United States fascism, from William Pelley to Donald Trump

This 2015 video from the USA shows some propaganda material by William Pelley; with the main emphasis on his religious fantasies, not on his anti-Semitic fascist politics.

By Pauline Murphy:

William Pelley: Rousing the US‘s fascist rabble

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Donald Trump is not the first US presidential candidate to inspire fascistic militia-like supporters, writes PAULINE MURPHY

EARLIER this year Donald Trump sent out a tweet to his legion of followers in which he used a quote from Benito Mussolini: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

A month later a new account was created on Twitter called @lionsoftrump and its first tweet simply stated: “The Lion Guard is born.”

The Lion Guard describes itself as a “civilian group dedicated to the safety and security of Trump supporters.” These unofficial guardians of Trump supporters got their name from the Mussolini quote the Republican candidate had tweeted that cold morning in February.

As the race for the White House now gathers pace, the rallies of Donald Trump have become more intense. These gatherings have taken on a violent streak as clashes erupt between Trump supporters and those who do not support him.

The Lion Guard depend heavily on social media to smoke out potential troublemakers at Trump rallies. Many have dubbed this unofficial militia the “red caps” due to the $25 “Make America Great Again” baseball hats both they and their straw haired idol wear.

Trump isn’t the first presidential candidate to bear witness to violence at his rallies and neither is he the first to see some supporters turn into a menacing militia group.

During the 1936 US presidential election, the son of a Methodist minister from Massachusetts entered the race as a candidate for the Christian Party.

William Dudley Pelley was a foreign correspondent across Europe and Russia in the years after World War I and a Hollywood screen writer in the 1920s before becoming leader of the Silver Legion of America and the Christian Party in the 1930s.

Pelley embraced the wave of fascism that washed over society in the ’30s and openly declared: “The time has come for an American Hitler.” He printed his own mouth organ newspaper called Pelley’s Weekly which focused its written attacks on Roosevelt, left-wing politics, blacks, Jews and immigrant minorities.

On January 30 1933 Pelley founded the Silver Legion of America in Asheville, North Carolina. Membership was open only to white Christian males while the uniform consisted of a silver shirt, blue trousers and a red letter “L” emblazoned on the breast of the shirt.

The silver shirts, as they became known, turned out across many towns and cities across the United States putting on mass rallies where Pelley spoke about restoring America through extreme patriotism. The right-wing rabble rousing Pelley targeted African Americans, Jews and Irish immigrants through his speeches. To the delight of his followers, Pelley promised to disenfranchise such minorities if he ever rose to power in the land of the free.

Membership of the silver shirts numbered somewhere around 15,000 but this small group and its charismatic leader spewed a terrifying influence over ordinary Americans. Both working-class and middle-class whites saw Pelley and his silver shirts as the answer to America’s problems; this was a time in the country’s history when the great depression was sweeping the land.

At silver shirt rallies, Pelley’s speeches hung heavy with words of great threat. Pelley favoured building a mental wall of isolation around America. He favoured a ban on immigrants, most notably Jewish and Irish, from entering the United States. He favoured a more militaristic approach to creating a moral America.

Pelley received funds through connections in nazi Germany and set about building a world headquarters for the Silver Legion in a remote part of the Hollywood hills.

At Murphy Ranch outside Los Angeles the flag of the silver shirts — silver with a red L on the upper left — flew over an urban sprawl. From Murphy Ranch, Pelley established the Galahad College where Christian economics were the main staple of education for the future makers and breakers of America.

A year after forming the Christian Party of America (CPA), Pelley then used it as an engine to propel him to the White House, or so he thought.

The 1936 presidential election campaign in the United States was a particularly dirty one, with Roosevelt receiving most of the personal slander. During the campaign Pelley was largely ignored by the mainstream media who viewed him as a deluded outsider.

It was a chaotic election for Pelley who carried out an extensive country-wide campaign called The Silver Cavalcade, which saw mass rallies often marked by violence.

His running mate was the firebrand silver shirt leader from San Diego Willard Kemp, and even though Pelley had achieved in whipping up enough hysteria through his mass rallies, he did not achieve in winning over the political system.

Washington state was the only place where his name appeared on the ballot paper.

On election day, Pelley won just under 2,000 votes. He finished far behind both the socialist and communist candidates.

The violent tendencies of Pelley’s supporters continued after the 1936 presidential campaign. In 1938 three Chicago silver shirt meetings ended in riots. One of them saw Pelley’s right-hand man Roy Zachery fined 15 dollars for disorderly behaviour and a stint in hospital when he received severe head injuries.

In 1939, five silver shirt members from Chicago smashed the windows of the Goldblatt brothers’ department store. The streets became mini war zones for those attending silver shirt rallys but Pelley’s supporters were all too often met by counter demonstrators which usually resulted in the silver shirts turning on their heels.

