Monday, October 8, 2018

The Unfortunate Apartheid Between Military History And Academic History

I really fell in love with Jill Lepore's These Truths: A History of the United States starting with the Abraham Lincoln quote at the beginning - "We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."


Guns And Drums And Drums And Guns - Hurroo

My childhood version of American history was one in which people, overwhelmingly white and male people went from one positive achievement to the next.  Then there come counter narratives in which all the good guys become bad guys.  I call it the Dances With Wolves syndrome.  Most people, probably because they have more sense than I do, don't spend so much time engaged with history.  They will be content with the single narrative that they learn, which will vary depending on their age, or will embrace a counter narrative learning that what they originally learned is what "they want you to think" and here is the real story.

There are other people that engage with history much more passionately than I do, but by focusing very narrowly can have their overall narrative go undisturbed.  You see that a lot if you hang around Civil War sites.  If you study for and pass the exam to become a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg, you will know a tremendous amount of very detailed history.  According to one guide, I spoke to though you are not required to know about anything that did not happen between 1861 and 1865 ( That was an exaggeration.  As you can see from the sample questions you need to know about how the park was developed and preserved)

Just as a test of that, I stumped a guide by talking about Margaret Fuller.  He didn't know who she was. There are even aspects of the military history that hard core Civil War guys are weak on, such as the service of black troops in the Union Army.

At any rate what Jill Lepore is promising is a more nuanced if not so detailed overview of American history where she notes that the Columbian Almanack that could be sold with a copy of the Constitution as an appendix included  an advertisement of the sale of a "likely young negro wench".

The Error

So I am a little upset that I am getting hung up on a mistake that she made fairly early in the book.  It is a matter that is tangential to her sweeping narrative, so I could just let it go, I suppose.  And it is an odd coincidence that made me notice it, despite it being obvious to someone familiar with the topic addressed, but I think it is important because it is indicative of an apartheid between academic historians and the general run of people who find history of interest and are inspired by it.  Jill Lepore is the  David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University.  An endowed chair at Harvard.  That's about as good as it gets.

Anyway, here is the offending passage, which will be followed by a meandering explanation as to why I caught it so easily.

In 1781, in hopes of taking the Chesapeake, the British general Lord Cornwallis fortified Yorktown, Virginia, as a naval base. His troops were soon besieged and bombarded by a combination of French and American forces. The French were led by the dazzling Marquis de Lafayette, whose service to the Continental army and impassioned advocacy of the American cause had included lobbying for French support. Cornwallis was vulnerable because British naval forces were occupied in the Caribbean. He surrendered on October 19, not realizing that British forces were that very day sailing from New York to aid him. Cornwallis’s defeat at Yorktown ended the fighting in North America, but it didn’t end the war. The real end, for Great Britain, came in 1782, in the West Indies, at the Battle of the Saintes, when the British defeated a French and Spanish invasion of Jamaica, an outcome that testified not to the empire’s weaknesses but to its priorities. Britain kept the Caribbean but gave up America. (Emphasis added)
My Lafayette Obsession

For the last year or so I have been obsessing about commemorating the bicentennial of Lafayette's Farewell Tour 1824-25.  In order to make it happen, I am thinking that we need to have various venues do commemorations in the years leading up to the bicentennial. I spent the last year working on two events. There was a pretty authentic representation of Lafayette's reception in a small New England Town, that was held at Old Sturbridge Village on September 2.  My role there was mainly instigator.

Julien Icher working for the French consulate in Boston in front of Rider Tavern where Lafayette stopped in 1824
On the previous day there had been an event more designed to capture the spirit of Lafayette's reception at the still extant Rider Tavern in Charlton, MA.  At that event anachronism was not tolerated, it was actively embraced, including Lafyette thanking World War II veterans, some of whom had served in France.  In the spirit of 1824 Lafayette was greeted by a variety of groups including the Daughters of the American Revolution and Masonic Colonial Craftsmen.

I had done much of the recruiting for that event.  As part of that project I spent August 4 at Old Sturbridge Village during their Redcoats and Rebels weekend trying to recruit a few more reenactors.  I had some success with people who reenact some of the French regiments that fought in the American Revolution.  About eight of them showed up in Charlton pretty spontaneously and ended up standing guard.  The white uniforms were a really nice touch.  I wonder how they keep them so clean.

One of the fellows who came portrays a French officer and he had just a bit of arrogance about him.  He made it a point that his guys would not have been serving under Lafayette.  Americans are utterly unreserved in their love of Lafayette, the French not so much.  Lafayette had run off to America and been made a major general in the Continental Army when he was about nineteen.  It was thought to be a more honorary thing, but then he did well at the Battle of Brandywine.

