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Trading Truth for Solidarity - Part 5

Bush, Beliefs, and Elusive Bonesmen 

(John Kerry: A member of Skull & Bones)

By Berit Kjos - October 10, 2007

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"I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe."[1] President George W. Bush

"Americans of many faiths and traditions share a common belief that God hears the prayers of His children.... There is a power in these prayers [to various gods].... I ask the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, each according to his or her own faith...."[2] President George W. Bush

"How can The Order [of Skull & Bones] have a consistent objective with this potpourri of individual actions?... the objective of The Order is above and beyond these actions and in fact needs these seeming contradictions.... The answer to this seeming political puzzle lies in Hegelian logic...." See America's Secret Establishment


During an interview with Charles Gibson (ABC News), Bush expressed his belief that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. "I think we do," he said. "We have different routes of getting to the Almighty.'"[3]

 

Keep in mind, George W. Bush is neither a new nor a naive "Christian". Throughout his presidency, he has assured us that he reads the Bible and believes in the Biblical Jesus. Various pastors have counseled and encouraged him through the years. Yet, he seems to have forgotten -- unless He never really believed -- that Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

Consistent with his interfaith beliefs, President Bush hosted an Islamic celebration at the White House on October 4. He welcomed his guests with these words,

"Laura and I are pleased to have you here for our seventh Iftaar dinner. Tonight we celebrate traditions of Islamic faith, which brings hope and comfort to more than a billion people. For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan is... a time to celebrate Islam's learned and vibrant culture, which has enriched civilization for centuries.... Ramadan is also a good time for Americans of all faiths to reflect on the values we hold in common -- including love of family, gratitude to the Almighty...."[4]

What "Almighty" represents "all faiths"?

 

None does! We either choose the God who revealed Himself through His living Word -- Jesus Christ -- or we choose the world's false gods. The latter leads to disaster!

 

Before the Iftaar celebration, our president was interviewed by Elie Nakouzi, a reporter with Al Arabiya TV. You can read the entire interview at the White House Website, but here are some revealing excerpts:

THE PRESIDENT: "... I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace. And I believe people who murder the innocent to achieve political objectives aren't religious people, whether they be a Christian who does that...."

Q
: "...Are you also a man of war, as some try to describe, President Bush?"

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, no, no, I believe the actions we have taken will make it more likely peace happens. I dream it will be -- the last thing I want to be is a President during war. Now, remember, we got attacked....

 

See, I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality."[5]

Keep in mind that this universalism joins all the world's gods under one umbrella. In that envisioned union, there is no room for the "divisive" cross of Christ. Nor does his reference to Abraham make sense in light of God's warnings to Abraham's followers:

"Jesus said to them, 'If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.” John 8:39-40
 

"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... [then] your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God.... [Y]ou say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’... [I]f you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish." (Deuteronomy 8:10-20)

Update: President Bush was interviewed on ABC's "Nightline" (12-8-08). Here is the video: "President Bush's unshaken faith." Some of his statements were quoted in this article: Bush Says Creation 'Not Incompatible' With Evolution:

    "Asked about creation and evolution, Bush said: 'I think you can have both. ... I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty and I don't think it's incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution."

    "Interviewer Cynthia McFadden asked Bush if the Bible was literally true. [Bush answered:] 'You know. Probably not. ... No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it...."

    "It is hard for me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my life," he said. "All I can just tell you is that I got back into religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter and I asked for help. ... I was a one-step program guy."

    "The president also said that he prays to the same God as those with different religious beliefs. 'I do believe there is an almighty that is broad and big enough and loving enough that can encompass a lot of people,' Bush said."

President Bush endorsed United Religions (URI)

Bush's universalism is the creed of the New World Order. One of the most influential leaders of the current shift from Biblical truth to a global spirituality is former Episcopal Bishop William Swing. In 1996, he founded the United Religions Initiative (URI), a global organization designed to bring all religions together to dialogue and seek common ground.[6] "You can work in terms of the model of the UN," he explained, "where you have the General Assembly and the Security Council."[7]

The original URI logo was a ring of symbols of the world's religions. Consistent with that spiritual convergence, Bishop Swing raised his arms to join a Wiccan invocation of Hekate and Hermes at the end of a 2000 global conference.[8] The next year, President Bush confirmed his support for the URI vision of solidarity in this appreciative letter:

"Both the United Religions Initiative and the International Diplomacy Council exist to foster a greater understanding among peoples. I salute these organizations for their roles in facilitating interaction among people and nations."[9]

By 1999, Bishop Swing had moved his headquarters to the Presidio, a former U.S. military base overlooking the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. The Presidio's other tenants included the Gorbachev Foundation [which has since left] and a multitude of globalist, UN, environmental, spiritual and educational organizations joined in a common pursuit: to establish a global management system based on "universal" beliefs and values. [See Star Wars Joins United Religions at the Presidio]

In this context, God's Word becomes meaningless. Warnings such as this are simply dismissed as foolish fundamentalism:

"My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:12-13

Skull & Bones (S&B) prepares Yale students for leadership

Without a glimpse of the organized leadership behind the scenes, we can neither understand the values that motivate our "elite" leaders nor the spiritual battle now raging in our churches.

