After growing up in a working-class neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa., Jones came to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories following a tumultuous personal journey beginning in his early adult years. According to autobiographical sources, Jones initially abandoned the Catholic faith of his upbringing at age 20, embraced the counterculture of the 1960s, and spent his honeymoon stuck in traffic on the way to the Woodstock music festival. In the 1970s, Jones spent time in a rural area of Germany teaching English. Jones reconnected with Catholicism while living in Germany, and also became concerned with the loss of ethnic and religious traditions in the West. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a Ph.D. in American history and literature from Temple University and then assumed a position as assistant professor of American Literature at St. Mary's College, a Catholic women's school in South Bend, Indiana, from which he was quickly fired. Jones claims that he was dismissed from this job because of his outspoken opposition to abortion.
In 1981, Jones founded Fidelity magazine as a platform for Catholics who believed that “modernity” and the liberal Church were having a destructive impact upon popular culture and traditional religious communities. In his early books such as The Slaughter of Cities, Jones railed against what he viewed to be the disintegration of immigrant Catholic neighborhoods. He blamed a Protestant-WASP elite, and to a lesser extent Jews, for seeking to dominate Catholic populations and to facilitate the decay of the spiritual and geographic foundations of their faith. In following years, Jones increasingly focused his claims on Jews as the main foreign population attempting to harm the wellbeing of Catholic communities. He published numerous articles in his magazine, renamed Culture Wars in 1996, about an alleged Jewish conspiracy to undermine not only the Catholic faith but also American society through social, political, cultural, and economic subversion. Many of these pieces would later be republished in a recent book entitled The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, linked together to create the portrait of a people seeking worldwide social and political instability in the hopes of harming society's moral core.
In addition to his published writings, Jones has also expressed intolerant views in a CD that he released in 2003 entitled “Watching MTV: Neoethnic Songs and Dances.” The album includes an anti-Jewish song entitled “Fear the Jews,” as well as other songs with homophobic and anti-Semitic lyrics authored by Jones.
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