NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW CRISIS
13: The GENOCIDE Treaty
Only a national government has the power to produce "genocide," which is the killing of an entire race of people. And only a government, when its troops invade other nations, can attempt to destroy an entire race outside of its borders. Neither an individual nor a group of individuals can commit genocide. And, if they try, they would quickly be jailed under already well-established criminal statutes. Thus we see that only nations can commit genocide, never individuals. Only a nation can blot out a race; an individual can only kill individuals.
But now we have a new international law governing nearly every civilized nation on earth,—that is able to charge innocent citizens with "genocide" for having done something that a national government considers harmful to other religions!
On December 11, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to declare genocide as a crime under international law. Nearly a year later, on December 9, 1947, the same assembly unanimously adopted what is known as the "Genocide Treaty."
Because of obvious omissions and inherent dangers in that treaty, the United States did not ratify that treaty for decades afterward. Finally, 40 years later, under immense political pressure from various sources, the United Sates approved it on February 19, 1988.
Nearly eight months later, on October 14, 1988, the Senate gave final approval to the treaty as they enacted certain legislation which would impose extremely heavy penalties to those found guilty of violating that treaty. The Genocide Treaty (also called the "Genocide Convention") was signed by President Reagan on November 11.
On December 9, 1988, the treaty was ratified by the United States of America—and became an important law of the land—when it was formally filed by a representative of the United States president at the United Nations headquarters in Lake Success, New York. In an official ceremony, before all the delegates in the General Assemble Hall, the document was handed to the secretary general of the United Nations.
And, because it is now on the statute books of 96 different nations of earth,—the Genocide Treaty has become the first worldwide man-made law in the history of mankind!
Why was the United States hesitant for so many years to adopt the provisions of that treaty as a law governing people of the United States? Why is it considered so dangerous?
First: Under this recently enacted treaty, one man can be held as a genocidist for killing just one other man. Yet we all know that the killing of one man by another is in no way genocidal!
"Genocide: the deliberate and methodical annihilation of a national or racial group" (Macmillan Dictionary), "the systematic killing of a whole group of people or a nation" (Webster’s new World Dictionary).
"Genocide means the physical dismemberment and liquidation of people on large scales: an attempt by those who rule to achieve the total elimination of a subject people."—I. Horowitz, Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power, chapter 85.
Second:A man can be tried and found guilty of committing "genocide," which is the destruction of an entire race of people—without having killed anyone at all!
Third:If a man is accused of "genocide," he can be hailed into a U.S. court or be sent to a foreign court to stand trial under non-U.S. laws as a Genocide Treaty violator.
Fourth:The Genocide Treaty Itself has such vague wording that leading American jurists and attorneys have declared it to be dangerous! They tell us that all kinds of people can be accused of having violated the Genocide Treaty.
Many of its terms are shrouded in uncertainty."—Senator Strom Thurmond, of South Carolina, Senate debate, October 10, 1984, in Congressional Record, December 1984.
[Speaking of the Genocide Treaty] A statute which forbids or requires the doing of an act in terms so vague that man of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning and differ as to its application, violates the first essential of due process of law."—Orie L. Phillips, "The Genocide convention: Its Effect on Our Legal System, "American Bar Journal, 1949.
Fifth: That which makes a man’s actions to be in violation of the treaty—is the motive that others assign to those actions! "Motives" means the reason why he did it. Almost any kind of criminal action can be classified as "genocidal," according to this treaty.
"The description of the ‘crime’ of genocide provided by the restricted Genocide Convention is so expansive and all-inclusive as to cover almost any wrongdoer, perpetrating almost any criminal act of violence or advocacy of violence against almost every type of victim."—Robert A. Friedlander, "Should the U.S. Constitution Treaty-Making Power Be Used as the Basis for Enactment of Domestic Legislation?" Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring 1986, 268-269.
Sixth:Instead of being worded to stop genuine genocidists—which are the national governments and political groups trying to kill races within their borders or outside of it,—this treaty gives no mention of nations or political groups, but only of individuals. And the terms of the treaty are construed against, rather than in favor of, the defendant. This is against American law.
