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Triple murder: ‘Ritualistic Presbyterian killing planned to coincide with the Blue Moon’
August 6, 2015
by: Fred Clark

 

 

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When confronted with horrific evil, our first presumption, regardless of evidence, should be to blame the Presbyterians.

Presbyterians, after all, are evil, monstrous others and we should fear them:
On Friday, July 31, three residents [two brothers and their mother] were found murdered in their home on Deerfield Drive in the coastal city of Pensacola. …
Their throats were slit, and [one victim] had a gun shot through his neck. As has been reported, the family was killed on Tues, July 28. and their deaths were caused by blunt force trauma by hammer. The police have ruled out robbery and are currently investigating.
This gruesome reality turned media frenzy after the department held an Aug. 4 news conference. During the opening speech, Sheriff David Morgan called the case “odd at best,” describing the family as reclusive. Then when he was asked about motive, he responded:
… initial research has led us to believe that there is a potential that it was a ritualistic killing … The method of the murder, blunt force traumas, slit throats, positions of bodies and then our person of interest has some ties to a faith or religion that is indicative of that.
When asked for more, Sheriff Morgan noted, “Well, again, the time of the blue moon every three years, the method of the murders and also our person of interest is known to practice this.” He was then asked directly “What religion?” Sheriff Morgan responded, “It is Presbyterianism.” The full news conference was uploaded to You Tube.
That was all it took. Within minutes, the local, national and, eventually, international media were reporting on the triple murder. “Presbyterian suspected in savage murder of family” reported the local CBS affiliate WKRG. The Washington Post announced, “Florida triple murder tied to ‘Presbyterianism’ and blue moon, police say.” And NOLA.com asked,”‘Presbyterianism’ and ‘blue moon’ behind Pensacola triple homicide?”
Shortly after, NBC quoted ECSO’s own Sgt. Andrew Hobbes saying, “It appears that this might be connected to some type of Calvinist ritual killing and possibly tied to the blue moon.”

Presbyterianism suddenly changed to Calvinism. Several ABC and CBS affiliates around the country picked up the wording change. For example, one in Texas reported, “Reformed ritual may be motive behind deaths of three family members in Fla.” And, the UK’s Daily Mail announced, “Florida family murdered with a hammer in ‘ritualistic Calvinist killing planned to coincide with the Blue Moon‘ ”
The weird leap by law enforcement and media to attribute this brutal crime to Presbyterianism is wholly unfounded. For one thing, the killings took place several days before the full moon or “blue moon” on July 31.

And in any case the sheriff just pulled that full moon stuff out of his backside — there’s no ritual or ceremonial importance to a blue moon in Presbyterianism. Nor is there any Presbyterian or Calvinist ritual that involves lethal violence, let alone — as the sheriff bizarrely suggested — a specific type of lethal violence involving a hammer and the particular positioning of the bodies of these victims.

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Church of Scientology’s new $145m complex has generated more in fundraising than it cost

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from “The Independent” by Tim Walker, Tuesday 19 November 2013

Confetti falls as the Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige dedicates the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida
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The site offers parishioners the opportunity to undergo a secretive programme devised by L Ron Hubbard that is said to heighten senses and provide special abilities
John Travolta and Tom Cruise were among thousands of Scientology parishioners gathered this weekend at the Church’s worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, to celebrate the dedication of its newly completed Flag Building, which contains facilities for what the late Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard dubbed his “Super Power” programme. Those privileged enough to undergo the secretive Super Power Rundown are said to acquire heightened senses and special abilities. The new building marks an ambitious undertaking by the Church of Scientology to tackle what it calls its most important programme to date.

The building is the tallest in Clearwater and the largest in the Scientology portfolio, taking up an entire city block. Construction of the 377,000sq ft complex has taken 15 years and cost up to $145m (£90m). During the event on Sunday, six-foot privacy fences were erected to protect attendees from public view, while Scientology security staff stood by to stop curious onlookers getting too close. The Church declined to allow Florida newspaper the Tampa Bay Times a tour of the premises, and it is not yet known whether the building will ever be open to the public.

