This is a lengthy post so I urge all to take time to get an understanding of the information being presented. -Bobby
Conspiracy Theory: Secret Societies Splashed Across Headlines
AOL news reports:
(Feb. 6) – Several conservative politicians in America have found themselves in hot water lately over their participation in the burgeoning Tea Party movement. But in the United Kingdom, tea party politics of a wholly different sort are causing a stir: Documents released Thursday indicate the leading British conservative sipped tea with the Freemasons secret society.
David Cameron is a member of Parliament who has led the Conservative (Tory) Party and the opposition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party since 2005. Until recently, Cameron was widely expected to be a shoo-in for the post of prime minister whenever the next general election occurs, which can be no later than June.
However, his lead has shrunk in the polls as the result of perceptions of infighting within the Conservative Party and a widely mocked ad campaign. The revelation that he hosted the West Oxfordshire Lady Freemasons at Parliament (and 16 other groups) is just the latest bit of amusement that the British press has found at Cameron’s expense.
The Family, aka ‘The Fellowship,’ ‘C Street Church’
On Thursday morning, President Obama, the first lady and prominent members of Congress attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The annual event, according to Harper’s, draws “3,000 dignitaries, representing scores of nations.” Typically, “it passes with little notice,” maintains The New York Times. But this year the event drew controversy because of the criticism surrounding its sponsor organization, The Family. The top-secret, wealthy fundamentalist Christian organization includes powerful leaders in business and government among its members. The Family has attracted increasingly negative attention because several of its high-profile members – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign of Nevada – are embroiled in salacious sex scandals.
Last year, The Family was linked to an anti-homosexual bill introduced in Uganda that proposed the death penalty for certain violations. As such, some activists have protested the National Prayer Breakfast and called upon the president and members of Congress to boycott it. According to a Huffington Post essay by Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
The Family is a cult-like secret society with unknown funding and intolerant views. It is tied to ruthless dictators abroad and unethical politicians at home. It mixes religion and diplomacy to a frightening extent, all while remaining in the shadows. In short, there is nothing about this organization that any American official, much less the president of the United States, should support.
There is a longstanding rumor that the admittedly thieving Bonesmen have robbed famous gravesides to procure the remains of three leaders: Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, Native American chief Geronimo and and U.S. President Martin Van Buren. In 2004, a writer at La Voz de Aztlan, a Mexican-American news agency, called upon then-president George W. Bush to return the skull of Pancho Villa “to its proper resting place” in Parral, Mexico. Last year, descendants of Geronimo “filed a lawsuit against Skull and Bones, Yale University and members of the U.S. government (including Barack Obama), calling for the return of their ancestor’s remains from New Haven, Fort Sill and ‘wherever else they may be found,’ ” reports NPR. It is still pending, but NPR doesn’t think there’s much chance that the bones will be ever found. Finally, just last month, a Bonesman was prepared to auction off a $20,000 human skull turned ballot box at Christie’s, but was forced to remove the artifact when another party claimed rights over the remains.
Disneyland‘s Club 33
In 1967, Disney’s illustrious founder and namesake, Walt, commissioned a private five-star restaurant for dignitaries visiting his California theme park that today commands a nine-year-long waiting list capped at 1,000 people, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s located in the New Orleans Square area behind a nondescript green door marked “33.” Why 33? One enterprising New York Times blogger thinks it might have something to do with Skull and Bones, but that remains a matter of debate.
AOL WalletPop says there are 475 members of Club 33, who are each charged “an initiation fee of $27,500 (if they are a corporation) or $10,450 (for individuals). On top of that, they pay annual fees of about $6,100 or $3,275, respectively.” The membership grants them a litany of goodies: The right to make reservations at the club, valet parking, free daily admission to the whole park, six fast passes for rides, and invitations to behind-the-scenes tours and holiday events. Club 33 is also the only place in the Magic Kingdom where alcohol can be sold and consumed. It has faced criticism from some Disney fans, however, for being an ostentatious waste of money.