I have been reading Ion Pacepa’s book Disinformation. Among other things he lists how Soviet propaganda worked to replace Christianity in Left politics and Left churches in the United States.
One example he gives is with the manipulation of people on the Left to create division by emotionalising them in seeing America as a racist country and their moral duty to fall in line with Leftist control of government and morals to combat this (much created) situation.
One example (page 1) :
-In March 1996 it was reported that there was a ‘huge increase’ in the number of arson cases committed against black churches.
-This was reported both by The National Council of Churches (NCC) and the Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR).
-On June 8 President Bill Clinton denounced the fires and proposed a new federal task force to investigate them
-President Clinton recalled with sorrow his ‘vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state (Arkansas) when I was a child’.
-On June 15 the FBI assigned 200 federal agents to a new task force to investigate the fires.
-By July there had appeared 2200 news articles condemning the fires and what the CDR called ‘a well-organised white-supremacist movement’.
-In Geneva the World Council of Churches (WCC) (of which the NCC was affiliated to) flew 38 pastors to Washington DC to provide the American government with more information about this racist tragedy.
-On July 13 President Clinton signed into law an Act making church arson a federal crime.
-On August 7 President Clinton signed a spending bill including $12 million to combat fires at churches with black congregations.
-The NCC then ran full page ads in the New York Times, Washington Post et cetera soliciting donations for its new ‘Burned Churches Fund’.
-On August 9 the Wall Street Journal reported the NCC had already managed to raise nearly $9 million and with the new ads it was now receiving about $100,000 a day thanks to concerned citizens.
Then the bubble burst.
An independent group, the National Fire Protection Association established that there had not been a huge increase in fires at churches but actually a continuing decline in recent years.
Law enforcement officials of the south could not confirm that ANY church fire had been racially motivated.
Further it was found that no racist black church burning had occurred during the childhood of President Clinton in Arkansas.
The political damage was done however. Because of deliberate false reporting and unfounded reporting many assumed the church fires were truth and America was chided both by domestic participants and international leaders over fires which did not occur. People were emotionalised into wanting to believe the worst and this was a substitute for their own sense of goodness which could be controlled and manipulated politically.