Earlier this week, we talked about the infamous alleged tattoos which Abraham Christie and Ella Draper forced RD’s children to draw (with a little help from Abe, whose hand can be seen in one of the videos…whoops!).
Second only to Dr Hodes’ medical findings, which she later retracted when challenged by a group of her peers, the tattoos have been one of the Hoaxtead pushers’ biggest obsessions. They insist, wrongly, that those who were accused of being members of the imaginary “cult” ought to have immediately run out and subjected themselves to intimate inspections, to prove their innocence. There are many reasons why this wouldn’t work; if you missed Monday’s post on the topic, you can find it here.
Today, though, we’d like to talk about another aspect of the tattoo issue, once again inspired by a suggestion from long-time commenter Justin Sanity.
Tattoos as ‘special knowledge’
The claims about genital tattoos are really claims to possessing “special knowledge”, which we’ve talked about before. This isn’t a claim to divinely inspired knowledge, of course, but you could call it “privileged” knowledge. It is a claim to possessing knowledge that only certain persons under certain conditions could possess, specifically – only someone who had seen the genitals in question.
This particular claim may have been inspired by similar claims made against Michael Jackson, since those claims enjoyed universal media saturation. The claim was, that there was something distinctive about his genitals that only someone who had seen him naked could know about.
In both cases, the provability of the claims – whether they are factually true or not – is irrelevant to the motivation for making the claim. The purpose of the claim is to plant the idea in people’s minds, that the claimant possesses privileged knowledge about the accused and therefore could believably possess other ‘secrets’ about them – in Jackson’s case that he was a child molester, in this case that the accused are satanic abuse cultists. (That’s flawed, but common, popular logic) I’m sure everyone understands this.
There are a number of options, for debunking claims to possessing “special knowledge”:
1) Direct evidence that the claim is false – (you could create a gallery of photos, of accused person standing there naked, that demonstrate there are no such tattoos. As you’ve observed several times, True Believers would simply claim that the photos are ‘doctored’, so there’s really no point to that approach in this case).
2) Evidence that the claim is impossible/ irrational/ illogical
3) Evidence which contradicts central aspects of the claim – (documentation that satanic cultists used some other symbol, in this case)
4) Evidence that the claimant has made false claims to possessing “special knowledge” in the past
5) Evidence that the claimant is otherwise an untrustworthy source of info, i.e., they are a proven liar, a criminal, a drug-addict or a loony – (this is considered a weak argument in formal logic, but it can also be the most fun)
This raises a number of interesting questions, starting with the idea that “only someone who had seen (the alleged abusers) naked could know about” the tattoos.
This seems to have been the motive for claiming that the tattoos existed: to anyone coming to the hoax, the fact that the children were able to describe various tattoo motifs—and, seemingly, to draw them—could serve as “proof” that the children must have seen the genitals in question. (Interestingly, although the children were made to describe tattoos on the males, only female genitalia were drawn. Why was this?)
Abe and Ella must have realised the impossibility of proving or disproving the tattoo claim; and given that we know they specifically targetted people at the school and in the community who they felt had slighted them, it must have give them some degree of pleasure to contemplate their “enemies” having to humiliate themselves to disprove their guilt. However, the accused were never asked to do this, which could explain why Abraham was so vehement with his taunts to “show us your TATTOOS!”
Debunking the tattoos
As Justin points out, various options exist for debunking the existence of the tattoos.
We’ve discussed the impracticality and illegality of having everyone expose themselves; and in our earlier post we talked about the the illogicality of using cheesy Hollywood-inspired devil lore as the “logo” of this supposedly super-powerful and elite international gang of child abusing cannibals. Since no other such cults have ever been uncovered, it’s not possible to say whether they might use some other symbol.
Option #5 is pretty obvious: we’ve written reams of material on Abraham’s criminal past, his history of child abuse, the allegation of attempted rape against him, and his acknowledged abuse of RD’s children. On that basis alone, we would suggest that any claim he makes about anything should be regarded with a jaundiced eye.
In addition, option #4, “evidence that the claimant has made false claims to possessing ‘special knowledge’ in the past”, definitely struck a chord.
Abraham Christie’s imaginary honorary PhD
Abe has, in fact, made claims to being an expert, and not just any old expert, on the subject of hemp. In December 2015, we wrote:
Back in May (2015), a commenter on the late and very much unlamented Hamster Research asked him about this:
W says: May 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm
Abraham, I would be most interested to hear more about your research into hemp. Can you tell me which university awarded you your honorary doctorate and who supervised your research? Thank you.
Hempstars says: May 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm
W, thank you for your interest, as a rule we don’t generally reply to individual posts, however Dr.Anneke Westra from Glastonbury awarded my honorary doctorate in 2013.
We begun full time Nutritional research in 1996 at the House Of Hemp in Redchurch St. London, where we were invited to head the House of Hemp, Hempseed research dept. We were supported in our research by David Wolfe, an Internationally recognised authority on Raw food nutrition, a young scientist from Southampton and others . We can’t say that we were supervised by anyone other than ourselves . We trust that this is useful.
As previously mentioned, we feel that it is our work with fresh raw Cannabis juice as an ideal “plant based” blood transfusion liquid for humans, ( that precludes the consumption of human blood for blood transfusion purposes ) which causes us to be the natural nemesis of this murderous human blood drinking/flesh eating cult.
For more information see http://www.cannabisinternational.org/
“(F)ull time Nutritional research in 1996 at the House Of Hemp”…because that’s a fully recognised academic degree-granting institution, yep. “We can’t say that we were supervised by anyone other than ourselves”…oh, stop!
We probably don’t need to tell you that individuals are not empowered to grant any sort of academic degree, much less a PhD. Accredited educational institutions may, at their discretion, award honorary degrees to certain people who have not completed the usual requirements, including matriculation, residence, study, and the passing of examinations. Honorary degrees, when given, are not considered academic qualifications, nor listed on one’s resumé as such.
Unless one is Abraham Christie, of course.
Abe’s claims of “special knowledge” about hemp are astonishing and a bit horrifying: he believes that raw, juiced hemp may be used as a direct substitute for blood transfusions, and that hemp is a literal—not figurative—elixir of life. That is, hemp prepared according to Abe’s special instructions and consumed regularly, will cause a person to live forever.
He has also made the extraordinary claim that hemp juice should be fed to victims of what he calls “State-Sponsored Trauma-Based Mind Control”, as it is the only substance that will allow the victim to overcome the mind control and escape its evil clutches. We’re thinking it might be a bit tricky to get treatment and control groups together to prove or disprove that one, but hey, we have real degrees so perhaps we’re a bit stuffy and old-fashioned.
So yes. Abraham Christie has most definitely made claims to hold “special knowledge”—not only imaginary academic qualifications, but strange and unverifiable claims about raw hemp juice, on which he claims to be a leading world authority.
How surprising is it, then, that he’d also claim to be an expert in “Satanic” tattoos?