Published September 16, 2018
The John Birch Society (JBS, Birchers) is a national group of paranoid communist hunters, who are equally as interested in keeping People of Color and women from having civil rights.
The JBS was founded in 1958 by Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., an independently wealthy man with an obsessive interest in communism and a desire to spend his money hunting commies down. His group would worry even conservatives, who saw it as a fringe organization that would radicalize the right.
The group is named after John Morrison Birch a U.S. soldier-turned-Baptist missionary, who was killed by Chinese Communists in 1945. Welch considered Birch a martyr in the new cause he’d founded and considered the soldier/missionary to be the first casualty of the Cold War.
When not trying to out people like President Eisenhower for being part of the communist menace or trying to convince the public that the fluoride in its water was a method of communist mind control, Welch and his brother James were making a fortune with their candy company, which manufactured Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies, and Junior Mints.
Part of Welch’s delusions were that civil rights were a communist plot to destroy America. Thus, he turned his JBS chapters around the country towards defeating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which sought to outlaw discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
The John Birch Society, however, saw it as a communist plot to build a “Negro Soviet Republic” right in the United States. And these rich old white men and the dues paying members weren’t going to have it. They concluded the best way to avoid a Negro Soviet Republic is to make sure the negroes lacked the rights to rise up. If they got out of place, they could simply be shot.
Threatened by the possibility of minorities and women achieving equal status to himself, Welch and his Birchers spent much of the Sixties and Seventies trying to keep anyone from becoming equal to white men.
Having gotten its start in Indiana, the JBS moved to Appleton, Wisconsin so it could build its headquarters near the remains of commie hunter Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
The leaders have changed over the years and the language got a lot less paranoid with Alex Jones picking up the slack there, but the mission of JBS to fight equality remains at the heart of the group’s core mission – even though they deny it. Denial is the first thing you get from all white supremacist groups. It’s part of their disinformation campaign.
The current leader of this anti-rights group resides in Oklahoma City. Yet he’s hardly the only one in this state that bears watching, as the most extreme and vicious racists, homophobes, and Islamaphobes are all part of the JBS.
Oklahoman Clark Curry is Chairman of the Board for the notorious anti-civil rights and communist conspiracist organization.
Also serving on the national board leads is Tulsan Robert K. Bell, who helped found the Bell’s Amusement Park. Bell and his wife assisted in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, when it was attempting to be ratified in Oklahoma during the Eighties. Remember, the Birchers aren’t fond of equal rights for women either.
Clark Curry writes for an online publication called RightDivision.
His bio there says, “Clark Curry was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He married Janis on September 27,1968 and they have two children and six grandchildren. Clark graduated from Central State College (now University of Central Oklahoma) in 1970 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. He was employed by Allstate Insurance Company from 1969 until 1999. He is currently President of Curry Insurance Agency, Inc. Clark formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Christian Heritage Academy in Del City, Oklahoma. He serves on the board of LOOPS, Inc., a Christian prison ministry support group, as well as the Ralph Bullard Heritage Foundation. He served as a Robert Welch University camp volunteer for over twenty years. Clark is a lifetime member of the John Birch Society and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Society’s National Council. He is an elder of Northside Bible Church. Clark is also responsible for the publications ministry of RightDivision, Inc.”
Back in 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union seeming to make the JBS irrelevant, Clark Curry was sounding a new alarm about globalists and the New World Order (NOW). Curry claimed the existence of a sinister plot dating back to World War I. He started dropping names like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and the Council on Foreign Relations, while reciting Bircher teachings about Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter being part of the NWO cabal.
Many notable members of white supremacy groups began their journey with the John Birch Society. For example, Robert Jay Matthews went on to create The Order, a militant neo-Nazi terrorist group, and the militia group Sons of Liberty. Matthews died in a 1984 shootout with FBI. Over 75 members of The Order were jailed for crimes such as civil rights violations and racketeering.
David Lane, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the most important ideologues of contemporary white supremacy” went on to join the Ku Klux Klan and The Order. Lane is notable for his creation of the white supremacist slogan known as the 14 Words: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.
JBS member Tom Metzger directed the White Aryan Resistance (WAR) and published WAR - The Newspaper of the International White Racist and a cable television program called Race and Reason.
When Nelson Mandela died, Clark Curry promoted an article written for the JBS attacking the beloved civil rights leader, philanthropist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Birchers accused him and the African National Congress (ANC) of being a terrorist organization for displacing white power in Africa.
