Ordo ab Chao

Section 1: The origin of the motto.

What does the motto, Ordo ab Chao, mean, and where does it come from, you may ask? It is a motto used by the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite. It refers to the schism that was between the northern and southern jurisdictions of the early Rite, in the United States, when an illegitimate form of the Rite was invented in the northern jurisdiction, by both a con-man and the Cerneau group. The fake Cerneau Rite was reproduced by Rev. John Blanchard, of Wheaton College, where the untruthful reverend even claimed it was by a 33rd degree Freemason, when it was never the such. The illegitimate Rite was started as a scam, in 1806, by Antoine Bideaud, and later added to by Joseph Cerneau, in 1807, who had another illegitimate Rite. (1) When the Cerneau Rite was ruled to be illegitimate, the northern jurisdiction accepted the original Scottish Rite degree work, originating from the original French work, of the southern jurisdiction, thus making the northern jurisdiction “healed”, and the two Rites became in amity with each other. The motto, Ordo ab Chao, is Latin for “Order from Chaos”, which came from that schism, or the chaos that was created between the two jurisdictions, about what was illegitimate or what was not. (1) The Latin motto was selected for the schism, and was found in Count de Grasse’s patent, dated 1 February 1802. (4)

Section 2: The conspiracy theories about the motto.

As far as I can tell, the first conspiracy use of the motto, was from a prank for a conspiracy theory, which was written by two California students, by the name of Kerry Thornley and Greg Hill, during the communism scare of the 1950s and 1960s. It was triggered by the Kennedy assassination. Kerry’s group were known as the “Discordians”. (2)

Kembrew McLeod writes in Prankster, Making Mischief In The Modern World, on p. 153:

Before joining the Marines, Thornley helped create a joke religion called Discordianism with his pal Greg Hill. The pair met in the mid-1950s at California High School, where they bonded by messing with other students (including an elaborate War of the Worlds–type hoax played over the school’s intercom). Thornley and Hill also loved Mad magazine, which served as a touchstone for many countercultural pranksters. Their “religion” was invented in 1957, at a bowling alley. Thornley had been writing juvenile poems about how, through chaos, “order would at last unfold”—but his friend disagreed. Over the clattering of pins, Hill insisted that was impossible. “Order is something that the human mind projects on reality,” he said, claiming that everything is chaos. The Greeks even had a deity for it: Eris, a troublemaking goddess. Soon after, the two wrote the first draft of the Discordian holy book, Principia Discordia. The number of coauthors expanded a decade later when the book evolved into a surrealist chain letter that invited recipients to add their own collaged text and images.

Through the doctrine of Chaos, the Discordians half seriously believed, one could attain higher wisdom by upending the naturalized routines of everyday life. Because their motto was “We Discordians Must Stick Apart,” it comes as no surprise that faux factionalism was central to their absurdist belief system. The first major splinter group was the Erisian Liberation Front (ELF), which espoused a more anarchist, antiauthoritarian worldview. Thornley, a.k.a. Ho Chi Zen, led this branch. Malaclypse the Younger, a Hill alias, led the Paratheo-Anametamystikhood of Eris Esoteric (POEE). Its mystical approach was imbued with a heavy amount of silliness. [sic]

This new “Discordian religion” was so imbecilic, that the below was written in a chain letter that they sent out (2):

How to become a POEE chaplin:
1. Write the Erisian affirmation in five copies.
2. Sign and nose-print each copy.
3. Send one to The President of the United States.
4. Send one to The California State Bureau of Furniture and Bedding
1021 “D” Street, Sacramento CA 94814
5. Nail one to a telephone pole. Hide one. And burn the other.
Then consult your pineal gland. [sic]

Unfortunately, the John Birch Society got wind of this, and termed it a new diabolical communist cult, and twisted it into their claim that they were instilling communism into the US government, and added every other harebrained invention that they could write with it. The John Birch Society had became so fanatical and bad, that earlier, Barry Goldwater denounced their founder, Robert W. Welch, Jr., and also had Herbert Hoover, who had been investigating the group. (3)

Barry Goldwater on the JBS (3):

I think you have clearly stated the problem which Mr. Welch’s continued leadership of the John Birch Society poses for sincere conservatives. . . . Mr. Welch is only one man, and I do not believe his views, far removed from reality and common sense as they are, represent the feelings of most members of the John Birch Society. . . . Because of this, I believe the best thing Mr. Welch could do to serve the cause of anti-Communism in the United States would be to resign. . . . We cannot allow the emblem of irresponsibility to attach to the conservative banner. [sic]

Herbert Hoover on the JBS (3):

Personally, I have little respect for the head of the John Birch Society since he linked the names of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the late John Foster Dulles, and former CIA Director Allen Dulles with communism. [sic]

