Illuminists, Apostates, Spiritualists–the usual suspects–All Interlocking

by Al Benson Jr.

The title of this article should give you some idea of where we are headed. As we look at the Illuminati and its continuing influence, even down to today,  we have to note that much of their effort was (and is) directed at reaching the next generation or two and, through them, continuing to reach into the future. As evil as they were, they had a multi-generational approach to keeping their worldview, their religious faith as it were, alive and well. More Christians should take a multi-generational approach to making sure their children and grandchildren learn the truth. However, the Illuminist conspirators have taken great pains to make sure this does not happen by the way their minions have worked at neutralizing most churches with erroneous information and just plain bad doctrine. So the church ends up being neutered and what should be opposition to Illuminist efforts withers on the vine.

In his book A Theological Interpretation of American History C. Gregg Singer, once on the faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, has noted: “After 1830 there was a growing philosophical and theological cleavage between the North and the South.  While the North was becoming increasingly subject to radical influences, the South was becoming increasingly conservative in its outlook.” He observed that Old School Presbyterianism had begun to take a strong stand against the abolitionist position, “…not because it was opposed to slavery per se, but because of the philosophy and theology which it represented, and because they clearly saw that if this radicalism were to gain the supremacy in the national government, then there must certainly come in its wake a radical political and social program which would threaten the established order and constitutional government for the nation as a whole.” He took note of Rev. John Henley Thornwell’s commentary on this where Thornwell said: “The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slave-holders–they are atheists, socialists, communists,  red republicans, Jacobins on the one side and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other.In one word, the world is the battleground–Christianity and atheism the combatants, and the progress of humanity is at stake.” Thornwell wrote this in 1850. The War of Northern Aggression was a decade away yet, but with amazing prescience, he saw what was coming and he recognized many of the adversaries. Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer called the abolitionist mindset “undeniably atheistic”  and he connected it with the French Revolution. These godly men saw the problem and recognized some of those involved, but did they grasp the fact that there was a guiding hand in back of the Jacobins, socialists, atheists and the rest that moved them all to do what they were doing in concert? Whether they did or not, it’s a question we ought to consider, for it is still applicable in our day when we look at some of the groups and individuals that perform radical acts on the contemporary scene.

We can all look at the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, the Southern Poverty Law Center and even the Ku Klux Klan in our day and ask the question–where does the money and direction come from for these groups to do what they do, and who behind the scenes that we never hear about gives them their marching orders? Because no matter how you try to cut the mustard, what most of these groups do is not spontaneous.  I watched so-called “anti-war” groups in action on two college campuses right after the Kent State shootings back in the early 1970s, when you had some of the most well-organized “spontaneous” demonstrations you ever saw, complete with propaganda printed in North Viet Nam for protesting American students to carry and hand out. And this stuff came to at least one of these schools by the box load because I brought a box full of it home at the time and went through it. So please don’t talk to me about “spontaneous.” I’ve been there–and “spontaneous” it ain’t!

It was no different after the War of Northern Aggression. Arthur Thompson has noted in his authoritative book To The Victor Go The Myths And Monuments that: “The practice of sending the worst sort of political radicals and members of secret societies as our representatives continued after the Civil War. These men represented the U.S. government, but not necessarily the American people.The Marxist Louis Blenker was appointed our man in Nantes, France. Alexander Asboth, who had served with Kossuth in 1848, was our man in Argentina and Uruguay…After serving as secretary of war and then attorney general under Grant, co-founder of the Order (of Skull and Bones)  Alphonso Taft was appointed U.S. minister to Austria and then Russia…(Carl) Schurz, after supporting a movement to annex Canada to the United States, became active in the anti-imperialism movement.” Makes you wonder if Schurz  was an early advocate of the present-day North American Union movement. Three of the four men mentioned here were Forty-eighters that Donnie Kennedy and I dealt with in our book Lincoln’s Marxists.  Only Alphonso Taft wasn’t–and he was co-founder of the Skull and Bones society which is still alive and flourishing today. Look up Skull and Bones on the Internet. You should find some interesting reading.

If you are able to get Mr. Thompson’s book, and I hope that many will, you will find an amazing list of people belonging to abolitionist, Spiritualist, socialist and Feminist groups mentioned and there are interlocking memberships and directorates in all these groups so that when you learn what to look for you can begin to see a pattern here of a small but influential clique of people belonging to different groups, which often seem at odds with each other, but are really not. You start to see the same names over and over again in the different groups and you cannot help but come away with the distinct impression that you really have one fairly small clique exerting tremendous influence  over many groups, and therefore many people. Such cannot be accidental or coincidental.

