About the “conspiracy” thing. I suppose it did come off that way. Partly this is due to taking revelation seriously in the matter of “powers and principalities, and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places” that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6. I don’t believe in human conspiracies and think those who do (Trilateral commission, black helicopters, etc) are kooks. But I do take seriously Jesus revealed warnings of a “prince of this world” who is ever seeking to destroy the Church. It’s hard to look at this situation and not see something beyond mere human stupidity and wickedness at work.