Mass hysteria, or “epidemic hysteria” is a fascinating phenomenon wherein a form of neurotic delusion, psychological illness or altered state of consciousness spreads through a group of people. Largely affecting the narcissistic, neurotic and outgoing, examples include the Dancing Plague of 1518, the Tanganyka Laughter Epidemic of 1962 and the West Bank Fainting Epidemic of 1983. More notable examples include the rise of Nazism, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Flock of the Holy Bartender.
Wait…you’ve never heard of the Holy Bartender? No, that’s not just a joke from Dogma involving an angel and an Uzi; the real Holy Bartender is a tent revivalist pastor by the name of Rodney Howard-Browne. And he’s real popular in Florida…of course. He’s also pretty popular among the GOP. In fact, Florida representative David Jolly even spoke at Browne’s Celebrate America event that was held in D.C. from July 1st through the 15th.
Much to his credit, Jolly one week later came out in support of gay marriage. But it’s likely that Browne’s people didn’t mind; they were too busy laughing like hysterical lunatics — err, “faithful Christians.” Yes, The Holy Ghost Bartender (who says he’s plugged into the electricity of God”) specializes in recreating Laughing Epidemics wherever he goes, bidding attendees set aside logic, reason and higher faculties, fall into a trance, and collapse into the laughing and loving schizophrenia of Jesus Christ.
(A phenomena which probably has nothing to do with cognitive dissonance and absurd, hyperbolic delivery of material. See “Techniques of Stand-Up Comedy.”)
And like many charismatic speakers before him, Browne’s ability to entrance the attendees of any Nuremberg-sized rally is uncanny. Standing above with symbolic flags behind him, Browne’s grandiose rhetoric and over-the-top gestures incite listeners to forego logic, put their hands in the air, surrender their will to absolute power, and support earnestly his dreams of a Third Reich. Err…”Third Great Awakening.” Sorry. Again.
So no doubt, Tampa’s charismatic Rodney Howard-Browne knows a thing or two about persuasive public speaking. He learned from the best.
Considering his role models, then, it’s with a pretty fair bit of irony that Browne gave this bellyfeel to Newspeak organization Trunews regarding the thoughtcrime of lib-badthink in Godmerica.
“We’ve been taken over. We are living in occupied territory. It’s like Nazi Germany in 1933 right now in America. People say, ‘That’s just crazy.’ But no it’s not, it’s fact.”
“The problem is, we’ve been taken over. When are the American people going to wake up and realize that we’ve been living in occupied territory? I mean, what is it going to take?”
Host Rick Wiles replies: “Concentration camps. That’s what it’s going to take.” Browne replies:
“Well, it’s heading towards that, and that’s taking place right before our eyes. I got a call about three months ago out of the blue (businessman, Kentucky, very wealthy man)…he said ‘Listen, they’ve just built a huge camp outside of our city, and some of my people were were hired to work. And they came to me and they said ‘we don’t understand why we are connecting GAS LINES to huge rooms.’ They said ‘Is this another gas chamber that we’re building?‘
What people don’t understand is that we are acquiescing to United Nations, and they have an Agenda 21, and through the UN they’re taking over even at local levels of government. Our resources are being taken from us, even the Statue of Liberty doesn’t belong to us anymore. It’s a UNESCO, a World Heritage Site along with some of our national treasures that now belong to The World. Because we are heading to a One World Government, a One World money system, and the rise of the Antichrist.”
Now, we’re not going to speculate about why an unnamed “they” would be running gas lines to a room in an unnamed town in Kentucky, according to some unnamed workers employed by an unnamed guy according to a random phone call to a proud schizophrenic. Judge for yourself. But, a word on the Theft of the Statue of Liberty:
The United Nations designates World Heritage Sites…but it doesn’t own them. The designation of a WHS (like the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, or most of Rome) means that it’s granted protection in wartime under the Hague and Geneva Conventions. A WHS designation keeps other countries from bombing those monuments in war; the sites themselves remain the sole property of the nation or territory they’re in.
But, you know the Europeans and they’re damned treaties. Been keeping nations down since Versailles.
Browne went on about the imminent collapse of mankind, and martial law. Supposedly from a conversation with a congressman:
“If the dollar collapses, which it’s heading towards…there will be no food in the stores, and the major cities will be in riots within 12 hours. [And he said] we are going to Martial Law. Everybody’s so caught up in their daily lives…they have no clue what’s going on around them. It’s so bad, it’s so horrific, that if you tell people, they don’t believe you…Our borders are compromised, we’ve got 32 ports under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood. Right now, tens of thousands of illegals are coming in, including ISIS, which is all driven by radical Islam. There are more mosques being built in America right now than there are Assembly of God churches.”
Take a moment to absorb this: Browne HIMSELF is an immigrant from South Africa. As in, “apartheid” South Africa. An racist, nationalistic immigrant bringing fanatical religion to a port city in the United States, and advocating the overthrow of the Government.
No problem there.
The remainder of the interview consists mostly of Browne reading a dozen or so largely out-of-context quotes. Most have nothing to do with anything, aside from ramblings on One World Governments and antichrists. But at least one was fairly poignant:
“General Douglas MacArthur said ‘I’m concerned for the security of our great nation. Not so much because of the threat from without, but because of the threat from within.”
Can we get a “Heil YES!” to that, brothers and sisters?
And the mass delusion rolls on.