Welch’s conspiracy concoctions had claimed that all the university professors were in on the communism plot, that it was the Illuminati in disguise, and a whole host of other false claims. Below, I again quote Kembrew McLeod, and his book:

Robert Welch outlined the Bavarian Illuminati’s monstrous plans, which went far beyond mere gastrosophic cabals. “The purpose of the Order was to rule the world,” he said in a 1966 speech. “This incredibly ambitious undertaking was to be conducted as a conspiracy, and secrecy at every point and at all times was of utmost importance.” The Illuminati assisted Karl Marx by teaming him with Freemasons and other secret societies that orchestrated European revolutions. “All of these objectives and methods,” Welch insisted, “had either been specifically set forth by Weishaupt for his Order of Illuminati, or were the practical applications of his program.” By the twentieth century, “there had evolved an inner core of conspiratorial power, able to direct and control subversive activities which were worldwide in their reach.” At the center of Welch’s alternate reality were the “Insiders,” an all-purpose term for an omnipotent “ruling clique.” It is essentially the ideological flipside to left-wing sociologist C. Wright Mills’s “Power Elite” (though without the empirical evidence). Welch claimed that the Insiders first took control of popular culture by using the brainwashing powers of the novel. Charles Dickens, Upton Sinclair, and Sinclair Lewis were pinned as conspirators, and when radio and television came along, the Insiders seized these media as well. Welch assures us, “it has all been planned that way.”

In addition to the anti-Semitic fascist Nesta Webster, the Birchers regularly cited the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy theories of William Guy Carr. His 1958 book, Pawns in the Game, claimed that the Bavarian Illuminati was the brainchild of a group of rabbis and high priests, who followed the teachings of “Lucifer during the performance of their Cabalistic Rites.” Citing Webster and her early-twentieth-century contemporary Lady Queenborough, Carr claims that Weishaupt conspired with Rothschild moneylenders. This prominent family of Jewish bankers followed “the age-old ‘protocols’ designed to give the Synagogue of Satan ultimate world domination.” Carr’s turn of phrase “Synagogue of Satan” was an artifact of Léo Taxil’s extended prank on French Catholic right-wingers, and it wasn’t the only time Carr cited one of his hoaxes. Pawns in the Game also credulously quoted the “Secret Instructions” allegedly authored by Freemason Albert Pike (but which were actually written by Taxil). The unhinged author wrote, “Can any thinking person deny that the conspiracy as revised by Weishaupt in the latter 1700’s, and the plans drawn up by Pike in the latter 1800s, haven’t matured exactly as intended?

The John Birch Society’s massive publishing operations disseminated these ideas far and wide. Robert Welch’s articles and speeches kept Carr’s basic arguments intact, but sanitized the anti-Semitism, by deleting his references to “the Synagogue of Satan,” “International Bankers,” and “Jewish influence.” Rather than blaming the creation of the Federal Reserve on the Jews, as Carr did, Welch attributed it to “highly placed Marxian influences in the Woodrow Wilson administration.” The John Birch Society was sometimes characterized as a right-wing hate group, but it actually did go out of its way to recruit members of other races and religions. However, Welch didn’t do himself any favors by asserting that Vladimir Lenin was the true author of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He claimed that Lenin and his allies planted the document among anticommunist sympathizers as part of an evil long-range plan to discredit conservatives. In a twisted kind of pretzel logic, Welch claimed some right-wingers hated Jews because they had been tricked into doing so. Leftists, he asserted, worked “both sides of this ‘anti-Semitic’ battleground in their efforts to weaken or destroy The John Birch Society. [sic]

From Welch’s concocted conspiracy writing, one can see, that the far right wing of the Republican Party, (which, to me, seem to consist of those with ultra-low IQs, fanatical religious bigots, those with paranoid personality and compulsive lying disorders, plus other uneducated and ignorant dingbats), had soon parroted this conspiracy about the Freemasons, due to the use of wording that resembled the motto of the Scottish Rite, and boldly proclaimed that the fraternity of Freemasonry was most certainly being ran by the Illuminati, and that the fraternity was pushing communism and satanism, along with every other diabolical deed, on the US citizens, and was trying to overthrow the church in the United States. (2) That was not the first time that they had lied about this, while quoting anyone who had a false derogatory view, or made similar claims. Pat Robertson parroted all of this, in his book, The New World Order, in 1992, which was exposed as a complete conspiracy theory, fraud, and a fallacy, by the book, A Pilgrim’s Path, by John J. Robinson, in 1993. Robinson wrote as a critical scholar, and cited his work, throughout, with scholarly fact. Pat Robertson, though, if and when he actually cited anything, used writing from other conspiracy lunatics, such as the John Birch Society, William Guy Carr, Edith Starr Miller, Leo Taxil, and used truncated text in his quotes, (which made it sound like it was other than it was), along with quoting other bilge water. Lies by omission are still a sin, Mr. Robertson, and so is the spreading of hate, bigotry, and lies, which you teach.

