Ron Paul, the John Birch Society, and Fatima Center Founder Fr. Nicholas Gruner... in 1998! (Video)
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Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 02:37:07 PM EST
Upcoming Conference Is Not Ron Paul's First Project with Fatima Center Founder

Ron Paul will give the keynote speech at the week-long Fatima Center conference on September 11.  The schedule includes an assortment of "New World Order" conspiracy theory peddlers who distort rational discourse with tales of a coming U.N. and Jewish-led one world government.   Scheduled presentations include "We're Being Led to a One-World Government and One-World Religion" by John Birch society president John McManus and one titled "Masonry in European Politics," recently removed due to the cancellation of Italian neofascist Roberto Fiore.

This is not the first time that Paul has been involved in a conspiracy-themed project with Father Nicholas Gruner, the founder of the Ontario-based Fatima Center.  In 1998 the John Birch Society produced and marketed a film promoting the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, a bill sponsored in the U. S. Congress by Ron Paul calling for withdrawal from the United Nations.  The film includes the participation of Fr. Gruner and a total of five speakers who are also speaking at the Fatima Conference.  In the film Paul claims that the United Nations is coming to get your guns and your property. Resistance will be futile, Paul warns, and "If the United Nations has their way, there will be curtailment of our right to practice religion."

The 30-minute John Birch Society film includes five of the speakers who will be participating in the Fatima Center conference this coming week: Ron Paul; Fr. Nicholas Gruner, founder of the Fatima Center; John McManus,  president of JBS; William Jasper, editor of the JBS magazine New American; and Cornelia Ferreira.  Ferreira is another radical traditionalist Catholic who writes and speaks about claimed takeover of the church by a Masonic conspiracy and "liberal churchmen" who are in league with a "Luciferian revolution."

Additional speakers in the JBS film included: Aaron Zelman (now deceased) of Jews for Preservation of Firearms; William Norman Grigg, then senior editor of New American; and Dr. Michael Coffman.

Coffman, a global warming sceptic, is CEO of Sovereignty International, Inc. and also  leads Environmental Perspectives, Inc.   Coffman was one of the early promoters of the claim that environmentalism is a competing religion with Christianity and is that "false environmental catastrophes like global warming are being used to justify the need for world government and a pantheistic-based (nature is god) religion." [Correction: This article previously identified Coffman as former secretary of state of Colorado and U.S. Congressman for Colorado's 6th district. This is a different Michael Coffman.] See references to Ferreira in a 2006 Anti-Defamation League report on anti-Semitism in Argentina at the end of the article.

An 8:18 segment of the 30-minute video is embedded below.  This is a poor quality copy posted by a second party and only shows a brief glimpse of Fr. Gruner.  The entire video can be viewed at LibertyInOurTime Youtube page, but the embedding feature has been disabled to that copy.   Link her to watch the full video. Fr. Gruner can be seen very briefly at about 28 seconds into this embedded clip.

 photo grunerinjbsmovie_zps863dcb26.jpg In the  full length film:

William Jasper is first seen at 2:21
Fr. Nicholas Gruner at 2:41
Cornelia Ferreira at 24:42 following a graphic of Catholic Family News.
John McManus at 16:00.
Ron Paul is featured throughout the film.

At 24:42 in the full length film there is a graphic of Catholic Family News with a headline reading "One-World Church Starts Up." The publication is edited by John Vennari, who is also speaking at the Fatima Center conference, Pathways to Peace.

 photo catholicfamilynews_zps370afede.jpg

The film is strikingly similar to some of the apocalyptic "left behind" films produced by John Hagee and other marketers of end times prophecy fiction. Many of those narratives also parallel secular anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, with Jews leading a supernatural demonic agenda that culminates in the Antichrist. Scenes in the JBS film change to black and white when United Nations bullies in dark sunglasses come to snatch children from their homes and force them to go to public schools. Depictions of the United Nations` infiltration are interspersed with images invoking Nazi Germany.

The close of the film reveals it's purpose as a message in support of the American Sovereign Restoration Act that Paul introduced in the U.S. Congress in 1997. It never went to a vote and Paul re-introduced it in 2009.

The John Birch Society and it's brand of paleoconservatism  has been making a comeback across the country.  JBS media has been used extensively through Tea Party organizations and in concert with Ron Paul's "revolution."  The reemergence of the popularity of the organization prompted author Claire Conner to publish her new book Wrapped in the Flag.  Conner had a front row seat to the birth of the JBS - her parents were the first two JBS members in Chicago and Claire was signed up at the age of thirteen.  Today she is a progressive who views with concern the growing popularity of the JBS' conspiratorial worldview and narratives.