Nelson Mandela helmed the ANC from 1991 to 1997. From 1994 to 1999 he led South Africa as its first black president, an achievement the Birchers greatly resented. Mandela’s government was based on full representation by all people, ending institutionalized racism, and seeking racial reconciliation.
As they did during the Civil Rights Era in America thirty years prior to that, the John Birch Society worked to keep the black South Africans in a state of perpetual poverty and oppression. The John Birch Society and its members believe the white race is superior and should always be in control of other races. Any attempt to enhance the lives of People of Color are declared acts of Communism by the Birchers.
This was just another racist example of the Birchers challenging civil rights for people of color. They did not like seeing the white Apartheid system, a form of slavery and inhumane oppression, be overthrown and Mandela, a black man, become South Africa’s president.
In 1972 CHA opened up inside the Sunnyside Baptist Church as an elementary school. Oklahoma City schools had been ordered to achieve racial integration through busing students. The white Christians were aghast that their children would mix with blacks and found a way around it by opening the private school.
CHA’s belief system comes from Christian reconstructionalism, also known as dominionism. They believe in a return to the Hebrew Code: Christians must control the world, man is head of the house, execution of homosexuals should be a thing, and there needs to be a return to human slavery.
Ralph Bullard became CHA’s first headmaster in March 1973, a position he held until he retired in 2006. For the last twelve years he has served as the school’s ambassador. His son, Josh Bullard, now acts as the school head.
In 2006, John Birch Society member and OCPAC legislator Kevin Calvey introduced a house resolution honoring Bullard’s years as CHA’s headmaster.
In 2007 Bullard joined with the John Birch Society to promote a law that would severely limit state benefits illegal immigrants could obtain and imprison any U.S. citizen that welcomed their neighbors from foreign lands.
Clark Curry, the JBS chairman and former CHA trustee, also serves on the board of the Ralph Bullard Heritage Foundation.
CHA has a secondary campus at the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond where controversial pastor and John Birch Society member Pastor Paul Blair leads his hate crusades against homosexuals and unleashes attacks on Islam.
Both Curry and Blair belong to the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC), whose founder Charlie Meadows was caught emailing members a racially charged newsletter that included a section called “WHY BLACKS HATE COPS & HOW BLACKS CAN BE WINNERS, NOT LOSERS!”.
Meadows founded OCPAC in 1991, as Oklahoma’s political arm for the John Birch Society, which would endorse candidates willing to push a Christian Heritage platform at the state capitol and keep a boot on marginalized populations, like racial minorities, Jews, and gays. OCPAC’s candidates have spent the last 27 years fighting any attempts by those targeted groups from achieving civil rights and equality. Every year the candidates aligned with OCPAC introduce legislation designed to harm those populations, such as keeping LGBTQ’s from adopting children and inner-city school children from receiving public educations.
Meadows joined the JBS in 1988 and began organizing a cell for them in the Sooner State. As the JBS is considered a hate and extremist group, he created OCPAC to act as its secret political action committee. In the years that followed, OCPAC gave contributions to candidates who would act against immigration, fight imaginary Sharia law, bully gays, act against public education, ban the state from the UN’s Agenda 21, and fight against Native American sovereignty.
[This article by the JBS’s The New American shows Meadows’ relationship with the Birchers and Clark Curry’s membership in OCPAC. ]
One of OCPAC’s loudest political voices was State Rep. Sally Kern, who gained national fame for claiming gays were worst than terrorists. To show support for her a Rally for Sally was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol and included speakers like Pastor Paul Blair and gay reparative quack Stephen Black. The rally was sponsored by Richard “Dick” Bott, Sr. and his Bott Radio Network.
During Apartheid, Bott was paid by the white South African government to promote them to America’s gospel station listeners and have them tell their lawmakers not to sanction the nation. Bott had his gospel stations tell listeners that blacks were faring quite well under Apartheid. They were not. The world rose up to stop Apartheid.
Bott’s KQVC station in Oklahoma City has as its general manager Paul Sublett, who is a member of the Birchers and OCPAC. He, also, serves as the emcee of a group founded by Kern and Bob Dani called the High Noon Club, which meets at the H&H Shooting Range in OKC. Kern formerly served on the Bott Radio Network’s advisory council board of directors. Both her and husband Pastor Steve Kern belong to the JBS and OCPAC.
Kern’s book The Stoning of Sally Kern had two endorsements: Anita Bryant and Dick Bott.