And this continued on into the twentieth century (and beyond).  Mr. Thompson mentioned prohibition and the  Prohibition Party, one of the founders of which was Alvan Bovay, one of the founders of the radical Republican Party.  He also noted, in passing, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, “which was run by the lesbian Frances Willard.” Folks, I swear, you can’t make this stuff up!  In closing out this particular chapter, which majored on Leftist infiltration, Thompson noted: “A unit organized under the American Red Cross later served as a cover for American involvement  in helping to solidify Lenin’s Bolshevik  government in Russia.” I bet your history books forgot to include that one.

Those that wish to get information about Mr. Thompson’s book can contact: American Opinion Publishing, 750 N. Hickory Farm Lane, Appleton, Wisconsin 54914. Don’t think that the Illuminati is dead just because you don’t see the name floating around anymore. Rather, look at the myriad of other organizations out there today, no matter what their names, that promote anti-Christianity, One World Government, socialism, and all those agendas dear to the heart of any Illuminist.

Illuminism,Spiritualism, And Apostasy (one big and unhappy family)

by Al Benson Jr.

In the last article I did dealing with this unholy mess that has contributed so much to the downfall of this country I dealt with the Abolitionists and their internationalist (Illuminist) worldview. I noted how the abolition of slavery was just one small step for them in their real quest–world government.

One notable area (as if to prove the anti-Christian nature of all this) that many abolitionists got into was the Spiritualist Movement that seems to have entered this country in, guess what year, 1848.

In her book Radical Spirits author Ann Braude, who seems to have no problem with any of this, noted on page 27 that: “Every notable progressive family of the nineteenth century had its advocate of Spiritualism, some of them more than one. Anna Blackwell, eldest and most radical sibling of pioneer doctors Elizabeth and Emily and abolitionists Henry and Sam, adopted Spiritualism by 1850 and became a vociferous lifelong advocate. The ubiquitous Beecher family contributed Charles Beecher and Isabella Beecher Hooker to the ranks, while Harriet Beecher Stowe became a serious investigator…As already noted, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was an early convert and remained loyal to the movement until his death.  The famous Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina, talked to spirits…Mary Todd Lincoln spoke with her dead son, Willie, and brought mediums into the White House, where they conducted seances for senators and cabinet members.” In case you are not familiar with them, the Grimke sisters mentioned here were noted abolitionists.

And, in 1862, Lydia Maria Child stated that: “Spiritualism is undermining the authority of the Bible in the minds of what are called the common people faster than all other causes put together.” Ms. Braude went into all this in a depth I am unable to here.

Arthur R. Thompson, in his informative book, To The Victor Go The Myths And Monuments noted of the abolitionists that: “Abolitionist leaders quoted Scripture, but most practiced some form of heresy.  They lauded the United States while plotting its demise through disunion and promoted world government in some form, all in the name of wiping out slavery.” Interesting to note that it was the Northern radicals that promoted most of the disunion while the South gets the blame for it. Mr. Thompson notes that: “In January 1857, a Disunion Convention was held in Worcester, Massachusetts. Attendants included T. W. Higginson, Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, E. M. Hosmer, Stephen Foster, Samuel J. May Jr., and John Brown,with Francis W. Bird as the president of the convention. The aim was to discuss the steps necessary to dissolve the union. What it really did was to furnish yet more proof to Southern sensibilities that abolitionists were out to destroy America–at the minimum it supplied evidence  that certain elements in the North would just as soon have the South out of the United States.” James Redpath, an abolitionist propagandist posing as a journalist covered the event. One can just imagine what he reported, as he was one of those “journalists” that later lionized terrorist John Brown. Any of you ever remember reading about this in your “history” books? Didn’t think so, neither did I. Another inconvenient little historical tidbit we were not supposed to know about.

Mr. Thompson also noted that “The use of what was known as Transcendentalism and spiritualism in the 1800s was designed to break down the existing social and religious structure.” Transcendentalism was a radical form of Unitarianism and most by now are beginning to realize what spiritualism was. Not only was the Spiritualist Movement alive and well in abolitionist circles but it was also thriving in the Feminist Movement of that day.

Ann Braude observed that “The American woman’s rights movement drew its first breaths in an atmosphere alive with the rumors of angels. Members of the Waterloo Friends flocked to nearby Seneca Falls and figured prominently in the convention’s proceedings. Raps reportedly rocked the same table where Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton penned the ‘Declaration of Sentiments’ which formed the convention’s agenda…From this time on, Spiritualism and woman’s rights intertwined repeatedly as both became mass movements that challenged the existing norms of American life…’Spiritualism has inaugurated the era of woman’ Mary Davis proclaimed.  She recalled the common birthdate of the new religion and woman’s rights in 1848. ‘Since that time Spiritualism has promoted the cause of woman more than any other movement’ Davis explained.” So what does this lady’s comment tell you about the Feminist Movement, both yesterday and today? If the tree had bad roots, can the fruit be any better?