Last, this type of idiocy spread to the other idiots at the far left. There, the conspiracy peddling was just as bad as the far rights, and finally, Herbert Hoover addressed this too, about the John Birch Societies false conspiracy claims (3):

I have read that piece. My comment on it is this in general: I think the extreme right is just as much a danger to the freedom of this country as the extreme left. There are groups, organizations, and individuals on the extreme right who make these very violent statements, allegations that General Eisenhower was a Communist, disparaging references to the Chief Justice and at the other end of the spectrum you have these leftists who make wild statements charging almost anybody with being a Fascist or belonging to some of these so-called extreme right societies. Now, I have felt, and I have said publicly in speeches, that they are just as much a danger, at either end of the spectrum. They don’t deal with facts. Anybody who will allege that General Eisenhower was a Communist agent, has something wrong with him.

A lot of people read such allegations because I get some of the weirdest letters wanting to know whether we have inquired to find out whether that is true. I have known General Eisenhower quite well myself and I have found him to be a sound, level-headed man.” … [sic]

Section 3: Conclusion.

Kerry Thornley found that it does not do to write these kinds of things, hoax, prank, or not, as he had been stationed with, and was a semi-friend with, Lee Harvey Oswald. He was dragged into the Kennedy assassination investigation “on May 18, 1964, when he was called before the Warren Commission to discuss his association with Lee Harvey Oswald”. (2) He was also called to give a deposition by none other than attorney Jim Garrison, of New Orleans, Louisiana. (2)

One can clearly see, that when crackpot conspiracy theorists get a sniff of something, they fabricate many fallacies, and then it grows to the point that every lunatic conspiracy theorist writes about it, with each embellishing it on the way. They will take something completely innocent, quote it purposely out of context, and create a conspiracy that has no truth to it, whatsoever. That was certainly done with the motto, Ordo ab Chao.

I will finish this, with another quote, from Kembrew McLeod’s book (2):

William Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse, Pat Robertson’s The New World Order, and the John Birch Society’s massive output of books and periodicals resonated widely because they used simple, gripping stories to explain complex socioeconomic changes. But their foundations were built on a sinkhole of deception. Few believers know, or care, that those books mixed citations of genuine historical documents with mean-spirited forgeries (The Protocols of the Elders of Zion), self-deluded historical scholarship (John Robison’s Proofs of a Conspiracy and Abbé Barruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism), government propaganda (CIA-sponsored brainwashing research and the FBI’s COINTELPRO program), and several satirical pranks (the invention of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood, Léo Taxil’s stories about Masonic devil worship, the Discordians’ Operation Mindfuck, the playful protests staged by the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell, and Leonard Lewin’s The Report from Iron Mountain, to name but a few). Since the beginning of the modern era, an interconnected, selfreferential web of evidence has been recycled and expanded on by new generations of credulous conspiracy theorists. By the late 1960s, the mounting paranoia had reached a tipping point. The prank blowback caused by the Discordians, WITCH, and other like-minded mischief makers helped reconfigure American politics and, as the next chapter reveals, religious life as well. [sic]

Also, see my blog articles about the Taxil Hoax, Masonic Bologna, and Pike’s Fake Three World Wars Letter, for other facts on this article. One will find that the far right, nor the far left, could tell the truth, or state a fact, if their life depended upon it, and neither can the fanatical fringe religious groups.

So Mote It Be.

Footnotes:

  1. Arturo de Hoyos: Cerneauism & Anti-masonry: Two Plaques of 19th-Century Masonry, 2010, The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
  2. Kembrew McLeod, Prankster, Making Mischief In The Modern World, 2014, pp. 151 to 182
  3. FBI on the John Birch Society, files are here.
  4. Timeline of Freemasonry mottoes, at the Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon. (Corrected with change to GLoBCY website on 6/5/16).

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The Knights Templar, and the truth .

Updated: 07/19/2017

In this article, I will examine the truth of what happened, when King Phillip the Fair, (Philip IV, born 1268, Fontainebleau, France, and died Nov. 29, 1314, Fontainebleau, and who was the king of France from 1285 to 1314), called in the Knights Templar, to France, before Pope Clement V. (1)

First, one must understand the history of King Philip IV, before these events. He was deeply indebted to the Templar banks, because they were the French monarchy’s financial agent, (1) and, he was afraid of the power and wealth of the Templar army, if they ever were called together from the other European countries that they were stationed at, to constitute a major military force, and be turned on him, by order of the church. (2) Also, king Philip had his eye on the property owned by the Templars, along with the gold in the banks, and wanted to get his hands on it. (2)

In 1306, Philip IV expelled all the Jews, seized their property, and confiscated any money owed to them. (1)(2) It was said that he used this as a “dress-rehearsal” for the Templars. (2) He did this, though, only after draining them dry. (1) He was guilty of using these funds for elaborate and costly ceremonies, in honor of St. Louis, where it is thought that St. Louis’ antisemitism, inspired Phillip, to act against the Jews.(2) However, it is has now been speculated, if not proven, to have all evolved around his need for money and greed.

