Barbara Bush and Aleister Crowley | Aleister Crowley 2012

Aleister-CrowleyBarbara Bush is NOT Aleister Crowley’s daughter. Shocker, right? As a matter of fact, there is NO evidence that Aleister Crowley ever met Bush’s mother, Pauline Pierce, at all, despite the claims in the hoax). Sadly, Snopes has not yet made time to discredit this ridiculous claim; in the meantime, AC2012 must take up the task.

Thing is, this April Fool’s joke (note the date of the post) has made the rounds, and is now cited as evidence (oftentimes along with spooky music and suggestive questions) that Aleister Crowley really is the father of Barbara Bush and the grandfather of George W. Bush! Alex Jones and “Freeman” have also taken this idea and run with it, and are seemingly also taking credit for the “theory” themselves. This hoax has somehow even made it into the popular In Search of the Great Beast documentary, which leads one to wonder about the journalistic standards applied there. Past examples of April Fool’s jokes on the Cannonfire blog also include: photos of Ann Coulter’s pre-op penis; a hypothesis that Hillary Clinton was connected to the assassination of JFK; a claim that Obama wrote a set of Marxist “rules for revolution”; a conspiracy connecting Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, and JFK; and comic book conspiracies involving occult disaster predictions. Citing Cannonfire’s April Fool’s post as evidence is even more hilarious than seeing Chick Publications quoting Léo Taxil to prove that Freemasonry is Satanic (if only)!

“The Fool stirs within all of us at the return of Spring, and be cause we are a little bewildered, a little embarrassed, it has been thought a salutary custom to externalise the subconscious impulse by ceremonial means.” — Aleister Crowley in The Book of Thoth

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