Groups List: Q
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Qabalah. See Kabbalah.
QAnon. A very crazy and dangerous conspiracy theory, mostly followed/believed in the USA but which has spread to NZ. Very basically, the conspiracy theory claims that the world's goverments and mainstream media are controlled by the "deep state", run by satanist paedophiles who want to use the blood of children to stay young. In an NPR/Ipsos poll in December 2020 in the USA:
[Chris Jackson, a pollster with Ipsos, said] "What this poll really illustrates to me is how willing people are to believe things that are ludicrous because it fits in with a worldview that they want to believe."
The poll asked respondents whether they believe that "a group of Satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our politics and media" — the false allegation at the heart of QAnon. While only 17% said it was true, another 37% said they didn't know.
"It's total bonkers," said Jackson, "and yet ... essentially half of Americans believe it's true or think that maybe it's true. They don't really know. And I think that's terrifying that half of Americans believe that could be the case."
That comes to 54% who did not say it was false. The article (dated 30 December 2020) finishes:
"I'm concerned to see so many people living in a false reality, seeing relatives honestly believe that this was some kind of rigged election," said William Street, who lives in northeast Mississippi.
"It terrifies me that people can be that misled and believe conspiracy theories like that," Street tells NPR. "I'm concerned that with even just a little prodding from this man in office, they could be led to do very desperate things."
QAnon followers also believe COVID-19 is a hoax in order to control people, and 5G cellphone networks are part of that control. Donald Trump has praised the conspiracy theory's followers for being patriotic, and promoted QAnon claims at least 265 times on his (now terminated) Twitter account, which contributed to the lead-up to the violent insurrection and storming of the Washington DC Capitol building in early January 2021. See the Wikipedia QAnon listing for more information, or this Newshub article for some idea of its New Zealand spread. As of January 2021, Facebook and Instagram have banned all accounts that promote QAnon beliefs, as reported by Newshub.
Quakers. The common name for the Religious Society of Friends. See that listing for more information on the different types of Quakers.
Quiboloy, Apollo C. Apollo Quiboloy, or Apollo C Quiboloy is the leader of the Phillipine-based cult Kingdom of Jesus Christ, aka Name Above Every Name Inc. It is unknown at this stage if there are followers in New Zealand. He claims he is the "sent one", the Son of God (not a son of God), just like Jesus Christ. (Some of the root of this may be in the modalism teachings of the United Pentecostal Church, from which church he was expelled.) From his own web site:
On September 13, 2003 , the Holy Father declared to the whole world that He has found His residence here on earth—His Son, in the person of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.
Other claims include his home city of Davao in the Phillipines (where he has his own television station) being the New Jerusalem. He is reported to be considering writing a 3rd Testament.