The crowd in the banquet hall at the Character Conference Center, housed in an old Holiday Inn in downtown Oklahoma City, sat packed, rapt with attention as Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, told them she'd found it: the gay agenda.
Kern said the agenda is in a book called "After the Ball," by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, a book named after a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan." She recounted the bullet points of a secret public relations campaign to have gays accepted by the general public " step by step " with the final goal being not just acceptance of gays by heterosexuals, but eventual triumph of homosexuality as a superior lifestyle.
Among the items in the agenda, Kern said, was getting the public to view homosexuality as a matter of taste, like a preference for strawberry or vanilla ice cream. She quoted the text: "The masses should not be shocked and repelled by premature exposure to homosexual behavior itself."
"You know," Kern said. "I've done a lot of reading on this. I wish I could describe to you their behavior. I will not because I would be redder than this suit. It's their behavior that we oppose.
"This theme of equality and freedom is the approach that the homosexuals are using today " totally perverting the true intention of what our Constitution meant. "¦ The homosexuals get it " it's a struggle between our religious freedoms and their right to do what they want to do."
Around the banquet hall, Kern's speech met with applause and calls of "Amen!" from a crowd stoked in a crucible of conspiracy and intrigue. For the whole day, the "Clouds Over America" conference, run and organized by the John Birch Society, held lecture after lecture Jan. 23 and 24 dedicated to explaining their various conspiracy-laden tenets. Here's one " that a godless secret society, the Illuminati, has been battling against the founding of the United States of America and decent citizens to live in peaceful, worshipful freedom.
Kern called for a new "Great Awakening," referring to a period of religious revivals from the 18th century considered precursor to the American Revolution.
"The solution is another Great Awakening, folks," Kern said. "We need a spiritual revival, and that will only come if God's people, especially you pastors, will stand in your pulpits and vocally preach the word of God and thus declare the Lord this sin, and preach it in love, only then does our nation have a chance of overcoming the scourge of AIDS, HIV and the devastating destruction that the homosexual lifestyle is bringing on your children and our grandchildren."
Kern was far from alone. The attendance at the event appeared to quadruple from the previous convention last year, which had featured Oklahoma's new illegal immigrant law author Rep. Randy Terrill, among a few others. Terrill was absent from this year's conference.
Many of the concerns of the attendees are now underscored. In addition to the $700 billion dollar bailout, the election of Barack Obama and the so-called North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway, there is also the resurgence of the international Communist conspiracy " parading today as militant Islam " which all threaten to overwhelm the country, according to the "Birchers."
JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY
The John Birch Society " now known by the acronym JBS " was started in 1958 during the days of the anticommunist Red Scare. At times, the movement held prominence, although past the 1970s, its influence could be said to have waned. But one couldn't tell by the crowd.
Birch speakers spent the day walking attendees through the history of the international conspiracy to bring about a New World Order. It took all day because, well, it's complicated. The conspiracy started in 1776, at the same time as the birth of the U.S. and the American Revolution. It began with the original eye atop the pyramid, the Bavarian Illuminati, formed by a German philosopher named Adam Weishaupt, a Freemason. This movement led to others, supposedly increasingly diabolical, garnering the support of the Marquis de Lafayette (who helped in the American Revolution), through the French Revolution, to the secret Italian Carbonari movement, to "¦ Karl Marx. Yeah, that Karl Marx, the author of "The Communist Manifesto."
"The common element we are going to stress is, all of these conspirators wanted world government," said presenter John McManus, a member of JBS since 1964 and the organization's president and spokesman. "'The Communist Manifesto' came out in 1848. What did Marx advocate in 'The Communist Manifesto?' Abolish private property. How do you do that? He wanted an income tax. He wanted a national bank, a federal reserve. We got both in 1913."
This conspiracy also purportedly wants public education and stands against home schooling, McManus said, and favors democracy instead of our form of government. ("We are a Republic, just like we said in the salute to the flag," McManus said.) The conspiracy is behind the United Nations, the European Union and the Council on Foreign Relations, to which every living secretary of state in the U.S has belonged or belongs, he said.
FALSE FLAGPresenter Art Thompson, CEO of the JBS, said the "war on terror" is a false flag. Really, he said, we are not at war with Islamic extremism, but with the resurgence of the international Communist conspiracy. He ticked off a number of terrorists who, only a decade or two ago, were leftists or actual Soviet operatives, including al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, asserting that Zawahiri's former organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, was actually a Soviet operation. He pointed out that the Ayatollah Khomeini was a member of the French Communist Party during his exile from Iran in the 1970s.
Thompson flashed slides of jihadists with upthrust fists in a power salute as proof of their secret communism.
"It's interesting that they give this salute," he said. "For anyone who has studied what this is, this is the Communist salute. Now if I've just made a basket on the court, and I do this, I'm not proclaiming I'm a Communist "¦ but the People's Liberation Army of China, Hamas, Hezbollah, all the rest, when they go like this, they are telling you something. And they are not doing it to say 'I want the Quran.'"
By the time of the banquet that evening, the crowd was ready for Oklahomans to deepen that message.
State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, an outspoken opponent of NAFTA, told the banquet crowd that he's so moved by the threats to the nation " and to Oklahoma in particular " that he's considering running for governor.
"My wife and I, we are seriously considering, we are spending time in prayer, many hours of discussion, and I am considering running," Brogdon said. "I do not have the answer to that yet. I have told people that two things have to take place. No. 1, God is going to have to move me in that direction, and I meant that with all my heart. And No. 2, Donna has to approve what God tells me, so it's going to be a twofer."
Brogdon ticked off the legion of dooms facing the state and how, in each battle, he's joined with the international enemy threatening Oklahoma today.
"The North American Union, the NAFTA Superhighway, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Trade Organization, Federal Reserve, the United Nations "¦ all of these things are undermining the security and the freedom of our country," Brogdon said. "And not just the security and freedom of our country, but personal freedom and liberty. "¦ Since NAFTA, we have exported four million manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico. Then there is the unconstitutional Real ID of 2005 that Congress passed."
In no small part, these conspiracies are part of the moral decay of the country, Brogdon said.
"How is it, when I grew up, as a nation sitting in front of the TV, how we've gone from 'Father Knows Best' to 'Will and Grace'? From 'I Love Lucy' to 'Sex and the City'? 'Ozzie and Harriet' to 'Two and a Half Men'?" he asked. "Ben FenwickBen There's Conspiracy Entry