After the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941 Pelley dissolved his silver shirts and Galahad College disintegrated. That same year, state police in California took over Murphy Ranch and Pelley’s dream of a morally upright, fascist and isolated America faded away.

Pelley would spend the rest of his years battling the federal government through court cases. Pelley was later sentenced to 15 years for sedition and after serving just under eight years, he was released. Pelley died at the age of 75 in 1965.

The … politics of the ’30s which propelled Pelley and his like were summed up by the writer Mary McCarthy. In 1936 she wrote about the atmosphere around Pelley’s presidential campaign in The Nation magazine as being “wild, comic, theatrical, dishonest, disorganised, hopeful and not revolutionary.” Eighty years later those words might hold some meaning again as we enter the end stages of what has been a wildly comical non-revolutionary presidential campaign.

Pelley propagated the paranormal, and was an influence on the I Am religious organisation, an influence on later ‘New Age’ movements like the ‘Church Universal and Triumphant‘.

Hundreds of children abused in Pope Benedict’s brother’s choir

This video says about itself:

Alleged victims on abuse claims connected to Catholic church

Regensburg – 10 March 2010

1. Wide of “Regensburger Domspatzen” boys’ choir school building
2. Sign on school building reading (German) “Regensburger Domspatzen”
3. Boys walking up to school entrance
4. Close-up of glass panel over school entrance
Munich – 11 March 2010
5. Wolfgang Blaschka sitting at table in cafe, drinking coffee
6. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“My earlobe was ripped off in one punishment. One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier. And when I then tried to support my bodyweight by grabbing his arm, he beat me very badly.”
7. Close-up of Blaschka’s eyes
8. SOUNDBITE (German) Wolfgang Blaschka, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1966 to 1967:

“I myself was slapped in the face by him (Georg Ratzinger)

priest, director of the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir (which he made perform, eg, at the NATO summit in Germany in 1982), and elder brother of Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI

, and it was particularly painful when he pulled me up here by my sideburns, that was very mean. Although I was not a bad singer. But when it was about the music, he was a full-blooded musician, he really was quick-tempered and forgot about everything.”
Regensburg – 10 March 2010
9. Wide tilt down of house of Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI
10. Close-up of memorial plaque on wall of house in honour of Pope Benedict XVI‘s visit in 2006, reading (German) “The monastery chapter of St. Johann remembers the visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to his brother Georg Ratzinger on 13 September 2006.”
11. Georg Ratzinger walking to door of his house
12. Close-up of Ratzinger’s name next to door bell
13. Ratzinger at door
Munich – 11 March 2010
14. Wide of Rudolf Neumaier, student from 1981 to 1982 at Etterzhausen Elementary School, entering office at “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” publishing house, sitting down
15. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“The responsible persons in Regensburg knew that there was something wrong. They did not act and therefore I was quite surprised, at the beginning of this week, that (Johann) Meier was still there in 1991 and that a witness had said that nothing had changed and Meier was still beating students in 1991.”
16. Neumaier talking on the phone
17. SOUNDBITE (German) Rudolf Neumaier, student at Etterzhausen Elementary School from 1981 to 1982:

“Well, then he was beating this boy, he shouted and screamed at him and then he pulled him out of his seat and struck him on the back with the chair, so that the chair broke into two pieces. This was the worst incident I witnessed.”
Regensburg – 10 March 20100
18. Wide of Regensburg cathedral, tilt up to cathedral spires


Two alleged victims of a child abuse scandal connected to the Catholic church in Germany came forward on Thursday, including a former member of an all-boys choir led by the pope’s brother.

Germany’s top education representative sharply criticised the church on Thursday for failing to report cases of physical and sexual abuse in a timely fashion.

The uproar came a day before Germany’s highest bishop was to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

At least 170 former students from Catholic schools in Germany have come forward with claims of sexual abuse recently and others have spoken of physical abuse.

Wolfgang Blaschka, a 52-year-old graphic designer, said that corporal punishment was the rule, not the exception, when he was a student at the Etterzhausen school just outside Regensburg.

“One day I found myself hanging in the air by my hair – my whole bodyweight – in the claw of this Principal Meier,” he said, referring to then-director Johann Meier.

He alleged that Ratzinger had hit him too.

The scandal has clearly shaken the Vatican.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

One hundred new reports of abuse in German choir

Today, 17:46

A German bishop who does research on abuse and violence at the German Catholic boys choir Regensburger Domspatzen, has now received reports from 422 people. These are over a hundred more than earlier this year, the bishop of Regensburg has said. 65 of the 422 reports concern sexual violence.

