Cancer: Cured! McCarthy: Crucified! Jews: Demonic! Studies in Crap digs up Wichita’s The Defender

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The Defender Magazine

Date: Issues from January, February and September, 1955

Publisher: Defenders of the Christian Faith, Wichita, Kansas

The Cover Promises: In the great devolution of lunatic Kansas preachers, the missing link between William Jennings Bryan and Fred Phelps.

Representative Quotes:

  • “History will give [Senator McCarthy] a rightful place above all inferiors.” (February, page 2).

  • “[The American Medical Association] hopes to have a blitzkrieg going — the objective being to exterminate all of the minority healing professions by 1958.” (September, page 2)

Liberty weeps. In 1955, when the United States senate dared to censure its anti-communist inquisitionist Joe McCarthy, few Americans heard the spirited nonsense roared by Wichita evangelist Gerald B. Winrod in The Defender, his monthly journal of sermons and horseshit. Only Winrod dared call the censure “crucifixion.”

That means that some of Winrod’s predictions turned out to be wrong, such as when he claims that McCarthy’s speech in response to the censure “will be studied as a political and literary masterpiece in high school and college textbooks of the future,” which just goes to show you that even time itself has a liberal bias. Hazarding why even Eisenhower turned red, Winrod speculates on powers greater even than presidents:

“It is now known that during all the months that the White House was maneuvering things against Senator McCarthy, the Time and Life publishing outfits had one of their key men stationed at the President’s elbow.”

It makes sense, I guess. Time-Life has always been aligned with forces beyond our comprehension.

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