Pizzagate and the Luciferian Agenda

On 7th April, I presented a paper at the CenSAMM conference, Violence and Millenarian Movements, at the Panacea Trust in Bedford. My paper was entitled Pizzagate and the Luciferian Agenda, and you can watch the whole thing below. Here’s the abstract:

In November and December 2016, online accusations of a paedophile ring operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant led to the arrest of Edgar Welch (28) after threatening staff and firing several shots in an apparent attempt to liberate “child sex slaves”. This panic, known as pizzagate, began when leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s aide, Mike Podesta, were suggested to contain coded language by a number of users on web forums, who began to elaborate upon the narrative until it was widely taken as evidence of a nationwide satanic paedophile ring involving numerous politicians and other power brokers. It is rare is for a conspiracy theory such as this to escalate into violence so quickly, but two things are of particular interest here. First, this ties into the satanic ritual abuse scare of the early 1990s – a phenomenon intimately tied to a Manichaean understanding of the world promoted by certain evangelical millenarian Christians. These ideas have been nurtured and promoted by high-profile independent broadcasters such as Alex Jones, for whom they are part of a sweeping millennial narrative in which a global (and sometimes cosmic) cabal of Luciferians seek to decimate the world’s population and enslave the remains.

I recorded three interviews which will appear on the Religious Studies Project in future, and a full report will appear in the BASR Bulletin next month.

[Updated 28/04/2017 – higher quality video added.]

Corbyn Apocalypse?

Waiting for the result of the Labour Party leadership vote, I thought it was a good time to share this astonishing piece from the Daily Mail last month. To attack left-leaning Jeremy Corbyn, the right-wing paper published a fictionalised future history, a report of Jeremy Corbyn’s first 1000 days as Prime Minister of the UK.

‘Give him enough rope and he will hang himself,’ a Blairite had said when Corbyn was elected Labour leader. That was true enough. The only problem was that he had hung the country too.

Money woes: In this imagined future, Britain is £3trillion in debt, and the price of bread has rocketed to £5 a loaf

What’s interesting is that apocalypticism and millennialism frequently function like this – although we are used to thinking of prophecy as predictions of the future, perhaps it is more important to consider it as criticism of the present. It is is not about what must happen, but about what must change; and therefore, a successful prophecy could be not one that happens, but one that provokes action in the present which prevents the prediction from happening –  quite the opposite of the traditional way of thinking about it. Similarly, this function operates outside of “religious” contexts – although perhaps party political allegiances are “religious” as much as anything.

Among the ramifications of left-wing policy, according to the Daily Mail:

“One Direction went off on a US tour and never returned. Multi-millionaire comedians who had once cheered Labour couldn’t see the joke when confronted with a Labour Prime Minister who actually meant what he said about soaking the rich. The summer transfer window saw the Premier League’s biggest stars departing en masse.”

“With Corbyn abandoning the nuclear deterrent and slashing defence spending, US President Donald Trump announced that America could no longer regard Britain as a reliable ally.”

“When he sold our nuclear submarines to President Putin at a cut-price rate, Trump called for the UK’s expulsion from Nato”

“Protesting that he had never been guilty of anti-Semitism, the Prime Minister declared that Israel was the chief obstacle to peace in the Middle East, and described Islamic State as a partner in the peace process. He was photographed shaking hands at No 10 with the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terrorist organisations.”

That last one’s my favourite. The first two points I don’t have a problem with. If only Corbyn could have abolished the monarchy too…

You can read the full story here.

The Brethren in Scotland > The Religious Studies Project

A new interview by me at The Religious Studies Project – speaking to my friend the anthropologist Joseph Webster about the Brethren of Gardenstoun on the Aberdeenshire coast:

Anthropology “at home” – within our own culture, rather than that of some exotic Other – undermines many of the assumptions that the study of religion is based upon, and has the power to make “the strange familiar, and the familiar strange”.

Listen to the full interview at The Religious Studies Project.