Bible Defense


Rene StermoleRené Sonny Stermole, the creator of the "Ministry of Bible Defense" website shot his next door neighbor in cold blood on June 13, 2007. News reports indicated Mark A. Wright had gone outside to light his barbeque grill for a family meal when he was shot six times in the chest by Mr. Stermole who was subsequently charged with 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide and found Guilty but Not Guilty Due to Mental Disease/Defect. Mr. Stermole, over the course of the trial, fired a couple of attorneys and asserted he was not mentally defective. He was ordered placed in a psychiatric facility and now (as of June, 2009) is attempting to be released. Mr. Wright's widow has begun a lawsuit against him as well.

Several years ago, Mr. Stermole’s online blathering caught our attention and as a result we created this page which noted his bizarre claims, not limited to only Masonic world domination but also including his fantasies about the CIA, Kaddafi, the mafia and more. While links to his material are long since broken, you can see what was written earlier by this man who, according to court records of his case, was alternately using a public defender and defending himself, apparently claiming that the court has no jurisdiction over him. Sadly, Mr. Stermole is not alone in allowing his paranoia and Masonophobia to result in violence which ends the lives of others. What is particularly ironic is that he - like others who've claimed that the Masons are the ones destroying religion, acts in a way which is so opposite the teachings of ANY faith.

Stermole, 56, lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Many thanks to Bro. David Baylor for his initial ‘heads-up’ on this story.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Wright family.

As of December 13, 2007, the court found that the defendant was not competent to proceed, but more likely than not to regain competency if treated. They suspended proceedings and committed Mr. Stermole to a state institution for treatment including psychotropic medication. In February, 2008, he was adjudicated competent to stand trial and eligible for $500,000 cash bail which,  fortunately, was never attained. The trial occurred during the June, 2008 and at its conclusion, the jury returned the following:

Question 1: At the time the crime was committed, did the defendant have a mental disease or defect? YES
Question 2: As a result of the mental disease or defect, did the defendant lack substantial capacity either to appreciate the wrongfulness of the conduct or to conform that conduct to the requirements of law? YES
Court polled the jury to which each answered that this was their verdict. Court excused panel from further service.
Court enters judgment of conviction and finds the defendant not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect pursuant to 971.165(3)(b).

At a sentencing hearing on June 23, 2008, "The court finds by clear and convicing <sic> evidence that the defendant poses a significant risk to himself or others and commits the defendant for LIFE to the Department of Health and Family Services. The defendant is not capable of refusing psycho-tropic medications."

You can follow additional developments on the court's website here.

"The research work
The Enemy Within

is presented "as is" and is not completed. It represents an historical and current analysis of related New Age subject matter, as well as a critical analysis of the claims of Masonic scholars and New Age leaders.
The presentation is without warranties but represents a sincere effort to distinguish fact from fiction.
The Ministry of Biblical Defense presents this analysis on a not-for-profit basis."

It's just too bad that Sonny Rene Stermole didn't bother to deal with some very simple research before he spent all this time quoting stuff that has been proven as A HOAX!

Swing by his web site but be careful! They like BIG letters and LOTS OF UNDERLINING!!!  He's also gotten their hands on a text-art program and have decided that somehow that'll make their site more readable.   Just pick any of the pages that talk about Freemasonry, though, and you'll find LOTS of quotes ostensibly from Albert Pike. The only problem, though, is that they're ALL FROM THE TAXIL HOAX!!!  (We'll cut out copying his format, now. We just couldn't help it! <giggle>)

The Leo Taxil hoax is documented in brief here on our site as well as in great detail here and here by recognized Masonic scholars. You'll notice that the Ministry of Biblical Defense has many quotes from William Schnoebelen, Jim Shaw, and the (in)famous "Lady Queenborough (Edith Starr Miller), 1933".  Defense with lies - an interesting concept! - but of course, it is "without warranties" you'll remember!

From his web site on June 7, 1998, we find these several examples where "Bible Defense" has simply copied the works of others who've quoted the Taxil hoax. Sloppy scholarship or a hatred which Jesus would have never condoned: you decide!

Retired Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy {William Guy Carr} ...

"While Pike was Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, and Head of the Illuminati during the 1870's he revised and modernized the ritual of the Black Mass celebrated to emphasise the Luciferian and Satanic victory achieved in the Garden of Eden, and over Christ to end his mission on earth. The celebrant of the Black Mass plays the part of Satan. He introduces a Virgin Priestess to the joys of sexual intercourse and makes known to her the mystery of procreation. ... The desecration

p. 121

of a Host consecrated by a Roman Catholic Priest is part of this abomination. Lucifer is worshipped as "The giver of the True light"; the fountain of All wisdom; and as the greatest of all Supernatural Beings. Satan is worshipped as Lucifer's Prime Minister ... a Black Mass is usually followed by a Bacchanalian orgy. Those who attend are supplied with sex-stimulating drugs and beverages. They worship the body and indulge in sexual excesses, and perversions, of all kinds. Priestesses are provided for the occasion.

p. 122 Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star: The Masonic Connection,
Dr. Cathy Burns, 1994
quoting from David Carrico's exposé, quoting Commander William Guy Carr, Lucifer--Eliphas Levi--Albert Pike and the Masonic Lodge, p. 15

Note the "Supreme Pontiff" part? Here's a quote of a quote of a quote of a lie! Well, you see the point....

We tend to think that anti-Masons make some very odd charges when they try to connect 'Masonic evil' with their personal lives. Sonny René Stermole, however, has one of the most vivid we've seen. Rather than recount his contacts with the CIA, the Mafia, and more, jump on over to his web site (link long gone and not retrievable through Internet Archive). You'll find it quite interesting!

Here's just a little 'teaser':

"To provide a little more perspective, it was in the fall of 1986 that a Mafia figure and a "biker" figure observed me in an another "establishment" and discussed what to do about me. What could they fear from a guy who was only drinking soda ?" The Mafia figure who was apparently from Chicago stated he knew of persons who could take care of me. Only a few days later, even immediately after expressing my concerns to an "off-duty" Milwaukee police officer who has otherwise been seen on television knocking down a door in a drug bust in the inner city, I was confronted at gunpoint by the most notorious gang in Chicago, whose founder was from Milwaukee. It was the same gang which is known in Chicago for performing murder for the Mafia, and which has been pursued by the FBI for conspiring to blow up federal buildings with the aid of Muhamar Kaddaffi. They made threats and instructed me to sell my parent's home. I was told the arrangements would be handled by a man who would pursuantly show up across the street from the front of the house in an automobile, and exactly as they described, a mature white man in a Caddilac showed up. It must have been a nice casual wait for him, because I only observed. So, in the spring of '87 a Mafia "family" man nearly breaks my neck. His comments to me, intriguingly, reflected similar sentiments as those expressed by the two assailants from the Mafia-connected gang. Religious and political denunciation of my beliefs. They were strikingly similar encounters in that respect.

What do you think?

Masonicinfo note: all typographic errors left as created by Mr. Stermole.

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