Then he went back to France to "lobby for support" as Professor Lepore puts it.  And France certainly came back with a lot of support. There was still resentment of Lafayette for having disobeyed orders to fly off to America.  And a major world power giving command of its expeditionary force to a twenty-something kid because the rag-tag rebels think highly of him?

Imagine some crazy kid drops out of West Point and goes to the Eastern Ukraine to help the anti-Russian forces there and, God forbid, we actually end up at war with the Russians and the Ukrainians just love that kid to death.  That would make for an interesting story and all, but one thing that is not going to happen is the US Army giving the twenty-something West Point drop-out four stars so he can command the NATO forces engaged there.  Things were different in the 18th Century. but probably not that different.

So as I was engaging with the "French officer" he pointed out that the French forces at Yorktown were commanded by Rochambeau.  Lafayette, of course, was there.  And he commanded a division - an American division.  So not only did Lafayette not have overall command of the "French", he did not command any French at all (except maybe some random guys sprinkled in the American troops (and 300 Canadians) that he did command.

How Did That Get By?

What intrigues me about this error is not that Professor Lepore made it.  It's an easy one to make if your knowledge of Lafayette and strictly military history is on the light side.  What is amazing is that it went undetected to publication.  Why wasn't anybody with some level of expertise in the military history of the Revolution invited to take a look at the book?  I'm pretty sure any of them would have caught that instantly.

Again going back to my kidhood version of history, it was mostly about war and and a bit about politics. As I majored in history and then went to graduate school, I gained a more sophisticated view, but there was this odd thing  I noticed.   In graduate school I was working on a project that might not have been ill-conceived but was definitely poorly executed.  It was inspired by The Discovery of the Asylum by David J. Rothman.  And the notion was to do a multiple career line biography of the members Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane.  The organization is still extant, although it is now known as the American Psychiatric Association.

One of the things that struck me as I was studying this crew was the way that the Civil War cut across their lives turning some of them from country doctors to running large establishments.  One of them seeing bad tactical decisions decided he could save more lives by becoming a line officer.

At any rate, my point is that military history is very important and should not be just left to military historians and hobbyists.  And if you are going to let some military history seep into your grand narrative, you should probably avoid making obvious errors. because it will reinforce the people who think only pure military history is worthwhile.

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Peter J. Reilly CPA majored in history at the College of the Holy Cross and after a year in VISTA took a stab at being a historian.  It did not end well, but public accounting has been good to him.


















Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lafayette At The Rider Tavern Septermber 1 - Live Blogging

Today we commemorate Lafayette's Farewell Tour specifically his stop at the Rider Tavern in Charlton.  I'll be live blogging as time permits.

11:50 Earlier this morning was at Sturbridge Host with American Friends of Lafayette who are now at the Worcester Art Museum checking out its Lafayette collection.  Evie and I hosted Julien Icher who is documenting the trail last night.

Arrived at Rider Tavern around 10:00 AM final arrangements with Frank Morrill.  Chairs and podium in the militia field and weather looks promising.

Film crew started coming in a half an hour ago and are setting up.

Frank is back on the scene.

Looking good.

Noon

Evie reports AFL done at museum and heading to lunch

12:23 Flags are set.  And Charlton Historical here in force


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lafayette In Charlton On September 1 2018 - Press Release

Contact: Peter J. Reilly
Phone: 774-364-2595
Email: peterreillycpa@gmail.com                                                For Immediate Release


September 1  - Commemoration of General Lafayette’s stop at the
Rider Tavern in Charlton Mass on his 1824-25 Farewell Tour -
Rain Or Shine
Tours of Rider Tavern (255 Stafford St) from 1:30 to 3:00.  Event 3:00 to 6:00

Julien Icher documenting Lafayette Trail with Frank Morrill of Charlton Historical Society at Rider Tavern



The Charlton Historical Society and the American Friends of Lafayette will join with
other community groups in commemorating the reception of
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette.  Known to
Americans simply as ‘Lafayette’ or sometimes ‘the Marquis,’ a title he had renounced,
Lafayette was considered the “hero of two worlds” as he played a critical role in the
successes of both the American and French Revolutions.


Invited by President Monroe to visit the republic as it approached its 50th birthday,
his reception in America was like nothing before or since.  Everywhere he went
he was mobbed by crowds and entertained with great ceremony.


