PW event speaker linked to QAnon condemned by pols

PW event speaker linked to QAnon condemned by pols
Scott McKay, left, and Jason Shurka, right, speak during an event held at Rays of Light in Port Washington. (Screencap by Brandon Duffy)

An event in Port Washington on Sunday featuring Scott McKay, a social media figure who is accused of spreading QAnon conspiracies and what the Anti-Defamation League describes as antisemitic rhetoric, focused on an alleged underground child trafficking plot around the world.

The gathering at Rays of Light on 168 Main St. was organized by Jason Shurka, a Port Washington native who founded UNIFYD, a “nonprofit faith-based” organization that offers a streaming service and alternative medicine products, according to its website.  

Rays of Light, along with other “UNIFYD Healing Centers” like McKay’s in Dallas, Shurka said, offer clients the Energy Enhancement System, a supposed technology that can treat cancer and autism, among other illnesses, according to online testimonials.  Shurka’s family owns the Port Washington center.

McKay is a self-proclaimed “Patriot Streetfighter” who hosts a show on the social media platform Rumble with 228,000 followers and was part of the Reawaken America Tour.

The tour included conferences that featured QAnon influencers, anti-vax activists and election fraud conspiracy theorists, the ADL said.

“In this intriguing event, we will dive into the secrets of the Under Ground Tunnels and explore fascinating insights,” the event’s online description said. “Plus, we’ll address the crucial issue of child trafficking and pleading to protect and safeguard our most vulnerable assets.”

McKay, a 36-year-old from Dallas, Texas, made comments previously that the ADL describes as antisemitic on the Khazarian Mafia, a group of Jews traced back to the 8th century.

The Khazars, McKay said, were marauders, thieves and Satanists who chose Judaism out of the three major religions in the world when they were threatened to be killed off completely.

“For the next 1,400 years, they’re infiltrating every institution and agency of civilization,” McKay said Sunday, according to an online recording posted by McKay of the event. “The central banks, the royal families. They breed their way in, they kill their way in.”

McKay previously said on Rumble that Adolf Hitler was “built,” “created by” the Khazarian Mafia and “was actually fighting the same people that we’re trying to take down today.”

Believers claim Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine was a means to help the country counter ad dispel an invasion of “Khazar Jews.”

McKay also said on Rumble that the Khazarian Mafia was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. 

McKay’s previous comments led to opposition to his appearance in Port Washington.

The Port Washington Democratic Club and members of the North Hempstead Town Board gave statements condemning McKay’s rhetoric.

One resident, Doug D’Arrigo, told the board at their Aug. 8 meeting his family was the target of attacks on social media by McKay’s supporters. 

D’Arrigo, married to Progressive Democrat Melanie D’Arrigo, who has run for Congress twice, said the McKay camp had made “a direct call to action to their followers to harass us.”

D’Arrigo said his family, children and wife’s LGBTQ+ nonprofit Be the Rainbow were labeled alongside the Democratic club as pedophiles who trafficked children. 

Shurka said McKay’s comments were taken out of context.

An hour into the event, the two men spoke on what they called The Light System, underground tunnels and child trafficking.

“There are superhighway systems,” McKay said on the alleged underground child trafficking system. “There are fully built unoccupied cities under this country and around the world.”

The conversation stemmed from a discussion on the movie “Sound of Freedom,” which Shurka said he was an executive producer of and was funded in part by the Energy Enhancement System.

Sound of Freedom, a movie about a former federal agent rescuing children from trafficking, premiered in theaters in July and has grossed over $100 million in revenue, according to multiple reports.

When asked in a Q&A how McKay got his map of the apparent tunnels, he said he doesn’t remember and that he got it from someone else.

A previous version of this story was published. It has since been updated. 

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