Be Owners Not Donors, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed


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Religious institutions in the United States are generally economically corrupt and have been controlled by the commercial banking debt system for over 100 years.

Have you seen Creflow Dollar dancing on top of cash money on stage in his church? Daddy Grace would have his followers pin dollar bills on a money tree. Father Divine would provide a buffet dinner for his followers’ dollars. Reverend Ike would give to his followers what he called a blessing clothe in return for money. The Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society founder Charles Taze Russell played on his members’ fears of an apocalyptic end of the world. It was to occur in 1874. It did not occur. Time and again that church would crunch numbers and predict the end of the world. But all that happened is what always happens and that is people were filled with fear and they paid church leaders to not be afraid. In the meantime,  the leaders became wealthy simply making their followers afraid of one scam after the other. None of those kinds of exchanges were economically and morally fair to their members.

Each of them, and those like them, used many gimmicks for one purpose: to get money from people who believed that they could buy happiness from God.

Have you seen the outrageous circus-like atmosphere inside megachurches as their ministers, choirs, and organists emotionally whip their church members up into a frenzy as though they were in a voodoo ritual?

Do you think that my voodoo analogy is farfetched? Maybe you should read the book: Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing-How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men can Change Your Belief.[1] Note the word ‘physiology’. That is the key word in unlocking the method of ‘unconscious’ control exercised over people by master manipulators.

There is logic driving the kind of emotionalism whipped up in mega churches. The group emotional state has the purpose to make individuals act out unconsciously and in predetermined ways.

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In Mega churches and revival meetings or whenever you have a mass of people gathered, the organizers of such mass meetings know that herd emotional sentiment is greater than any one individual’s capacity to resist it thus making a person less able to make rational choices. They simply follow the herd unconsciously because feelings of insecurities are aroused in them unconsciously.  For example, in a group of 1000 people, if 500 of them reach into their pockets to take out and give money then their act will influence another 250 or more persons to do the same unconsciously especially if they have been whipped up emotionally. People will feel increasingly insecure when not conforming to a crowd especially under timed pressure. The only way for an individual to make the insecure feelings go away is for him or her to follow the herd or leave it.

One tactic used by some churches is to post a tithing list showing those who gave the least at the bottom. The theory is that the insecure feelings aroused in a person when others see their name at the bottom of the list will influence them to give more money and to compete with others who gave more than they did.

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Another example is an experiment I conducted in a college class I teach. I arranged all of the desks so that they would be facing the rear wall of the classroom. I had about15 students come early to class and told them what I was doing. They sat facing the wall.  I waited outside the classroom. As students came into class they each took a seat facing the wall. A point, they followed the herd unconsciously without thinking whether or not I’d be lecturing in my usual place in front of the class behind the lectern.

Do you understand that most churches, both white and black, are in the business of selling the same kind of indulgences which were sold by the Catholic Church to peasants in medieval Europe? Let me explain to you what an ‘indulgence’ is. “In the sixteenth-century indulgences had already taken on the characteristic of a pure money making act … a way of creating revenue.”[2]  An ‘indulgence’ was a ‘promise’ which a church gave to a believer. It said that if a believer gave to the church money then that money would buy him or her into heaven, it would prevent him her from going to hell or that they would get a blessing from God in life.

But the question now is how did this get incorporated into religious practices in the United States where religious freedom is protected under the U.S. Constitution?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The original intent of the ‘free exercise thereof…” clause in the federal constitution is to protect citizens from what had been happening to people in Europe. In Europe, the religious persecution of people by governments and dominant religious groups in the form of discriminatory laws, physical torture, and murder was the norm.

That is why the framers of the constitution included the “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” clause in the Constitution. They did not want religious persecution by either government or dominant religious groups in the United States.

However, the relation between states and federal governments with religious institutions began to change in the 20th century.

The Internal Revenue Service was instituted and codified in 1913 as the 16th amendment to the United States Constitution right after the Federal Reserve Bank Act was signed into law in the same year.

It was written by the same senators and congressmen who wrote the Federal Reserve Bank Bill and who presented it to Woodrow Wilson in 1913 for his signature.

The bankers involved were J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island, the Rothschild family and many others. The Internal Revenue Service was added to the U.S. Constitution as the 16th amendment so that American citizens could be taxed to pay for government expenditures and debt owed to the Federal Reserve Bank.