In celebrating Lafayette, who turned 67 during the tour, making him the only
surviving Major General who had served under George Washington, Americans
were celebrating their experiment in government by the people with the veterans of the
Revolution still among them.  Divided by one of the most bitter Presidential contests in
our history, they put aside differences to celebrate Lafayette and freedom.


Among those greeting Lafayette (portrayed by Ben Goldman)  will be:


Alan Hoffman - President American Friends of Lafayette and translator
of Lafayette In America
Julien Icher - Developer of Lafayette Trail App - Julien accompanied President Macron on his
White House visit.
Bud Holland - Bud is a World War II veteran credited with service in the
Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland Campaigns including the Battle of The Bulge
Senator Anne M. Gobbi and other public officials
Frank Morrill - Former President of Charlton Historical Society


Among the organizations sending contingents to greet Lafayette are


Colonel Henry Knox Regimental Color Guard - Sons of The American Revolution
General Ebenezer Learned Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution
Colonial Craftsman of Colonial Massachusetts
Veterans of Foreign Wars


The Spirit Of 1824




... there never was nor will be such a meeting in this or any country ,,,
Salem Towne Junior July 25, 1824


Salem Towne Junior wrote those words to encourage his wife to come to see
how Lafayette was greeted in Boston.  I haven’t found out whether she managed
it, yet. But Mr. Towne might not have realized that there would be a chance to greet
Lafayette in his native Charlton.  Had fortune favored Charlton with an overnight by
the General, he might well have stayed at Salem Towne’s impressive house. It
was a relatively quick stop, so he was at the Rider Tavern on Stafford Street, a
remnant of the Stafford Turnpike, then the main drag connecting Worcester to Hartford.
You can still visit the lovely Towne house, but you have to go to Old Sturbridge Village,
where it was moved in 1952.

Rider Tavern is still where it was though, across from the militia field, which the town
of Charlton has preserved.


And Towne’s prediction that there never will be “such a meeting in this or any
country” holds to this day nearly 200 years later.  Depending on our age we will
each be able to tell a story about exactly where we were when we heard of certain
events and there was a great sense of unity among all of us.  

There are not that many though and they are mostly tragic. We can talk about
them some other time. And the reaction went on for days or weeks not a whole year.
Lafayette’s tour lasted a year, but of course for each town he stopped at it might be just
an hour or less.  But when you look you will find that it was the biggest thing that
happened in that town in that decade or more.  People fortunate enough to have had
some role in the greeting of Lafayette would remember it as one of the high
points of their life and it would likely be mentioned in their obituary decades in the future.


On September 1, 2018 at Rider Tavern, we will try to recapture the spirit of the
crowd greeting Lafayette.   The event will not be an attempt at reenactment,
you should go to Old Sturbridge Village on September 2 for that.  (Really you should
go. It is going to be great.) At the Rider Tavern event, time will be a little more fluid.
It will be 2018 and then it will be 1824.  And it might be 1781 when combined
American and French forces defeated Cornwallis at Yorktown. And it might even
be 1944, as striding off the pages of history comes one of the many thousands of
Americans who helped liberate France, just as France helped the United States
achieve Independence.


Among the people greeting Lafayette in 1824 were the first generation to have been
citizens of the United States of America and, pretty far along in years, veterans
of the Revolution.  There were still people alive who had been involved in writing the
Constitution, but that did not prevent contemporaries from arguing as vigorously as we
do now about exactly what it meant and what it did or did not allow.

And perhaps most salient, Lafayette had landed in America during one of the most
divisive and bitter presidential campaigns in the nation’s history even to this day.  
For the first time, the President would not be one of the Founding Fathers, since of
course the few that survived were quite old. There was talk of a military coup, in the
event that the election was “stolen” from General Jackson, which in the eyes of some
it was in a “corrupt bargain” between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay,
as the presidency went to Adams and Clay was named Secretary of State.


Calmer heads prevailed as Lafayette’s secretary remarked in his account of the tour
quoting a strong Jackson partisan:
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“ We were, indeed, very busy shouting; but our adversaries did not take account
of it, and they were right; they have judged us better than we would have wanted
them to. Now that the law has spoken, we have only to obey it. We will second Adams
with the same zeal as if we had supported him; but at the same time, we will shine a
light on his administration, and according to whether it will be good or bad, we will
defend it or attack it. Four years are passed very soon. And the consequences of a bad
election are very easy to repair. –
“Yes,” I said to him, “easier than the consequences of legitimacy or heredity.
– They left me while laughing, and on the following day, no one spoke of the
election any more.”


