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QAnon power vacuum on Telegram is being exploited by antisemitic extremists, ADL says

 

A power vacuum in the QAnon Telegram community is being exploited by extremists and conspiracists, according to a new report from the ADL.  

 

GhostEzra is one of the most popular QAnon channels on Telegram. From January through August, the account amassed over 300,000 followers and posted a wide spectrum of COVID-19 conspiracies and antsemitic memes; published the personal information of Jewish executives and CEOs; and often encouraged violence. In August, data firm Logically.AI connected the GhostEzra persona to Robert Randall Smart of Boca Raton, Florida. 

 

Although Smart now updates infrequently, the channel remains one of the largest QAnon forums on the network. Posts generate hundreds, sometimes thousands, of comments. 

 

"GhostEzra is easily the biggest pro-Hitler voice on Telegram and the single largest QAnon influencer on the platform," said Aryeh Tuchman, a senior researcher at the ADL's Center on Extremism. "Telegram has become a preferred platform for QAnon because it allows QAnon leaders to create channels which they directly control, with little fear of moderation from platform administrators."

 

Telegram did not respond to multiple requests for comment. CBS News was unable to reach Smart for comment.

 

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‘Coward’ Lauren Boebert Blasted for Turning Charity Event Into QAnon Pedophile Conspiracy Attack Against Biden

 

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) decided to turn a local D.C. Boys & Girls Club into a tool of her relentless attacks against President Joe Biden Thursday morning, after Wednesday’s annual Congressional Baseball Game.

 

Every year for the past 112 years (except for 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic) members of Congress have joined together to participate in the national pastime – these days a rare moment of sportsmanship and bipartisanship.

 

And it’s all for charity.

 

Since 2017 the four charities that benefit from the game are the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Washington Literacy Center, the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

 

Congresswoman Boebert, a pro-gun extremist who claims to support the police could have supported members of the U.S. Capitol Police in a tweet, but instead she used the Boys and Girls Club as a pedophilic pawn in her QAnon attack against the President.

 

The New York Times adds that “QAnon followers believe that this cabal includes top Democrats like President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George Soros, as well as a number of entertainers and Hollywood celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres and religious figures including Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. Many of them also believe that, in addition to molesting children, members of this group kill and eat their victims to extract a life-extending chemical called adrenochrome.”

 

Enter Congresswoman Boebert, who Thursday morning posted this tweet:

 

 

The outrage against the Colorado Republican has been especially palpable, with many pointing to her own husband’s lewd acts.

 

“In January 2004,” The New York Post reports, Jayson Boebert “was arrested after allegedly exposing his penis to two women at a bowling alley, according to an arrest affidavit. Lauren Boebert (then age 17 and known as Lauren Opal Roberts) was also there. Jayson Boebert pleaded guilty to public indecency and lewd exposure, earning himself four days in jail and two years’ probation.”

 

Here’s how some are responding to Boebert’s tweet:

 

 

 

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Looks like they are evolving into neo-fascist crazies:

 

Inside an Ultra-Right Festival: Guns, a Doomsday Church & Steve Bannon

 

Global takeover conspiracy theories. Christian pastors and local sheriffs still pissed that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. And the head of a group that even the reserved Facebook censors labeled a “violent social militia.”

 

Few Americans are even aware that the gun company Kahr and a rural Pennsylvania doomsday church—both run by the same ultra-rich Korean family—hold an annual “Freedom Festival” that attracts gun enthusiasts and the type of people who attach “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to the back of their trucks. But in the wake of the failed Jan. 6 insurrection, the event’s amalgamation of sovereign citizens and alt-truthers has taken on a new meaning. And now, it’s even got an all-star lineup.

 

This year’s top speakers include Steve Bannon, once the chief strategist for President Trump, Dana Loesch, the former aggressively vocal National Rifle Association spokeswoman who made millions while achieving celebrity status in the gun industry, and a smattering of alt-right figures known for championing Trump and the Second Amendment.

 

Ryan Busse, a former gun industry executive turned self-described whistleblower, told The Daily Beast that the presence of such high-profile speakers lends a dangerous credibility to the armed American fringe that is increasingly angry, vocal, and demanding of government policies that cater to their politics.

 

“It’s going to send a message across the country that this is normal, that this is OK. This is American fascism being developed right before our eyes,” Busse said. “This is like 1936 Germany in a symposium.”