Like the Jews, the Lombard bankers, (what are now known as pawn shops), were expelled from France, with their property stolen, and any debt owed by the monarchy unpaid. In addition to these measures, Philip debased the French money, which by 1306, had led to a 2/3 loss in the value of the livres, sous, and denier coins in circulation. This financial crisis led to rioting in Paris, which forced Philip to seek refuge in the Paris Temple headquarters, of the Knights Templar. He took refuge, and accepted the protection of, his next victim.

King Philip was also aware that king Edward I, of Britain, along with several other monarchs, (from Spain, Portugal, and Germany), would happily side with the Templars, and “carve up the corpse of the French monarchy”. (2) King Philip also had ideas of uniting all the crusading orders, into one, but the Templars opposed all such plans. (1) He also had his sights set on expunging his debt with the Templar banks, by hook, crook, or theft. If he had merged all the knights orders, he would have taken all their wealth, which equals to stealing from the Catholic church. Philip IV had no morals at all, and is clearly seen by his actions. These actions, and those of his descendants, along with the corruption of the church, are what finally led to the French Revolution by the citizens of France. The French Freemasons, from about 1730 to 1765, honored the Knights Templar, over what Philip IV did to them, by creating the degree work; writing 25 extra degrees, which later became the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, in the United States. Freemasonry also honored the Knights Templar, by creating an order for young men; those under the age of acceptance for Freemasonry, from the ages of 12 to 21, known as DeMolay International, in honor of the Templars Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay, (Jacques of Molay or Molai), who was born in Molay, Haute-Saône, in the County of Burgundy, in 1243. He died, being burnt at the stake, on March 18th, 1314, as a proud, defiant, and upright Templar.

To carry out what king Philip IV wanted to do, he would have to accuse the Templars of heresy, and try to get the cowardly but corrupt Pope, Clement V, on board with him. (2) He needed to keep Clement there, so he could control him, and thus, the king reminded the pope of the threat on his life, by going back to Rome. (2) This assured that Clement V would stay in France. This threat, that the Italians would murder the pope, was known as the “Babylonish Captivity”. Clement V had “pleased Philip by transferring the papal curia, (the administrative unit and court of the Holy See), from Rome to Avignon, a city near Philip’s realm. Charges against [Pope] Boniface were pressed until 1311, when Clement declared Philip’s zeal praiseworthy, and nullified all the offensive bulls that Boniface had issued, after November 1301″. (1) Still, the King’s “tentative overtures toward Clement V, about the Templars were fruitless”. (1) It was also in the best interest of the pope, to live as close to the French king and his army, as possible.

Also, the pope was just as conniving and scheming as king Philip IV. (2) The popes love for money was witnessed in 1309, when “Clement would purchase Avignon in Provence from its owner, Joan of Naples, for eighty thousand gold florins (about $10,000,000.00 US dollars today). (3) There, the popes would build a magnificent papal palace and fortress from which to rule their spiritual kingdom”. (2) Here, Clement used an older idea for the “Treasury of the Church” or the “Treasury of Merits”. This was a scam, ran by Clement V, where he sold “satisfaction of penances, partial or total remission of sins, reversals of decrees of excommunication, curtailment of years in purgatory for the already dead and the to-be dead, [selling of indulgences], which included everyone. Papal honors went on the block, along with exemptions and annulments. Everything was for sale, and all was pure profit, since what was being sold cost nothing. Clement V invented “annates”; (4) fees of up to 100 percent of the gross revenues for every Church benefice granted to a new holder upon the death of the incumbent”. (2) One has to chortle, as that sounds like modern day Televangelism, doesn’t it? It makes one wonder where they learned of it from. “The money showed up in magnificent robes, decorated with gold and jewels, luxurious furnishings, thousands of servants, solid gold table services, and elaborate ceremonies and pageantry. Clement V wallowed in his newfound wealth, that was beyond anything he had ever dared fantasize”. (2) The Televangelists, and some Evangelists, wallow in their new Mercedes, BMWs, and mansions, today. Some even own private Learjet Jets, and vacation at Nice, France, where they could make a short trip east, to Monaco, for some dice rolling. (5) Today’s pope can do the same.