In May 2011 the Oklahoma House of Representatives reprimanded Kern for making racist comments on the house floor. Among the things Kern said was, “We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic. But are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”
Charlie Meadows functioned as OCPAC’s president until 2015, when the public embarrassment over the racist newsletter left him no other option than to step down and hand his presidency over to fellow Bircher John Michener, the director of a radical anti-abortion group called Oklahomans United for Life.
Michener is known to terrorize co-eds on various college campuses at times with the help of Josh Blair, the son of Pastor Paul Blair. They set up multiple enlarged images of dead fetuses and ambush young women with their graphic preaching.
Annually at the Oklahoma State Capitol one can find Rose Day occurring. Anti-abortion groups deliver roses to the legislators to remind them of the issue. However, Michener and Oklahomans United for Life have Dead Rose Day where legislators are given dead roses and told they harbor a bloodguilt.
In August Michener stepped down as president of OCPAC after a series of failed legislation and candidate losses knocked the organization to its knees and greatly reduced its influence on Lincoln Boulevard and with the Oklahoma Republican Party. Michener, who had used most of OCPAC’s resources for abortion abolitionist Dan Fisher’s failed gubernatorial race, was told to step down. Members elected Bob Linn as its third president in 27 years. Linn had been serving as the vice president until his elevation as head of the fringe group.
The Okie Birchers have a number of fire and brimstone preachers within their ranks, such as Pastor Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist Church in OKC, Pastor Dan Fisher of Liberty Church in Yukon, and Dr. Tom Vineyard of the notorious Windsor Hills Baptist Church in OKC – a church listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Vineyard hosts an annual Confederate Preaching Day at his church, which has rebranded itself as Higher Plain Baptist Church in order to hide from its sinister past of hate and sexual misconducts within the church.
In 2014 Vineyard, a hulking figure weighing nearly three hundred pounds, shot and killed an unarmed fourteen-year-old black kid named Keontre Reese, who he’d caught in his house. The Bircher claimed the small black kid he found hiding in a closet attacked him, so Vineyard shot and killed the black youth.
Prater has, however, gone after citizen activists challenging Bircher office holders like Sen. Cliff Branan. Tea Party political activist Al Gerhart sent Branan an email saying, “Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it. I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don't hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru (sic) family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”
The bill had to do with prohibiting the state from implementing parts of UN Agenda 21, which Branan, the JBS, and OCPAC were against anyway and no one was trying to implement the plan. Gerhart just wanted it on record as the State of Oklahoma rejects Agenda 21. Gerhart and the Birchers all had the same goal, but Gerhart was impatient with the progress.
Branan whined that the tone of the email scared him and sought to seek charges against Gerhart. Prater at the insistence of Branan and his contributors at OCPAC filed felony charges against him. To appease the Birchers, DA Prater greatly stretched the blackmail law and indicted Gerhart, who was found guilty. However, an appeals court chastised Prater and his assistant Scott Rowland for attempting to abuse a citizen’s First Amendment rights and overturned the conviction.
The John Birch Society operates as a cell system with many tentacles. In Oklahoma those tentacles are the local JBS chapters, OCPAC, Reclaiming America for Christ, Patriot Pastors, Oklahomans United for Life, Liberty Pastors Training Camps, Sally Kern’s High Noon Club, and the Clouds Over America conferences.
Four of those groups – Reclaiming America for Christ, Patriot Pastors, Liberty Pastors Training Camps, and Clouds Over America– are run by Pastor Paul Blair of Edmond. OCPAC’s Charlie Meadows helped Blair form Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, which would evolve into a national group. Bircher Blair has spent the last decade getting a reputation as the hate-fueled extremist in the state and throwing tantrums akin to a spoiled brat at Walmart not getting the toy he wants.
In 2009 The New American, a publication put out by the JBS, asked Blair why he became a member. The pastor responded, “Clark Curry and Charlie Meadows (members in Oklahoma) were friends of mine and introduced me to the JBS. At first I thought that I really didn’t have time to join another “organization,” but the attacks on our Constitution are real and ignoring them will not make them go away. Finally I said, “Wait a minute.” If there’s an organization that stands for protecting the Constitution and maintaining the rule of law as established by our God-fearing Founders, it’s the JBS. I want to be a part of these guys!”
Blair then began advancing the JBS platform with a number of conferences called Clouds Over America, where figures like OK Rep. Sally Kern were invited to come advance their hate agendas. At times the conference saw figures like the notorious Queen of Gay Hate Anita Bryant performing.