Even during the campaign, the divisiveness was put aside when Lafayette,
came to town, because they all felt that they shared with Lafayette an
attachment to the principles of the Declaration of Independence
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-------Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to or to abolish it ……
………………………….Prudence, indeed, will dictate that
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;


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And the Declaration of the Rights of Man


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The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly,
believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the
sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have
determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, unalienable, and
sacred rights of man   ………..
1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions
may be founded only upon the general good.
2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and
imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and
resistance to oppression.
3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation.
No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not
proceed directly from the nation.  ……………………………….They were aligned
against the “crowned heads of Europe” who did not believe that the people were fit
to govern themselves.  


We sometimes judge the Founders harshly, because there were things that
they sanctioned that deserve harsh judgement.  But those things, like slavery
and the oppression of women, were generally from too narrow a definition of who
was included when they referred to “the People”. Standing on the shoulders of giants
we might see further than they did but we should not congratulate ourselves too
much nor be blind to their breakthrough, as on that day, they celebrated the
hero of two worlds, Lafayette, who having played a key role in two revolutions
still had one more in him as he would in 1830 urge France into an experiment
in constitutional monarchy.


Children and grandchildren of the people present at the Rider Tavern that day
in 1824, would march from Charlton and be buried in places like Antietam,
Gettysburg and Vicksburg.  Go to the center of town and read their names some time.


The results of the 1860 election were not greeted with an attitude of let’s
see what happens and fix it in four years.  The appeal that Abraham Lincoln
made then went unanswered yet it evokes the spirit at the Rider Tavern on that day
in 1824, when they put their differences aside, to celebrate
Lafayette, the Revolution veterans and themselves and their new way of life –


“We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not
break our bonds of affection.The mystic chords of memory, stretching from
every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all
over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched
as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”


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Peter J Reilly is a resident of North Oxford MA, birthplace of Clara Barton, a member of the
Charlton Historical Society and vice chair of the Farewell Tour Bicentennial Committee of the
American Friends of Lafayette


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Lafayette On The Stafford Turnpike

I am involved in the planning for an event this coming Labor Day weekend.  It is the beginning of a long term project to celebrate the bicentennial of Lafayette's Farewell Tour 1824-1825.  I don't intend to make WFG all Lafayette all the time, but you will be seeing quite a bit more about him.  I wrote this for the American Friends of Lafayette who will be in Central Mass this Labor Day weekend.

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                September 1 to 2 Save the Dates

Join us this Labor Day weekend in historic Sturbridge Massachusetts where we will party like it is 1824 again including dinner at the Publick House Historic Inn where Lafayette stopped as he made his way from Boston to New York in 1824.  The dinner will cap the festivities as we welcome the Nation’s Guest in the authentic setting of Old Sturbridge Village.

When Lafayette began his visit to the United States in 1824, he was not quite certain how long he was going to stay.  His epic reception in New York and the cheering crowds as he went through various towns on the way to Boston and his reception in Boston, where he was invited to be present at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument nearly a year later probably made him realize that it would be a while.

There has been no celebratory event that has so brought Americans together on such a grand scale as Lafayette’s visit.  It gave them the opportunity to celebrate a nation founded on ideas.  There was an extremely divisive election going on as for the first time the Presidency would not be held by one of the Founding Fathers.  For the first time the Constitution would be tested as the election went to the House of Representatives with the office going to John Quincy Adams in what opponents called a corrupt bargain. But there was no controversy about Lafayette.  Just a competition for every place he visited to greet him in a grander manner. Although the story of Lafayette’s visit is enshrined in national history, the real magnitude is buried in local history. Here is Levauseur’s account of the beginning of his trip from Boston back to New York

“September 2 – Upon leaving the ball, we boarded the carriage to return to Boston, where we awaited our companions for the trip to New York. Having arrived at two o’clock, we set out again at four, making our way by Lexington, Lancaster, Worcester, Tolland and Hartford. In each of these places, General Lafayette received displays of affection from all the citizens, which touched him deeply, but to which he had hardly the time to reply, so swiftly did we travel.”

Despite all that swift traversing, there are detailed accounts of Lafayette’s stops however as he proceeded on the Worcester-Stafford Turnpike – Opened in 1810, the Worcester-Stafford Turnpike was one of a number of toll roads built by private investors with the purpose of broadening business opportunities.Used primarily for commercial travel, passengers along the turnpike were charged 25 cents per coach and 4 cents for each man and horse at tollhouses built approximately 10 miles apart where horses would have to be changed during the 12-hour ride from Worcester to Hartford.



