Three trustees from the Chino Valley United Methodist Church, which is between having a pastor on staff, said they were “blind-sided” by a mass mailing of a book called “The Secret Terrorists” and speaker invitation sent to Chino Valley residences and post office boxes in early June. And, they say, they are completely innocent of both.
Soon after the mailing, people started calling and writing to the church complaining about the book’s offensive material toward the Catholic Church and its branch of scholars called the Jesuit.
Police said the letter writer stated that the ‘speaker, Bill Hughes would be “going home in a box” if they got a chance.’ As of Monday afternoon, police had not contacted with Mr. Hughes and hadn’t yet determined if letter writer is using his or her real name or an alias. Police say records checks revealed no further information and/or contactsand they are not releasing the name pending further investigation.
Trustees Don Drentlaw, Ralph Wise and Pete Mensing said their church didn’t send the book or invitation but that a small church that uses their church building on Saturdays did. The invitation only told people to come to the Methodist Church on July 2 to hear the speaker but failed to say that the Chino Valley Bible Sabbath Church is hosting the speaker.
“I am shocked that they would want to hold this here,” Mensing said, comparing the book’s content to the “Conspiracy Theory.”
“It’s too controversial; it hurts a portion of our community,” he said.
Wise added, “They should’ve come to us first. This never would’ve gotten out of control.”
Not knowing the actual hosts of guest speaker, people blamed the Methodist Church, and said they were “shocked and appalled,” “felt violated,” and called the material a “hate crime.”
Two elders from the Bible Sabbath Church, Pete Sanchez and Abraham Verduzco, call their church a “self-supporting” church of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They have no pastor on staff and instead say that all members are lay pastors. Although they stand by the book’s content, they didn’t know about the mass mailing or that the invitation omitted their church name as hosts. In fact, their church had planned its own advertising for the speaker.
“It’s not a hate a hate book; it’s a warning book,” Sanchez said. “The truth is truth. It cannot be changed.”
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** From a description of the book found on Amazon.com : “This enemy has infiltrated the highest levels and departments of the U.S. government, and poses an extreme danger to America.”
Reviews: “This book (pamphlet?) is merely anti-catholicism propaganda. Premise? That the Jesuits caused all evil, from every assassinated US President to the sinking of the Titanic.
It reads like every other conspiratorial book. Simply replace the Jesuits with the Jews, the Arabs, International Bankers, the Rothschilds, or the Rockefellers.
The story is the same in each case, just the main character changes.”
“This is one of the few very informative books I have ever read. It gets strait to the heart of the matter. No smoke and mirrors like our so called news today. EVERYONE who wants to know the ugly TRUTH should read this book.”
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