Seventh:An individual need not kill an individual of another race, but only "mentally harm" him by his words—in order to be eligible for Genocide Treaty violation.
Eighth:One need only do or say that which appears harmful to the best interests of another religion in order to be brought into court for having violated the treaty,—where he will receive a heavy penalty.
Ninth:The Genocide Treaty (also known as the Genocide Convention") threatens U.S. Constitutional sovereignty, because the United States Constitution declares that international treaties made by America take precedence above—are more important than—the internal laws of the nation.
Tenth:No treaty signed by the United States govenment has ever been found unconstitutional by its Supreme Court—or any lower court for that matter. The reason: Our Constitution binds the laws of our nation to yield to the wording of treaties we enter upon with other nations.
Eleventh:The treaty says nothing about political crimes: only individual crimes; yet genocide is being carried on by political groups and political governments all around the world, even as I write these words.
Twelfth:This treaty was quickly signed by the very nations that are practicing genocide on a day-by-day basis! They signed it because its wording could not include their governments,—but could be used by those governments in bringing accusation, imprisonment, or death to their citizens!
Thirteenth: This treaty lacks proper wording for just handling cases in a court of law.
"The various classifications of subject victim groups put forward by article II (national, ethnical, racial, religious, etc.) encompasses virtually all conceivable persons, except for those having a particular political affiliation . . No American citizen or resident alien (legal or otherwise) seems to be excluded from the sweep of this article.
Fourteenth:Domestic laws—laws governing our own people—have now been decided by foreign powers. In this treaty, governments outside the United States are reshaping the regulations governing our own citizens.
Fifteenth:It is possible that those violating this treaty can be requested by foreign powers to be shipped from the United States and tried in foreign courts.
Throughout this book, we have discovered that a primary way in which mankind seeks to destroy one another—is through religious persecution. A person speaks and lives differently than is agreeable to another’s religion,—so he is persecuted for it. This newly ratified treaty permits one man to hail another man into court on the charge of genocide violation,—for having spoken words that bring "mental harm" to another person, part of a group, or entire group.
We have also seen that our free land is gradually moving toward the emplacement of a National Sunday Law that, when enacted, may at first appear to be a great blessing,—but which will rapidly bring in its train persecution of minority churches, including Sabbathkeeping churches. When religious orthodoxy becomes the law of the land, soon a narrow view of what constitutes "orthodoxy" is also legislated and enforced.
The very vagueness of this treaty is such that it can be used in many ways, quite separated from what may have been the motives of its authors or enactors.
This Genocide Treaty could provide a powerful tool in enforcing the National Sunday Law—when that law is finally enacted. And because it is on the statute books of 96 different nations, a rapid international aspect has been added. The entire world will be able to quickly work together to enforce Sunday observance.
The crucial part is that a worldwide standardized crime has been established, with most terrible penalties for its violation. The penalties of the Genocide Treaty could be applied at will to any individual who violated the National Sunday Law.
And, because this treaty is based on a 96-nation mutual pact, or treaty, each nation will be required by all the others to search out and bring the specified criminal into court.
Although commonly called the "Genocide Treaty," technically, it is a "convention" and not a "treaty." A treaty is a bilateral agreement between two nations; a "convention" is a multilateral agreement between many nations, in this case, most of those on our planet!
But there is no provision for a convention in the U.S. Constitution! Because it is a convention and not a treaty, every signatory nation involved is bound to defend it, adhere to it, and be ready to persecute individuals according to its ambiguous terms, as agreed upon by the member nations.
This makes this genocide convention one of the most powerful international laws in the history of mankind!
Yet, no matter how the nations of earth may plan and devise, there is a God in heaven who has a rule of right: the Ten Commandments. And the time is nearing when He shall judge men according to that rule.
One of the ten is the Sabbath commandment. It stands as a great memorial to the creative power of the One who made us all. And it is bulwarked by twelve great pillars of truth. Here they are, in the next chapter.
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