While Satan is the master deceiver, he has always used gullible and ambitious people to accomplish his purposes – just as he did back when the author of Psalm 2 warned:

"Why do the nations rage, and the people plot [or conspire] a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves -- and the rulers take counsel together--against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3

History is full of the tales and terrors of revolutionary conspirators. Many of God’s courageous Old Testament prophets lost their lives for exposing the plans of leaders bent on undermining God’s truth and deceiving His people. Today's most devious tool for changing beliefs, values, and the Christian family is Georg Hegel’s dialectic process, which was carried back to America from Germany in the 1800s by "enlightened" social leaders such as William Russell who founded a branch of a German secret society at Yale and called it Skull and Bones. 

As an introduction to Skull & Bones, let me quote Dr. Carroll Quigley, the history professor at the Foreign Service Schools of Georgetown University whom Clinton honored in his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic Convention. In Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, Quigley wrote:

"There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent in the way the radical Right believes the Communist act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years, and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records."[13, p. 950]

 

"The powers of financial capitalism has another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole."[13, p. 324]

 

"The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two Congressional parties more national and international. The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."[13, pp.1247-1248]

In other words, elected officials come and go, but the unelected leaders behind the scenes continue their secretive guidance. [See the European model]. This plan was advanced by wealthy Skull & Bones member William Whitney -- (a director of J. P. Morgan's Guaranty Trust). He and other members of the power elite "expected that they would be able to control both political parties equally" through vast financial contributions.[14] 

In his article, "Powerful political forces always at war," Dr. Dennis L. Cuddy writes,

"Time magazine founder Henry Luce was a member of S&B, and in Robert Herzstein's 1994 biography, 'Henry R. Luce,' S&B is characterized as 'a secretive group of young men pledged to help each other throughout their lives.'... As an example of their influence, S&B member Winston Lord has been president of the Council on Foreign Relations."[14] 

These are current and historical facts, not conspiracy theories! Many leading change agents were primed for their future roles while Bonesmen at Yale. You probably recognize some of these family names: Russell, Lord, Taft, Bundy, Harriman, Weyerhaeuser, Rockefeller, Goodyear, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Vanderbilt, Buckley, Heinz, Kerry, and Bush.

 

According to Wikipedia, "Skull and Bones members played a key role in founding and setting the direction for the Carnegie Institution... as well as the American Economic Association, the American Historical Association, and the American Psychological Association. The first presidents of the University of California, Johns Hopkins University, and Cornell University were all Bonesmen. On October 22, 1945, Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson created the Lovett Committee, chaired by Bonesman Robert A. Lovett to develop a new U.S. intelligence apparatus. This resulted in the creation of the CIA, which has employed a number of Bonesmen" -- including George W. H. Bush. [15]

Skull & Bones has trained three generations of the Bush family: Prescott Bush [See How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power], his son George W. H. Bush, and his grandson George W. Bush, our current president. The book, Fishing out Skull & Bones, gives us a glimpse of its history:

"The story begins at Yale, where three threads of American social history -- espionage, drug smuggling and secret societies -- intertwined into one....  In 1823, Samuel Russell established Russell and Company for the purpose of acquiring opium in Turkey and smuggling it to China. Russell and Company merged with the Perkins (Boston) syndicate in 1830 and became the primary American opium smuggler. Many of the great American and European fortunes were built on the 'China' (opium) trade.... [more information]

"William Huntington Russell (S&B, 1833) Samuel’s cousin, studied in Germany from 1831-1832. Germany was a hotbed of new ideas.... Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel [was a professor] at the University of Berlin.... Hegel (an occultist) called the state the 'march of God in the world'...."[16]

In Hegel's dialectic process, there must be two or more sides to everything. Nothing is absolute; everything is continually changing -- in a preplanned direction. As Ismail Serageldin said at the 1996 UN Conference in Istanbul (Habitat II), "Let's just make sure that social change and transformation are going in the right direction." [Taped at the Conference]

Webster's dictionary defines the word "dialectic" as: "(Hegelian philosophy) a logical subjective development in thought, from a THESIS through an ANTITHESIS to a SYNTHESIS, or ... a continuous unification of opposites." Every belief and value must evolve and change. All dividing lines must be broken down. In churches and institutions everywhere, trained facilitators are leading small diverse groups toward a pre-planned consensus. The required diversity provides the needed "conflict" or tension between opposing views.

