Perhaps I should pay more attention to QAnon conspiracy theories after all. The Daily Beast reported that Michael Flynn has been fighting rumors for weeks that he is a satanist. The insane rantings of the simpletons on the right can bring joy when they turn on their own. It is pure, unadulterated schadenfreude at its very best.
Flynn has had to go on a radical right-wing media blitz to quell the rumors of his alleged satanic ceremonies. The stories started when the disgraced former general was accused of leading "a church congregation in a satanic ritual borrowed from a nuclear doomsday cult."
Will Sommer writes in the Daily Beast:
In a video entitled “Some Have Said That General Flynn Prayed to Satan in a Recent Prayer,” host Paul Oebel gave Flynn a chance to rebut the growing right-wing controversy alleging he’s signed on with Lucifer.
I do not judge religions, just the crazies in those religions who want to shove their beliefs down other people's throats. Satanists do good works for many. This story, though at the expense of Satanists is pure comedy gold.
Prior to the unusual controversy, Flynn had embraced his position as a hero to supporters of QAnon, taking a QAnon oath, raising money from QAnon believers, and selling QAnon T-shirts. In May, Flynn even appeared at a QAnon conference and endorsed the idea of a military coup.
But QAnon fame is a fickle thing. After promoting QAnon for more than a year, Flynn now finds himself on the business end of the conspiracy theory. Like QAnon targets before him, Flynn is now struggling to persuade angry QAnon believers that he isn’t a secret Satan-worshipper.
The source of the rumor was when he addressed a church in Nebraska called Lord of Hosts Church. His prayer referenced "sevenfold rays" and "legions," which had the conspiracy nut balls scratching their heads. Once QAnon believers did their homework on this riddle; things went downhill from there.
“We are your instrument of those sevenfold rays and all your archangels, all of them,” Flynn said, later adding, “We will be the instrument of your will, whatever it is. In your name, and in the name of your legions, we are freeborn, and we shall remain freeborn, and we shall not be enslaved by any foe.”
As video of the prayer circulated in online conspiracy theorist groups, the references to “legions” and “rays” soon sparked speculation among Flynn’s right-wing supporters that their hero had been lured to the dark side. Always on the lookout for the Satanic influence they imagine lurks at the heart of the world, they claimed that Flynn had secretly been worshiping the devil. Worse, since the congregation was repeating the prayer after Flynn, the rumor went, he had duped hundreds of Christians into joining the ritual.
A big thank you to Blue Tortoise providing the receipts:
Apparently Flynn has been quoting Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the leader of Church Universal and Triumphant — an “I AM” cult.