 

“The one that concerns me the most is Dana Loesch,” Busse added. “She's treated by gun consumers like royalty and here she is legitimizing this insanity. That scares me.”

 

As Busse said, it wasn’t the first “doomsday cult” in the world. “But it's the first one that a former spokesperson for the NRA is speaking at.”

 

(Neither Bannon nor Loesch responded to requests for comment.)

 

The free festival’s itinerary includes live music, firearms training, a “machine gun shoot,” and a “patriotic fireworks display.” They also plan to auction off guns to raise money for the NRA and Gun Owners of America, which touts itself as being “the only no-compromise gun lobby in Pennsylvania.”

 

The weekend festival is taking place in Greeley, Pennsylvania, near the company headquarters of Kahr Firearms Group, a relatively small manufacturer that makes semi-automatic handguns. Kahr is run by a family commonly derided as “the Moonies” because of its more famous legacy: a Christianity-based religious movement started in the 1950s by the patriarch, Sun Myung Moon.

 

The elder Moon founded “The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification,” claiming to be a messiah and eventually moving to the United States. While Sun Myung Moon became a prominent figure in the American conservative movement—founding The Washington Times newspaper—one of his sons, Justin Moon, founded the Kahr gun company in 1995. And another son, Hyung Jin Sean Moon, inherited an offshoot of the church that goes by the “World Peace and Unification Sanctuary” and warns about “the End of Times.”

 

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Reverend Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon poses for a portrait with his gold AR-15 "rod of iron" at Moon's home in Matamoras, Penn., on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

 

With the patriarch now deceased, his sons have largely merged their worlds. The reverend son now refers to his church with a more militant name—Rod of Iron Ministries—an allusion to his unification of disparate ideas: faith and guns. And churchgoers wear metal crowns on their heads, signifying individuals’ ultimate sovereign authority over themselves.

 

They also carry semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, fashioning their guns like pious medieval knights would a sword. They are, as the church itself has called them, “the accouterments of the nation of Cheon Il Guk,” so much so that Rev. Moon wears a crown of actual bullets and carries a gold-plated semi-automatic rifle.

 

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On 10/8/2021 at 5:47 PM, China said:

Looks like they are evolving into neo-fascist crazies:

 

Inside an Ultra-Right Festival: Guns, a Doomsday Church & Steve Bannon

 

Global takeover conspiracy theories. Christian pastors and local sheriffs still pissed that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. And the head of a group that even the reserved Facebook censors labeled a “violent social militia.”

 

The weekend festival is taking place in Greeley, Pennsylvania, near the company headquarters of Kahr Firearms Group, a relatively small manufacturer that makes semi-automatic handguns. Kahr is run by a family commonly derided as “the Moonies” because of its more famous legacy: a Christianity-based religious movement started in the 1950s by the patriarch, Sun Myung Moon.

 

The elder Moon founded “The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification,” claiming to be a messiah and eventually moving to the United States. While Sun Myung Moon became a prominent figure in the American conservative movement—founding The Washington Times newspaper—one of his sons, Justin Moon, founded the Kahr gun company in 1995. And another son, Hyung Jin Sean Moon, inherited an offshoot of the church that goes by the “World Peace and Unification Sanctuary” and warns about “the End of Times.”

 

Reverend Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon poses for a portrait with his gold AR-15 "rod of iron" at Moon's home in Matamoras, Penn., on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

 

With the patriarch now deceased, his sons have largely merged their worlds. The reverend son now refers to his church with a more militant name—Rod of Iron Ministries—an allusion to his unification of disparate ideas: faith and guns. And churchgoers wear metal crowns on their heads, signifying individuals’ ultimate sovereign authority over themselves.

 

They also carry semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s, fashioning their guns like pious medieval knights would a sword. They are, as the church itself has called them, “the accouterments of the nation of Cheon Il Guk,” so much so that Rev. Moon wears a crown of actual bullets and carries a gold-plated semi-automatic rifle.

 

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MAGA Gun Church That Worships With AR-15s Has Bought a Giant Mountain Property in Tennessee

 

The MAGA-loving religious sect that worships with AR-15s has purchased a 130-acre property on a mountain in eastern Tennessee to serve as a “training center” and holy ground for its devoted, gun-toting followers, VICE News has learned. 

 

The latest property acquisition is more evidence that Pastor Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon, a fervent conspiracy theorist and son of an accused cult leader, is determined to expand his reach into the American Heartland. 

