U.N. International Criminal Court:
Wolf In Sheep's Clothing?
Posted June 25, 1998
United Nation's delegates are meeting in Rome, Italy, to establish an International Criminal Court (ICC). The conference hopes the ICC will finally give the U.N. firm control over every nation on earth. The creation of the ICC
is being presented as a virtuous act that is needed to stop the perpetrators of heinous crimes against humanity. The enactment of such an agreement could subject Americans to the jurisdiction of foreign judges who have no respect for the Constitution of the United States. How the ICC is to conduct its trials, what types of crimes the ICC will handle, and how binding will be the ICC's rulings on nations and individuals are the questions to be answered during this June 15 through July 17 gathering.
- During a Preparatory Committee hearing in New York in December of 1997, the terminology of "war crime" was amended to include gender or sexual offences defined as "÷rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, enforced pregnancy, enforced sterilization and any other form of sexual violence÷." Since
"abortion" is such a controversial word, the term "enforced pregnancy" was inserted. This wording was used in a legal challenge brought against Utah in 1992 by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. In this suit, "enforced pregnancy" was depicted as "÷forcing women to continue pregnancy against their will for the purpose of serving the state's declared interest in preserving unborn human life" and characterized as "÷an intolerable, dehumanizing form of servitude÷."
- On June 17, 1998, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson told the delegation, "A permanent Court cannot stand alone. It must be part of the international order, and supported by the international community. The United
Nations Security Council remains a vital part of that world order." The Clinton administration, while supporting the formation of the ICC, is urging that the ICC be set up to only take cases approved by the U.N. Security Council (which allows the U.S. veto privilege).
- The U.N. is pushing for an independent prosecutor who could initiate his/her own investigations and prosecutions without outside interference. Even if a sovereign nation has dealt with a matter, the ICC could decide to override that nation's decision and render its own judgment.
- Going against the Constitution's Sixth Amendment, in cases before the International Criminal Tribunal (the forerunner and model for the ICC, set up to handle the problems of Yugoslavia) the accused has no right "to be confronted with the witnesses" against him. Known as Rule 75, this provision
can "allow some witnesses to remain anonymous, even to defendants and their lawyers."
Other Prayer Focuses
- Pray the Church will AWAKEN and UNDERSTAND the signs of the times (Dt 28:15, 43-48; 1 Chr 12:31-32; Neh 4:14; Ps 149:6-9; Pr 28:4; 2 John 11).
- May God DISRUPT and CONFOUND the plans of the U.N. for a Godless world government (Gen 11:4-9; Ps 2:1-12; Is 8:12-17; Jer 23:19&20).
- Pray God will give America's pastors and other watchmen DISCERNMENT and UNCTION to WARN God's people and all Americans about the U.N. wolf in sheep's clothing (Ex 33:2-6;Pr 26:24&25; Mt 7:15, 18; Acts 20:28-31).
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