    One such tollhouse was an inn that stood adjacent to the Sturbridge Town Common that has long outlived the very road it was built to serve. That tollhouse, now known as the Publick House, is still a favored destination for travelers and diners alike.

So join us this Llbor Day weekend as we follow Lafayette and cheer him as he goes from Worcester to Connecticut.

Lafayette reenactor Ben Goldman will portray the elder Lafayette as he is greeted at in Charlton at the still extant Rider Tavern, which has a collection of Lafayette memorabilia that will be open by special arrangement with the Charlton Historical Society


Ryder Tavern (Julie Icher in the foreground)

Julien Icher at Rider Tavern


            The high point of the weekend will be Sunday afternoon when Lafayette is greeted at Old Sturbridge Village.  There is probably not a better venue anywhere than OSV for capturing the look and feel of a small town greeting the Nations Guest. Old Sturbridge Village is the largest living museum in New England covering over 200 acres and including 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills and a working farm.  It recreates life in rural New England from 1790-1840.  We have been working with the OSV staff to make the reception of Lafayette a memorable event.  Our members will be mingling with the general visitors and militia contingents welcoming Lafayette.

Accommodations will be at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center a short distance from both OSV and the Publick House.  We have obtained a favorable group rate at the hotel

Sturbridge Mass is extremely easy to reach.  At the junction of I-84 and I-90 (Mass Turnpike), it is an hour or less from airports serving Boston MA, Worcester MA, Providence RI and Hartford CT .

This Labor Day special is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with Lafayette and to get a real sense of how he was received in small town America.  Look for details and registration materials soon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kent Hovind Critic Deborah Henderson Weighs In On Holy Cross New Testament Controversy

Holy Cross in the news. Senior Elinor Reilly's article in The Fenwick Review made a splash first in the right wing blogosphere and then the mainstream media leading to out of town demonstrators descending on the College and the Bishop of Worcester issuing  a stern warning to the College.  I reached out to logical sources and have coverage here and here

I couldn't resist reaching out to other members of my theological brain trust.  Covering the tax woes of young earth creationist Kent Hovind has introduced me to a number of interesting people with strong view on biblical matters.

One of the most interesting is Deborah Henderson - Domineering Deborah.  DD has managed to alienate people by giving them handles that they find insulting.  I decided to just embrace that tendency.  I gave her a handle and requested that she upgrade mine.  She kind of likes the "Domineering Deborah" moniker and upgraded me from "Pansy Pete" to "Impertinent Peter".

Deborah was active on youtube, but has slacked off of late.  Here is an example






She recently told me that I am somewhat to blame for her most recent conversion.  I asked her where she stood on a few issues that roil around in Hovind territory.  She checked off a belief in young earth creationism and the King James only view on bible translations.  She was against vaccines and in favor of geocentrism. She wasn't sure about flat earth though and my questioning of her made her look into it more.  So now she is in the flat earth crowd too.

At any rate I thought her thoughts on the Holy Cross matter would be really interesting.  The executive summary is more or less - Jesuits! What else will you have but awful heresy, but that doesn't do her response justice, so here it is.  

JUST TO BE CLEAR - views below are those of Deborah Henderson not We Are The Future Generations or Peter J Reilly.

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The origins of the jesuits was for control of the masses, to lead them away from God and believe the strong delusion God warns us about. Catholic authority has been burning and torturing Christians alive with their Bibles from the origins of this demonic Babylonian religion. Constantine first formed this abomination by pulling a reece's peanut butter cup, mixing pagan religion with Biblical Christianity. AND NO, PETER WAS NOT THE FIRST POPE, I REPEAT PETER WAS NOT THE FIRST POPE.


This is not surprising to me in the least to hear a jesuit say such blatant blasphemous things about my Jesus. Most, if not all jesuits are sodomites and only the mind of a reprobate sodomite could think and say such things. The god they worship is lucifer, the light bearer. They truly believe this baphomet will conquer the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the great 'I AM.' This is also the reason for the surge in the androgynous movement.  

Romans 1:26-32 KJB
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The Olympics are a huge pagan celebration for their gods, which they believe are half man and half woman. They have fallen for satan's lie he first told Eve in Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

In order to have wealth and fame, you must bow down to satan, and he has disguised himself as an Angel of Light to those who have sold their souls, Jesuits, celebrities, athletes, presidents, etc. The devil does everything backwards, therefore, he requires you to become a sodomite and trans your gender.

