Whenever I mention politics in one of my blog posts, I receive angry messages from people complaining that it is inappropriate to do so. However, it has been clear for, frankly, centuries that fringe history and conspiracy theories have a political dimension. Over the last few days it’s become obvious that this year is no different, and in many ways more extreme than we have seen in decades, and not just because the former Curse of Oak Island guest who current runs Xplrr Media spent most of the past weekend trying to goad Republican politicians into retweeting a badly designed anti-Hillary Clinton meme.
This week The Hill reported that Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, Steven Bannon, the head of the rightwing Breitbart News, is a conspiracy theorist who believes that American elites, in both the Democratic and Republican parties, are conspiring to bring about a single world government—the same claim that ancient astronaut theorists, UFO conspiracy theorists, and anti-Masonic activists have long made. An unnamed source told The Hill that “He thinks Paul Ryan is part of a conspiracy with George Soros and Paul Singer, in which elitists want to bring one world government.”
The source likened Bannon’s claims to those of Alex Jones, the Info Wars conspiracy theorist who is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump. Trump appeared on Jones’s show earlier this year and praised the conspiracy theorist, who routinely advocates claims involving demons, space aliens, and giants. This week Jones build upon Donald Trump’s reference to Hillary Clinton as “the devil” in the second debate to reinforce a meme that has been circulating in rightwing extremist circles for several months accusing both Pres. Obama and Clinton of being literal demons from hell. Citing the fact that a fly landed on Clinton’s face during the debate, Jones likened this to Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies:
I’m never a lesser of two evils person, but with Hillary, there’s not even the same universe. She is an abject, psychopathic, demon from Hell that as soon as she gets into power is going to try to destroy the planet. I’m sure of that, and people around her say she’s so dark now, and so evil, and so possessed that they are having nightmares, they’re freaking out. […] Imagine how bad she smells, man? I’m told her and Obama, just stink, stink, stink, stink. You can’t wash that evil off, man. Told there’s a rotten smell around Hillary. I’m not kidding, people say, they say -- folks, I’ve been told this by high up folks. They say listen, Obama and Hillary both smell like sulfur. I never said this because the media will go crazy with it, but I’ve talked to people that are in protective details, they’re scared of her. And they say listen, she’s a frickin’ demon and she stinks and so does Obama. I go, like what? Sulfur. They smell like Hell.
Regular readers will recall that Jones frequently hosts such fringe history stalwarts as Steve Quayle, the evangelical extremist who believes that the Nephilim are on the rampage and, by implication, that gay people should be exterminated in a divinely sanctioned genocide.
Notice that Jones was not speaking metaphorically. And who else supports this claim? That’s right: Gigantologist Steve Quayle, who brought up the idea that flies signify Democrats’ demonic affiliation on Alex Jones’s show back in August. Quayle explicitly tied this to the Nephilim and their plans to destroy the world. Quayle did not create this claim, which originated on rightwing evangelical message boards several years go. However, given the recent reporting that the Trump campaign has unusually close ties to Alex Jones—Trump advisor Roger Stone is a close Jones friend and a frequent Jones guest—and that Trump repeats conspiracy theories that appear on Jones’s broadcast, it raises the question of whether Trump’s allegation that Clinton is the “devil” was inspired by Jones and Quayle.
This is not just an idle question. Nephilim theorist L. A. Marzulli endorsed Donald Trump for president a few weeks ago specifically because he reflected Marzulli’s opposition to Muslims and gays. There is a close and disturbing connection between rightwing politics and Nephilim theories. This connection was on full display this week when an actual U.S. congressman embraced the Nephilim theory of history in order to justify anti-gay policies.
Now, granted, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) is well-known as a lunatic who says ridiculous things, usually about gay people. But Gohmert’s latest pronouncement revealed a deeper level of disgusting ideology that originates in the Nephilim worldview. On Monday Gohmert served as host of the Point of View radio show in which he interviewed an anti-gay activist about a new anti-gay film called Light Wins in which Gohmert appears with other Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul. The filmmaker, Janet Porter, asserts in the film that gay marriage was legal in the “Days of Noah”—a reference to the Nephilim theology that alleges that pre-Flood conditions of Nephilim-homosexual dominance will recur prior to the Second Coming.
I have previously explained the illogical scriptural inferences that undergird this theory. Basically, it derives from an old but often discredited interpretation of the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:37 (= Luke 17:26), “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Taken out of context, evangelical Nephilim theorists argue that this means that the Nephilim will run rampant as they did in Genesis 6:4. On the authority of Jude 6-7, which equates the Fallen Angels with the fornicators of Sodom, these theorists argue that the Nephilim must have been sodomites, so therefore homosexuality heralds the Apocalypse. By standard interpretation, Jesus is instead saying, as he does in the very next verses, in Matthew 24:38-39, that humanity will be oblivious to the coming of the Son of Man, as they were oblivious to the coming of the Flood. This is reinforced by the parallel passage at Luke 17:28-29, where the oblivious of the people of Sodom to the judgment against them is added. A plain reading does not imply that the Nephilim will return, but Nephilim theorists take Luke to parallel with Jude and therefore confirm that gayness is the source of God’s wrath.
