“Jesus” Actor Jim Caviezel Goes Full QAnon Nutbag

Vanity Fair reports:

Person of Interest and The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel gave a check-in with a rally of COVID-deniers and QAnon lunatics in Tulsa this weekend.

The “Health and Freedom Conference,” at which lawyer-provocateur Lin Wood led the assembled to furious applause by miming a Q in the air, was graced by Caviezel, one of the few proud conservative voices out there in Hollyweird.

In doing so he alluded to a fringe conspiracy theory that suggests that people are harvesting adrenaline from children, an act called “adrenochroming.” The Tulsa rally will conclude with a public mask-burning.

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Wired has an lengthy and worthwhile explainer on the claim’s anti-Semitic roots:

Adrenochrome harvesting isn’t outwardly blamed on Jews, but on “satanic” and “globalist” elites—dog whistle terms for the far right. The modern adrenochrome obsession is a permutation of blood libel, an anti-Semitic myth that pervaded Europe throughout the middle ages, and a mutated strain of medical misinformation.

The most effective conspiracy theories are built around kernels of truth. Adrenochrome is a compound that occurs in the body, but about which little scientific research has been done beyond a few studies in the mid-20th century on whether it could play a role in schizophrenia.

Basically, QAnon nutbags like Caviezel claim to believe that liberal elites kidnap and torture children to extract the adrenochrome that is created during moments of terror and that gives them renewed vitality, supposedly.