Philip IV was set, and with the support of Guillaume de Nogaret, (6) and his own Dominican confessor, William of Paris, (7) who was also the papal inquisitor in France. Philip decided, in September 1307, to seize all Knights Templars in France, and to exhort his fellow rulers to follow his lead. (1) He planned to use the church priests, who were in his pocket, to spread the word of a heresy. The king overcame a problem, as “it would be much more complicated, because any Christian had legal protection not available to the Jews. In addition, the Templars were exempt from all secular law, responsible only to the pope. Their suppression would have to be based on offenses against God, and against the canons and customs of the Church”. (2) Thus, king Philip IV, invented the charges of heresy. “The charge of heresy was a must, because it called for the confiscation of property. Other sins could be trotted out in order to thoroughly blacken the Templar name, as in the accusations of sodomy, blasphemy, and witchcraft, hurled at Pope Boniface VIII, but heresy must play the major role”.

Quoting John J. Robinson, from his book, Dungeon, Fire and Sword, The Knights Templar in the Crusades :

Nor was it enough to prove the guilt of individual Templars. If found guilty of heresy, they had no personal property to confiscate. And if fifty individual Templars were found guilty of all manner of sins and crimes, they could be punished, even executed, without affecting the ongoing operations of the order. It was absolutely vital to a successful suppression and seizure of property, that the order itself be found guilty of those sins and crimes. If an individual knight held heretical beliefs, or engaged in any heretical practices, it must be shown that they were forced upon him by the Templar Rule or by his superior officers, so that the order itself was the guilty party, and the individual Templar simply the victim of an evil organization.

Philip was encouraged by the fact that the one crime that allowed confiscation of property, the crime of heresy, might be the easiest to prove, regardless of guilt or innocence. The Church approved, and sometimes even insisted on, the use of torture to extract confessions of heresy. Concepts born during the Albigensian Crusade had been refined, defined, and well-organized, during the years since the Holy Roman and Universal Inquisition had been established, by Pope Gregory IX, in 1229, during the suppression of the Cathars in southern France.

The Inquisition (from the Latin inquirere, “to look into”) was largely based on the legal point, that the most conclusive evidence possible was a confession. In the pursuit of the purification of the faith, it was reasoned that the use of torture was a legitimate means to extract such a confession, since God would enable the innocent to bear up under any amount of pain, even when induced by practiced experts, at all the refinements of generating human agony. The next important legal point established, was that a confession extracted under even the most hideous torture was valid and, extremely significant, nonretractable. Any person who confessed under torture, and then retracted that confession when the torture stopped, was labeled a “relapsed heretic.” The relapsed heretic was conclusively and irretrievably guilty, and was summarily handed over to the secular authorities, who had no choice but to burn the guilty party at the stake. The Knights Templar would learn all of those things, firsthand, during the coming months and years, and they would suffer under the frustration of yet another legal aspect of the Inquisition: that the accused had no right to know the identity of his accuser, nor of anyone who “witnessed”, or gave evidence against him.

Since Philip’s objective was to prove that the Templar order was guilty of heresy, the whole machinery of the Inquisition could be put to work for him. There was only one obstacle. As a religious order, the Knights Templar were exempt from the application of torture. A way around that exemption would have to be found. The best idea, seemed to be to use the technique used so successfully against the Jews: Arrest the Templars in France all at one time. Then the torture could be applied immediately, to extract some confessions of guilt, before anyone could make a formal objection. The confessions would justify the action, but Philip would need the cooperation of the Inquisition.

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In all of this, a factor in Philip’s favor would be the Knights Templar’s love of secrecy. All of their chapter meetings were conducted in total secrecy, usually at night, with Templar sentries outside the door, with drawn swords. Their initiation ceremonies and rituals, whatever they might be, had always been cloaked in mystery. That enabled all manner of rumors to rise up from time to time, such as whispered reports that someone trying to eavesdrop on a Templar meeting had been killed, or that a Templar knight who revealed what happened, at his own initiation, had been murdered by his Templar brothers. The cloak of secrecy also covered the Rule of the order, which was revealed to the knight on a need-to-know basis, and he was sworn to reveal no part of the Rule known to him, under the threat of severe disciplinary measures. It was thought that no more than a dozen or so of the highest officers, of the order, were familiar with the entire Rule. As always happens, their secrecy had aroused feelings from idle curiosity to envy and anger. It would work to Philip’s benefit, because he could unleash a wide variety of accusations against the Knights Templar, which no one outside the order could oppose, on the basis of any personal knowledge.

Just what those accusations would be, or what questions would be put to Templars on the rack, were still undecided, but they took shape when an Italian criminal informer, named Arnolfo Deghi, who had performed several special “missions” for William de Nogaret, introduced him to a renegade ex-Templar named Esquiu de Florian. Arnolfo Deghi had performed a valuable service for de Nogaret, in 1300, when he presented accusations of sorcery and magic against the bishop of Troyes, so he had a fair idea of what de Nogaret was looking for, to use against the Templars.

