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Media Profiles Anti-Vaxxer Targeting TV Presenters

Michael Chaves also linked to “Satanic Ritual Abuse” protestor Lydia Lowe

From The Times, a few days ago:

A former paramedic who was sacked after a patient accused him of stealing £800 is the ringleader of an anti-vaccination movement that protested at the home of Jeremy Vine.

In 2005 Michael Manoel Chaves and Mohammed Ali, a colleague, were dismissed by the London Ambulance Service, but were later acquitted of theft by a jury.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate says that Chaves is the leader of Learn Something New Today, a group which believes that Matt Hancock, the former health secretary, is a murderer, vaccinations will kill children and Joe Biden is not human.

Michael Chaves also features in today’s Daily Mail, although the bylined “Daily Mail Investigations Team” managed to confuse Chaves filming someone doorstepping Vine’s home with Chaves himself. The person filmed by Chaves was delivering a nonsensical pseudo-legal “notice of liability”.

The targeting of television presenters at home seems to be an extension of recent protests in central London at media offices (blogged here and here). On 2 October Chaves was present at a protest at the Kent home of TV doctor Hillary Jones – Chaves can be seen here standing next to a man with a megaphone who delivered a threatening message (“We will come for every single one of you. We will remain lawful as long as we can”).

However, the media reports have failed to notice overlap between Chaves and activists involved with the resurgent “Satanic Ritual Abuse” protest crowd that blocked Tower Bridge in August (for reasons that included demonstrating support for convicted child kidnapper Wilfred Wong). In particular, Chaves can be seen here posing with Lydia Lowe as Lowe holds up a copy of the Evening Standard headlining Sajid Javid’s attack on anti-vaxx protests at schools.

Meanwhile, Lowe’s (perhaps erstwhile) associate Jeanne Archer was recently seen protesting outside Windsor Castle, alleging that the royal family “are not even human” and torture children in Satanic rituals and then drink their adrenochrome. As ever, her group included her security escort James Zikic.

 

Mike Flynn Gets Evangelical Crowd to Recite Adapted Elizabeth Clare Prophet Prayer

(H/T: Jim Stewartson and Karen Piper)

Last month, former US General Mike Flynn addressed a crowd at an evangelical Christian Right conference called “Opening the Heavens 2021“. The event was organised by Pastors Hank and Brenda Kunneman of Lord of Hosts Church and One Voice Ministries in Omaha, Nebraska, although it was held over the river at a nearby conference centre in Council Bluffs, Iowa; other speakers included Gene Bailey, Tony Saurez, Kent Christmas, Mario Murillo, Lance Wallnau and Samuel Rodriguez. The first night was streamed via the Victory Channel, a network created by the prosperity evangelist Kenneth Copeland, with the rest streamed by Kunneman’s church.

Flynn ended his speech with a strangely distinctive prayer, which was repeated verbatim by those in attendance and in all likelihood by many of those watching the videostream:

We are your instrument of those sevenfold rays and all your archangels, all of them. We will not retreat, we will not retreat. We will stand our ground. We will not fear to speak. We will be the instrument of your will, whatever it is. In your name and the name of your legions. We are freeborn, and we shall remain freeborn. And we shall not be enslaved by any foe within and without, so help me God.

This has been identified as a modified version of a prayer that appears in the work of Elizabeth Clare Prophet, a religious teacher whose main influences were Theosophy and the I AM Movement. In the 1980s, she famously advised followers to move to Montana to escape an imminent nuclear apocalypse. Prophet died in 2009, but her Church Universal and Triumphant – inevitably dubbed a “doomsday cult” by the media – still has some followers and offshoots, and the groups and ideas she drew from also remain current.

Prophet’s version of the prayer appears in a book called Maitreya on the Image of God: A Study in Christhood by the Great Initiator Book II, which is also Volume 27 in a series called “Pearls of Wisdom: Teachings of the Ascended Masters”. The book appears to have been assembled from pamphlets called “Pearls of Wisdom”, this one being Volume 27 Number 48A. Here is her version:

I AM the instrument of those sevenfold rays and archangels!
And I will not retreat. I will take my stand
I will not fear to speak.
And I will be the instrument of God’s will, whatever it is
Here I AM, so help me, God!
In the name of Archangel Michael and his legions,
I AM freeborn and I shall remain freeborn!
And I shall not be enslaved by any foe within and without!

A note explains that “This dictation by Archangel Michael was delivered by the Messenger of the Great White Brotherhood Elizabeth Clare Prophet on Tuesday, July 3, 1984”. It was subsequently included in a pdf compilation titled Prayers, Meditation and Dynamic Decrees for Personal and World Transformation.

Why on earth would Flynn use such a text? He was asked about it in an interview, and gave a non-explanation:

I carry with me a prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, who I am named after.

…That prayer that I gave, I woke up that morning prior to going on to support the Victory Channel and Hank Kunneman…. So I got up that morning and I felt that when I finish my talk I want to finish with a prayer and I was thinking about what should I say, and I carry with me this little card and on this card is the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. So I basically gave a rendition of that prayer, and that’s really what this whole thing is about.

So all these people who talk about turning to whatever… people need to stop overthinking what everybody is saying and listen to what is happening around us.

A lecture on “overthinking” is hard to take from someone who is so prominent within the US conspiracy theory milieu and speaker circuit.

For some reason, Flynn doesn’t tell us how he came to have this card in the first place, nor does he address the issue of its esoteric/occult provenance or its modification. Most Christians would regard a prayer derived from Prophet as inappropriate, and evangelicals – particularly at the neo-Pentecostal end – would normally recoil in horror at the “demonic” connotations of reciting such a text. Yet there is no sign that Kunneman or any other prominent evangelical figure has a problem with what Flynn did, and the only one to have spoken out so far against Flynn’s “seven rays” reference is the fringe anti-Semite pastor Rick Wiles.

