A detail in the plot of my novel The Compass Master is coming true.
Not that I’m happy about this. Oh sure, I feel vindicated, but it isn’t good that what I wrote as fiction a few years ago has become today’s truth.
In my novel, I predicted the rise of and collaboration between two real-life, extreme right-wing secret societies: the Council for National Policy and the Knights of Malta. Okay, so the Knights aren’t all that secret, but they’re very elitist and great at ruthless political tactics. In Compass, I made the antagonist a member of both.
I wrote that for years the Council has been placing members high in the U.S. government in order to take over it — this is a well-known fact. But almost no one has been paying attention to the Knights of Malta. In Compass I pointed out that while some of its members perform charity work, a few high-ranking fanatical Knights think they’re more Catholic than the pope and are scheming to exert their control over the Church.
Guess who’s now populating the current White House and its administration. Guess who’s battling “liberal” Pope Francis and his reforms. The links between members of the Knights and the Council are now out in the open, and their conjoined power is pretty frightening.
As Esquire magazine reports, Trump’s chief strategist and Council bigwig Stephen Bannon has aligned himself with Knights of Malta power broker Cardinal Raymond Burke. Together they’re “… dragging elements of the Church into alliances with white supremacists all over the world.”
I almost regret giving The Compass Master a rather upbeat ending. In our real world, some evil people are winning the game on a rigged and deadly chessboard.
It might be time for Layla Daltry fight them yet again.
If you’re interested, here are links to a few articles published within the last few weeks (and sorry that you’ll have to copy and paste these — I’ve been away from my blog so long I haven’t updated the link features yet):
The Washington Post: http://tinyurl.com/z4gzsut
NPR: http: http://tinyurl.com/zbl945j
Esquire: http: http://tinyurl.com/zfhnr5e
The New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/hzodsdu
For an older article that has basic facts about the Council, here’s this from the Southern Poverty Law Center: http://tinyurl.com/zce83lb