Religious organizations’ tax status was intentionally written in vague terms within the Internal Revenue Service tax code for a reason.[3]

By writing the tax code for tax-exempt status for religious organizations vaguely, commercial Banks were able to incorporate religious institutions into their banking debt system just as they had incorporated Federal government spending into their debt system.

The banks welcomed the non-profit status to religious organizations. But what was their reason for jubilation? The reason is that they wanted to commercialize religious organizations in the United States because that would create for them yet another constant revenue stream and increased profit margins by means of the fractional reserve deposit rule.

Churches having a non-profit status and which claimed that they helped the poor made them eligible to not be financially transparent as was the Federal Government and State governments; they did not have to be transparent to their members nor to state and federal governments on how much money they collected nor how they spent that money. It meant that they could buy property without having to pay property tax.

This is about the time when we see the big urban religious frauds emerge and their century-long acts of legalized fraud against ignorant black poor people.

No longer is there reinforcement of the original intent of the constitution. It was and is generally not understood by religious people and religious leaders.

And even if some did understand it; making money came to take a priority over spiritual principles.  They became increasingly interested in membership growth because it was the size of church or organization membership as ‘livestock’ which served as their collateral in their efforts to get bank loans.

What that did to religion in the United States was to prevent it from moving to spiritual interests and instead moved it to a predominant interest in commercial activity primarily in the form of making money.

Churches began early in the 20th century to compete with the same and other denominations primarily in growing urban areas. They built bigger and bigger churches as if in an arms race to attract new members who were looking for a higher social status in a larger church.  Churches competed with one another for members as would for-profit businesses compete for customers. Churches had become de facto commercial enterprises.

White and Black Churches have funneled trillions of dollars into commercial banks over many decades. For example, black people donate about 17 billion dollars per year to their churches and white people donate approximately 100 billion dollars per year to their churches.  But that money does not work for the church members. That money was and is then loaned out to the private business sector to expand their profits at the expense of religious congregations. At the end of the day, black church members see no private sector investments into their communities’ infrastructure.

If you are wondering why it was and is so easy for banks to manipulate religious leadership into a commercial relationship with them and with their followers, the answer is a simple one. It was and is because preachers and bank owners understand basic human biology and the psychology of fear as well as the propensity of most humans to be ignorant.

But bankers are smarter than preachers; they are smarter because the bankers have had a great advantage. They have had centuries of experience dealing with the greed of royal families and aristocrats in Europe.

What can we conclude given these facts? We can conclude that most preachers are middlemen and women for not only state and federal governments but also for financial institutions.

We can conclude that most black churches deposit their donations in commercial banks.

We can conclude that those banks make profits on the church deposits far greater than the amount of interest paid on church deposits.

We can conclude that religious members do not receive any monetary returns from their churches even though their churches operate as de facto commercial enterprises.

We can conclude that most church leadership live off of the donations of their church members.

We can conclude that many churches invest money in corporations which violate human rights nationally and internationally.

We can conclude that most black churches are corrupted by the commercial orientation of their denominations and boards of directors.

We can conclude that most black churches merely parrot verses from the Old Testament and New Testament which support their economic interests and which support their authority over their church members.

We can conclude that most black churches are spiritually bankrupt.

We can conclude that the above conditions are the reasons why black church leadership is torn between a socialistic worldview, free-masonry membership, and capitalistic assumptions as their basis for social explanations on how to approach social problems in the black community.

We can conclude that this kind of economic exploitation will continue well into the 21st century because of the deep-seated spiritual ignorance passed on from generation to generation in black communities.

That will continue because black people enjoy the entertainment of circus theatrics and reject spiritual substance and they believe that they can pay their way into heaven or out of hell.  Are there any solutions to this global problem?  I think there are some practical solutions. We must become owners and not remain donors.

One solution is that black Americans should categorically and unequivocally reject giving donations to non-profit organizations and instead demand that they receive dividends from their cash investments from their religious organizations. That would, in turn, require them to demand financial transparency from those religious organizations.

That will require church leaders to present to their congregations well thought out business prospectuses to justify asking them for money.

Black people should demand that their religious leaders include them in profit-making ventures as shareholders or owners and not just faceless donors. The reason is simple. It is unfair for banks to make money on religious donations and for members of religious organizations to get no money in return.

The problem associated with solutions is that people must first have the will to apply those solutions if there is to be any hope of change.

