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William Branham and Homosexual Pigalle:

What if during the Sunday morning service, your pastor suddenly made a confession to the congregation you were sitting with: “I heard that there was a city that they called the ‘Smut capitol of the world,’ a city filled with prostitution and sexual acts in the streets, and I wanted to see it for myself.”

Most of the congregation would be abhorred. There would be women gasping from the pews as they covered their children’s ears, and men with stern eyebrows as they listened intently to see what the pastor would say next. Did he go to stand on a corner and preach the Gospel? Did he rescue some lost soul from a life of sin? Was he a sinner when he went, and found repentance?

If the pastor did none of the above, and decided to use his vacation to a modern-day Sodom to illustrate how evil the world has become, many of those eyes would widen. Some would never return. First-time visitors to this church would leave, completely shocked and wondering what they just sat through!

Described above is an example of normal Christian people, sitting in what they mistakenly thought was a normal sermon by a pastor they elected to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those same people reading will find this article to be comical, even somewhat unbelievable. This is a real situation, with a real minister, describing a real event, and using that vacation to the Smut Capitol of the World as one of the many themes throughout his sermons. But there is one difference. From a cult leader to a heavily programmed cult following, their reaction was abnormal. As their programmed minds listened to the sermon, their programmed response was to receive this into their minds as though it were coming from Almighty God himself. Such brainwashing is the life of a member of the cult of William Branham.

Quartier Pigalle is one of the 20 Arrondissements (administrative districts) of Paris, France. Since the early 1900’s, it has been known world-wide as a tourist district containing many sex shops, theatres and adult shows throughout the district. During the second World War, it’s infamy spread to the English speaking soldiers, and the Allied soldiers nicknamed the district “Pig Alley.” But before the War, the city itself was already recognized in America as the world’s most raunchy “Sin City,” long before this nickname got reassigned to Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1928, American-born actress Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri) established a nightclub in Pigalle. There, she would become famous for her erotic dancing, almost completely nude.

Early in his ministry when William Branham mentions his time in Paris, he does not specifically mention the sex district. But he is very clear that he is referring to sin of Biblical proportions:

“Then what did they do? What happened? Here is where he started. The Devil set up his headquarters there. There is where he started, right there, to demoralize the world, from Paris, France.”
Branham, 54-0509 - The Invasion of The United States

And the first time he mentions Pigalle, he separates the horrific sexual sin from his context, almost making it sound like a run-down dark alley in the Bronx filled with homeless and destitute:

“I've been in Pigalle in France, to the lowest slums that I could find, and talking, and praying, and so forth.”
Branham, 55-1009

But the further that William Branham distanced himself from Ern Baxter to make a name for himself without the former half of the Baxter-Branham campaigns, these reservations in mentioning the Smut Capitol of the World become less constrained. In fact, he had no reservations at all.

In 1958, he mentions the city, almost apologetic. The casual listener would mistakenly think that he stumbled onto the sex shops and prostitution by accident:

“When they told me that Pigalle in Paris was such a ill-famed place, how did I know; I was never there.”
Branham, 58-0928M - The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

And in 1960, a bit more of the description starts to enter his sermons – but not enough to let the unsuspecting listeners realize that he was referring to the “sex district of the world.” In fact, Branham claims that his listeners would be doing well to take their daughters to see the place for themselves:

One time I give it a challenge. I'd wanted to see what I was talking about. When I was in France, I went to Pigalle. I never take anybody's word for it; I wanted to see it myself.
Branham, 60-0311 - Mary's Belief

I think that it would be a good thing for any man to take his son to the bowery and let him see. I think if you was ever in France, take your daughter to Pigalle;
Branham, 60-0716 - From That Time

But by 1961, there were no boundaries. A very programmed crowd began to listen to more and more descriptions of the city, some of which related to the sexual sin:

When I went to Pigalle, Brother Moore and I, when I was in France, we thought we'd see just those old prostitutes of Pigalle,
Branham, 61-0217 - The Mark Of The Beast And The Seal Of God #2

As his descriptions of the district began to be more descriptive, Branham removed the “shocked” aspect from his stories. As he stated, he “never take anybody’s word for it; [he] wanted to see it [himself].” Listeners were aware that he knew where he was going before he went. But this was not consistently the case. Nor did he continue with his sexual descriptions of the sins of the place – he would sometimes replace “prostitution” with “old haggy look” or other vague descriptions.

