Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Dark Ages

Once in a great while, Alex Jones says something so offensive, so absurd, so wrong that I actually feel unclean after hearing it. My stomach lurches and I think, "Gawd, that's so evil I don't even want to blog about it." The most recent examples are his assertion that the Anti-Defamation League was probably behind the Holocaust Museum shooting*, and that people who suffer schizophrenia aren't mentally ill, they're demons.**

But even those two statements, appalling and untrue as they are, don't quite match up to what Jones said on last Thursday's broadcast. He was talking again about human sacrifice, and this time - to his credit - he actually mentioned Caucasian forms of the practice (Druidic, Nordic, etc). Then he added, "The Jews were constantly turning back to human sacrifice."

Excuse me? Are we in the Middle Ages? First he attributes mental illness to the supernatural, then he dusts off one of the worst anti-semitic slurs of history; that the Jews have practiced ritual sacrifice.

I would like to give Jones the benefit of the doubt, and assume that he's simply confusing Jews with the Molech-worshipping Ammonites and Canaanites of the Bible, who allegedly sacrificed children to their god. He may think that when the Jews turned to worshiping a golden calf during the Exodus, they must have embraced human sacrifice as well. However, that doesn't alter the fact that human sacrifice was repeatedly proscribed in the Old Testament. It has always been reviled by Jews and Christians.

Of course, that didn't stop Christians from accusing Jews of ritually slaughtering Christian children at Passover. Desperate to separate themselves from the religious tradition of which they were only a minor sect, and eager to consolidate their power over the peoples of Europe, Medieval Christians routinely leveled charges of murder and cannibalism at the continent's Jewish population. Most commonly, Jewish men would be accused of abducting Christian, pre-adolescent boys and killing them in hidden chambers beneath synagogues, draining their blood to be baked into their matza. Catholics venerated the relics of these so-called child martyrs. The first, and most famous, was William of Norwich, a 12-year-old tanner's apprentice murdered in 1144. The crime was never solved, but blame fell on the Jews of Norwich. Anti-semitism was already rife throughout England, and the tensions in Norwich came to a bloody end in 1190 - the entire Jewish population of the town was slaughtered.

The blood libel continued long past the Middle Ages. In 1911, a young Ukrainian boy named Andrei Yushchinsky was killed and a Jewish man, Menachem Mendel Beiliss, was charged with murdering him. The lead detective in the case was fired for refusing to hew to the ritual murder theory of the crime. Investigating on his own, he learned that a criminal gang with which Andrei was associated was probably responsible. They had feared the boy would rat on them.
One of the state's expert witnesses was Professor Ivan Sikorsky, a psychologist at Kiev State University (and father to the man who developed the first helicopter). Sikorsky gave his opinion that Andrei's death was, indeed, a ritual murder committed by a gang of Jews.
Beiliss was acquitted in 1913.

In 1928, a four-year-old girl named Barbara Griffiths wandered away from her home in the village of Massena, New York. Because Yom Kippur was two days away, some locals immediately leapt to the conclusion that the village's small Jewish community had abducted her for a ritual sacrifice. The police began questioning Jews, including the rabbi, in the belief that this was entirely possible.
One day later, little Barbara was found in the woods - alive and well. She had simply gotten lost.

In 1986, Syria's completely insane defense minister, Mustafa Tlass, published a book entitled The Matzoh of Zion. You can guess what it was about.

I would love to say that Christians and Muslims finally smartened up and stopped spreading this horseshit, but the sad fact is the blood libel persists to this day in certain quarters. The Yushchinsky murder is still cited by anti-semites and religious supremacists, who claim it was covered up and that the prosecuting attorney in the case, G.G. Zamyslovsky, was put to death for writing a book about it. Recently, someone erected a sign on Andrei's gravestone: "Ritually murdered by Jews in 1911". Other instances:

  • In 1955, a retarded bitch Chicago woman named Lyrl Clark Van Hyning (publisher of Eustace Mullins) attributed the brutal murders of three young boys to a Jewish ritual. Brothers John and Anton Schuessler Jr., along with their friend Bobby Peterson, had disappeared en route to a movie matinee. They were found a short time later, strangled and beaten to death. Frau Van Hyning believed that details in a Chicago Sun Times article were indicative of Judaic human sacrifice: an unidentified grain was found on the bodies (flour for the blood matzo, founding John Bircher Revilo P. Oliver contended), and "Kabalistic symbols" were carved into the boys' flesh (though an entry in the ragingly anti-semitic Ziopedia referred to the patterns, correctly, as being caused by the floor mat of a car, "probably a Hewitt or some other luxury brand such as a rich Jew might possess". Actually, it was a Packard.) The ritual murder theorists insisted that Anton Schuessler, Sr., was also murdered by the city's Jewish community, specifically a psychiatrist. Mr. Schuessler did die during electroshock treatment administered for his crippling depression, but the stories of his widow being paid off by Jews are unfounded. Nearly 40 years later, the Schuessler-Peterson murders were found to be the work of Kenneth Hansen, a pedophile who belonged to the local "Horse Mafia", the same group of cons and crooks responsible for the disappearance of candy heiress Helen Brach. Though the leader, Silas Jayne, bore a slight resemblance to Norman Mailer, not one of these men was Jewish. Sadly, though, when you Google "1955 Chicago murders", most of the top hits involve "Jewish ritual murder".
  • If you search for "ritual abuse" on YouTube, one of the first vids you'll find is a clip from an 1989 Oprah show about Satanic ritual abuse. A heavyset, thirtyish woman called "Rachel" (real name Vicki Polin) explains that her outwardly Jewish family has practiced Satanism since the seventeenth century. Like all SRA victims of the '80s, Vicki was sexually assaulted and forced to participate in human sacrifice from a tender age. Some of the women in her family, being overweight, were able to successfully hide pregnancies - enabling them to be "breeders" for the cult. Their infants were born in secret, then ritually sacrificed. Vicki was impregnated by her own father five times, and forced to have abortions. But like most SRA victims of the '80s, Vicki had no idea that everyone in her family worshipped Satan. She really thought they were nice, middle-class Jews living in the Midwest. Then, as an adult, she recovered her repressed memories. Unlike the average '80s SRA victim, Vicki is still telling her story. She moved to Baltimore, became a therapist, and established The Awareness Center Inc. A bio of her that appeared on Henry Makow's website last year provides additional information: Vicki's family was part of the Illuminati, which evolved from the Frankist movement of the 18th century. (I guess Makow missed the part about Vicki's family practicing Satanism in the 17th century, but that's understandable. I'm pretty sure a guy who calls his website "Save the Males" doesn't watch Oprah often.) All of this is in complete contradiction to what Vicki's therapist, Tina Grossman, said on Oprah in '89. Grossman related Jewish/Satanic ritual abuse to pre-Judaic Paganism that incorporated human sacrifice. In 2004, Vicki told a rabbi that many rabbis imported "Sabbatean Satanism" to the U.S. from Europe, and her family's rabbi was a member of the cult. She was sexually abused on top of Torah scrolls laid on the floor of the synagogue.
  • In 2005, 500 Russian clerics, Duma members, and intellectuals supposedly signed a petition calling for the government to outlaw all Jewish organizations. The signatories believe that all Jewish groups are "hate groups", and in support of this contention the petition cited an 1884 work incorrectly attributed to Dr. Vladimir Ivanovich Dal: “Criminal investigation into the murder by Jews of Christian infants and the use of their blood". The same year, Russian anti-semites fingered Jews in the still-unsolved murders of five young boys and demanded that the authorities begin searching bakeries that produce matzo.
  • Every year, Catholics in the village of Rinn, Austria, still trot out the preserved remains of a 3-year-old boy named Andreas Oxner. He apparently died in 1462, but it was not until 1642 that his death was openly blamed on Jews.
Among all these absurd and implausible allegations, you will fail to find one very important thing: Evidence. There is simply no evidence. There is no reason to believe that Jews practiced human sacrifice at any time in the history of Judaism. Whether you're talking about Hebrews in ancient Egypt or baby-killers in Chicago, it just didn't happen.

*If you hate the Anti-Defamation League as much as Jones does, you should consider blaming anti-semites for its existence. It was created in response to the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, president of the Atlanta chapter of B'nai Brith. He had been falsely convicted of murdering Mary Phagan, a young girl who worked in his uncle's pencil factory. When locals learned that his death sentence had been overturned, a mob stormed the jail and lynched Frank.
**If schizophrenics are demons, then demons spend a great deal of their time embroidering tea towels and taking in stray cats and watching game shows, because my grandmother is schizophrenic.


Anonymous said...

The ADL is " of the ugliest, most powerful pressure groups in the US...Its primary commitment is to use any technique, however dishonest and disgraceful, in order to defame and silence and destroy anybody who dares to criticize the Holy State ('Israel')."
- Noam Chomsky, MIT Prof.

Russell said...

I didn't hear this particular Alex quote, but it wouldn't surprise me. The guy is a good friend of Texe Marrs, after all. What's even spookier is that people at the Infowars comment sections are always after Alex for "not being anti-Semitic enough."

Anonymous said...


TK said...

"The Jews were constantly turning back to human sacrifice."

Wow, just...WTF?

I'm so glad I didn't actually hear that. Some kind of vein in my head might have popped.

Highland Host said...

Alex Jones might be referring to some of the charges brought against Israel by the pre-exilic prophets - wich would be, oh, about two and a half thousand years ago. Obviously the said prophets were Jews who were basically telling their countrymen to stop imitating the Canaanites and the other nations round about and jolly well get back to being Jews, which meant STOPPING human sacrifice. There were people (like king Manasseh of Judah) who went into Molech worship, but like I say, the poiint was they were apostates (technical term meaning in this case a Jew who adopts pagan religious practices). There is NO record of any Jewish people practicing human sacrifice AFTER the exile - in other words, for the last two thousand years plus.