As for the controversy of the college paper being named 'The Crusade,' who cares, when there are so many issues facing our youth today. The Holy Cross will be destroyed by God himself, in the meantime He is separating the wheat from the tares, the goats from His sheep. People are waking up, yet more people have been duped into believing the 'strong delusion' and woest unto them.  


500 ad to 1500 ad civilized civilization was controlled by Rome.
A globe earth is unproven pseudo-science but is believed worldwide. It is a huge lie that has taken on a life of it’s own, being passed from generation to generation. Anyone who dares question it is mocked and ridiculed. Vladimir Lenin reportedly observed: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Catholic authority were tying Bibles around Bible believing Christians and tortured and burned them alive. The Catholic hierarchy was presented with a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a worldwide deception to bear fruit in the final generation. The deception required a small, globe earth, spinning through vast, limitless reaches of space, a space inhabited by aliens and other sentient life forms. This created doubt in the Bible as the inspired Word of Jesus, for the Bible presents the earth as unmoving. It also removed the Creator far away from His creation by presenting a universe unimaginably vast. The change agent to engineer this transformation in belief was the newly created Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits.

The Jesuit order was established in 1540 under the approval of Pope Paul III—the very pope with whom Copernicus had corresponded regarding calendar reform and to whom Copernicus dedicated his book, Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies!

Guided and inspired by supernatural demonic intelligences, the Jesuits became infamous for their adeptness at deception and subterfuge; their ability to infiltrate governments and institutions of learning, and the influence they wielded, standing as advisors to kings and leaders in education. Working through government entities and education, they have been able to guide scientific research to further their own ends and present the biggest lie of all time: a globe earth.

As long as people accepted Scripture’s cosmology of the earth as a fixed, immovable mass under a protective covering, there was no foundation on which to build lies designed to make the human mind doubt the word of Jesus. By decreasing people’s trust in the dependability of the Bible, it curiously increasedconfidence in the pope as Heaven’s appointed authority on what to believe. The Jesuits have always been enemies of the Bible. Since the Catholic Church ranks papal decree and tradition above the Scriptures anyway, decreasing confidence in Scripture increases confidence in pastors, priests and the pope as authorities that know more than the common man can.

“The Big Bang Theory is [today] the leading explanation about how the universe began. At its simplest, it talks about the universe as we know it starting with a small singularity, then inflating over the next 13.8 billion years to the cosmos that we know today.”7 The Big Bang Theory is atheist science’s answer to Genesis 1.


That is correct. The author of the Big Bang theory was none other than the Jesuit-trained priest, Father Georges LemaĆ®tre.Follow from cause to effect: without a globe earth circling the sun through the far reaches of space, you do not have the Big Bang. Without the Big Bang, you do not have evolution. Without evolution, you are more likely to accept creation as an act of intelligent design by a divine Creator. The Roman Catholic Church does, in fact, accept evolution. In her report, Kerr further stated: “The pope said it is possible to believe in both, insisting God was responsible for the Big Bang from which all life evolved.”

NASA’s public releases of information, promoting the idea of an ever larger, expanding universe of incomprehensible size, has led naturally to the supposition that there must be alien life on other celestial bodies. After all, if the same serendipitous events that produced life on earth, existed everywhere due to the Big Bang, why couldn’t intelligent life have evolved elsewhere as well? In combination with Hollywood and the science-fiction genre, NASA has created an environment in which contact with extraterrestrial life forms is as desired as it is feared.

The Catholic hierarchy was presented with a perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a worldwide deception to bear fruit in the final generation. The purpose for this entire intricate, multi-layered deception spanning centuries is to deceive the world’s masses in order to create a desired outcome.

This deception would never work if people knew the true shape of the earth and the universe. Hence, the need for a massive re-education program.

For 500 years, this Jesuit conspiracy has taught a globe earth, circumnavigating the sun—itself spinning around the center of an immense galaxy that is likewise speeding through limitless space. Within this immense realm, it is presumed there are other species of intelligent life that inhabit other worlds. These lies will culminate in the climactic “alien invasion” prophesied in Revelation 9. The ultimate deception will occur when the pope negotiates a peace treaty on behalf of the human race with demons. As Satan’s representative, he will assume leadership of the world and, in the person of the pope, Satan will have achieved his long-desired goal as ruler of the earth.

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I realize that many people might think it irresponsible of me to give a platform to far out of the mainstream views, but I think it is important that you be aware of what is out there and I kind of like Deborah.  -PJR