 

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Moon’s congregation, Rod of Iron Ministries, also known as The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, is a gun-centric spinoff of the much larger Unification Church, founded by his late father, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah and businessman whose followers were famously known as “Moonies.” The younger Moon, who also goes by “The Second King,” split from the main church amid a dramatic falling-out with his mother about who, between the two of them, was the rightful heir to his father’s empire. 

 

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12 hours ago, PleaseBlitz said:

The younger Moon also goes by “the Fourth Adam” as in Adam from Adam and Eve, then Jesus, then the older Moonie cult leader (his dad) and then him. 
 

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The scary part is that he's a psycho with a gun, probably lots of guns and psycho followers with lots of guns.

 

When do we get a Waco type situation with his cult?

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The scary part is that he's a psycho with a gun, probably lots of guns and psycho followers with lots of guns.

 

When do we get a Waco type situation with his cult?


The scarier part is that he isn’t a money grubbing shyster like televangelists like Kenneth Copeland et al. He was raised to believe and actually does believe that he is a deity. 

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Michigan representative wears 'Q' button to election audit rally

 

Michigan Rep. Daire Rendon, a Republican from Lake City, wore a button to a rally outside the Capitol Tuesday that featured an American flag with a gold "Q" on it, a letter that has become a symbol for a right-wing conspiracy theory movement.

 

Asked if the button was for the group QAnon, Rendon, chairwoman of the House Insurance Committee, responded, "That is a flag with a Q on it." As for what the "Q" referenced, she replied, "The 'Q' is the highest level of security in the federal government. ... That's what it is."

 

Rendon appeared to deny the button was a direct reference to QAnon, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as "a sprawling spiderweb of right-wing internet conspiracy theories" that "falsely claim the world is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles who worship Satan and are plotting against" former President Donald Trump.

 

The "Q" in QAnon is also a reference to the "Q level clearance," a top-secret clearance level within the U.S. Department of Energy, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

 

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Meet the Tomahawk-Toting QAnoner Terrorizing School Boards

 

The audience at a meeting last month of the Ankeny, Iowa, school board exploded over the prospect of the board reinstating a mask mandate, with parents shouting at board members who supported the mask rule.

 

“We know where you live!” one parent yelled at the school board members. “We’re going to stalk you!”

 

The scene, which ended with the board voting to reimpose the mask rule, looked like so many other school board meetings across the country this year over coronavirus restrictions. But the Ankeny school board has become a larger flashpoint in the fight over mask mandates in schools, thanks in large part to a leather-clad, tomahawk-toting QAnon personality named Scott McKay.

 

McKay, a middle-aged former bodybuilder whose followers call him “Patriot Streetfighter,” has used his sizable online platform and frequent use of violent rhetoric to turn the Ankeny mask debate into a national event among followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, urging his followers to bombard specific school board members with complaints.

 

In the school-board video, McKay also promoted the idea of using violence against police officers who enforce coronavirus restrictions.

 

“Sooner or later, we the people show up with arms, outnumbering you 50-to-1,” McKay said. “Then at that point, you’re going to have a decision to make. Do you want to go home, or do you not want to go home to your family?”

 

McKay didn’t respond to a request for comment. Lovestad, citing concerns for her and her family’s safety ahead of an anticipated Patriot Streetfighter event in Iowa, declined to comment.

 

McKay styles himself as a sort of QAnon biker, frequently wearing leather chaps and a leather Harley-Davidson in his public appearances. He rides a motorcycle with a “Patriot Streetfighter” paint job. Last weekend, McKay posed in the crowd at a Trump rally behind the podium in his leather outfit.

 

But nothing is more crucial to McKay’s branding as the “Patriot Streetfighter” than his tomahawk. McKay poses for pictures with his fans with the tomahawk, uses it as a prop onstage, and incorporates it into the Patriot Streetfighter logo.

 

McKay has told his fans that the tomahawk, which includes a pipe-like fixture he claims can be used as a “peace pipe,” represents a threat to politicians and government officials. Following traditional QAnon thinking, McKay claims the world is run by a 1,400-year-old cabal that commits Satanic rituals against children.

 

At a rally in Nebraska, McKay explained the tomahawk’s significance. If the Democratic officials McKay claims make up the “cabal” will resign peacefully, he’ll share the peace pipe with them. But if officials refuse his demands, they’ll face the tomahawk.

 

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The Justice Dept promised to investigate people threatening public officials like this.  I hope they're taking a close, hard look at him.

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