort of theology," said Semands. Semands and Briesch said
efforts at promoting light-rail also were part of the agenda because it was
designed to become a predominate mode of transportation from one densely
populated "human settlement" to another once cars were eliminated, according
to the U.N. initiative.


That caught the attention of Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, who described
himself as a light-rail supporter and asked whether he was being labeled a
"pawn" of some multinational conspiracy. Kern, Briesch and Semands said that
was not the case. The concern, the trio said, was the source of the push for
light-rail and other projects and programs they had discussed.


"The issue is where it is coming from. That is our problem with it," said
Semands. Semands said he would like to see Oklahoma adopt legislation
similar to that approved in Alabama this year that states,"The State of
Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy
recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict
private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy
recommendations originating in, or traceable to 'Agenda 21,' adopted by the
United Nations...."


Kern said in an interview she has been studying the issue for two or three
months. Whether she files legislation related to it will depend "...on what
other bills I file," she said. "It's an important issue and we, as
legislators, need to be aware of it and to protect the right of private
ownership of property," Kern said. 


Part of this story is here http://news.oeta.tv/headlines/politics/4606.html.
Full story is in the attached PDF, page 2.


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