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William Branham and the Klan Protest Against Superman

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Those of us who were born and raised in the "Message," the mind control cult following of William Branham, find ourselves in awkward situations during casual discussion with "normal" people. Often programmed to believe purely fictional religious and non-religious subject matter, we find ourselves looking like complete fools when engaging in "normal" conversation.

Those in today's "new-and-improved" version of the "Message" cult have no idea how things used to be. Freely watching television, reading comic books, playing sports and more, today's cult children are unaware of the original version of the cult as it quickly spread around the world. We've compiled a list of some of the strange rules the older generation endured on our website. Though not every individual cult church enforced all of the rules, all of the cult churches combined collectively enforced the entire list:

After having escaped Branham's religious cult, I find these moments more and more embarrassing. Sometimes, I want to smack my forehead and say to myself, "I can't believe I was so STUPID!" :)

One of those moments hit me recently when discussing Superman with a close friend.

I can remember a long discussion the first time a family member offered to purchase a comic book for me. Most other children in our particular flavor of the "Message" were not allowed to read them. Looking back, I don't think it was so much of a problem that I had them -- the bigger problem was that someone in the cult would SEE me with them. The sin of "pride" (Romans 12:16, etc) runs rampant in Pentecostal-style religious cults, and the "Message" seems to produce pride like toy factories produce toys at Christmas time.

When I got home with my new comic book, I will never forget the discussion that ensued. Not one, but EVERY actor who played Superman committed suicide! All of them! William Branham said so! My family discussed William Branham's "sermon trivia" as though it were factual, and I took it all in. And the more people in the cult discussed these "trivia facts," the more they grew. As you can imagine, this concerning bit of information leaves a mark on the mind of a child. It lasted for decades, and I remember being shocked that the actors did not continue to die of the "Superman plague" as movies and television shows continue.

To a normal Christian family, all of this would sound very strange. Listening to a man struggling with a mental condition (as William Branham often admitted) seems like a foreign idea to most people. When a "pastor" behind a pulpit in a Christian church paused his sermon to give fictional movie trivia about comic book characters, most "normal" Christians would have quickly rose to their feet and walked out of the building. But for those of us in the "Message" cult, it was not uncommon for the mentally disturbed central figure to talk about his version of "Jesus" for a few sentences and then decide to talk about "Superman" -- or worse -- for a few sentences more.

As a result of this one single rant, many in the cult forbade their children the liberty of comic books:


Super, everything must be super; it won't work. Even, they want super people. We even... They tell me they got a television cast they call "Superman." Always something super! Two or three of them has committed suicide, or something, trying to work that mental mind up. Brother, we're at the age of insanity, that everything has become so super.
-- Branham, 62-0708 - A Super Sign


Those of us who have escaped often look back at these rants, not knowing whether to laugh at the unavoidable situation we found ourselves in, or to cry because of the freedom that was robbed. It's very easy to picture a tiny version of Adolf Hitler screaming William Branham's frequent rants while wearing a Bugs Bunny costume, but to think of the lives this single man destroyed is disheartening.

Some of us have found therapy through analyzing the sinister history behind Branham's many strange and unusual statements. Learning that the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, along with his partner, a former U.S. Congressman planted in Washington by the 1915 Klan, many of Branham's strange rants begin to make sense.

To learn that Elvis Presley was a strong advocate of Civil Rights, and that he was a target of the Ku Klux Klan, one can understand why Branham specifically named "Elvis" as the "forbidden name" in his religious cult -- above all other men and women in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. It is said that Elvis became "public enemy rocker #1" when secretly invited to a Ku Klux Klan rally without his knowledge. After stepping onto stage and discovering his audience were wearing white hoods, Elvis refused to perform. Several in the Rock-and-Roll hall of fame were advocates of Civil Rights, and it is no surprise that William Branham's Klan-inspired ministry was strongly against this genre of music:

As it turns out, Branham's rant against Superman was very similar to his rants against Elvis Presley. While many in the cult mistakenly assumed William Branham paused to give special "prophetic insight" into the "Superman plague," Branham was actually in alignment with the Ku Klux Klan's views on comics!