Human sacrifice has NEVER been a part of Jewish religious beliefs, and is in fact forbidden in the Torah in the plainest language. So, who are we going to believe? A bunch of anti-Semitic bigots? Or actual scholars of Jewish culture and society? The informed or the ignorant?

S.M. Elliott said...

Well put, HH. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Russell, the above quote is not by alex jones, its by Noam Chomsky, and the quote isn't anti-semitic, except to the paranoid.

Jones sites comment sections are not riddled with anti- semitic comments, either. Maybe one in four hundred posts, which hardly makes it 'Stormfront' lite.

Anonymous said...

I am not Jones fan or antisemite but the truth of the so-called blood libel has been attested to by modern research and Jewish scholars who distinguish facts and political correctness

Etc., etc.,

S.M. Elliott said...

There is not one damn thing in either of those articles that in any way confirms the blood libel of Jews ritually sacrificing Christian children on holy days. Not one. So what are you on about, Anon? It's not just politically correct to reject the blood libel; it's historically correct. Jews do not engage in human sacrifice. Period.

Anonymous said...

SME, I was the anon at the top here...I dont beleive in the blood libel stuff...I dont know what the bottom anon is about either...but cultures do sacrifice their own, and other peoples , children- its called war.

the_last_name_left said...

Could we have some verification of the Chomsky quote? Where did he say it? When? In what context?

S.M. Elliott said...

That's a good point, Anon. That's the kind of sacrifice we should be concerned about at this point in our history.

I can't find that particular Chomsky quote, either. He's been critical of the ADL, of course (and vice versa), but I've never heard him speak in quite such a nasty way about it.

Anonymous said...

very interesting tangential post, albeit quite off the topic, overall, of Jones primary or even secondary, 'message'....

Anonymous said...

Ive called in before. there was no call screening at all! I think you need to stop infighting with the movement. Alex Jones may be wrong about some things but everyone is entitled to there opinion and people make mistakes. Also at least he wakes people up to many important issues that need to be looked at. He also is for preserving the rights and freedoms of all people everywhere. Also he is one of the biggest supporters of 911 truth. He has made people realize that the WE have the power and WE can effect change in a positive peaceful manner, and violence is not the answer! You are completely wrong on about 99.9% of your info on this site. He also states over and over that he will not single out any group of people. Once again you are wrong. You need to open your eyes and ears and do some actual research before you start bashing someone that is just trying to make a difference. I am not a minion of Alex Jones...I am a person who has done the research and I agree with him on many of his opinions, and I want a free world without tyranny. I want the governments around the world to stop the bloodshed of innocent people. I want the attack on our god given rights and freedoms to end and be fully restored. I am for the people ... and I also think Alex Jones embodies these ideals. Even if what you are saying is true(and i am not saying it is)at least he has woken people up to the fact that everything is not what it seems, All humanity is beautiful, and he has ignited peoples souls again. At least now people question the actions of the government, instead of just going along with whatever they are told to believe and do in their everyday lives. We need to stop bashing each other and unify against the real threat. The treat of a criminal group trying to shape the world into a hellish police state.

S.M. Elliott said...

WTF are talking about, Anon? "Stop infighting with the movement"? What movement?

I'm here to research and evaluate, not to bash Jones or discourage anyone from listening to him. I fully respect his right to air his views - and I reserve my right to disagree with him if I think he's mistaken. My primary problem with Jones's information is that he is very lax in his fact-checking, repeats discredited and erroneous information...

Aw forget it, just read the intro, I've made the purpose of this blog pretty clear.

S.M. Elliott said...

P.S. As for this equality and freedom Jones supposedly wants for all mankind - why does he exclude schizophrenics, Rastafarians, most law enforcement officers, all family court judges and most social workers, Zionists, the wealthy, environmentalists, and a whole raft of other people? He characterizes all these groups as barely human. Sounds more divisive and judgmental than inclusive and freedom-loving to me.

Daniel said...

First, I just found this site and I want to say bravo. There is definitely a need for site like this that holds Jones accountable for the false and/or misleading information he puts out (which is the overwhelming majority of it).

Second, and this is just a pedantic point, but isn't the story of Jephthah an instance of human sacrifice in the Bible?

S.M. Elliott said...

To be honest, Daniel, it's one of those WTF episodes in the Bible that I just don't get. But to me it seems more like a "you must keep a promise to God even if your promise is retarded" thing, rather than a "hey, guys, let's get together on Passover and sacrifice somebody like we always do" thing.

Unknown said...

evil permeates, infiltrates ALL alien manufactured religions bc/c we are in a RACE WAR for your soul, DNA so that they can live as hybrids.

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