Satanic Ritual Abuse Fanatic Wilfred Wong Sentenced Over Child Kidnap

Wong “realises he should never have accepted” claims made by accomplice

Court hears reference from MP who previously worked with Wong

Father of child still “trolled” by Wong’s supporters

The North Wales Chronicle reports from the court sentencing of Wilfred Wong and his accomplices, following their convictions for child kidnap:

Nicholas Williams, for Wong, said his client had been on a a “rescue mission”.

Wong had worked in human rights for 30 years and Mr Williams read out a reference on behalf of Sir Edward Leigh MP which stated Wong had done “good work” writing letters from victims to be sent to ambassadors.

He said: “Mr Wong’s motivation was not to cause harm to this child but to prevent harm.

“Mr Wong’s motives were good albeit misguided and misplaced. But his actions were not good because they crossed that line into criminality.”

Wong, 56, was fed “misinformation” by Anke Hill about alleged abuse.

Mr Williams said: “This fed into Mr Wong’s already established beliefs of the prolific nature of SRA (Satanic Ritual Abuse).

Wong thought a kidnap plot using a knife “was the lesser of two evils”.

“But he realises he should never have accepted everything she (Anke Hill) was telling him.”

The reference to “Wong’s motivation” seems to be Williams’s own mitigation argument rather than part of Leigh’s statement, although the distinction is not quite clearly made. By “victims”, Leigh presumably means persecuted Christians, rather than supposed “victims” of SRA; more on this below.

Wong’s apparent repudiation of Hill will be welcome to the father of the kidnapped child, who told the court that he continues to suffer “malicious online trolling by friends of Wilfred Wong and his Satanic ritual abuse agenda”. Hill had previously made a false report about him to the authorities, and the court heard she had “also offered to pay someone £10,000 to have him killed”. Even now, Wong has radicalised supporters who describe him as “wrongfully convicted”,

However, Wong’s change of heart is difficult take seriously – previously, there hasn’t been a single “Satanic Ritual Abuse” allegation in the land that he hasn’t enthusiastically taken up, and his admission is completely at odds with his court testimony, which was that he just happened to be in a car with some people when to his surprise they decided to kidnap a child. It is typical, though, of a man who continues to blame others for his predicament. Hill probably did tell Wong things that he wanted to hear, but he chose not to do any due diligence and there is no doubt that he orchestrated the kidnap plot, during which he waved a knife at a woman.

As an evangelical, Wong has been obsessing over Satanic Ritual Abuse for years, and more recently he has been fêted by the “alternative media” crowd, appearing in interviews with the likes of Jon Wedger, Shaun Attwood and UK Column’s Brian Gerrish. Edward Leigh’s intervention, in contrast, highlights Wong’s establishment connections. Old details archived on the website of the House of Commons lists him as “Researcher and Parliamentary Officer, Jubilee Campaign”. This is a high profile and respected lobby group that campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians and on issues of child protection around the world; its founder, Danny Smith, worked closely with Lord Alton in establishing the organisation, and in 2005 Alton told parliament that

Jubilee Campaign is the secretariat of the All-Party Group on Street Children. I particularly commend the work of its administrator, Mr Wilfred Wong, the human rights lawyer.

Wong authored written evidence submitted by the campaign to parliament on matters relating to the plight of Iraqi Christians following the fall of Saddam Hussein and to minorities in Burma, and he has links with Chaldo-Assyrian organisations as well as a children’s charity in Egypt. In 2011, Leigh echoed Alton’s earlier comment with his own reference to Wong in Parliament:

I pay tribute to Mr Wilfred Wong, who for 20 years has helped MPs to raise the plight of persecuted Christians in numerous letters to the Foreign Office. 

This focus does not mean that Wong’s obsession with SRA was just some private eccentricity unrelated to his work in Parliament; way back in 2002 Alton actually chaired a meeting on the subject organised by Wong. As the Daily Telegraph reported:

RITUAL satanic abuse is back. Yesterday, a private meeting at Westminster, chaired by Lord Alton, discussed assaults on children by hooded, chanting Satanists. “You may be aware,” the organisers said, “that, for several years, there have been reports of the ritual abuse of children and in some cases ritual murder. The rituals reportedly often involve the Black Mass and the wearing of robes. Adult survivors of ritual abuse are divulging important evidence regarding the large scale of this problem in the UK.”

One of the organisers, Wilfred Wong, an evangelical Christian, is campaigning for ritual abuse to be made a specific crime, so that the Satanists – responsible for “hundreds, if not thousands” of sexual assaults and murders – can be brought to justice. “But so far little has been done,” he says plaintively.

Tellingly, unlike Edward Leigh, Alton has not to my knowledge made any public comment about Wong’s conviction.

Note on sentencing

It was originally announced that Wong had been sentenced to 22 years in prison, although it later transpired that this actually meant 17 years plus 5 years on licence. One of his accomplices, a therapist named Janet Stevenson (blogged here), was similarly said to have received 20 years, which meant 15 years plus 5 years on licence. Hill got 14.5 years. Of the other defendants, Stevenson’s husband Edward Stevenson got 8 years, Jane Going-Hill got 4.5 years and Karen Ellis-Petley 4 years. Going-Hill’s partner, a retired psychiatric nurse named Robert Frith, took his own life while in prison on remand, and one defendant, Karren Sawford, was acquitted.

Their ages as given last November were as follows: Anke Hill, 51; Jane Going-Hill, 59; Robert Frith, 65; Edward Stevenson, 68; Janet Stevenson, 66; and Wilfred Wong, 55.