This matches with the conclusion of the Encyclopedia Britannica:

At first, dubious and reluctant, Clement V eventually supported Philip; he had been told of outraged anti-Templars appeals voiced in a large assembly of Philip’s subjects, and he had heard damning confessions from the mouths of representatives of the order, many of whom had been tortured. Far-flung tribunals had gathered enough materials to cast doubts on the Templars’ dedication, and, although not condemned as heretical, the order was quashed, and its property assigned to the Knights Hospitallers. [sic]

Esquiu de Florian, had risen in the Knights Templar, to become the prior of the Templar preceptory of Montfaucon, in the region of Perigueux, but for some reason, he was removed. When his master would not restore him, he murdered him. After this, he ran to Spain. (2) “A letter from de Florian, to the king of Aragon, was discovered generations later, in the royal archives at Barcelona. It recites de Florian’s attempt to provide information, condemning the Templars, in exchange for payment out of the property that would be confiscated from the order”. (2)

No money was coming from Aragon, so de Florian decided to “stage a drama, far from Paris, that would have the appearance of bringing the Templar crimes to King Philip’s attention, totally by accident. Deghi and de Florian were sent to occupy a cell together, in the prison at Toulouse, de Nogaret’s former home, where he had attended the university and still had many friends. Pretending a desire to confess their sins, the two prisoners, by arrangement, were denied the services of a priest, so taking advantage of the Church rule that permitted a Catholic with no access to a priest to confess to another Catholic layman, they heard each others confessions. As a former Templar, de Florian unburdened himself of a battery of Templar sins based on greed, treachery, sorcery, homosexuality, and heresy”. (2) “Now, de Nogaret had a document and a witness. He had a reason to arrest the Templars and a basis for questions they would be asked under torture”. (2)

It took a year for Grand Master Jacques de Molay to make it to France, and during that time, he had collected all the accounts of everything he thought pertinent to the pope, for his report. The Grand Master of the Hospitallers had also been commanded to appear, and DeMolay thought it would be another meeting about combining the two orders. How wrong he was. In 1307, DeMolay’s fleet of six Templar galleys put into the harbor at Marseilles. The pope had ordered DeMolay to appear at the papal court, at Poitiers, and to travel incognito. DeMolay ignored that, and proudly marched to the Temple fortress, in Paris. (2) When he entered the Temple, he told the officers of what he had been doing. Here, though, they related to “the Grand Master about the recent spate of rumors of improprieties and sinful conduct within the Templar order. They agreed that the best way to put the rumors to rest, was for the grand master to ask Clement V for a formal papal inquiry”. From here, DeMolay traveled to the papal court, and as he expected, they brought up the merger of the two orders.(2) He presented the court with a document entitled De Unione Templi et Hospitalis Ordinum ad Clementus Papam Jacobi de Molayo relatio. He hoped that it contained his own arguments, as he could not read nor write in his native French, nor Latin. He told them that the rumors about the order were false, and that “papal inquiry would find those allegations to be totally unfounded, the products of ignorance and envy”. (2) After this, he left the court, where weeks went by, with nothing happening.

However, de Nogaret was concocting and instigating his plan. He reportedly recruited a dozen spies, who were to join the order, but after they did, they could not find anything usable. (2) He then turned to the confession of Esquiu de Florian, to cite the Templars on charges. DeMolay, though, had sent an order to all the Templar preceptories, to not disclose the rituals or meetings to anyone.

De Nogaret delivered the news, to king Philip, that Edward I was dead, and now they had no worries about him stepping in to help the Templars, and that Edward II would not bother to help. After this, “Philip went to the pope, in a great show of reluctance and emotional stress, regretting his duty to present to the Holy Father the shameful evidence of Templar corruption and heresy, that had fallen into his hands. A former Templar officer had confessed it all, he moaned, as he produced the confessions of Esquiu de Florian”. The pope ordered a papal inquiry. “Early in September, orders went out to every seneschal of France, to organize a military force on the evening of October 12, but on pain of severe punishment, not to open and read [the order] until the time the sealed secret orders held enclosed. On September 22, perhaps with some knowledge of what was about to transpire, the archbishop of Narbonne, the king’s chancellor, resigned his post and returned the Great Seal. In his place Philip named his faithful servant William de Nogaret. The excommunicated lawyer”.(2) “As de Molay returned to his palace, after that day of somber
service in the company of kings, dukes, and counts, the seneschals throughout France were opening their sealed orders, as the knights and soldiers they had assembled, waited to learn what duties they were about to carry out for their king”. (2) Robinson goes on to say that: “at dawn of the following day, Friday the Thirteenth, in October of 1307, that almost every Templar knight, priest, sergeant, and servant in France, was arrested and put in chains. The arresting party at the Paris Temple was led by the king’s chancellor, in person, probably to assure admittance. The date was ever after regarded as an ominous time, but although for the rest of the world, it might become an amusing supersitition, for the Knights Templar, that Friday the Thirteenth, was the unluckiest day of that or any other year. Their torture began on that same day”.

