A story making the rounds on the internet alleges that an Ohio teenager said that her out of wedlock pregnancy occurred because one of the Nephilim came to her in July and impregnated her with Jesus Christ’s baby. “He told me that he was a Nephilim, like those described in the Bible,” the girl allegedly said. “He told me that he had a message from Jesus, He said that I was going to be pregnant, and that I would give birth to a son, Jesus’ son.” If the news report were true, it would be worth trying to disentangle the confused Nephilim theology, which appears to be derived more from the recent Freeform Shadowhunters TV series than esoteric religion. However, the story is a hoax, from the “satire” site World News Daily Report that social media and some international news outlets mistook for a real news report.
All too true, however, is the upset and terror that California comedian and podcaster Ryan Singer claims to feel in the face of supernatural monsters who may or may not be extraterrestrials. Singer runs a paranormal podcast called Me & Paranormal You in which he talks to individuals who have had paranormal experiences, and he says that his discussions with people who live in “a different reality” have transformed him. But it didn’t take a lot of effort since Singer says that his mother was a believer in a range of paranormal ideas. “It’s more fun to believe. That’s how I live my life. I will believe anything until someone can prove it is false and then I move on.”
And yet, his own behavior undermines the assertion that belief is either fun or beneficial. One thing that struck me was his admission that he is afraid of imaginary beings from Arabian lore:
I’m currently pretty terrified of djinn. Americans know about the bastardization of that idea as genies, but true djinn are not Robin Williams. I was reading about djinn and I actually became so scared that I opened an Etsy account so I could buy a protective necklace from a girl in Thailand. That’s a bit in my standup now, about being so scared of genies that, as an adult man, I set up an Etsy account. It’s a funny joke for the audiences, but I’m also supposed to be saving for a retirement and instead I’m covered in crystals I bought off the internet. I don’t do drugs anymore, but I do spend a lot of time with crystals. You have to get your juice from the universe somehow.
Is it really fun to waste money trying to save oneself from prehistoric supernatural myths? I don’t want to harp on the notion of harm, but it’s pretty clear that leaving one’s mind too far open leads to some terrible consequences.
Another case in point comes to us from the ConspiraSea paranoia cruise that wrapped up last week, as I briefly mentioned a few days ago. Colin McRoberts, a lawyer and a skeptic, attended and witnessed the most recent act in the ongoing saga of Sean David Morton, erstwhile Ancient Aliens pundit and current fake attorney. According to McRoberts, Morton portrayed himself as an expert in law and lectured attendees on the conspiracy theory cruise about bizarre extralegal tactics for making debts disappear, relying on a WordPress blog post he asserted was really a U.S. Supreme Court decision restricting federal courts’ jurisdiction to the District of Columbia. He also claimed to have had one of his books optioned for a “$100 million” movie or TV series. Morton was arrested upon disembarking the ConspiraSea cruise for conspiracy to defraud the United States (income tax fraud) as a result of following his own legal conspiracy theories. Morton then tried to get out of the indictment by creating a trust and naming his prosecutor as fiduciary, in some bizarre tactic that I wasn’t able to understand. He faces more than 600 years in prison.
Morton must be a pretty awful character to have been kicked off of Ancient Aliens after his first indictment—for psychic fraud, resulting in an $11 million judgment against him—considering that the show is happy to have on racists, advocates of anti-Semitic conspiracies, and other such distasteful claims—plus David Wilcock, who once appeared on Russian TV to denounce the United States.
Anyway, McRoberts had a fascinating blog post (linked above) in which he discussed his attempts to convince one of Morton’s audience members, whom he named only as Q, not to take Morton’s advice, or that of fellow fake legal expert Winston Shrout. The short answer is that McRoberts failed, for reasons you can read about in his blog post. He concluded, though, that the people who profit directly from organizing events where con artists and delusional halfwits spew lies that can, if implemented, lead believers to financial ruin or even prison deserve to be blamed for the damage they cause:
The cruise promoted Shrout and Morton and gave them the credibility they used to put people like Q in danger. Its promoters share some of the responsibility. I’m not naming names because I can’t tell, from the outside, where that responsibility should fall. But I know that they have the power to notify the people who paid them money for the privilege of learning at Morton’s feet that his lessons bear tragic fruit. And I don’t think they’re going to do it. For all the cruise’s high rhetoric about fighting abuses of power and supporting light energy and peace and justice, they seem very unconcerned with actually reaching out to help their own customers.
The same can be said of all the pseudosciences and the pseudohistories. They leave the vulnerable believing in things that are untrue, frighten them into paying for the next revelation of “truth,” and are blithely unconcerned for consequences. It’s upsetting to see that the same jackasses simply move on from one field to the next—Morton pretended to be a psychic, a theologian, an ancient astronaut theorist, a sexual guru, and a legal expert, just for starters—destroying everything in their path. And the only reason Morton got stopped is because he didn’t pay his taxes, just like Al Capone!
The lesson seems to be that you can get away with anything as long as the government gets its cut. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse than thinking that the government is plotting with the Nephilim to establish a Freemasonic dictatorship.
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