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Ron Paul, Birch President to Speak at Anti-Semitic Conference

By Don Terry on August 20, 2013 - 10:28 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Radical Traditionalist Catholic

Beyond the obvious, what do a far-right Italian politician, the president of the John Birch Society and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul have in common?

In early September, the men are all scheduled to speak – along with a lengthy list of archconservative clergy, lawyers and academics – at a conference in Canada sponsored by the Fatima Center, part of the “radical traditionalist Catholic” movement, perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.

Paul, the former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate, is the keynote speaker of the weeklong conference slated for Sept. 8-13 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A physician before entering politics, Paul got into considerable hot water in 2008 when The New Republic published “Angry White Man,” an article about the contents of newsletters he published. What the newsletters revealed, the magazine reported, “are decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews and gays.” Paul denied writing the newsletters that bore his name.

The conference is titled, “Fatima: The Path to Peace” and “is a call,” according to a Fatima Center press release, “to a return to sanity in the government of the world and the Church, for the two cannot be separated.”

Also scheduled to speak is Roberto Fiore, an Italian politician, who, when he won a seat to the European Parliament in 2008, was described by a fellow member of the body as “absolutely the most extreme person who has ever served in the European Parliament.”

John F. McManus, the president of the archconservative John Birch Society (JBS) is also listed as a speaker at the Canadian conference. JBS has been dogged for decades by charges of anti-Semitism, accusations society leaders vehemently deny. Those same leaders, however, take great pride in JBS being at the forefront of the conspiracy-fueled attacks on Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan for sustainable development around the world.

The Fatima Center said it has assembled at least 27 speakers for the conference.

“All speakers share one thing in common,” its press release said, “a keen understanding that the nations of the world suffer profound disorder, that evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, that war and violence steadily increase, that the stability of our entire social order is at stake, and that a solution to the present chaos is of utmost necessity.”

After his talk in Canada, McManus has an appointment south of the border in Washington, D.C., to speak at yet another conference of radical traditionalist Catholicism, also known as “integrism” or Catholic separatism.

The so-called “Catholic Restoration Conference VII” is slated for Sept. 13-15 and is sponsored by “In the Spirit of Charters” Committee (ISOC).

One of the speakers scheduled to join McManus at the D.C. conference is E. Michael Jones, the South Bend, Ind.-based editor of Culture Wars magazine. The magazine’s cover stories have included “Judaizing: Then and Now,” “The Judaism of Hitler,” and “Shylock Comes to Notre Dame.”

In an article raging about a new president of Notre Dame University several years ago, Jones charged that anyone who went to a mainstream university would emerge “with a Jewish world view … and maybe a Jewish spouse.”

  • Gene Robin

    I was a big supporter of Ron Paul when he ran for the 2012 elections. His message about free-market capitalism (republic, sound money, individual liberty) is the correct message for rational civilization. Ron Paul did not study Ayn Rand good enough and his religious affiliation (his brother is an anti-Semitic priest and into conspiracies) hold him back, but he was still better than other politicians. The worst part is that Ron Paul grassroot movement, “libertarians”, was taken over by collectivists and populists – neo-Nazi or anarchists. I hope Rand take a clear stand now.

  • Mah Nhe

    @AWAKE … you are not awake at all

    “Roberto Fiore is an Italian politician and a founding member of the European third position movement which is against both communism and capitalism. He is the leader of the Italian party Forza Nuova. He self-identified as a fascist” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Fiore

    Ron Paul at the JBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    Time to wake up…

  • Tyra

    @Sam

    exactly what I was thinking.

  • http://nobodyeverlistenstome.com molly cruz

    Wonder what the Pope thinks? Do you suppose he’s been consulted? I suspect not, somehow.

  • g.e. stinson

    erika, this is sheer genius, so good i have to post it again.

    “Ron Paul’s involvement with radical traditionalist Catholics no doubt explains his glaring break with Libertarian doctrine when it comes to the area of sexual and reproductive freedom since he is one of those guys who wants the government to be so small that it can fit in a vagina. in fact, it seems that the only thing that Ron Paul wants the government to regulate is people’s sex lives.

    Hanging out with these crazy radical traditionalist Catholic loons provides a definite explaination for why he takes such a ridiculous position.”

  • Erika

    Thomas, as if i am going to take the opinion of someone who used to work for a group whose primary claim to fame was warning people of the insidious dangers of Flouride and claiming that Dwight D. Eisenhower was a Communist about what is normal.

    And yes, any doubt that the radical traditional Catholics are loons is removed by the fact that they want to hang out with Ron Paul and The John Birch Society

    No run along, honey, and look for the Great International Communist Conspiracy hiding under your bed because i hear that they made an alliance with the Boogeyman.

  • CM

    Oh, and by the way, Mr. Eddlem, I see that the JBS is still selling “None Dare Call It Conspiracy,” by the late Gary Allen, a former JBS spokesman and speechwriter for George Wallace. The JBS currently describes it thusly: “Though somewhat dated, this book by Gary Allen remains a classic in exposing the new world order conspiracy.” I haven’t read the book, and wouldn’t on a bet, but according to an ADL report, it’s much admired by Louis Farrakhan:

    “At a gathering in Chicago on March 19, 1995, passing his lecture off as a scholarly history lesson, Farrakhan promoted the anti-Jewish conspiracy theories of white supremacist
    writer Gary Allen, whose book, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, has been heavily distributed by
    the John Birch Society. Farrakhan lavished praise upon Allen’s work, announcing that ‘I’d like
    to get 10,000 copies of it, have everybody read it.’”