[1] Battle For The Mind, by William Sargant, pub. Malor Books, 1997

[2] The Importance of Indulgences during Medieval Christianity, by Ashley Crawford

[3] The History of the 501(c)(4), by Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013


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Chapter 11


Fundamental to Plato’s theory of knowledge is the premise that nature does not manifest truth to human senses through ‘appearances.’ So, building upon his theory of knowledge Plato argues that political science turns appearances to useful art. That premise turns on one of Plato’s greatest questions: ‘How do we get them to believe?’  For Plato, all of the extrinsic characteristics of government are illusory and thus turn on deceit. The ‘useful lie’ which is propagandized in myriad forms by politicians cannot be exposed to the masses as a lie. The masses must ‘believe’ or at least have the ‘opinion’ that what they are told is actually bone fide. Therefore, the existence of cohesive secret societies or networks who do know that the truth promoted is a lie and are bound not to tell the ‘truth’ that it is a lie are necessarily at the core of the successful operation of a political state and the implementation of its policies.

For example, in 1910 a secret cartel of bankers met to establish the Federal Reserve Bank and the 26th amendment. Both Acts of Congress were promoted by a U.S. Senator who belonged to that secret cartel.[1]  Under President Woodrow Wilson who was vetted by the secret cartel, both the Internal Revenue Service Act and the Income Tax Amendment were signed into law in 1913.  The American people did not know that it was the result of a secret society of bankers:  the Meyer Rothschild family, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller.  The American people did not know that their attorneys and representatives would be placed on Presidential cabinets throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. That is just one example of what Plato meant by ‘secret brotherhoods and political clubs’.  The American people did not know and generally don’t know today that those financial interests control all aspects of the United States government.

Plato does not name a specific ‘secret brotherhood’ or ‘political club’ he merely argues that they are necessary so that upper castes plutocratic families and owners of financial institutions can coordinate all agencies of government to promote their economic and caste, i.e. race interests.[2]  It is they who would be the guardians of the state.[3]  Despite the fact that he does not name old established secret brotherhoods, there are some existing secret societies in our own society which fit the form described by Plato. Usually, the influence these groups have is ignored by institutional scholars because it is the money from their secret societies which finance scholars in educational centers. No doubt many scholars belong to one or another of such groups or want to advance in their academic careers.  The absence of scholarly treatment of the confluence of secret societies and our government preempts a full understanding of the political process in our society. Two other examples of secret societies are the Society of Freemasons and the ‘Skull and Bones’ establishment which were incorporated circa 1832.  We shall examine Freemasonry to illustrate Plato’s theory.

Freemasonry is an old and established secret society with modern roots in Scotland and France. It was common throughout the colonies by the time the colonists rebelled against the East Indian Company of England and its major share holder, the king of England.  In fact, the many lodges which existed in the colonies were given their charters by the grand lodge of England presided over by King George the IV.  Their land grants were also conveyed to them by the King of England.  Presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt just to name a few were practicing Freemasons. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Congressional representatives who ratified the Constitution were Freemasons, too.

In the colonies, aside from their cosmological beliefs the Masons had a political purpose. Their purpose was to establish a secular form of government immune from political tyranny and the controls of religious dogma and religious leadership. To achieve such a purpose they borrowed a constitutional formula from Aristotle and fused it with the political theories of John Locke and Charles Montesquieu. With it all they devised a constitution which divided power among three branches of federal government and separated it and its functions from state governmental powers.[4] Their fraternity would be the opposite complement of the new constitution; it would not be open nor would it be democratic in nature. Its counter-act to schismatic religious affiliation by individuals would be to impose an allegiance upon their individual members to universal brotherhood by their promotion of what they considered to be the true and ancient natural religion, race identity, and secularism.

They considered themselves a ‘secret society’ dating back thousands of years. They did not and do not allow females and ‘blacks’ entry into their society.[5] They did not allow Catholics to become ‘brothers’. There society was not a ‘religious’ one, but rather it was based upon naturalism and deism with an orientation to sun worship. Therefore, except for Catholics, one’s religious affiliation did not matter though most of the members were Protestant. They made entry into their group by males dependent upon another Freemason ‘vouching’ for an initiate’s entry and an oath from the initiate that the secrets he learned from the brotherhood would not be made known publicly.