The Knights Templar were imprisoned and tortured for four long years, from 1307, to 1311. There weren’t enough prisons to hold all the Templars they arrested, so they set up make-shift facilities. During this, every Templar building was searched, and anything of value was seized. “Most welcome to Philip were the chests of gold and silver coins, and the gold and silver religious objects on the altars, of which the most famous was the gold jewel-covered reliquary holding the Templars’ own splinter of the True Cross. Other items, such as furniture, ornaments, hangings, weapons, and horses, could be stored where they were. Since the buildings were now held by the forces of Philip the Fair, those items could be removed at leisure”. (2) A legend states, that DeMolay had already set up plans; that under the cloak of the night, some Templars were to take the majority of the gold and Holy relics, a wagon load, and leave France. (2) Nobody knows where this gold may have gone, nor how much. It is also said, that the king never found near the amount of gold and valuables that he thought that he would, and that a search for the missing Templars was fruitless. Whether this is fact, or not, is not proven. Also, their careful search never turned up “the idols and satanic symbols that would have provided concrete evidence of heretical guilt. A silver head was found with small bones inside, which appeared to have been made to house holy relics”. (2)

Chancellor de Nogaret ordered the tirture of the Templars to proceed at once. He was wanting fast confessions to take before the Pope, and to spread as propaganda. King Philip sent out letters, trying to explain his actions to the Christian monarchs of Europe. An order was to be read, as they had schemed, from every pulpit in France.

Quoting John J. Robinson’s book again:

When the news of the Templar arrests arrived at the papal court, Clement V was furious. The entire proceedings had been the most flagrant flouting of papal authority. The Church had established the Order of the Temple, which reported only to the Holy Father himself. No one, regardless of rank, title, or motivation, had any right, whatsoever, to lay hands on the persons or the property of the Knights Templar, without the specific permission of the supreme pontiff. He turned loose the full fury of the papal wrath on the guilty king.

Philip responded by launching a propaganda assault against Clement V. Announcements were published all over France condemning the pope for his lenience in the treatment of heretics, for his intention to take all of the Templar wealth for himself and his family, and for his protection of the enemies of God and his Holy Church. As king and pope thundered against each other, Philip went to the papal court backed by a small army.

The pope reminded the king that a papal letter had gone to him, two months before, in which the pope had clearly stated that he did not believe the charges against the Templars. In rejoinder, Philip claimed a clear remembrance of the pope’s reaction when the king had presented those charges. He claimed that Clement had said, “Fils, tu enquerras diligement de leurs fais, et ce que to feras, to me rescripas” (“My son, you must look into their deeds with diligent care, and report to me what you make of them”). The king was simply conducting the inquiry the pope had called for. Clement replied that he had meant a quiet inquiry by a papal commission, not arrest and torture. Philip’s answer was that prior papal decrees, absolutely required secular princes to extend every assistance to the Holy Roman Inquisition, which was exactly what he was doing. Clement’s answer was to remove Guillaume Imbert from his post as grand inquisitor of France.

The argument raged for several weeks, with Philip’s knights and soldiers strolling about menacingly in their role of overt saber-rattling. A deal was obviously made, with terms we shall probably never know, but the secret sessions of pope and king resulted in a singleness of purpose, with Philip achieving full papal approval and cooperation.

It is said that the money that was stolen from the Templars, was divided between the king and the pope. The pope, then, supposedly gave a good amount of it to the Knights Hospitallers, who were already stationed there. Imagine that, would you, that they just happened to be conveniently called there, with the Knights Templar, too.

On November 22, Clement V wrote the bull Pastoralis preeminentae, where he lavished praise on king Philip IV, and ordered that the remaining Templars were to be arrested, in the papal lands, and they were to be turned over to the inquisition. (2) “Dominican brother Imbert, was returned to his lofty post as grand inquisitor of France, although there is no indication that the torture of the Templars had been stopped for even a single day, during his brief removal from office”. (2)

