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Highway to Hell? Or Is That Heaven?

By Casey Sanchez on December 6, 2007 - 11:05 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino, Conspiracies, Nativist Extremist

What’s in a highway? It depends, it turns out, on who you’re listening to.

Jerome CorsiFor years, nativist fearmongers and assorted conspiracy theorists have asserted that Interstate 35 — the highway that traverses the U.S. in a 1,568-mile path from Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minn. — is a part of a secret government plan that spells national ruin and an invasion of illegal immigrants. In the words of Jerome Corsi, the architect of the Swift boat attacks on John Kerry and a general conspiracy nut, the Bush Administration and various evil allies are “quietly but systematically” moving forward on “this key piece of the coming ‘North American Union’.” I-35, groups like the conspiracy-minded John Birch Society add, will soon be transformed into a 10-lane corridor designed expressly to bring in workers and products that will destroy American workers’ livelihoods and bring the much-feared union of Mexico, the United States and Canada one grim step closer to reality.

But wait! Now comes a whole new set of people with their own unusual ideas, and they say that I-35 isn’t evil after all — on the contrary, it’s the “Highway of Holiness,” the very same one prophesied in Isaiah 35:8: “And a highway will be there; it will be called the way of holiness.” This amazing news comes courtesy of CBN’s “The 700 Club,” the Christian Right television show hosted by Pat Robertson, who once blamed 9/11 on gays, feminists, abortionists and sundry liberals.

As recounted by 700 Club “reporter” Paul Strand (a tip of the hat to the folks at Pam’s House Blend for capturing this), a group of Texas-based Christian Right churches, “because of recent prophesies, dreams and visions,” are staging “purity sieges” up and down the highway at gay bars, abortion clinics, strip clubs and adult bookstores. Cindy Jacobs, one of the pastors behind the sieges, said she had received instructions from God to “[g]o to these cities and cry out for holiness and purity, and [then] I’ll come down and I’ll invade.”

200606nasco_home_page_09.jpgApparently, the “purity” campaign has saved at least one man from himself. In CBN’s report, “purity siegers” are seen praying and apparently converting James Stabile, a 19-year old gay man, into a heterosexual. “He just barely touched me and he said, ‘Fire!’ and I remember staggering back and I thought I was tripping on acid. It was the weirdest thing ever,” Stabile recounted. “And he said, ‘Fire!’ again and I fell in the Holy Ghost.” Stabile said he felt God “just came in and transformed me and radically saved me. … I didn’t feel the desires to be with men like I had felt before.”

At press time, I-35 remained an interstate and did not seem to have become a pathway for invasion, divine, demographic or otherwise. As The Washington Post’s Factchecker blog concluded, the theories surrounding I-35 are “a superhighway to nowhere.” But Paul Strand, CBN’s intrepid reporter, has a different take. “Some folks might think it odd,” Strand said as he wrapped up his report. “But how strange is it really that He’s using a highway to lead people to The Way?”

  • Callie369

    Hmmmmm……….It’s really strange that the Canadian government is freely admitting to the “super highway.” Before putting your mouth (or in this case fingers) in gear, do your homework.

  • DM

    Not to mention easily mislead, as can be seen by the comments posted above.

  • DM

    Ever since the hate group
    found this site. The comments are entertaining yet depressing because these people really are this racists and bigoted.

  • James

    the part of this highway through texas is being called the trans texas corridor and was done in secret between the governor and the texas department of transportation. they have gone so far as to have environmetal studies on ten suggested routes from Laredo, Texas to the Texas/Oklahoma border.

    This IS REAL.

    it should also be known that the lawfirm that is representing the Spanish based country who wants to operate this also as Former Mayor of NYC as a partner in the lawfirm. One Rudy Guiliani

  • Hal Shurtleff

    I am curious to know why an organization that is suppose to fight racism and anti-Semitism take a position on those who oppose the North American Union/ NAFTA Super Highway and so-called free tree agreements.

    In August of this year, I helped to man a table sponsored by The John Birch Society at the Conference of State Legislators Annual Convention in Boston. We spoke to hundreds of legislators from all 50 states and other parts of the world, union officials, legislative staffers, and others. With one or two exceptions, our message in opposition to the NAFTA Super Highway and opposition to NAFTA was well received. Legislators from the Left and Right thanked us for being there. Although I am not a trained psychiatrist, I would say that these attendees were sane. Legislators of different races and religious backgrounds were on our side on this issue.

    Sorry, folks, this issue won’t scare your donors and fill your coffer. Actually, it is working in our favor. Your hysterical and silly articles help to convince people that we are right and it makes you folks look foolish, irrelevant, or worse.

    If you are looking for hatred and racism, I suggest that you do a piece on the racist roots of La Raza and MALDEF and the large U.S. tax-exempt foundations which fund them.

  • Josef

    I find the attempts to connect being American with being Christian rather scary.

    What I find even more ironic is that somehow Mexico is a satanic tool. Even though they actually have a higher percentage of Christians in their population then the US does (though, like most of Latin America, they are mostly Catholic).

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind the idea of a North American Union. I think it would solve a lot of problems.

  • C. Mitchell Shaw

    If your readers will take the time to check the facts for themselves, they will find that there is, indeed, a plan to create a North American Union under the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership). The evidence is overwhelming. In fact, several states have passed resolutions through one or both houses of their legislatures to attempt to block the NAU and NAFTA Super Highway and many others have introduced it and are waiting to get it passed. Are all of these state legisltors “general conspiracy nut(s)”?

    Your story above carries a graphic from NASCO. If your visitors will look at NASCO’s website with a mind for the truth, I believe they will see that NASCO is planning a highway system that is part of a broader plan to merge North America into a regional government geared toward world government. Sounds insane? Check it out for yourself. You also mention “the conspiracy-minded John Birch Society” in your article. I would encourage your readers to visit the Birch Society’s website JBS.ORG and decide for themselves whether or not there is sufficient evidence to support the claims made.

  • the daily phosdex

    How much longer before these so-called “purity sieges” cross the all-too-thin line into sheer pseudoreligious hysteria fuelled by alcohol and misguided delusions?

  • Bob

    Fact: The EU started as the European Coal and Steel Community shortly after WWII. No one expected it to form the basis, decades later, of a political union for Europe — but that’s what happened.

    Fact: The NAFTA Superhighway plan is real. See government of Alberta’s web page on the subject:

    Fact: Several U.S. state legislatures have passed resolutions opposing North American integration. Are all of the state legislators who voted for those resolutions insane too?

    Fact: There has long been a movement to submerge the U.S. under some form of international governance. Try a Google search for “World Federalist Association” for instance. If the people who oppose world federalism and internationalism are insane, does that mean the World Federalist Association does not exist?

    Bottom line: If you think the U.S. should surrender its sovereignty, fine. Be up front about it. If you think the U.S. should maintain its sovereignty, fine too — but be up front about it. But neither side should call the other names or insinuate that the opposition is crazy. This is an important debate about an important issue that will affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It’s time for all sides to be honest about it and debate the matter openly — and that means you too SPLC!

  • unlucky 13

    All people who are insane go from one delusion to the next.If the Christians in this piece hear God’s voice , literally ,they are in need of psychiatric services.As for the NAFTA highway ,just what is the problem to begin with?More trade , bigger roads connecting nations.Leave lunatics together their insanity feeds on one another and clashes become a potential problem.Good luck to all of them though.No point in commenting to harshly on the mentally ill.