The secrets involved their rituals and the sign codes with which they used to communicate to one another secretly in public.  Most of their symbols are Nubian-Egyptian, e.g., the Obelisk, one of which is called today the Washington Monument, the builder’s plummet and square, the eye of Horus as depicted on the one dollar bill above the pyramid, the colors red, white, and blue which are the color patterns on the columns of great temple in Karnak, the sacred lake of Karnak in Egypt which is replicated by the Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C. In fact, the city of Washington D.C. is laid out in such a way that its streets geometrically describe Masonic symbols and numerology.

Our concern here is not with Masonic beliefs but rather with what Plato hypothesizes in the Republic and how Freemasons applied his theory to concentrate power in their organization. He hypothesized that secret brotherhoods and political clubs are necessary for the furtherance of the status quo. His quest was to find a political solution to what Hesiod described in Works and Days as the inevitable cycle of cultural decay or change. For him a well managed state will need two governments. One will be the ‘apparent’ government. That he argues is the government for and by the people, the demos.  But keep in mind Plato’s theory of knowledge, for here the government which ‘appears’ is no more true than what appears naturally to the senses. On the contrary, it is the hidden government which is actually the power which drives social mechanisms.

The intent of the founders was to insure by virtue of their hidden power that neither religious zealots elected as congressional representatives or mob rule would evaporate their new state and their growing economic empire.  By the careful appointment of their own members in key positions throughout federal, state, and local institutions they proceeded on the theory that they would be able to control government without cessation. For them, governmental power was exclusive and was centered in the Grand Lodge. Their network would be the hidden capstone of the social hierarchy. Their members would filter down throughout society according to graded degrees providing their leadership with the political control they needed in every part of the new state.

Understanding the nature and function of dual government as posited by Plato is important for another reason. It allows us to understand how the Ku Klux Klan originated and by whom.  Further, we can know what the Ku Klux Klan aimed at doing when it was founded circa 1867 and how it gained immense political, police, and judicial power by the mid 1920s.[6]  It, too, is a secret society and was originally established by Freemasons in the southern states. A famous early twentieth century race historian named Walter L. Fleming states regarding the relation between Freemasonry and the Ku Klux Klan: “General Albert Pike, who stood high in the Masonic order, was a chief judicial officer of the Klan.”[7] Albert Pike was an ex-confederate general who not only became the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite for the southern states from 1859 to 1891 but formulated the rituals and costumes of the original Ku Klux Klan.  It was Pike’s vision which both the novel ‘The Clansmen’ and the film ‘Birth of a Nation’ captured in print and on screen in 1915.[8]  His statue stands in WashingtonD.C. to this very day.

Pike makes clear what the aim of the Ku Klux Klan was to be when he wrote in his newspaper: “…We would unite every white man in the South, who is opposed to negro suffrage, into one great Order of Southern Brotherhood, with an organization complete, active, vigorous, in which a few should execute the concentrated will of all, and whose very existence should be concealed from all but its members.”[9] Here the Ku Klux Klan aimed to enlist men who were ex-confederate soldiers and sympathizers in the already existing society of Freemasons to exert secret political and police power through terror over liberal democrats and ex-slaves in the south.  This is exactly what Plato admonishes in his Republic when he claims that there is nothing more important than to guard the purity of race.  So, we may infer that at the nucleus of the political strategy of both Freemasonry and the Ku Klux Klan is the Platonic recipe for dual government aimed at the preservation of an elite race.












[1] Senator Nelson Aldrige

[2] Aristotle calls this kind of group ‘boule’ in his ‘Politics’ and he, too, suggests a role similar to that Plato describes.

[3] C. Wright Mill, The Power Elite, Oxford University Press, 1956, p.251

[4] Aristotle in Twenty-Three Volumes XXI, Politics, Book IV, section 11-12, with an English Translation by H. Rackham, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1932 On the three elements of government he states: “…one is what is to be the body that deliberates about common interests [legislature], second the one connected with the magistracies [executive], that is, what there are to be and what matters they are to control, and what is to be the method of their election, and a third is, what is to be the judiciary.” Brackets mine.

[5] However, some African Americans formed the ‘Boule’: Sigma, Pi, Phi fraternity in1911 to serve the powerful plutocratic secret societies.

[6] For example, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

[7] Walter L. Fleming, Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment, Neale Publishing Company, 1905

[8] Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith; Thomas Dixon, The Clansmen, New York Doubleday, Page and Company, 1905

[9] Albert Pike, Editorial, Memphis, Tennessee, Daily Appeal, April 16, 1868