the Georgia Guidestones, vandalizedThe Georgia Guidestones are four large, upright stones comprising a large monument that’s somewhat reminiscent of Stonehenge. Engraved upon the Georgia Guidestones is a message relating ten guidelines or principles presumably leading to a better world for all of humanity. The messages are engraved in eight (8) different languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature

The monument has been repeatedly vandalized, mostly with Christian-themed graffiti. The markings seen on these photos, taken in 2009, have since been removed. Get the whole story about the Guidestones at Wired. (Source: The Georgia Guidestones, Georgia: 7 Mysterious & Monumental Man-Made Wonders of America – Web Urbanist)

Most of those are pretty harmless, and in fact a lot of people would probably agree that many of them are fine ideas. But the first three, recommending population control, eugenics, and a single world language, throw fuel on the fire of conspiracy theorists who fear an impending New World Order. If not for these first three controversial guides, the stones would probably be long forgotten. (Source: The Georgia Guidestones – Skeptoid)

As one would expect, there’s plenty of Hard Right coverage of the Georgia Guidestones on the web. Naturally, any group that has declared war on secularism (despising and opposing practically anything external to their religion) won’t appreciate a message of peace and hope that doesn’t quote or paraphrase the Bible, which the Hard Rightists choose to interpret literally, perverting the Bible’s basic messages of spirituality in the process. Religious extremists even go so far as to refer to the Georgia Guidestones as being “Satanic” — a term they’ll readily, haphazardly apply to whatever they oppose:

The Georgia Guidestones have been part of the landscape in Elberton, Georgia for a quarter of a century. Tourists flood to Elberton each year to see the 19-foot-tall granite monument, often posing for pictures standing beside it.

After 25 years, a Christian organization named The Resistance is calling for the monument’s immediate removal.

“The satanic Georgia Guidestones must be destroyed,” insists John Conner of The Resistance. “The Guidestones should be smashed into a million pieces, and then the rubble used for a construction purpose.” (Source: Dismantling The Georgia Guidestones – Info Wars)

A quick search did not turn up any information on the Internet about any Christian group in Georgia called The Resistance; however, the name of the supposed group is far too generic for a speedy, effective Googling.

Radio Liberty’s delusional diatribe on the Georgia Guidestones is a great example of paranoid, conspiracy theorist-flavored material. According to the review of the "Guidestone journalists":

Similarly, Radio Liberty condemns the Georgia Guidestones because they relate to science, spirituality, and extra-Biblical hope. It almost sounds as though Radio Liberty is confusing astronomy with astrology, with their implicit fear and denunciation of the star alignment characteristics of the Georgia Guidestones. Further review of Radio Liberty reveals it to consist almost entirely of Hard Right Christian fundamentalism (religious fundamentalist claptrap, for the most part). Dig, "dark spiritual forces…"

Radio Liberty draws attention to the astrological components of the structure as distinctly ‘occultist’ in the “worship the alignment and movement of heavenly bodies as part of their religious ceremonies” while they believe the reference on the stones to “‘seeking harmony with the infinite’ reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.” Regardless of the new governing body and economic system implied here, Radio Liberty see the Christian ties of the Rosicrucians and the R.C. Christian moniker to be deliberately anti-Christian, though without solid evidence on this point. They warn, “

[b]ehind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events.” (Source: Vandalized Georgia Guidestones – Blog)

Conclusion: The Georgia Guidestones

As far as this writer is concerned, the message engraved upon the Georgia Guidestones is generally or overwhelmingly positive, based on far more truth than the superstitious beliefs of their typical detractors. In fact, the messages imparted to us via the Georgia Guidestones would most likely prove their efficacy beyond a doubt, should the guidelines be voluntarily implemented anywhere.

Resources: What are the Georgia Guidestones?

Georgia Guidestones – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones
Let these be Guidestones to an age of reason – The Georgia Guidestones
http://www.thegeorgiaguidestones.com/Message.htm
American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse – Wired
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_guidestones?currentPage=all
The Georgia Guidestones: Dubbed “America’s Stonehenge”, this granite monument in Georgia appeals to all sorts of conspiracy theorists – Skeptoid
http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4198
The Georgia Guidestones – Crystal Links
http://www.crystalinks.com/gaguidestones.html
Guidestones: The story of two journalism students who uncover a global conspiracy while investigating an unsolved murder – Guidestones.org
http://guidestones.org/the-guidestones/blog-vandalized-georgia-guidestones/
The Georgia Guidestones, Georgia: 7 Mysterious & Monumental Man-Made Wonders of America – Web Urbanist
http://weburbanist.com/2012/05/21/7-mysterious-monumental-man-made-wonders-of-america/

Fearing, condemning the Georgia Guidestones
Sinister Sites: The Georgia Guidestones – Vigilant Citizen

Sinister Sites: The Georgia Guidestones

Dismantling The Georgia Guidestones – Info Wars
http://www.infowars.com/articles/nwo/occult_dismantling_georgia_guidestones.htm

The Georgia Guidestones – Radio Liberty
http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm

Sunday, June 17, 2012