Back in the day, long before its return to semi-respectability via the Tea Party Movement, members of the John Birch Society often signaled their lonely presence with yard signs or bumper stickers reading: “UN OUT OF US!”

Now similar sentiments are being expressed by an entire state government, as evidenced by this breathless report from the JBS magazine, the New American:

Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up.

The Alabama Senate Bill (SB) 477 legislation, known unofficially among some supporters as the “Due Process for Property Rights” Act, was approved unanimously by both the state House and Senate. After hesitating for a few days, late last month Republican Governor Robert Bentley finally signed into law the wildly popular measure — but only after heavy pressure from activists forced his hand.

Virtually no mention of the law was made in the establishment press. But analysts said the measure was likely the strongest protection against the UN scheme passed anywhere in America so far. The law, aimed at protecting private property rights, specifically prevents all state agencies and local governments in Alabama from participating in the global scheme in any way.

It’s anybody’s guess why this insane resolution was adopted unanimously; presumably Democrats and rational Republicans either didn’t bother to read it or realized it had no effect, being aimed at an entirely imaginary threat, just as many voted for the ludicrous “state sovereignty” resolutions kicking around southern legislatures in 2009-10.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Leah Nelson observed via Alternet:

The executive director of the Alabama Republican Party noted the passage of the so-called “Due Process for Property Rights Act” in a newsletter, stating that the law “is intended to shelter Alabamians from … a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government.”

As I mentioned in post last month, Republican primary candidates in neighboring Georgia are attacking each other for allegedly being pawns of Agenda 21, in the context of a regional transportation sales tax referendum that might indirectly encourage one-world communist ideas like “planning” and “public transportation” and “bike paths.”

Next time you hear Republicans scoff at the idea that the GOP has gone on an ideological bender of late, and suggest it’s just a fine upstanding mainstream political party fighting the anti-Clintonian extremism of Obama’s Democratic Party, ask about Agenda 21. Betcha they’ll know exactly what you are talking about. With any luck, you might even see them blush.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.