In our book Lincoln’s Marxists Donnie Kennedy and I have included an addendum on page 307 called Feminists and Forty Eighters. It gives you a little more information on some of those in the Feminist Movement in both this country and Europe who had ties with and affinity for socialism. This movement in this country today is another part of the Illuminist/Marxist push toward One World Government and the more you study it the more apparent that will become. Combine that with the Spiritualist Movement and the current apostasy going forward in many churches today and you really have a toxic and spiritually cancerous mix, guaranteed to infect any it touches.

Illuminists, Abolitionists, Spiritualists and Apostates (and they’re all related)

by Al Benson Jr.

Just recently I have written about the Illuminati, founded on May 1, 1776 in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt. It was and is an anti-Christian organization, one of the main functions of which was to destroy Christianity and overthrow legitimate government (not what we have today).  I noted that many historians claim this organization pretty much died out in the early 1800s and was never a serious problem after that. I wonder who taught these historians that. The evidence seems to give the lie to that convenient (for the Illuminati) little theory.

In his book To The Victor Go The Myths And Monuments Arthur Thompson, CEO of the John Birch Society noted: “A popular opinion in the early 1800s was that the abolitionists were agents of England, and there were a few who viewed them as an extension of the Illuminati. The masthead of the Liberator, William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper, reinforced this latter idea. The initial slogan on the paper was: ‘Our Country is the world–Our Countrymen are Mankind’.” This is consistent with the worldview of the Illuminati. And Garrison’s worldview leaned very much in that direction.

In a booklet I wrote several years ago on the abolitionists as part of my Home School History Course I noted some of Garrison’s comments and observed that he sounded strongly internationalist in his outlook. Garrison said that, after the overthrow of slavery, the cause of peace would command his attention, and he concluded by saying that: “As our object is universal emancipation–to redeem woman as well as man from a servile to an equal condition–we shall go for the rights of women to their utmost extent.” Garrison’s writings could  be strongly embraced by any Marxist, then or now. What Marxist is there, or has there ever been, who was not strongly committed to universal suffrage (at least for one election), world citizenship, peace, and women’s rights?  Remember who hired Marx to write his manifesto. The Illuminist worldview shines through here for those with eyes to see.

Mr. Thompson stated that Garrison visited England in 1833, where he made some rather uncomplimentary comments about his country in general and not just about the slavery issue.  And Thompson noted: “Someone had to organize this visit to England. You did not just get off the boat and start planning your speeches. Politically motivated organizations set them up by what were called lyceums, which were associations for discussion and instruction by lectures and other means…These lyceums were copies of the Illuminist  organizations on the European continent.” Mr. Thompson duly noted Garrison’s relationship with a George Thompson, a Chartist abolitionist leader. Donnie Kennedy and I mentioned the Chartists in our book Lincoln’s Marxists. Allan Pinkerton of the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency and a friend of Lincoln had been a Chartist in Britain before he came to this country.  The Chartists were British socialists. Mr. Thompson labels them as communists, and I surely won’t dispute him. In fact he noted that: “Garrison’s relationship with Thompson was so close that he named his son George Thompson Garrison after this Englishman.” And he also observed, with all this, it was easy for many to think that the abolitionist movement may have been English in origin, but then he said: “However, this just hid the real impetus behind the abolition movement. We must not forget that the epicenter of the Conspiracy had increasingly moved out of the Continent into England after 1800. Gradually, the leadership and top minions of all the Conspiracy’s second generation organizations were ensconced in London: Mazzini, Marx, etc. From there the epicenter moved to New York in the last half of the 19th century…you see that the issue was not simply confined to anti-slavery.” Mr. Thompson is correct. The abolitionist movement was, indeed, about a lot more than freeing slaves. That was the “up front” issue for the uninitiated.

In the circles of supposed anti-slavery, Mr. Thompson also mentioned Samuel Gridley Howe, of Secret Six fame and the husband of Julia Ward Howe. I did a series of articles for my newsletter The Copperhead Chronicle a few years back on the Secret Six and one of them was on the vaunted Mr. Howe. Turns out that Howe traveled to Germany, “In the company of Albert Brisbane, the communist, and he had a knack for showing up at revolutionary insurrections in Europe. His idea to aid anti-slavery in Kansas was guns…While in Europe, Howe was the head of an American Committee in Paris, which was helped and funded by the Illuminist Lafayette and played a role in the Polish revolution in the early 1830s.” He was a friend of Henry Longfellow and Charles Sumner, who was infamous for his hatred of the South.  Sumner was a Radical Republican who advocated world government and who would eventually join the communist First International.  So, as you can see, these people had a whole other agenda than freeing the slaves. That was but one step up the ladder in their ascent to world government.