Gohmert told Porter that he endorses this view. “We know homosexuality was widespread in Greece and Rome and Babylon and especially in Sodom and Gomorrah but that’s a little scary that it wasn’t legal except before the flood,” Gohmert said.
It goes without saying that (a) the Flood didn’t happen, (b) no law codes from before the imaginary Flood exist, and (c) gay marriage has been legal in other times and places in historical times.
The argument that gays are bringing about the “Days of Noah” has a famous and relatively mainstream advocate, James Dobson, the evangelical leader who also is one of the leading apologists for none other than Donald Trump among evangelicals.
Now, before I conclude, I want to stop here to mention that none of these men is smart enough or aware enough to know why they believe what they do. The innovation making homosexuality the crime of the Nephilim and the source of all iniquity is actually quite ancient. Christians took a hard line against gays in order to show their opposition to the Greco-Roman culture they viewed as too tolerant of sin, and we find that Christian leaders were quick to outlaw it. For example, Charlemagne’s Capitularies and Justinian’s Code outlawed homosexuality. But the Church did far more. In 829 the Council of Paris officially endorsed the claim that the Nephilim (in their Western guise, as the union of the sons of Seth and daughters of Cain) were gay. They did so in Canon 34:
Among all the other sins which the human race fatally committed at the beginning of creation, it is believed that, provoked to wrath especially by this sin (as certain teachers have maintained), [God] said: “I repent making man on the earth” [Gen. 6:6]. Therefore on this account, he utterly destroyed by a cataclysm [the Flood] the whole human race except for eight souls. Furthermore, because of this crime ﬁve cities were swallowed up by raging ﬁre from heaven and by the gaping mouth of hell, and forty or more thousand of the race of Benjamin were struck down by the sword’s edge in fraternal war [Judges 20]. Thus these manifest proofs show beyond a doubt how detestable and execrable this vice is to divine majesty. (trans. Louis Compton)
This was an innovation beyond even Justinian’s Code, which had merely assigned gays the role of destroying Sodom and Gomorrah with their lust. According to Louis Compton, the “teachers” listed in the Canon were in actuality Pseudo-Methodius, or more accurately, his Latin translator in (I believe) the third (?) Latin recension, who introduced the idea into the translated Syriac text around 700 CE. In that text, the translator apparently causes Pseudo-Methodius to assign God’s wrath to the “unmentionable types of fornication” by introducing gay sex amongst Methodius’ catalog of sexual sins, which were in the original merely “male on female, and female on male”:
In the one thousand five hundredth year of the second millennium, all of the people in the camp of Cain were inflamed with a desire for unspeakable fornications, much more so than the preceding generation, mounting one another like animals, men on the male sex and women on the female, perverting nature and likewise engaging in shameful acts and incest, and they so used all those who were from the tribe of Cain. (my trans.)
Methodius goes on to explain that the Devil made Seth’s descendants (the Sons of God) participate in the horrific sins, begetting the giants because they lusted after the daughters of Cain.
This passage influenced Peter Comestor, who refers to men catching fire before the Flood if they had had sex with one another, and later medieval poetry and histories, where homosexuality is increasingly identified as the cause of the Flood, not just the sin of Cain’s corrupt brood.
10/12/2016 12:31:31 pm
I forget which late-night comic it was, but the best explanation I've heard for the fly on Clinton was because she was standing next to a giant pile of bulls**t.
10/12/2016 07:22:40 pm
God promises never to destroy the world with a FLOOD. He conveniently leaves open the option to destroy it with fire.
10/12/2016 12:33:33 pm
The association of the fringers to right wing politicos seems to be the way of the world.
10/12/2016 03:56:30 pm
The connection between politics and the fringe is that neither pursuit requires precise knowledge, logical skills, or critical thinking. You can do just fine in either area by just making stuff up. Both can be lucrative with minimal effort or responsibility and you are surrounded by gullible people who revere you just because of your notoriety.
10/12/2016 01:23:52 pm
Do you think that somehow intelligence services don't use these themes to distort reality for people? We see pictures of Hillary Clinton w/ UFO books. Now Podesta is commenting on UFO's. We have the grand-daughters of two Presidents (Eisenhower and Van Buren) being involved in telling us about UFO's and esoteric info. Ms. Van Buren even lived in the Rennes le Chaerau area and wrote books about ufo's and the NWO long ago. Then let's examine the involvement of FDR in Oak Island. These concepts have been used to manipulate and effect people since Ancient times and it is still working today. Regardless of the truth of these subjects it is clear they have always been used to influence the body politic. To me this is no surprise at all and when you realize this it opens up a lot of doors to what was really going on. In the past many times a literary figure or artists were blatantly used to influence people. Look at the videos online of how Terrance McKenna worked for the Easlin Institute etc.
10/12/2016 02:21:52 pm
I do not consider the Nephilim to be a modern credible threat to anything. They were a personification of an advanced human group more tech savvy than the old Genesis Hebrew Israelites. They were ultimately defeated long ago, and have not resurfaced. They are not the 'Mark of Cain' people. That's another tribe, which you might were later in name only adopted as Canaanites.
10/13/2016 06:53:27 am
>>>The Mark of Cain was not homosexuality
10/13/2016 06:55:46 am
That relationship between Jesus and his father
10/16/2016 10:40:40 am
"In the new testament, Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, even though his disciples did."
10/12/2016 02:25:11 pm
Godlike is what I meant, not gold like.
10/12/2016 02:51:32 pm
Nephilim sure have gotten shorter.
re: The connection between conspiracy theories and rightward politics: It's significant that both Mike Bara and Robert Morningstar have been deluging the soc-med for at least three months with anti-Clinton propaganda. Some of it as vile as that Alex Jones quote.
10/12/2016 03:43:20 pm
I am flogging a dead horse by saying this, but, if all of this nonsense starts the arrival of the 2nd coming, rejoice!
10/12/2016 08:15:10 pm
I think there is a conflict between wanting to be there to say "I told you so" and not wanting to suffer the pains and tortures of the actual apocalypse.
10/13/2016 06:57:49 am
It's alright for Jesus Christ to be gay !!
10/13/2016 07:02:58 am
I presume it would be homophobic to reject a homosexual Jesus Christ.
10/12/2016 09:07:54 pm
I dare say biblical lunatics inhabit both major parties. William Jennings Brian comes to mind although he was a great Secretary of State and a pacifist against us entry into WwI. Evangelicals used to inhabit the Democratic Party but since the 60s slowly are part of the gop. That said many libertarians are against large organizations like the Eu and central banks and a defense of the nation state as the best way to protect our natural rights.
10/13/2016 03:49:01 am
Possibly so, but for anything more ambitious than mere survival in small tribal units, it's really handy to have a substantial percentage of men who are happy to work alongside the alpha males without trying to compete for the available women.
10/13/2016 05:17:42 am
High infant mortality might also explain the punishment of death given to Onan for "spilling his seed upon the ground."
10/13/2016 11:42:02 am
Spartan society was fairly stable, and their children were literally all raised by the state and their men screwed each other constantly. Similarly, the Greeks had rampant homosexuality and yet a fairly advanced society.
10/13/2016 07:00:29 am
This blog accepts a queer Jesus Christ
10/13/2016 07:09:03 am
Good grief! TM, you're way off topic. Again.
10/13/2016 11:43:09 am
TM is the very essence of a troll. He doesn't care about the topic; he just wants to rile people up. He feels that he is a pathetic, impotent loser who has no control over his life. This is his way of trying to exert "control" over others by goading them into reacting to his absurd comments .Reacting to him only encourages him.
10/13/2016 03:08:42 pm
I know, Uncle Ron. Normally I ignore him but I say something to bullies who move from provocative and cross my line to offensive and hateful. There is enough vitriol flying about the media that he can find like minded folk. I come here to listen, learn and laugh, not scrape manure from the soles of my shoes.
10/16/2016 10:44:40 am
all this effort to make Jesus out to be queer and/or to relate the sin of Sodom to something other than homosexuality is just gay propaganda that is out of context twisting of Scripture. The alleged gay marriage ceremony of early centuries is a BLOOD BROTHERHOOD CREATION CEREMONY nothing to do with sexuality.
10/13/2016 10:50:05 am
I am amazed how far it needs to go before the american people realise they've traded their democracy for an oligarchy pretending to be a democracy.
10/13/2016 11:45:34 am
What are you talking about? We never had a democracy in the first place. This has always been a REPUBLIC. And republics do tend to breed a sort of...unofficial oligarchy. But it's not an absolute. If it were, I wouldn't have six pounds of mail begging for my vote this fall. There would be no need to court my vote.
10/13/2016 04:53:06 pm
I'm guessing you live in a swing state ...
10/13/2016 06:10:18 pm
Blue, at least until this year, actually. But there's a hefty Independent population here, and I'm one of them.
10/13/2016 09:33:03 pm
Wow, trump has some scary associations there. Thanks for sharing.
10/16/2016 11:03:23 pm
Jason-- Very interesting info about some of Trump's fringe supporters. But then I suppose you could find some very irrational and weird people among Hillary's supporters, especially the low-information types.
10/18/2016 07:44:03 pm
The Bible has been rewritten by Renaissance artists. The Old Testament was entirely copied from Judaism. Jews after centuries of captivity in Egypt and Babylonia decided to "be" at any price. They rewrote from the era of the King Saul all ancient history that was been forgotten or abandoned or destroyed by wars, conspirators and secret religious societies. The New Testament was an entirely written work by the apostle Paul. A brilliant mind. A connoisseur of Judaism and of all ancient religions. After the advent of Judaism and the Apostle Paul, the truth might be terrible - We are eternally condemned to untruth. The historical manipulation made by religions like Judaism, Christianity that was an invention of Judaism, Buddhism and Islam can be seen, in fact, as the true anti-Christ. The real inversion of reality and truth.
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