This week America Unearthed and Pirate Treasures of the Knights Templar host Scott Wolter appeared on the Conspirinormal conspiracy theory and paranormal podcast ostensibly to recap Pirate Treasure but in which he discussed a range of topics offered by a host who was most interested in 9/11 Truther conspiracies. (Host Adam Sayne is also a Christian and a believer in ghosts and demons and that Satan is battling angels for our souls.) There wasn’t much new, but there were a few tidbits about Wolter’s worldview that I don’t think we’ve heard before, at least not in this form.
The interview began with questions about Wolter’s work on concrete after 9/11, which wasn’t of interest to me but apparently is to conspiracy theorists. After this, the host shifted to questions of the Knights Templar, and Wolter revealed that he is not religious and has never attended church services. This, I presume, surprises no one given Wolter’s ignorance of even basic facts about Biblical history, which he knows primarily from Ralph Ellis’s conspiracy theories rather than the Bible itself, according to Wolter’s own Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers. Wolter says that he became inspired to learn everything in the world about the Kensington Rune Stone because of his anger at being criticized for declaring the Rune Stone genuine.
Wolter reiterates most of the same points he’s been making for years now, particularly in terms of conspiracies surrounding the Templars venturing to America. He endorsed the claim that Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney traveled to America in 1398, which he cites to “the legend,” still ignorant after all these years that the “legend” wasn’t developed until the 1800s, and that the only ancient text on which it is based, the Zeno Narrative, mentions neither Sinclair nor 1398 nor America. “Most people,” he adds, believe that Sinclair brought “the bloodline” (of Jesus) to America. Most of whom? His fellow conspiracy theorists?
He adds that the Templar-Sinclair-Jesus clan had a Gnostic Egyptian religion, and he seems to be conflating the Templars with the Cathars. He adds that he believes that the idol Baphomet allegedly worshiped by Templars was really John the Baptist, whom he identifies as a “past master” of the Templar cult.
Following this, the hosts move on to Wolter’s failed History channel show, Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar, and Wolter admits that he originally was asked only to do a brief stint as an “expert” talking head, but producers completely rewrote and redefined the show around Wolter after the producer fell under Wolter’s sway and bought into his conspiracies entirely. Thus, Wolter ended up with the majority of the show, and he also admits that the show’s timeline was false, with scenes edited and moved in time to create a story that placed Wolter at the beginning of events rather than coming into them in the middle. Or, if we read it another way, the show couldn’t come up with a storyline worth spending History’s money on from Barry Clifford alone, and they turned to fringe history to justify the expenditure and turn a boring dive into a series.
Most of the rest of the discussion of the show simply restates claims from the program, and it is noteworthy that Wolter fails to correct the show hosts when they identify the lead ingot brought up by Barry Clifford as “silver,” as the show had claimed. A UNESCO report indicated that the ingot was not silver but lead, though Wolter, who never examined the artifact, does not endorse the findings.
He then goes on to the question of the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. He asserts that “sources” (he doesn’t say which—and can’t since there are no ancient sources in this regard) claim the couple had four children, and he says that each of them had multiple children, and “it adds up pretty quick,” as many as “millions” of people today. Indeed, this is true to the point that today it would be utterly irrelevant, a mere trickle in anyone’s genetic heritage, meaning that any given living person today is as closely related to Jesus as I am to the Roman emperors. But Wolter doesn’t understand genetics or geometric sequences, so he assumes that the Knights Templar are special in being Jesus-spawn. This would only have relevance under two conditions, either (a) inbreeding to keep the bloodline “pure” and reduce the number of descendants or (b) primogeniture (or a similar system) where specific descendants are considered culturally (though, obviously, not genetically) more important than others.
Wolter asserts that the “triple tau” Freemasonic symbol discussed on Pirate Treasure is connected to the Greek monogram of Jesus, IHS, originally IH, which he says looks like the Freemasonic symbol. He believes that the tau actually symbolizes the Nilometer used to measure the Nile’s height to predict the annual flood. A Nilometer is T-shaped, so Wolter connects it to the tau, the ankh, and the cross.
Later, Wolter predicted the coming of a world where all humanity will live under one world government with increasingly restricted freedoms. He predicts a global currency, global food distribution, and centrally controlled communications. He sees Illuminati conspiracies as a misunderstood reflection of plans for this coming world government. He feels that this is a bad thing, and that he would prefer strict population control measures to help preserve the environment. He blames religion for overpopulation, particularly due to the encouragement of procreation and opposition to abortion and contraception.
As we move toward the end of the show, he still refuses to understand that the Columbus-first paradigm belonged to Washington Irving in the early 1800s and that scholars have recognized that the Vikings reached the New World first since the 1830s, and have had conclusive proof since the 1960s. He did concede, though, that “they” (the academics, presumably) don’t “harp” on Columbus being first anymore. Nevertheless, he believes that the ancients knew all about the Americas, a claim that goes back to the Spanish writers immediately after Columbus and has never been proved with a single map or text.
The interview returns to more 9/11 conspiracy questions, and Wolter tries to counter the host’s 9/11 Truther arguments about jet fuel and concrete. He does, however, explain that he has “disdain” for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, believes they should be tried for war crimes, and does not trust their official explanation of events on account of their duplicitousness.
Wolter finishes by lamenting that cable television’s overall ratings are down (he wrongly says industry ratings fell 40% year over year; he seems to be referring to A&E’s 36% summertime decline, part of a trend of declines between 14 and 36% at the top cable channels in July), and that as a result America Unearthed may not have a future now that ratings have fallen and H2 is gone. Wolter says he has future projects, but he can’t share what they are other than the “pretty important paper” he “published on my blog site,” i.e. his post on the so-called Jesus Ossuary.
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