The Superman comic series is praised for almost single-handedly swaying the younger generation's opinion against the terroristic organization Roy E. Davis was trying so hard to re-establish. D.C. Comics used Superman to battle the Ku Klux Klan.

While Klan leaders Roy E. Davis and William D. Upshaw were in San Bernardino, California suing the city of Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Ussher-Davis Children's Orphanage swindling scandal (Klan Front), the producers of the Superman comic strip and radio program were plotting to stop the Ku Klux Klan through the mass influence of their entertainment. In a series called "The Clan of the Fiery Cross," Superman battled a sinister terrorist organization with a very similar name -- so similar that all listening and reading knew exactly who the producers were portraying. Superman began battling the Ku Klux Klan -- at a time when Roy E. Davis and William D. Upshaw were trying very hard to spread it through both religion and propaganda.

The radio actor, Stetson Kennedy, grew up in the deep south in 1916 -- a time when the Klan was making a name for themselves lynching innocent African Americans and Jews. It was so successful that Stetson Kennedy later became recognized as one of the "most hated man in the State of Florida" in 1952. That same year, Stetson ran for governor -- which would have been a severe blow to Roy E. Davis' organization. A few years later, in the state of Florida, Davis became the first Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard to unmask himself in public. But Stetson Kennedy did not commit suicide as Branham claimed. In fact, Stetson Kennedy was alive and creating big problems for the Ku Klux Klan at the time Branham made the claim of the "Superman curse." Stetson Kennedy died at a ripe old age of 95 in the year 2011 -- 46 years after William Branham's death.

What purpose would William Branham have in being untruthful about the "Superman plague?" Was he referring to all of the "supermen" actors dying? Or was his comment purposefully vague?

Interestingly, there was a Superman actor who "committed suicide," and it happened in Los Angeles in the height of Davis' battle against Civil Rights. I add quotations around "suicide," because there are numerous questions surrounding the mysterious death of television Superman actor George Reeves. But it was a single "suicide", not the "plague" Branham describes.

Reeves, actor of Superman in television's "The Adventures of Superman," also dealt severe blows to the Ku Klux Klan. Continuing the storyline "The Clan of the Fiery Cross," Reeves had the added effect of thousands of viewers across the nation who were experiencing the early days of television. His influence was arguably more powerful than Stetson Kennedy, simply because of the technology.

When Reeves' badly beaten body was found with a gunshot wound to the head, it was quickly ruled a suicide. A little too quickly, in fact. When family argued that the investigation was too short for the details surrounding his death, a second autopsy was performed. The second autopsy produced the same result: a single gunshot wound from a close proximity had been the cause of his demise.

But, as even normal citizens are aware, his badly beaten body does not match the typical pattern for suicide. Family members, fellow actors, and more testified that Reeves was far from suicidal, and pointed to the facts that appeared to have been ignored by local investigators for some unknown reason. The controversy was so deep that Hollywood later produced a movie exposing the controversial "suicide." Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck as Reeves and Adrien Brody as fictional investigator Louis Simo, brings the controversy to life. The movie shows three possible scenarios for Reeves' death: being killed semi-accidentally by Lemmon, being murdered by an unnamed hitman under orders from Eddie Mannix, and committing suicide.

Were the Ku Klux Klan responsible for George Reeves' death? Why was William Branham so strongly against Superman -- insomuch that he falsely claimed that the role was plagued by "suicides?" Did Branham know more about this situation than his listeners were aware? Were there additional, unreported deaths?

There are a million questions surrounding this cult leader created by the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. All questions seem to point right back to Roy E. Davis, the man who "ordained" Branham, "converted" him, and helped lift him to fame in the Post WWII Healing Revival. Many of these questions will never find answers, and of those answers we find, many of them are so sinister that we almost wish they remain unsolved.

As for me, I just try to live from day to day. What is the next fictional story that will bring embarrassment, and how do I avoid it? And why was I foolish enough to believe it in the first place?

More info on Roy E. Davis can be found on our website: