friend of Robert Welch
Date: July 14, 2013 04:29PM
> I recently posted about the LDS author Ken Bowers,
> and his book 'Hiding in Plain Sight'. I also
> posted about the Freedom First Society. I asked
> if this was 'a Mormon thing'.
> I have since come to learn a bit more info. about
> these issues.
> Apparently Robert Welch (a 32nd degree Mason) was
> the founder of the John Birch Society. There were
> many accusations that this organization was just a
> puppet for the Mormon Church. After he died, a
> man by the name of G. Vance Smith took over. He
> was LDS. He was in leadership for about 14 years,
> and then resigned and formed Freedom First
> In his (Vance Smith) words in the press release,
> he resigned because 'there was a coupe from
> within' to take over the John Birch Society.
> Others however said that G. Vance Smith was
> removing those in leadership and replacing them
> with LDS members.
> Point is, this dude was the founder of Freedom
> First Society, and I'm wondering how much actual
> association this organization has with the LDS
> Church. Is this just another way for the Church
> to get non-members to side with them politically?
> Or even to groom people for joining the Church?
> I feel like the Church is so deceptive! This
> whole conspiracy about the 'New World Order' as
> discussed in LDS author Ken Bower's book, and then
> the Freedom First Society (formed by someone who
> is LDS), etc. It all seems a little fishy to
> me... But, maybe I'm just being a conspiracy
The John Birch Society has no more connection to Mormonism than it does to Catholicism, Protestantism, or Judaism. Leaders in the JBS have come approximately proportionately from all of these faiths. What members of the JBS have in common religiously IS religion, and the respect of others' religious beliefs.
The Executive Directors (CEO, whatever) have included fundamentalist Protestant, traditionalist Catholic, standard Mormon, and mainstream Protestant, with conservative Jewish and modern Catholics and Protestants in the next layer of leadership. While the JBS is based on universal religious principles, it is not an organization of any religion.
Yes, the "purged" executive leadership of several years ago included Mormons, but the dissatisfaction of their leadership had nothing to do with their religion; it was largely because of misdirected functional policies and poor personnel management. Besides being a "movement" , the JBS is also by necessity a business. And a business cannot survive if it is run in an unbusinesslike manner, and that includes the treatment of employees.
The John Birch Society remains the last best hope for the survival of liberty in this world. Support it, or Nikita Khruschev will ultimately be proven right for saying that your grandchildren will live under communism.