Those Clouds Over America conferences are featured on the JBS website and feature JBS speakers.
While running for state senate, Pastor Paul Blair, who had a brief football career with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings that saw him starting in a whopping two games, held a press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol in July 2016 to deny he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and blamed this Hate Trackers reporter for leaking photographs showing him in Klan garb outside his Edmond church.
Joining Blair in the attack on Hate Trackerswere U.S. Congressman Steve Russell, Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Calvey, and former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane, who, while serving as prosecutor was widely embarrassed after his wife, Dr. Laurie Hansen, was discovered to be a long-time opiate addict.
In 2006, while Lane was still district attorney, Oklahoma media reported that his wife Hansen was being sued for medical malpractice in a case that accused her of performing surgery, while under the influence of narcotics. The case would see Lane protecting his wife from prosecution and denying he knew she was a drug addict all while loading up Oklahoma’s prisons with other addicts.
Lane protected her from prosecution, but the doped-up doc lost her medical license.
Besides attacking this reporter via Lane, Blair used the presser to bully Republican education advocate Angela Clark Little, who had endorsed his opponent Adam Pugh.
The press conference backfired, as reporters didn’t fall for Blair’s tactics and wondered why the former linebacker was trying to bully a tiny Edmond mother. The journalists who bothered to report on it framed it as “state senate candidate denies he’s with the Ku Klux Klan.”
Days following Blair’s failed presser, in a rare and controversial endorsement, Lane and long-time foe current Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater held hands and promoted Blair for the state senate seat.
The team up was surprising, as Lane had previously fired Prater, when he was district attorney. Prater ran against him and won leaving a lot of bad blood between the two.
Lane told one newspaper “I didn’t trust the man. I found out he lied to me and I do not keep people on my staff who lie to me.”
In turn Prater claimed Lane fired him, because his wife Tamara Pratt worked at the news station that broke the story about the criminal investigation of the district attorney’s wife’s drug habits.
Blair lost the state senate race to decorated Air Force veteran Adam Pugh, who didn’t have the bad reputation as an unhinged extremist like Blair possessed. Blair had even at one point ran to the press saying Pugh was behind the Paul Blair KKK photos being circulated.
The conquered candidate had such an epic man-baby meltdown over losing the run-off election that he attacked the citizens of Edmond, his hometown, for not supporting him. His disappointment at failing to convince enough voters to put him in the legislature became jokingly known around the state as the “But I Played Footbal!l” tantrum.
Blair’s behavior was considered by many as being the worst conniption fit by a losing political candidate in Oklahoma history. The state press chastised for him for his poor sportsmanship, immaturity, and being a terrible loser. Blair was left with the reputation that if he doesn’t get his way he throws himself to the ground and bawls.
Through his dominionist organization Reclaiming America for Christ, Blair released a letter where he whined, “In a normal world, you would think that a hometown boy who went on to play professional football, built a three decade successful hometown business and successfully pastored a hometown church for 15 years would be a popular candidate. When you add to the professional resume a 27 year marriage with no scandals, divorce or DUI’s, plus, being a nationally recognized speaker on the subjects of the Constitution and the founder’s principles of government – you would think that man would be well prepared for office. Add to that the support of Senator Coburn, Senator Cruz, Congressman Russell, Congressman Bridenstine and host of national Conservative Christian champions, plus the support of local community leaders – you would think that candidate might bring home 90% of the vote in the “reddest state” in the union. But our world has changed.”
A popular local blogger known as The Lost Ogle declared critically spanked Paul “I Was Never In The KKK” Blair by saying “It’s too bad Paul Blair is also a homophobic narcissistic extremist who lacks any form of self-awareness or compassion towards people who were not blessed with his 1950s storybook ”normal world” upbringing and lifestyle, otherwise he may have had a chance.”
During the 2018 election season, Pastor Blair, kept popping up to claim Oklahoma’s conservative Christians weren’t as good a Christian as he and extremist pastor, abortion abolitionist, and fringe gubernatorial candidate Dan Fisher were. Like Blair in 2016, Fisher – another Bircher – failed to impress Oklahoma voters and barely made a dent in the Republican primary coming in at fourth place.
The infamous man-baby Blair, also, put his Edmond home on the market basically declaring the city and people there weren’t good enough for him, so he was packing his toys and running away.
No one seemed to care.