The eight-minute dedication ceremony was led by Church boss David Miscavige, but attended by fewer Scientologists than anticipated. City authorities had reportedly been warned to expect crowds of 10,000, but some estimates suggested little more than half that number had actually turned up.

According to planning documents and details on the Church’s website, the sprawling complex contains a bookstore, a chapel, a basement dining hall and several hundred small rooms for the entry-level Scientology system known as “auditing”. There is also an Office of the Commodore: a space set aside for Hubbard, who died in 1986. Miscavige’s office is at the top of the building on the seventh floor, while on the sixth is a running track, where Scientologists are expected to run in circles until they attain enlightenment, or what Hubbard called a “cognition”. On the same level is a sauna, where parishioners can enjoy a “purification rundown”, or “purif”.

But the star attraction of the new building is housed on the fifth floor: the Super Power programme, which the 59-year-old Church has described as its most important project to date. Hubbard supposedly created the Super Power Rundown in 1978, promising that it was “the answer to a sick, a dying and dead society”, that it would help Scientologists to “create a new world,” and could “literally revive the dead”.

At his own death, Hubbard left behind his plans for the programme, which involves the use of futuristic devices to help subjects hone the 57 senses or “perceptics” he identified, which include taste, touch, smell, endocrine states, compass direction and perception of appetite.

During the 1990s the Rundown was tested on a handful of wealthy donors at the Church’s California headquarters. Among them was hedge fund boss Matt Feshbach, who later told Florida’s St Petersburg Times that the process had helped him to outperform his business rivals, to appreciate beauty more deeply, and to sense danger more quickly than others. In spite of this success, the programme was kept largely under wraps until an appropriate facility could be constructed.

John Travolta and Tom Cruise (front, fourth and fifth from left) applaud David Miscavige (Rex)

John Travolta and Tom Cruise (front, fourth and fifth from left) applaud David Miscavige (Rex)

In 2012 The Village Voice acquired leaked digital renderings of the Flag Building interior, which included details of the devices used in the Super Power Rundown, such as a large gyroscope known as the “motion quadrant”, which spins users to enhance their sense of compass direction. Among the other tools in the facility are a “smell wall”, a “taste wall” and an “oiliness table”.

Auditing sessions are thought to cost as much as $1,000 per hour, and the cost of a Super Power Rundown remains a mystery, but the Flag Building has already proved to be a successful fundraising tool. Scientology leaders originally estimated its cost at $100m, but according to the Tampa Bay Times, since the fundraising campaign for its construction began in the early 1990s, the Church has attracted donations of more than $145m.

The fundraising drive continued even when construction came to a halt in 2003; building only recommenced in earnest in 2009, after the city of Clearwater introduced fines of $250 per day for violating its planning code.

This year former Scientologists Rocio and Luis Garcia sued the Church, which they left in 2011, for fraud and deception. The couple, who donated more than $340,000 in their time as members, said the organisation was using the Flag Building “as a shill” to raise money. The Church rejected the accusations as “frivolous” and “blatantly false”.

On New Year’s Day 2012, Debbie Cook, a former captain at Scientology’s Flag Service Organisation in Clearwater, sent a mass email to members accusing Miscavige of having turned her beloved Church into a mere machine for “continuous fundraising”.

Hubbard, she wrote, “never directed the  purchase of opulent buildings or … posh  renovations or furnishings”. The Church then sued Cook for violating the confidentiality agreement she had signed upon leaving its staff in 2007.

