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Manipulation as if Clinton’s Senior Thesis was about Lucifer

20 November, 2018

On November 14, a web portal Georgia and World (Geworld) released a translated interview with Russian Hegumen Dovmont (Belyaev) titled “God cuts stones for his city.” Dovmont Belyaev claims in the interview that a senior thesis of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election, was about Lucifer.

Dovmont Belyaev: “Lucifer is the main fighter, who was calling to struggle, to change, to reform. By the way, when an odious woman, Hillary Clinton, running for the U.S. presidency, was graduating from the university, she dedicated her thesis to Lucifer as “one of the first fighters for democracy and freedom.”

The Russian cleric’s allegations that Hillary Clinton’s thesis was about Lucifer are manipulative, because one of Clinton’s papers involved criticism of the community organization model by Saul Alinsky. The book by Alinsky referred to by Clinton was about radicalism, and discussion or acknowledgement of Lucifer was not its main concept.

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Graduation 1969 at Wellesley College

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Hegumen Dovmont (Belyaev), leader of Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God

Ben Carson spoke about Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and Lucifer ahead of the presidential elections at the 2016 Republican National Convention held on July 19. He said that Saul Alinsky whom Clinton dedicated her thesis acknowledges Lucifer. He called on voters to think before making a choice. “So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Think about that.”

Russian clerics and tabloid websites picked up Carson’s statement and later it appeared on Georgian propaganda platform Geworld.ge. Dovmont Belyaev’s interview, the translated version of which was spread by Geworld, was first released by Russian website pravoslavie.ru. Belyaev claims in the interview that Clinton dedicated her thesis to Lucifer as “one of the first fighters for democracy and freedom.”

Russian-language online  newspaper kontinentusa.com echoes the same narrative when criticizing American political culture. The material notes that Saul Alinsky’s book called Rules for Radicals is a handbook for American liberals, including Obama. Alinsky did indeed include an opening blurb on Lucifer, as the first radical. But the book actually is about the way people demonize political opponents so that others see their opponents as “devils.” The book offers advice to activists seeking to influence public policy, covering topics such as class differences.

 

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer,” says Alinsky.  

Before writing her paper, Clinton had an interview with Alinsky.  According ,  to The New York Times, Clinton openly assessed Alinsky’s model as ineffective, supposing that it neglected individualism.    

In her  book “Living History,” Clinton once again spoke about her attitude towards Alinsky: “Alinsky was a colorful and controversial figure who managed to offend almost everyone during his long career. I agreed with some of Alinsky's ideas, particularly the value of empowering people to help themselves. But we had a fundamental disagreement. He believed you could change the system only from the outside. I didn't.”