The Conservative New Age Movement
By Cliff Kincaid
A right-wing minister sent out a column entitled, “The Covid ‘Crisis’ Was a Hoax from The Beginning.” Topping that, evangelical Brannon Howse was on Mike Lindell’s Frank Speech network claiming the vaccines are laying the foundation for the “Mark of the Beast” of the Anti-Christ. He says Christians in a group called the Gospel Coalition that support the vaccines are in league with Satan.
No wonder some easily misled conservatives are dying from the contagious virus.
Among those who have survived, I know of people who have become what are called Covid “long-haulers” and have symptoms that linger. Cooper University Health Care reports they include:
· Abdominal pain
· Brain fog
· Changes in taste and smell
· Chest pain
· Mood changes
· Muscle aches
· Racing heart
Raquel Nahra, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Cooper University Health Care, says the most effective way to prevent prolonged COVID is not to get COVID in the first place by getting vaccinated. She adds, “There are breakthrough cases among people who are vaccinated, but you will have a better chance of avoiding COVID-19, and prolonged COVID, completely.”
But the people following Brannon Howse are told to believe this is Satanism associated with the Mark of the Beast.
I have spent most of my career telling people not to believe the liberal media. I am spending more and more of my time trying to correct the lies being told by certain people in the conservative media. I just can’t permit their disinformation to take hold and cost more lives.
Brannon Howse is now working for the wealthy My Pillow guy whose predictions of the Supreme Court ruling 9-1 in favor of restoring Donald J. Trump to the White House have been exposed as fraudulent for everyone to see.
Two rational observers of the Lindell money train were on my show commenting on how his Cyber Symposium and claims of “absolute proof” of Chinese cyber warfare against the elections turned out to be an absolute fiasco. Jeff Nyquist examined the phony charges. Then, Ed Welsch of Chronicles magazine wrote “The Madness of Mike Lindell” and was on my show looking at how the Lindell symposium backfired.
Assuming the role of rich conservative benefactor, Lindell is reportedly spending millions of dollars on his pet causes, including the New Age-style QAnon movement.
To verify this, author Constance Cumbey was on my show, noting that Lindell has written the foreword to the book, Love Joy Trump, which claims that Donald J. Trump is ushering in the Age of Aquarius. Lindell’s web site says: “This is THE book predicting President Trump’s 2nd term.”
Well, Trump didn’t get a second term.
Cumbey, a Christian, is finding elements of the same New Age philosophy she exposed in several books in some elements of Trump’s Make America Great Movement. She has been alarmed by how a growing group of people in America and the world have broken with the Judeo-Christian tradition to instead endorse the notion of God as a mystical force inhabiting humans, the earth, or spiritual “masters.” She is finding these people mostly on the left side of the political spectrum but now increasingly on the right, in the Trump movement.
As we describe in our book Permanent Revolution, the New Age Movement believes in “evolution into the oneness” and anticipates the arrival of a Messiah, other than Jesus Christ, to save the world.
For some QAnon supporters, Donald J. Trump is the messiah, battling a Satanic conspiracy.
QAnon incorporates a few important facts, such as that child pornography and human trafficking are some of the worst evils in our society and they exist because they are being protected by powerful people.
But the Brannon Howse version of the alleged Satanic conspiracy involves the Warp Speed vaccines developed under President Trump that are designed to save us from the communist-engineered China virus.
We do know that the first generation of Christians thought they were living in the End Times. It’s tempting to embrace the gloom-and-doom message, with all the negative news. But God gave us brains and free will.
There is a funny (as in strange) aspect to some of this, as various Fox News personalities pooh-pooh the vaccines but sell dietary supplements possibly contaminated with pesticides/herbicides that are supposedly helping people to avoid pain. This has become one of the biggest sponsors of Fox News.
Watching Lindell’s projects self-destruct, it pains me to say that I had once argued that the financial fortunes of people like Donald J. Trump and Rush Limbaugh could be used to rebuild conservatism. I had written:
“Trump was for most of his career associated with the Democratic Party and gave gobs of money to them. When he changed ideologies, he started giving to the American Conservative Union, a group run by a lobbyist. Limbaugh never voted for Ronald Reagan for president but became a staunch Reaganite. He reached millions and he made millions. Trump and Limbaugh, each in their own way, understood the value of conservatism. Today, it is a movement in need of resources and understanding.”
Tragically, Mike Lindell has filled the void, attracting various people to his channel with promises of exposure, as long as they embrace his unusual and unorthodox conservative Christian views.
I am not among them. And I would never associate with a channel tainted by the New Age movement.