Saturday, October 19, 2019

But Isn't He Fighting the Illuminati?

In the dark depths of the Internet long-discredited conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump live on. According to the so-called QAnon conspiracy, also dubbed "The Storm," Trump is engaged in a battle against "Satanic Illuminati pedophiles" who populate the "deep state" - oh, and of course, the entire Democratic Party. QAnon predicted that the Mueller Investigation was a "false flag" that was only pretending to investigate the president, and that when the report was released basically every prominent Democratic Party member (and especially the Clintons) would be named in it and arrested en masse.

Then the report was released. Nothing that "QAnon" predicted happened. It's almost as if the whole thing were entirely made up - which in fact a couple of folks on Reddit actually copped to doing awhile back. And anybody who still believes in any aspect of this nonsense should take note that Trump recently appointed a self-proclaimed "Illuminati" who writes under the pen name "Magus Incognito" to a federal education board. Appointing Illuminati to prominent federal positions is a pretty funny way to fight them, don't you think?

President Donald Trump has appointed an author of self-styled “Illuminati” self-help and financial advice books to a position on a federal education board. The appointment of George Mentz ― who also writes under the pen name “Magus Incognito” ― to the Commission on Presidential Scholars was announced last Wednesday in a White House press release.

The group is tasked with selecting “presidential scholars” from across the country, an honorific reserved for 161 high school seniors who “demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.”

Federal Election Commission filings show Mentz has given substantial sums to Republican causes and candidates, including more than $10,000 to Trump’s campaign and an associated political action committee.

Mentz’s author page on Amazon suggests that he is a prolific writer, with more than 60 titles to his name. That includes works with titles like “The Law of Attraction & Prosperity Bible – The Illuminati Wealth Manifesto & Codex” and “The Illuminati Handbook – The Path of Illumination and Ascension.”

In a 2013 book by “Magus Incognito” called “Rosicrucian and Masonic Spirituality & Secrets – The Handbook,” Mentz tells readers the book’s teachings “can propel the initiate into the 4th dimension of existence on this Earth.”

Actually, when it comes right down to it, I don't think somebody who writes esoteric books should be disqualified from positions like this provided they are otherwise qualified. I would be qualified to sit on a board discussing, for example, information technology in the health care industry, and I would hate to have someone shoot down my nomination because I wrote the Mastering Enochian Magick series. At the same time, there's nothing in the article to suggest that Mentz has any meaningful qualifications besides donating to Donald Trump's campaign. To be fair, appointing unqualified donors to federal positions is endemic to our political system on both sides of the aisle, but at the same time that doesn't make it right.

I'll ask another question here too. Aren't evangelical Christians dedicated to fighting "The Illuminati" just like the QAnon folks are? If so, how can they possibly support Trump after a move like this? Mentz does make the point that “If you look the word up, it means ‘illumination.’ How to be more aware, conscious, a better person.” WHICH IS WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS. But none of the evangelicals ever believe me. I suppose what I needed to do all along is donate ten thousand dollars to the Trump campaign and they'll fall right in line. Why didn't I think of that sooner?

Seriously, though, all silliness aside, Mentz's New Age beliefs almost certainly are considered sinful by every evangelical group out there. "Law of Attraction" is magick - unfocused and undisciplined magick, but magick nonetheless. And as I understand it, the whole idea of "Ascension" as practiced in most esoteric groups is considered an affront to the evangelical God. Let's just say that putting him and Betsy DeVos in the same room is unlikely to end well - you know, unless she's a total hypocrite, which is entirely possible.

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