Since last year research has been done about abuses at the Bavarian choir in the period 1945 to 1992. The sexual violence ranged from fondling to rape. Boys also said they were beaten until bloody with a stick, key ring or seal ring. If a child had wet the bed, then he was banned from drinking anything.

End of next year a committee will decide on compensation. Victims can look forward to financial compensation of between 5,000 and 20,000 euros and are offered therapeutic help. There will also be an investigation into the causes of the abuse at the choir.


The perpetrators of abuse are now deceased. Georg Ratzinger [still alive], the older brother of former Pope Benedict, was between 1964 and 1994 the leader of the choir. The lawyer of several victims thinks he knew about the abuse. Ratzinger is in denial about that.

The Regensburger Domspatzen is the choir of the cathedral of Regensburg. The choir is more than a thousand years old.

This 2015 video is a German documentary about the abuse scandal in the Regensburger Domspatzen children’s choir.

Florida religious fundamentalists want to kill women for abortions

This video from the USA says about itself:

Christians Move To EXECUTE Women For Abortions

27 September 2016

Evangelical Christians in Florida have a new idea for a ballot initiative in 2018. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Read more here.

Ancient Jewish scroll now legible

This video says about itself:

How to open an ancient scroll without touching it | Science News

21 September 2016

Researchers describe the digital steps it took to unwrap a charred, roughly 1,700-year-old scroll and read its ancient Biblical text.

Credit: Seth Parker, Univ. of Kentucky.

From Science News:

Digital rehab exposes Biblical roots of ancient Israeli scroll

Virtual unwrapping reveals Hebrew text inside fragile artifact

by Bruce Bower

2:00pm, September 21, 2016

Researchers have digitally unwrapped and read an ancient Hebrew scroll that’s so charred it can’t be touched without falling apart. It turns out the document contains the oldest known Biblical text outside of the roughly 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, the investigators say.

Archaeologists discovered the scroll’s remnants in a synagogue’s holy ark during a 1970 excavation in Israel of En-Gedi, a Jewish community destroyed by fire around 600.

In a series of digital steps, slices from a 3-D scan of the En-Gedi scroll were analyzed to bring letters and words into relief on a pieced-together, virtual page. Those images revealed passages from the book of Leviticus written in ink on the scroll’s disintegrating sheets. Radiocarbon results date the scroll to approximately 300, making it the earliest copy of an Old Testament book ever found in a holy ark, scientists report September 21 in Science Advances.

This computerized recovery and conservation process can now be used to retrieve other ancient documents “from the brink of oblivion,” the researchers say.

How to read a book without opening it. Radiation technique can aid studies of ancient texts. By Emily Conover, 6:00am, October 19, 2016: here.

Racist firebombs Scottish mosque

Edinburgh Central Mosque

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Mosque arson was hate crime

Monday 19th September 2016

POLICE said yesterday they are treating an arson attack on Edinburgh Central Mosque as a hate crime.

It sustained minor fire damage to the door and a small bush in the garden after an object was thrown at the building, situated in Potterrow, at about 2.10am on Sunday.

The suspect is a white man in his early thirties, with very short hair and wearing a short-sleeved black top with a white emblem on the front with dark trousers.

Police believe he spoke to a group of women in George Square before the incident and are urging them to come forward, as well as anyone who drove past the mosque during the attack.

Chief Inspector Mark Rennie, local area commander, said: “This was a despicable and reckless act which we are treating as a hate crime.”

Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “Fortunately, no-one was injured as a result of this incident but the consequences could have been far worse had the fire taken hold and spread.”

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) chairman Foysol Choudhury strongly condemned the crime as “an attack against our freedom of religion and expression.”

He said: “Edinburgh cannot tolerate any action that aims to spread hate and division within its society.

“ELREC would like to uphold Police Scotland’s request for everyone who has any information to contact them and wishes to offer support to anyone who feels more insecure after this attack.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555-111, where information can be given anonymously.

Lindis Percy, British Quaker peace activist

This 2014 video from Britain is called My Story: Lindis Percy.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:


Saturday 10th September 2016

Lindis Percy, who is a Quaker, became a peace activist in 1979 when US cruise missiles were installed at Greenham Common in Berkshire.

In more than 35 years as a peace campaigner she has been arrested around 500 times for her activities, mainly for incursions into US and RAF military bases.

“I say that without any pride or pleasure,” she said.

“But once you start asking questions that is what happens.”

In 2003 her picture was flashed around the world when she famously climbed the gates of Buckingham Palace, unfurling a banner in protest against a state visit by then-US president George W Bush. Ms Percy has been employed by the NHS all her working life as a nurse, midwife and health visitor.

For more information visit www.caab.org.uk or facebook.com/caabuk

A PEACE campaigner, Lindis Percy, is heading to court next week to challenge the use of draconian laws to prevent weekly protests at a US military base in Yorkshire: here.