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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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June 19, 2013 30

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White suprema­cists, anti-Semites, anti-government extrem­ists and con­spir­acy the­o­rists are among speak­ers sched­uled to appear at “Free­dom­palooza 2013,” orga­nized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pok­er­face and an anti-Semite and anti-government extrem­ist.   It is the third time Topete has orga­nized such an event in Penn­syl­va­nia, but he allegedly has plans to orga­nize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Free­dom­palooza will take place from July 4–6, 2013, in Bucks County in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.  Although a local restau­rant is pro­vid­ing the prop­erty and sell­ing food at the event, the pri­mary spon­sor (and  pro­moter) of the event is the Amer­i­can Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time white suprema­cist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speak­ers, many of the lat­ter com­ing from extrem­ist and fringe move­ments and causes.  One theme that unites many speak­ers is vir­u­lent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sen­ti­ment.  Two of the more promi­nent speak­ers, for exam­ple, are for­mer mem­bers of Con­gress:  Cyn­thia McK­in­ney and James Traf­i­cant.  McK­in­ney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has sup­ported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Pan­ther Party, while Traf­i­cant, since his release from prison on fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing and bribery con­vic­tions, has joined the Amer­i­can Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another sched­uled speaker is Jim Con­dit, Jr., who sev­eral times ran for Con­gress in Ohio, tak­ing advan­tage of his can­di­date sta­tus to obtain a plat­form for express­ing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speak­ers report­edly sched­uled to attend include Mer­lin Miller, the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party,  sev­eral Amer­i­can Free Press writ­ers, and Cyn­thia Steele, the wife of white suprema­cist attor­ney Edgar Steele (cur­rently serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence for con­spir­acy to mur­der Cyn­thia, a charge she claims is false).

Free­dom­palooza will also host a vari­ety of anti-government extrem­ist speak­ers, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral mili­tia groups, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Oath Keep­ers, and the Apple­seed Project, a marks­man­ship pro­gram that warns atten­dees that they may have to (lit­er­ally) fight the gov­ern­ment to main­tain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Own­ers of Amer­ica, a rad­i­cal gun rights group, and Jeff Christo­pher, a sher­iff from Delaware with ties to Michael Per­outka, for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the right-wing extrem­ist Con­sti­tu­tion Party.  Christopher’s bat­tle with the state of Delaware over that state’s deci­sion to elim­i­nate the arrest pow­ers of its three county sher­iffs has been much pro­moted by the Amer­i­can Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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