Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#961: Stanley Monteith


A.k.a. Dr. Stan

Stan Monteith is an author and a retired orthopedic surgeon. He operates Radio Liberty, which is aimed at “Bringing you the Story behind the Story, the News behind the News,” i.e. the (Christian rightwing) conspiracy theories. Most of the issues he addresses are related to globalization and ramblings about the New World Order, as well as religious concerns about what one needs to do to be saved. He also warns people about what he sees as the dangers of fluoride, and sells you a variety of rather dubious products, woo (he refers to Mike Adams as an authority) and survival products. His monthly newletters have titles such as “Disarming America”, “The Secret Cabal” (eight parts), “The True Story of 9/11” (yup, five parts) “Totalitarianism And World War III”, and “Impending Tyranny” (untarnished conspiracy paranoia; Obama is poised for a coup to put America under UN rule), and they warn you about the decline of the US and the liberals’ war on the family (“every human government has targeted the traditional family for extinction,” according to Monteith), since – predictably – recognizing gay right is a form of totalitarianism. And no, you don’t get a more coherent explanation from Monteith than you get anywhere else – just hyperbole, such as complaints about the “leftist jihad against the Chick fil-A restaurant chain.”

He is also pushing the Georgia Guidestones conspiracy theory. According to Monteith, “[t]he Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge […] is an important link to the Occult Hierarchy that dominates the world in which we live.” Very deftly observed, Dr. Stan!

Monteith has a long association with the John Birch Society, and has been a member of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and Coalition on Revival. He is, in short, a hardcore dominionist. In 1988 Monteith ran for Congress as a Republican in California’s 16th Congressional District (challenging incumbent Leon Panetta), but failed to make much of an impact.

Diagnosis: Your typical paranoid rightwing religious fanatic. Old, cranky, and in possession of internet access and an arid shortage of critical thinking skills. Monteith’s influence is probably (and hopefully) limited.

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