And through all of this, hidden behind the curtain that you are not supposed to pull back and look behind,  is the shadow of the Illuminati–yesterday, today, and tomorrow. More to come. I haven’t yet touched on the Spiritualists, and they are something else!

The Illuminati, Conspiracies, And A Concern About American History

by Al Benson Jr.

Many folks that have read a little history have come across references to the Illuminati at some point. The take some of the folks you read about that address it will depend on where they are coming from and what they have been taught about it, and by who.

There seem to be some basic facts about it that even Wikipedia has picked up. It was founded on May 1, 1776 by Adam Weishaupt as a secret society, which means he did not want average folks to be aware of it or whatever influence it might have in their lives. It was the kind of organization that you would hardly share your knowledge about with Aunt Gertrude or Uncle Harry, and so Weishaupt practiced and advocated subterfuge or camouflage.  He said: “A cover is always necessary. In concealment lies a great part of our strength. Hence we must always hide ourselves under the name of another society.”  In other words he advocated the formation of groups with noble-sounding names that seemed to be doing something good while actually doing something completely opposite–sort of along the idea of Communist front groups, or some of these groups today that claim they do what they do to promote “racial healing” when actually what they are doing is the exact opposite.

The hidden agenda of the Illuminati started off with the destruction of the Christian faith. Whatever else they did, this was their main objective. They encouraged the dissolution of the family. They discourage patriotism. They sought to suppress the right of private property, and they sought the destruction of nations in favor of a universal One World Government. If you read The Communist Manifesto you will see just about all these objectives introduced there. And considering that Karl Marx was hired  by a group called the League of the Just (with Illuminati roots) to write “his” manifesto, that should come as no surprise. So Marx wasn’t even the originator. He was just a literary shill hired to put the Illuminati program into readable fashion.

Some historians have claimed that the Illuminati died out in the early 1800s.  Most of what I have read in the past several years would indicate that it is rather the other way around. It has, in fact, flourished under a myriad of different titles and organizations today that promote what it stood (stands) for and which are as thick as ticks on a hound dog. The entire concept of a New World Order, as envisioned by Bush One in a speech several years ago is the spiritual grandchild of the Illuminati.

Could you say that the way all this has worked out and is being worked out would fall under the definition of a conspiracy? Well, I reckon you could.  Just the thought of the word “conspiracy” scares some Christians absolutely witless.  They don’t want to hear about it, talk about it,  or, heaven forbid, DO anything about it. The very idea of existing anti-Christian conspiracies  is something many are terrified of. Do I believe in them? Yes. Do I advocate being scared silly about them? NO! In fact, with a little study and some resultant action on the part of Christians, some of them could be routed. So I don’t  recommend that Christians be scared of conspiracies–I advocate that Christians be ticked off about them because what they are trying to do is to bring our Savior and His Church into disrepute and inaction by their actions. And, in many cases, well-informed Christians willing to stand up and fight back could actually change some of this. Will we? Maybe if some can get to the point where they quit being afraid of offending the devil, we might.  I have often wondered over the years (and continue to do so) if some of the rank passivity and utter complacency of so many Christians today is part of the conspiratorial agenda. They’ve been neutralized and don’t even realize it. What was it the man said–“the brainwashed never wonder”?

Suffice it to say here that our history books have been thoroughly sanitized to an extent you would not believe. When my wife and I started home schooling (long long ago now) we went to several home school conferences to listen to what they had to say and to check out what was available for books. I learned after the situation in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the mid-1970s that you always check out the books. So I checked out the home school history texts first thing. What I found was mostly appalling. A lot of it was little more than public school material with a few Bible verses sprinkled over the top of it–like sugar sprinkled over the top of rotten corn flakes to cover up the taste.

Folks, I learned one thing a long time ago. If we don’t get the history right then we won’t get anything that has happened since right either. Current events will be like a Chinese jig saw puzzle to us because we will have had an incorrect and incomplete historical framework to deal with them through. And this is so terribly widespread that it cannot be by accident. Indeed, others whose material I have read, people who had more knowledge than I ever hope to,  have come up with the same conclusion. Often your kids are taught bad history  because bad history will not, can not, produce good results.

What I have said here is very basic and I hope it may give some folks something to think and pray about, and, Lord willing, I will hope to do more in this area.