The Flag Building is the only place where a Super Power programme will be conducted (Rex)

The Flag Building is the only place where a Super Power programme will be conducted (Rex

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November 17, 2013 · 07:31

High School Text Book

High School Text Book Literally Re-writes History

Posted on July 31, 2013 in COLUMNSEDITOR’S PICKS

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History was my least favorite subject in school. I thought it was boring. I can’t understand or justify my stupidity, in hindsight, but I just remember being overwhelmed by dates and battles and failing to see the incredible way that history tends to repeat itself.

This week, a group of Floridian parents are flipping out at the contents of their teenagers’ Prentice Hall World History text books. The accusations they are raising are not some silly, baseless hysterical claims. They are completely legit and completely horrifying.

Before I tell you what is happening, I want to clarify that the reason this story horrifies me is not because of the bias that the book shows, but because of the way it has rewritten history and left out parts of the past.

If you look inside this book, being taught in high schools all over the country, you’ll notice several alarming things, as pointed out by Mr. Todd Starns on this news program.

    – There are 36 pages dedicated to the religion of Islam, while there are NO chapters dedicated to Christianity or Judaism.
    – In reference to Mohammed and his armies taking over Medina States, the book says, “…people happily accepted Islam as their way of life.”
    -The book indicates that Jesus “proclaimed” Himself to be the Messiah, yet stated as fact that Mohammed was a prophet.
    -In the book, Christian battles are called “Massacres” while Muslim battles are called “takeovers.”

Last I checked, Americans were free to choose their faith, but our country was undeniably founded on Judeo-Christian values. Whether you subscribe to Christianity or not, you can’t deny that its a rich part of our history. Look at our money! Having a 36-page chapter dedicated to Islam and only mentioning our nations core, founding values in an inaccurate, skewed way is a disgrace.

This particular book being investigated has been taught to high school students for three years already. It’s very scary to think that you can send your kids off to school, obliviously, while they are being taught absolute lies.

Read more: http://youngpatriots.com/2013/07/high-school-text-book-literally-re-writes-history/#ixzz2bTO5w2uR

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August 9, 2013 · 12:14

Welcome to the promised land… of Florida: Inside Ave Maria Catholic college town built by Domino’s Pizza millionaire founder

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 06:58, 19 July  2013 |  UPDATED: 07:11,  19 July 2013

For millions of sun  worshipers and retirees, Florida is paradise on earth, but for some devout  Catholics, a small town in the suburbs of Naples in nothing short of the  Promised Land.

The community of Ave Maria  located in a remote part of Collier County was created in 2007 by controversial  philanthropist and founder of Domino’s Pizza Tom Monaghan in partnership with  the corporation Barron Collier Cos.

Ave Maria, designed as a  family-friend college town 40 miles from Naples, sprung up in the southern part  of the Sunshine State after the Florida legislature created the Ave Maria  Stewardship Community District – a limited local government whose purpose is to  provide community infrastructure.

New town: The community of Ave Maria located in a remote  part of Collier County, Florida, was created in 2007

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Bay steps: So far, there are about 500 completed homes  in Ave Maria

 

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Ambitious: Ave Maria sits on about 4,000 acres of land,  and the plan is to build about 11,000 homes

Holy land: The centrepiece of the community is a large  Roman Catholic church, the facade of which displays sculptor Marton Varo’s  30-foot-tall sculpture of the Annunciation

 

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Mary and Jesus: The town has been described by some of  its residents as being centered on Christ

 

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Man of faith: Monaghan, a one-time seminarian, has been  active in the Roman Catholic

The centrepiece of the  community, which is still under development, is a large church, the facade of  which displays sculptor Marton Varo’s 30-foot-tall sculpture of the  Annunciation, depicting the Archangel Gabriel greeting the Virgin Mary with the  words ‘Ave Maria’ (Hail Mary).

The $24million landmark  building received an architecture award from the American Institute of Steel  Construction in 2008.

Monaghan, 76, a long-time  architecture enthusiast who served as the president of Ave Maria University  until 2011, drew the oratory’s first sketches himself on a  tablecloth.