    Note that this speech was made during your tenure as director of research for the JBS.

  • Linnea

    Ron Paul, Birchers… it was only a matter of time before they found each other, as far as I’m concerned. This should put an end to any claims that Paul is a liberal.

  • aadila

    Thomas R Eddlem what are you weeping about? The JBS seems to do a pretty good job of besmirching its own name without outside agitators and do-gooder libs fingering your moral bankruptcy.

    You have as much admitted that your role was to whitewash over any claims of anti-semitism. You expect us to believe you actually care if hate crime advocates pay your bills?

  • CM

    Thomas R. Eddlem said,
    ON AUGUST 21ST, 2013 AT 5:40 PM
    “I was the Director of Research for the John Birch Society from 1990-2000 …”

    Oh, so you’re a specialist in political fiction.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Well, Greg Groebner…are you going to expand on your little theory about this conference?

    Just so that we can smack you down.

    I suspect you’re just a “hit-and-run” troll.

  • Thomas R. Eddlem

    CM:

    I was the Director of Research for the John Birch Society from 1990-2000, and one of my jobs was to write periodically to the ADL and ask them to reply in writing if they thought the JBS was anti-Semitic. We’d then distribute the ADL’s response — which was always something to the effect of: “no, but we don’t like your politics” — to staff and members who wondered if the JBS was anti-Semitic.

    And the JBS has had no connections with Willis Carto since he became an anti-Semite in 1961-ish. (Carto did write a couple of articles for the JBS’ American Opinion magazine early on.)

    But that’s really the point here: People throw around vague accusations like “close connections” — or the author of this piece “hard-core anti-Semites” — and we’re just supposed to swallow it without any evidence whatsoever. And we’re supposed to tremble at “crazy, radical, traditional Catholic loons.”

    Guys, it’s not working any more.

  • aadila

    Meanwhile, speaking of the Canadians — Senator Ted Cruz, also of Texas (or is it Mexico, or is it Canada?) — is losing prestige hand over fist. Cruz might have renounced his Canadian citizenship, but he’ll have a hard time winning back the credibility of the right wing ultranationalist Tea Party fringe who had hoped to send him straight from freshman year at the Senate to the White House.

  • Aron

    Greg I know who you are: I’ve seen your anti-Semitic and radical Catholc rants elsewhere. Get lost, loser.

  • CM

    Mr. Eddlem,

    Perhaps you’d care to provide a link to someplace where the Anti-Defamation League, as an organization, says the John Birch Society is not anti-Semitic? Because it appears to me that the most positive spin you can put on the ADL’s view of the JBS is that the former hasn’t specifically accused the latter of any *recent* anti-Semitic statements or activities. The ADL does, however, make regular reference to the JBS’ habit of espousing ridiculous conspiracy theories and its close connections with known anti-Semites like Willis Carto.

    The question I’d like someone to answer is, why would Ron Paul, professedly a dedicated follower of the atheist Ayn Rand, hang around with any of these people or groups? Having seen some of his newsletters, I think the answer is clear: because if it weren’t for extremists, conspiratorialists, gold bugs and other crackpots, he would have no audience.

  • Greg Groebner

    If the SPLC is against it, it’s likely a worthwhile conference.

  • Reynardine

    Mr. Worthington: the group hosting it is exactly anti-Semitic. Learn to read.

  • Erika

    Ron Paul’s involvement with radical traditionalist Catholics no doubt explains his glaring break with Libertarian doctrine when it comes to the area of sexual and reproductive freedom since he is one of those guys who wants the government to be so small that it can fit in a vagina. in fact, it seems that the only thing that Ron Paul wants the government to regulate is people’s sex lives.

    Hanging out with these crazy radical traditionalist Catholic loons provides a definite explaination for why he takes such a riduculous position.

  • Thomas R. Eddlem

    “Perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America”? Such as the John Birch Society, even though the ADL says it isn’t anti-Semitic? It seems to me that the SPLC is the only group that has “dogged” the JBS with charges of anti-Semitism in recent decades, and without a scintilla of evidence. It’s not unlike the smear of the Fatima Center, for which this article provides zero evidence to support the salacious charge. “Perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America”? Perhaps not.

  • AWAKE

    SLPC’s agenda is clear. Sleeping fools sheepishly follow. This is propaganda, not truth.

  • David Worthington

    The article would be much stronger if it substantiated the claim in the headline that it will be an “anti-Semitic” conference. It may well be, but the article doesn’t demonstrate this.

  • concernedcitizen

    This is ridiculous and should be considered an insult to anyone who considers themselves a Catholic. Since when do real Christians believe in separatism?

  • Mary Jane Stone

    I encountered intense pro Israel supporters last year during the campaign who voiced something like swooning support for Ron Paul. I was told a few times that since I didn’t have the bloodline I couldn’t possibly understand. Please also note the warm public affection displayed between Romney and the prime minister of Israel, When canvassing I was advised a number of times by Jewish voters that Romney is a high official in a church that was (and is) baptizing deceased Holocaust victims by proxy into its ranks. I was glad that they knew. Jews should give much thought to the positions of such Republicans, making sure that they know of the men’s positions and backgrounds before giving them any support.

  • Sam Molloy

    I have to assume Fatima Siad, the fashion model, will be featured on the posters for this event.

  • Dan Zabetakis

    “…the government of the world and the Church, for the two cannot be separated.”

    Ah, so not only are they anti-Semitic, but also anti-American too.

    The words liberty and freedom have been co-opted to mean their opposites.

  • Reynardine

    Evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, all right…the evil and immorality of bigots and Randroids like these.