Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is reportedly the keynote speaker at a September conference sponsored by the Fatima Center, part of the “radical traditionalist Catholic” movement and regarded as the “the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Paul has accepted the speaking engagement at the “Fatima: The Path to Peace” conference in Canada, SPLC reported Tuesday. At least 27 speakers have been booked for the event in Niagara Falls, Ontario, including President of the Birch Society John F. McManus. The Birch Society has long been criticized for “contributing to anti-Semitism.”
“All speakers share one thing in common: a keen understanding that the nations of the world suffer profound disorder, that evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, that war and violence steadily increase, that the stability of our entire social order is at stake, and that a solution to the present chaos is of utmost necessity,” the Fatima Center said in a statement.
Fatima is responsible for organizing protests against blasphemy. You may remember the picketing of Kevin Smith's 1999 comedy Dogma in the U.S. by the group American Needs Fatima.
Back in 2008, it was revealed by New Republic that newsletter published under Paul’s name contained “deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays.” One of the newsletters said the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, “Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.”
During his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, Paul was asked if he would provide Israel with military assistance if Iran attacked them with nuclear weapons. He answered no.