“And I heard different people tell me about especially down in France, down in the place called Pigalle, and how that the—the people was so immoral. Well, I thought, "If I ever go in there, I'll see them people down there, women coming out, you know, reprobates, with such a old haggy look, you know, and mean." And—and I went down in Pigalle, the first night, me and three more ministers. Brother, what a surprise we got!”
Branham, 62-0531 - The Conflict Between God And Satan

But combined, and to a normal (not programmed) crowd, this would be the very same scenario mentioned above. A minister, claiming to preach the Gospel, was describing his desire to see the Smut Capitol of the World and his vacation to act upon his wishes.

When we first pointed this out in a previous article, many questions were raised. After discovering that according to Lee Vayle, Branham travelled the world and took many “mini vacations” with homosexual men, letters started coming in asking why William Branham would visit a place filled with FEMALE prostitution and sex shops. One writer blatantly stated, “I thought he [William Branham] was homosexual!”

“And at that time there was with that group that went to Europe, a Christian Full Gospel businessman, identified with them, named Faery Von Blomberg—even the name is typical—Fairy? Not trying to be facetious, but look at it. It’s absolutely true. That was his name, and he was an avowed H-m-o-s-x-u-a-l. At the same time Leo and Gene, two H-m-o-s-x-u-a-ls, attached themselves to Bro. Branham’s ministry”
- Lee Vayle, Godhead Part 12

As with any of our publications, this article will neither agree or disagree with this claim. We will only offer facts – facts that you will not get from the cult headquarters – and let readers piece them together with the rest of the facts. Opinion is of no value, and the more facts presented, the clearer the picture.

When most people think of cabarets, erotic dancing, and other sexual sins that would have taken place at the Smut Capitol of the World, the mental image created does not include the full picture – especially from a Christian perspective. We imagine levels of sexual sin, and studying William Branham, imagine a district in Paris with the lowest level. Many of us – myself included – mistakenly compare this sex district with Las Vegas. Mental images of women wearing much more than a bikini kicking their heels to the air like one might see on an older television show such as Bonanza. But remember – this was such a raunchy place that it received world-wide infamy. This is not the type of sexual sin that could be presented to young viewers sitting around the black-and-white television.

In a “History of Homosexuality in Europe,” the author describes Paris and Pigalle as a place recognized for homosexual sex shops. According to this author, the homosexuals fled Berlin to migrate into Paris during the war:

“Paris held a special position in the 1920’s. In a climate of relative tolerance, many specialized homosexual and lesbian establishments were opened, and the capital gained a reputation for the variety of its night-time pleasures. When the Nazis cracked down in Berlin in the mid-1930s, Paris essential became the new center of homosexual life. The homosexual venues were mostly found in one of three locations: Montmartre, Pigalle, and Montparnasse.”
- A History of Homosexuality in Europe, page 50

And the prostitutes that William Branham mentioned were not necessarily female. The district was also filled with male prostitution:

“The most visible area of homosexual sociability in post-Liberation Paris was the district around St.-Germain-des-Pres, which had become fashionable after 1945 owing its association with the existentialists. Two popular homosexual meeting places were the Café de Flore – whose manager Paul Boubal had no liking for his homosexual clientele – and the Reine Blanche café. Neither was “officially homosexual, unlike the nearby bar Le Fiacre, which opened at the beginning of the 1950s in the Rue Cherche-Midi. For a decade this was THE gay bar of Paris. Its first-floor restaurant was patronized by a fashionable crowd of actors and singers while downstairs there was a miniscule bar where drinkers were so tightly packed that the pressure of bodies was a sexual experience in itself. Christopher Isherwood, visiting in 1956, described being “jammed in a crowd so dense you could only sway with it like seaweed in water.” The existence of these bars also made the St. Germain distict a meeting place for male prostitutes who hung around the café’s or on the pavements. Those who preferred a seedier, less fashionable atmosphere found it in the Pigalle district, which was fanning the dying embers of its homosexual glory days.”
- The Shadow of the Occupation, 1942-1955, Page 49

We will never know why William Branham went to the Smut Capitol of the World, or which venues he visited while there. All we can confirm is what Branham and Lee Vayle told us:

- He heard that Pigalle had prostitution
- In very few of his statements does he mention gender
- He wanted to see it for himself
- He did go see the sex district
- It was bad enough that he called the place “Satan’s Headquarters”
- Vayle confirmed that Branham travelled with homosexual men