Fr. Gruner heads the Fatima Center, claimed to be the largest Fatima apostolate in the world.  As noted in the previous articles on the conference, the schismatic priest is not recognized in his diocese but claims to have good standing with the Roman Catholic Church through an archbishop in India.  Gruner's Fatima Crusaders believe that nations will soon be destroyed if mandates from the Virgin Mary are not soon fulfilled.  These mandates are claimed to have been given to three Portuguese children in 1917.  The Fatima Center's media is filled with New World Order conspiracy and overtly anti-Semitic conspiracy narratives, as documented by Talk2action.org's Bruce Wilson in numerous articles. See quotes and transcripts here, here, and here.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has made a distinction between traditionalist Catholics and twelve radical traditionalist groups that promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. One of the twelve is Gruner's Fatima apostolate.  Gruner was questioned in reference to the controversy over Ron Paul's participation in the upcoming conference.  Gruner denied being anti-Semitic, but then denied the Holocaust.  Gruner continued, "A question that nobody has been able to answer for me, is how can you have six million die, and have 13 million left, when you only had 13 million to start with?"

Following is reference to Cornelia Ferreira in the Anti-Defamation League Report on Anti-Semitism in Argentina 2006.

On the other hand, the Bulletin of the Patriotic Civic Centre included a series of articles where it was described what is hidden behind the Masonry and which are its anti-Catholic goals. In an article by Cornelia Ferreira about the book “Blood on the Altar”, it was affirmed that an example of an attack against the Catholic Church was the celebration of the Vatican Council II, which would provoke “the Judaization of the Church on the part of the Order of the Eastern Templaries” (the highest secret society for the elite of the Masonry). Both the Massons and the Jews –through Kabalah, the Talmud and through their own “Jewish Masonry”, the B’nei B’rith”- were inculpated of “fomenting the adoration of Satan, the black magic, sexual depravations and paedophile”. All this system “would be supported by the Orwellian concept of the dual mind, encouraged by the Kabalah”.

Additionally, “the responsibility of the Jews in the creation of the New World Order” was manifested, “which is supported by the mental control of the Jews across the planet, where neither Israel nor the United States, “the great Jewish State”, respect the sovereignty of the rest of the peoples”. This situation is the “culmination of the road initiated by the French Revolution, the Communism, and the Jewish-Bolchevique promises of equality and freedom”.




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Rachel, just to add some more data. Ron Paul has a long history of either him personally or a congressional aide being involved with Freedom21 conferences which are closely linked to opposition to Agenda21. Michael Coffman has appeared at almost all of these Freedom21 conferences. In 2001, Ron Paul was confirmed as a keynote speaker. Ron Paul has either directly participated as a speaker or workshop leader, while in six of ten years Kent Snyder, his executive director of the Liberty Committee, has made a presentation. In 2009, Catherine Bleish, Ron Paul's executive director for the Liberty Restoration Project and a Jekyll Island and `continental congress' participant also made a presentation at the Freedom21 conference. Essentially, all of the conferences have been about how global elites, including those in the United States, have conspired through the United Nations and its programs for combating global warming, promoting biological diversity, and promoting sustainable development to deprive Americans of their property and freedom. If not the United Nations, then activists were encouraged to stop the North American Union, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, and the North American Free Trade Agreement Superhighway. More importantly, the conferences have also emphasized how local training and organizing can combat this "secret government" and nefarious agenda. In recent years, the broad Christian Right has become opposed to Agenda21 and views it as part of a secret plot to deprive Americans of their guns and property, leading to their enslavement. In this, there are no substantive differences between the Christian Right, the Patriot militia movement, the Tea Party movement, and the Hard Right. What we are witnessing is how this broad movement is coming together via ideological affinities rather than theological convergences. They are sharing an overarching conspiratorial narrative that allows different segments--ranging from the Christian Right to Christian Identity to Holocaust deniers--to participate in a movement against the federal government without compromising whatever core principles they may hold.

by James Estrada Scaminaci on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 03:32:12 PM EST
..."What we are witnessing is how this broad movement is coming together via ideological affinities rather than theological convergences. They are sharing an overarching conspiratorial narrative that allows different segments--ranging from the Christian Right to Christian Identity to Holocaust deniers--to participate in a movement against the federal government without compromising whatever core principles they may hold."

I strongly agree with your assessment that the conspiratorial narratives are serving as the glue. This is a key insight which has generally eluded the American left, mainstream media, and liberal/progressive media as well. And much of academia, for that matter.

by Bruce Wilson on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:02:06 PM EST
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This subject seriously worries me. Everywhere in the States, people are discussing the new world order, the illuminati, the elite. It's very concerning. I have even encountered this in the workplace. I don't say anything for fear of what other conspiracy they may dream up. Some people become quite agitated during a debate. I've known some to engage in survivalist measures and preparations with plan to live "off the grid" in Alaska. When I ask some of these people where their information sources are, they may give one or two resources and nothing substantial, no cross-references, or no proven research. Anymore, I just agree with people just to keep peace and avoid harassment or workplace discrimination. I kid you not!  

by anonymouspost on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:21:35 AM EST
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