See also Community Oriented Policing | Three kinds of group relationships | Classroom dialectic

"When Russell returned to Yale in 1832, he formed a senior society [Skull & Bones] with Alphonso Taft....  Fifteen juniors are 'tapped' each year by the seniors to be initiated into next year’s group.... Far from being a campus fun-house, the group is geared more toward the success of its members in the post-collegiate world....

"On September 29, 1876, a group... broke into the Skull and Bones holy of holies.... Upstairs was lodge-room 322, the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, furnished in red velvet with a pentagram on the wall.... 'On the west wall [of the parlor], hung among other pictures, an old engraving representing an open burial vault, in which, on a stone slab, rest four human skulls, grouped about a fool's cap and bells [a close-fitting conical cap like the mythical Phrygian cap, also used by Rosicrucians], an open book, several mathematical instruments....'"[16]
[See Gnosis]

How significant were these symbols? I don't know. But they do indicate that S&B's future world leaders were not trained to trust the God we love. Instead, those cultic images remind outsiders like us of another world -- a world driven by social and spiritual forces determined to erase God's "divisive" truths from the minds of the masses. That other world seems far removed from the land we know. In that strange dark domain, power counts more than peace -- and compromise replaces convictions. That's why its members can accept any deity as long as it serves their purpose.

The article, "Bush 'Worship' at Shinto Temple Troubles Christians" adds another clue to the beliefs that drive President Bush. On a visit to Japan in February 2005, he and his wife chose to enter the temple built to house the spirit of a former Japanese emperor. They clapped to awaken the revered spirit, then bowed in worship. Yet, they didn't have to do this ritual for diplomatic purposes. In fact, their escort, the Prime Minister, waited in the car, since the Japanese constitution bans his participation in Shinto rituals.[17]

 

Considering the evidence, I tend to believe that President Bush and the S&B share a common interest in mysticism, power, pragmatic elitism, and dialectic compromise. Today's postmodern times fit their aims. Certainty is out (banned by the dialectic process); but social and spiritual evolution are in. During the Christian era, many Bonesmen had to show outward conformity to Christian values to maintain their influence. But now, anything goes -- except Christian absolutes.

"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.... because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole Armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand!"  Ephesians 6:10-18


America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to The Order of Skull & Bones

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Endnotes:

1. Interview of the President by Al Arabiya, Oval Office, White House, October 4, 2007, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/10/20071005-5.html

2. National Day of Prayer, 2007: A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America    http://www.ndptf.org/press_room/Index.cfm?Entity=4&Department=4&Dept_Order=1&This_TopicOrder=8&This_SubtopicOrder=1#3

3. "Bush on Religion and God," 10-24-04, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=193746&page=1

4. "President Bush [speaks at Islamic] Dinner at the White House," 10-4-07, www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/10/print/20071004-9.html

5. "Interview of the President by Al Arabiya," Oval Office, 10-4-07, www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/10/20071005-5.html

6. See http://www.uri.org/Peacebuilding.html and http://www.uri.org/Cooperation_Circles.html. The URI form of facilitated dialogue (between diverse members) in small groups is based on the occult teachings of Georg Hegel. His dialectic process was embraced by Marx, Lenin and Stalin as a means to social change. See Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition

7. Richard Scheinin, religion reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 1996.

8. Lee Penn, False Dawn (Sophia Perennis, 2004), page 5.

9. The International Diplomacy Council, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which helps State Department officials welcome foreign groups of dignitaries. The letter was posted here <www.diplomacy.org/PresLet.html> but has been removed. Source: Lee Penn, 1-5-02, "Bush Praises URI Initiative," The Christian Challenge, Washington, DC.

13. Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: The MacMillan Company, 1966), pages, 950.

14. Dr. Dennis L. Cuddy, "Powerful political forces always at war," March 5, 2004, http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis.htm

15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_bones

16. Kris Milligan, editor, Fishing out Skull & Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society (Trine Day, 2003) pages 1-4.

     Various mythical meanings or symbolic representations of the "fool's cap": (1) According to this website, "Phrygian" (fool's cap) symbol of liberty for former slave in Roman Empire, and Masonic 'liberty cap'..." (2) "An ancient type of conical cap with the top turned forward, which in the French Revolution came to symbolize liberty. (3)  http://mushroom-atlantis.blogspot.com/2006/09/phrygian-liberty-cap-and-magic.html, (4)http://www.allwords.com/word-Phrygian%20cap.html.Other images link this cap to the tarot and kabbalah, but I can't recommend that you visit those websites.

17. Mark Ellis, "Bush 'Worship' at Shinto Temple Troubles Christians in Japan and U.S.," http://christianexodus.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=269&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0


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