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22 July 2003
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AMENDMENT NO. 10 OFFERED BY MR. PAUL
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.
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The Clerk will designate the amendment. The text of the amendment is as follows:
Amendment No. 10 offered by Mr. PAUL:
At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:
LIMITATION ON UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO UNESCO
SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this Act may be made available for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Chairman, my amendment is very simple and clear. It is to strike the funds for UNESCO. We have been out of UNESCO since 1984, since President Reagan took us out of UNESCO, and the proposal now is that we rejoin. And this strikes the funding, which I think is a good idea.
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UNESCO was started with a bad idea. It became very corrupted, and it was almost unanimous that we get out of UNESCO in 1984, and actually I see no reason for us to rejoin.
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Let me just mention a few things that UNESCO is involved in. They came across, when we were in there, as being very anti-American, certainly anti-freedom, and certainly anti-first amendment. UNESCOs main function is to mettle in the education affairs of individual neighborhoods, nations, by proposing global school curriculums; something that we hardly need.
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In one of the publications put out from UNESCO it describes rather well what their intentions are. The publication is called Toward World Understanding. Let me just quote from that.
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One of the chief aims of education today should be to prepare boys and girls to take an active part in the creation of a world society. As long as the child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education and world mindedness can produce only rather precarious results. As we have pointed out, it is frequently the family, the family, it says, that infects the child with extreme nationalism. The schools should, therefore, use the means described earlier to combat family attitudes.
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Now, that is coming from a publication put out by UNESCO and states one of their goals. And I might just remind my colleagues of who the founding director general was, and that happened to have been Sir Julian Huxley. Huxley helped to write some of the goals set in the UNESCO, and he happens to be a believer in eugenics, but let me just quote from him what he thought this organization should do.
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He says, The general philosophy of UNESCO should be a scientific world humanism. And those words have not been changed; they still exist in these documents. They have not repealed that concept.
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He goes on to say, In its education program, it can stress the ultimate need for world political unity and familiarize all people with the implications of the transfer of full sovereignty from separate nations to a world organization. They are rather explicit in what the goal of UNESCO is through the educational process.
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It is also to help the emergence of a single world culture, even though it is quite true that any radical eugenic policy could not be passed now, they say, in time, the world will become ready for it.
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So I warn my colleagues about rejoining UNESCO, believing very sincerely that it is not in our interest. It costs us a lot of money. It does not represent the goals and the culture and the beliefs of Americans. We did get out because it represented us badly, and here we are about to get back into UNESCO. I urge support for my amendment.