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Conspiracy theories and their proponents often bear many of the hallmarks of the uglier flavors of spirituality: an opportunity to be initiated in a mysterious truth, combined with a chance to lay blame and praise at the feet of unknown, idolized (whether loved or hated) forces that remain unseen. To insist that hijacked airliners were whisked away to quarters unknown, or that Kennedy was taken out by LBJ or the Mob or Cubans or some coalition thereof, or that Elvis is alive and flipping burgers in St. Paul, is to claim the hidden truth of the universe, the secret explanation, and the ability to name some entity on which to blame all the whims of fate. And in the folds of such beliefs, one can mask another agenda. Sounds a lot like radical religion to me.
-- Michael Williams