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Speakers at Anti-Semite’s Texas Conference Go Light on the Jews

By Hatewatch Staff on July 8, 2013 - 11:42 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Antigovernment, Conspiracies

At a day-long conference in Austin organized by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Texe Marrs, a series of speakers revealed who really killed JFK, explained the evils of Obamacare and ranted about the “New World Order,” but steered clear of spewing overt hatred against Jews. Sponsored by Power of Prophecy, Marrs’ Austin-based “end-times ministry,” the Liberty & Truth Conference hosted about 80 people at the Airport Hilton on Saturday. The audience was overwhelmingly white and over 40. Many of the attendees were from out of state.

The lack of anti-Semitic themes stood in contrast to 2010’s conference, which was co-sponsored by American Free Press, a publishing platform for Willis Carto, who long led a now-defunct group called Liberty Lobby and is one of the best-known professional anti-Semites in the United States.

That year, Marrs and other lecturers repeatedly returned to the theme that “bloodthirsty” Jews sit at the center of a vast global network controlling the media and the banking system and are responsible for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks and the JFK assassination. In his writings and audiotapes, Marrs has posited that a Jew will emerge as the anti-Christ and criticized American Jews as “the chief polluters and destroyers of America.” He’s heaped praise on the fraudulent Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a hoax text favored by the Nazis that alleges a global Jewish plot to take over the world.

This weekend, the conference featured more mainstream, though still far-right, figures. The speakers covered a bewilderingly broad swath of antigovernment grievances and conspiracy theories. But apart from allusions to “international bankers” and the Rothschilds — classic bugaboos of the paranoid right that typically allude to Jews —little overt anti-Semitism was in evidence.

Two speakers—Gaylon Ross and Jim Marrs—presented detailed Powerpoint presentations on the JFK assassination.

Suzanna Hupp, a former Texas legislator and gun rights activist who survived a 1991 mass shooting in Killeen, Texas, praised the audience as part of “a tiny percentage that can actually make a difference for the country.” “The other side is radical and extremist,” she said. “They’re talking about flushing 200 years of history down the toilet.”

For his part, Texe Marrs focused on talking up his new book, Robot Alchemy, which posits that “the Elite” will soon undertake a global campaign of mass murder to “depopulate” the planet to make way for highly intelligent robots.

If that wasn’t enough, the program also advertised a “mystery guest,” who turned out to be none other than Alex Jones, the almost comically loud author, radio show host and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire. Jones and his growing legion of followers believe they are part of a small vanguard challenging the so-called New World Order (global elites allegedly working together to control the planet and its resources) and its myriad and tangled plots. Recently, Jones has attracted mainstream media attention, with interviews on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” and BBC’s “Sunday Politics” show. Jones asserts that the Boston Marathon bombing and the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., were “staged” by agents of the New World Order in order to justify gun confiscation.

Although Jones is now an international figure, he was once a relatively obscure conspiracy-monger toiling in regional fringe circles. Marrs described Jones as a “personal friend of mine” who he met through the Austin cable access TV channel, presumably in the ’90s, when Jones had a little-watched show.

At the Liberty & Truth Conference, Jones received an enthusiastic response as he launched into one of his hallmark semi-extemporaneous tirades. He mixed in more hard-line Christian language than usual, referring to the New World Order as “a Satanic conspiracy at war with all of God’s creations.”

He praised the attendees as part of a tiny elite mocked by clueless “sheeple.” “We are the resistance,” he said. “We are the people that know. … You are the leaders.”  Jones said he was “not calling for shooting people” because “we’re winning peacefully.” But, he said of those who put fluoride in drinking water, “These people should be executed after a trial by jury for putting poison in the water.”

As a keynote speaker, Jones brought considerably more energy and relevance to this year’s Liberty & Truth Conference compared to the 2010 event. Texe Marrs was clearly pleased with the fresh injection of vitality.

“I know we have God on our side,” Texe Marrs concluded happily.

  • SAS

    “Go easy on the Jews” – what a relief ! ( Just sarcasm )

  • Linnea

    Hey, Ithink, I hadn’t thought of the Hades angle before. That’s a good one to remember for the next time I hear these nuts talking about divine favor.

  • Sam Molloy

    IThink, I am careful with sarcasm.. And Texas’ ability to avoid the recession is due to Governor Rick Perry’s great fashion sensibility, to wear a cheaper Carhartt version of the designer jacket shown in Brokeback Mountain while calmly spouting homophobic drivel in his campaign videos.

  • Ithink

    And no, God is only on their side if by that they mean Hades, Lord of the Underworld (i.e. the Greek version of Hell) coming to overtake the more enlightened and all-powerful Mt. Olympus counterpart over, as seen in Disney’s “HERCULES”…

  • Ithink

    “Sam Molloy said,
    on July 8th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    If the Jews are really running everything I want a refund.”

    Please be careful with this level of sarcasm our dear friend SM; you know there are a bandy of mentally destitute and sore-in-hind-quarters white supremacists that will post ad infinitum that phenomenally annoying racist genocide font here regardless of how divorced from reality its charges may be…Jewish dominionism of the world not necessarily included, although it only adds to the sheer bat-shit insanity of their alleged grievances!

    Its a shame (and breathlessly ironic), not to mention mildly hilarious that such a tightly-woven panel of society-outcasted jackasses, intellectual yahoo’s, and race-baiting thugs of no redemptive talent would convene in what is likely the most unabashedly progressive and politically liberal metropolises in the U.S. (with the exception of San Francisco or New York), maybe the globe and home to my alma mater of St. Edward’s University.

    Austin is Forbes’ #1 city unaffected by our recent great recession (followed by 3 other Lone Star bases of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in the Top 10) where college and young-adult based diversity is the rule of life in everything! Do they actually think there are any real chance of them recruting any decent residents there into believing this archaic claptrap that is race-based social Darwinism in its most adorned form? It would seem they are truly beyond reconciling with, for all intents and purposes of our still far-off post-racial American transmogrification…

  • David Cary Hart

    As a gay Jew I am presumably twice blessed.

    I’ll keep it brief. I have marriages to wreck, Wall Street to ruin and Hollywood to run to corrupt America. If I have any time left, I’ll foreclose on some widows.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Very odd that they went very light on the Jews…usually these guys unload on them at their events.

    Maybe they knew they had hostile reporters in the audience, or perhaps they are beginning to realize that Winston Churchill was right when he said, “Anti-Semitism may be a good starter, but it’s a terrible sticker.”

  • Aron

    I for one welcome our super-intelligent robotic overlords, starting with my good friend Stompy: (I work with these folks).

  • Sam Molloy

    If the Jews are really running everything I want a refund.

  • Reynardine

    In Lubbock, Texas, they had so much natural fluoride in the water that they took some out and sold it to toothpaste companies, and, although I left there some thirty-six years back, I haven’t had a cavity since. I bet that’s not the only Texas aquifer so blessed. Now, what are they going to do about that?