More than 4,000 people packed an auditorium at Rhema Bible College near Tulsa, Oklahoma, last weekend for the Health and Freedom Conference—an event mixing Christian worship, promotion of QAnon, and messages decrying COVID-19 “fear porn.”
The conference was hosted by Clay Clark, a Christian businessman who recently started speaking out about rigged elections and COVID-19. According to conference organizer Aaron Antis, 50,000 people asked for tickets, but only a fraction could fit in the venue.
Leaders speaking at the conference included General Michael Flynn, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, several pro-Trump pastors, an assortment of doctors, and many others. Video of the event was livestreamed and later posted online. Many of those videos have since been removed, but not before excerpts were grabbed and posted on social media.
Speakers argued that Christianity and America are under attack by sinister forces; masks and vaccines will destroy religious freedom or control people; and to save America, people needed to “fight back.”
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Trump lawyer Lin Wood told a cheering audience that he believed in QAnon—a conspiracy theory contending that elites, who are pedophiles and Satan-worshippers, are working to destroy America.
“(Critics are) trying to attack me because they can’t attack Q. Q is the truth! This is about the children, for God’s sakes!” said Wood.
Wood added that those behind the pedophile rings should be subject to capital punishment.
“Send them to jail. Put them in front of a firing squad,” said Wood. “They are committing acts against humanity. The penalty for an act against humanity is death. Take them out!”
“Every lie will be revealed. They are killing our children, send them to jail. Put them in front of the firing squad. They are committing acts against humanity. The penalty for an act against humanity is death. Take them out.”
-Lin Wood pic.twitter.com/1Jb4uwIuwP
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) April 18, 2021
Wood also argued that Trump won the 2020 election and that the Illuminati—a group of secret societies bent on establishing a New World Order—were out to destroy America.
Conference speakers also framed “religious freedom” as the right to refuse COVID vaccinations and to not wear a mask. Mistakes by authorities in managing the pandemic were ascribed to intentional malice by authorities.
“The models that said that 2.2 million people would die, those are false,” said Clay. “Intentionally false.” Clay added that reporting on the pandemic was “jack-assery” and “fear porn.”
He also contended that COVID-19 tests are falsely calibrated and that COVID-19 treatments are 100% effective. All the COVID-19 deaths are actually deaths from other diseases, he suggested, adding that “Dr. Fauci is a criminal.”
Clay bolstered these claims with information from doctors at the conference. One of the doctors, Andrew Wakefield, was kicked off the U.K.’s medical registry for research fraud. Another, Jim Meehan, was sued for defamation by another doctor because Meehan claimed the doctor didn’t inform parents about vaccine risks.
Other pseudoscientific claims at the conference came from author Mike Adams, who has written books on a secret conspiracy plan to bring about the apocalypse.
Adams said that molecules around the world are connected by “morphic resonance,” which allows humans to transmit information psychically. He added that censorship and cell phone radiation is being used to block this “morphic resonance” and to suppress “awake, aware, enlightened people” from working together as a group.
The conference also featured a shofar blowing contest. These ancient Jewish horns traditionally announced war, the year of Jubilee, the arrival of Shabbat, holy days and other important events.
During the conference, the audience chanted “USA!” together and offered up “a round of applause for Jesus Christ” at Clay’s request.
The conference ended with a public mask-burning event.
Jackson Elliott is a Christian journalist trained at Northwestern University. He has worked at The Daily Signal, The Inlander, and The Christian Post, covering topics ranging from D.C. politics to prison ministry. His interests include the Bible, philosophy, theology, Russian literature, and Irish music.