The Democrats and Veterans Party is a recently formed UK political party led by John Rees-Evans, previously a candidate for the (more liberal) UK Independence Party (UKIP).

At the Democrats and Veterans Party conference on 14–15 September 2018, which took place in Barnsley, guest speaker Belinda McKenzie introduced a topic which has previously been inexplicably absent from British politics: the coming of Nephilim aliens from outer space who interbred with humans and may have caused their half-breed descendants to be paedophiles. In a wide-ranging speech, McKenzie asked the perennial question of whether paedophiles were created by their own abusive family circumstances (and therefore by ‘nurture’), or by alien Nephilim descending from the heavens to interbreed with their distant ancestors (i.e., ‘nature’). Her answer was as follows:

Why do types in our society do these things to small children? What is it that turns them on. I mean, most ordinary  people wouldn’t dream of doing anything other than cherish and cuddle a child. But these people, they seem to be wired up in a different way. I wondered if it was nature (genetics)? And in that respect, I had a bit of a shock when I arrived … yesterday, and still in the pile at Barnsley Station was this: a copy of the Metro, which I read every day in London, on the Tubes as I go to work. “Not Everyone Reading This Is Human.” Well, that jumped out at me. I thought, well, that’s an interesting clue from somewhere… beyond. Are they human? Well, I happen to think they are.

Even though, very strange things happened in ancient history, as reported in Genesis. Some people came down from the sky, called Elohim, settled on the Earth – this is Genesis 6, you can all check it –  settled on the Earth, sojourned … in our midst, whoever we were at the time, and got very bored and very fed up, away from their planet, or their star, or wherever they came from (we don’t really know), and “saw that the daughters of men were fair”. And they had their way with them, started mixing their genes with ours. I’m not going to go any further with that, but … it has got biblical authority that that happened. So I wondered if possibly if – oh, and those people were quite tall, they were actually giants, the first ones that came. They had very white skins, very dark, big eyes. And they were quite significantly taller than the early hominids, humanoids, hominids, that were around at the time. And this was pre-Homo sapiens. This was probably Cro-Magnon, maybe Neanderthal – they were the ones. And then, as a result of that… Homo sapiens and now we have Homo sapien sapiens arrive. So, that’s as far as I’m going with that.

But then there is the question: is it nurture?  So in other words, is it how children are brought up? And I think that’s much closer to the mark.

– Belinda McKenzie

So in the end, McKenzie came down firmly on the side of the debate that treats paedophilia a the result of the paedophile’s upbringing, rather than the result of alien Nephilim from an unknown planet interbreeding with human women to cause pro-paedophile DNA. This is surely the more sober judgment.

But on the other hand, it was an extraordinary aside for any speech at a party conference. Several aspects of her address were either incorrect or based on wild fringe conspiracy theories:

  • In the first place, McKenzie treated the legend in Gen 6.1-4 as “ancient history”. All biblical scholars agree: this is not history at all. Genesis 6 is a legendary story which is set before the equally legendary ‘worldwide Flood’ of Noah.
  • Secondly, the ‘Elohim’ are not ‘aliens’. The term Elohim, or more correctly ‘sons of the Elohim’ (‘sons of the gods’), refers to ancient (legendary) heroic and royal figures. These are possibly semi-divine figures, but perhaps just royal heroic figures.
  • Thirdly, the Bible’s own chronology sets this episode at just over 4000 years ago. This is certainly not within the timeframe of Cro-Magnon man (35,000 to 10,000 years ago) or Neanderthals (450,000 to 40,000 years ago). Moreover, the Bible simply does not know of any ‘hominid’ race before the descendants of Adam (what we call Homo sapiens).
  • Fourthly, the idea that the sons of the Elohim were ‘aliens’ does not derive from the Bible at all. It derives instead from very speculative ‘Ancient Astronaut’ theories invented in the nineteenth and twentieth century, as popularized by Erik von Däniken in Chariots of the Gods? (1968). The idea that the Nephilim came from a mysterious “planet” was later popularized by Zecharia Sitchin in The 12th Planet (1976), which most likely accounts for McKenzie’s reference to a “planet”,
  • Fifthly, McKenzie’s description of the Nephilim as white with large black eyes is clearly derived from an urban legend circulating since the 1990s of black-eyed, waxy-white-skinned children bred by Satan, the children also identified as “Nephilim”. A version of this urban legend was popularized in the TV series Supernatural.

Who would have predicted this political future for post-Brexit Britain?

h/t Jim West