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August 12, 2013 0

Fringe Catholic Conference Features Anti-Semitic And Conspiracy-Oriented Speakers

The Catholic Restora­tion Con­fer­ence VII, spon­sored by “In the Spirit of Chartres” Com­mit­tee (ISOC), a fringe Catholic group, will offer a plat­form to a num­ber of anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented speak­ers in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Sep­tem­ber 13–15, 2013.  This year’s con­fer­ence includes a right-wing extrem­ist who has run for Con­gress and the pres­i­dent of the far-right John Birch Society.catholic-restoration-conference-washington

ISOC is made up of rad­i­cal tra­di­tional Catholics who reject many of the changes insti­tuted by the Catholic Church dur­ing the Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil and openly espouse anti-Semitic views. For exam­ple, on its web­site, ISOC pro­motes the idea that the forged anti-Semitic work, The Pro­to­cols of Zion, is actu­ally “a no-forgery dec­la­ra­tion of war against Chris­t­ian civilization.”

In addi­tion to anti-Semites and con­spir­acy the­o­rists, the con­fer­ence will include Catholic cre­ation­ists, who use pseudo-science to assert that the Bible gives an accu­rate account of the cre­ation of the uni­verse.  The fol­low­ing speak­ers are sched­uled to appear at the conference.

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E. Michael Jones

E. Michael Jones is an anti-Semitic Catholic writer and pub­lisher of the mag­a­zine Cul­ture Wars.  Jones pro­motes the view that Jews are ded­i­cated to prop­a­gat­ing and per­pe­trat­ing attacks on the Catholic Church and moral stan­dards, social sta­bil­ity, and polit­i­cal order through­out the world.  He por­trays the Jew­ish reli­gion as inher­ently treach­er­ous and bel­liger­ent towards Chris­tian­ity.  Jones also blames Jews for Bol­she­vism, Freema­sonry, and an alleged con­tem­po­rary “Jew­ish takeover of Amer­i­can culture.”

Jim Con­dit Jr. is an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist. In 2010, Con­dit ran for U.S. Con­gress in Ohio’s 8th dis­trict as a can­di­date from the Con­sti­tu­tion Party, a right-wing extrem­ist fringe polit­i­cal party.  He has attempted Con­gres­sional runs many times before, includ­ing in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  In 2005, Con­dit broad­cast ads that linked the 9/11 attacks to Israel. He also alleges that Jews manip­u­late major Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions and his­tor­i­cal events.

John Sharpe is a for­mer naval offi­cer and an anti-Semite. Sharpe attended a 2006 con­fer­ence orga­nized by Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion, and was tem­porar­ily placed on admin­is­tra­tive leave from the Navy in 2007 when infor­ma­tion sur­faced about his role in the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic orga­ni­za­tions. The Legion of St. Louis appears to be inac­tive but Sharpe still heads IHS.

John F. McManus is pres­i­dent of the conspiracy-oriented John Birch Soci­ety (JBS).  JBS pro­motes numer­ous the­o­ries that accuse the U.S. of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment and attempt­ing to con­trol cit­i­zens through var­i­ous plots. Most recently, JBS has focused on Agenda 21, a United Nations action plan for achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment world­wide. JBS cir­cu­lates con­spir­acy the­o­ries alleg­ing that Agenda 21 is a plan by the U.N. to cre­ate a total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment with con­trol over every aspect of people’s lives.

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