 

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Family friendly: Ave Maria was designed to attract  Catholic families with kids and college students

Photographer Ryan Steele has recently traveled to the  rural community to document its slow development

 

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Focus on education: The new town is in close proximity  to Ave Maria University, which was also founded by Monaghan

While the developers of the  town have ambitious plans, which include the construction of high-end homes,  top-notch infrastructure and schools, Ave Maria still has a long way to  go.

Photographer  Ryan Steele has recently travelled to the rural community to document its slow growth.

His images show a sparsely  populated, nascent hamlet more akin to a ghost town that to a bustling college  town, with empty streets, a lonely playground and a deserted gas  station.

Ave Maria sits on about  4,000 acres of land, and the plan is to build about 11,000 homes. So far, 500  dwellings have been erected, according to NaplesNews.com.

For the developers of the  town, the idea is to attract college students and families by creating excellent  schools and a safe environment. In testimonials on Ave  Maria’s website, the town has  been described as being centered on Christ.

‘In Ave Maria, It’s  politically correct to say, “Merry Christmas!” to my customers or anyone I meet  on the street and they always say, “Merry Christmas!” back,’ gushed Chelsea  Allan, a mother of ten and one of the first homeowners in town who operates a  religious gift shop.

In their testimonials,  Richard and Suzanne Dionne compared their life in Ave Maria to the way ‘Jesus,  Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth.’

 Magnate: Monaghan , 76, launched what was to  become a multimillion-dollar fast food empire in 1960 by buying a modest pizza  parlor called Dominick’s Pizza for $900
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Landmark: The grand oratory seen in the mist received an  architecture award from the American Institute of Steel Construction in  2008

Ave Maria has been  described in promotional materials as ‘the best of both worlds — the great  quality of life of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community.’

The town was designed  around Monaghan’s grand Catholic Oratory and Ave Maria University – a small  Catholic liberal arts college that was relocated from Ypsilanti, Michigan, which  was also home to the first ever Domino’s Pizza.

Monaghan, 76, launched what  was to become a multimillion-dollar fast food empire in 1960 by buying a modest  pizza parlor called Dominick’s Pizza for $900.

Domino’s currently has a  network of over 5,300 locations with 115,000 employees and sales of over  $2.5billion.

Monaghan, a one-time  seminarian who had spent part of his childhood in an orphanage, said of his  religious beliefs: ‘I must say that my faith has kept me going throughout my  life.’

The pizza magnate is  reputed to be a member of the ultra-conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei  and has been aligned with a number of other conservative Catholic organizations  and causes. In the early 1990s, he also built a mission in a Honduras mountain  town and funded and supervised the construction of a new cathedral in Managua,  Nicaragua.

The developers of the town want to attract Catholic  college students and  families by creating excellent schools and a safe  environment
Words of praise: Ave Maria has been described in  promotional materials as ‘the best of both worlds — the great quality of life  of Naples and a new dynamic Catholic and educational community’

Forbes Magazine ranks  Monaghan in the top 400 richest Americans and estimates his net worth at  $485million. He currently lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Monaghan sold his  controlling stake in Domino’s Pizza in 1998 to private equity company Bain  Capital and sold his remaining Domino’s stock in 2004.

His name was in the news in  March after Monaghan has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, asking  to be exempt from providing his employees with mandatory contraception under a  provision of Obamacare.

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Divorce

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An elderly man in Miami calls his son in New York and says, “Ihate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your motherand I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough.”

“Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams.
“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the old man says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”and he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone,”Like heck they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this.”

She calls her father immediately and yells, “You areNOT getting divorced! Don’t do a single thing until I get there.I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow.Until then, don’t do a thing. DO YOU HEAR ME?” And she hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says, “They’re both coming for Passover and paying their own airfares.”

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Another Oldie

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules, so the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the  room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife 
Subject: I’ve Arrived 
Date: October 16, 2004

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is hot down here.

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