The Templars were tortured by gruesome means, and by law, that was supposed to be limited to one day. However, the friars had developed something known as recess or adjournment, which would permit them to be tortured for weeks, to circumvent the law. The inquisitors had orders to “spare no known means of torture”, so they performed the most terrible tortures known. “Some Templars had their teeth pulled out, one at a time, with a question asked between each extraction, then had the empty sockets probed to provide an additional level of pain. Some had wooden wedges driven under their nails, while others had their nails pulled out. A common device was an iron frame like a bed, on which the Templar was strapped with his bare feet hanging over the end. A charcoal brazier was slid under his oiled feet, as the questioning began. Several knights were reported to have gone mad from the pain. A number had their feet totally burned off, and at a later inquiry, a footless Templar was carried to the council, clutching a bag containing the blackened bones that had dropped out of his feet when they were burned off. His inquisitors had allowed him to keep the bones as a souvenir of his memorable experience. The hot iron was a favorite tool, because it could be easily applied again and again to any part of the body. It could be held a couple of inches away, cooking the flesh while the question was asked, then firmly pressed against the body, when the answer came out incorrectly or too slowly”. (2)

Robinson wrote: “it is not surprising that this treatment resulted in a number of Templar suicides, or that it produced a profusion of confessions. As the Templar treasurer said, “Under such torture, I would willingly confess to having killed God!” Robinson goes on to state that: “Three days after the confessed heretic had made his admissions to stop the torture, he was brought before an officer of the Inquisition, and his confession was read back to him, well edited of course, for his confirmation. The grand inquisitor himself conducted such confirmations, in Paris, in a room decorated with torture instruments, to keep the condemned man’s mind on track. If he declined to answer or objected, he could go right back to the hot irons for reinforcement. If he renounced his confession, saying that it had been extracted solely because of the torture, he could be deemed a “relapsed heretic” and be sent off to be burned at the stake, which is exactly what happened to dozens of French Templars”. (2)

The confessions ranged from their initiations, where they claimed they had been required to bestow the Osculum infame, or a “Kiss of shame,” on the prior, upon his mouth… or on his navel… or below his spine. They claimed that they were to spit on the cross, deny Christ, trample the cross, or urinate on the cross. They claimed that in denying Christ, they had worshiped a head, or a head with three faces, where it is thought that the invention of a baphomet, by king Philip, came from. Other Templars, though, claimed that they were worshiping a cat, and not a head. The claims were too numerous to count, and none hardly matched the others confessions. However, when torturing someone, they will say anything, especially if the inquisitors were telling them what to say, which they had already written down in their fake confession. The inquisitors had them claiming to have practiced homosexuality, but king Philip IV would not use that, as it was rumored that Edward II was a closet homosexual, and he was to later marry king Philips daughter. There were only three Templars who made that claim, out of the lot. There was no sin not invented, that the Templars were forced to admit to. (2)

It was found that the word, Baphomet, came from a July 1098 letter, by the crusader Anselm of Ribemont:

“Sequenti die aurora apparente, altis vocibus Baphometh invocaverunt; et nos Deum nostrum in cordibus nostris deprecantes, impetum facientes in eos, de muris civitatis omnes expulimus.”

Translated:

“On the following day at dawn, the high voices of [from] the Baphometh called upon the Lord; there to intercede for us that our God is in our hearts, and, making an assault against them, we ejected him [the Muslim enemy] from the walls of the city.”

Anselm of Ribemont was speaking of a “Bafumarias,” which was a Mosque. A chronicler of the First Crusade, Raymond of Aguilers, called the mosques “Bafumarias.” “Bafometz” later appeared around 1195, in “Senhors, per los nostres peccatz” by the troubadour Gavaudan. Evidently, king Philip IV heard the word, and through ignorance, or ill intent, claimed that it was a devilish idol, and used it to vilify the Templars for heresy.

The king had another thing coming, when he wrote to Edward II, and asked him to arrest the British Templars. Robinson states: “Edward had received the letter from the pope, ordering the arrest and torture of the Templars, but had not acted on it. Instead, he had informed the pope that he believed the Templars were innocent, and had written letters to share that point of view with other Christian kings. Philip had sent his personal envoy, Bernard Pelletin, to encourage Edward to act, but with no success. Edward had been surrounded by Knights Templar all his life. They had willingly loaned their London facilities, to accommodate dozens of young men who had come to London to be knighted, along with Edward, then the Prince of Wales, before marching with the prince and his father against the Scots. The English Templars had fought on the English side, against the Scottish rebel William Wallace, a war in which the Templar master Brian de Jay had given his life for the English cause. Edward could not accept the accusations against his friends of the Temple”. Thus, we have the legend of the Templars escaping to England. However, Edward received the bull from the Pope, and had to act. He waited three weeks, and allowed the Templars to go underground. The Templar treasure disappeared too, and when Edward looked for it, the most he could find was about 200 pounds. Here, Robinson states: “A half-hearted royal manhunt, aided by the other religious orders, found only two of the fugitive Templars in all of England. Edward did not permit the torture of the Templars who were arrested, which incensed Clement V. (2) The pope demanded that the English Templars be “put to the question,” but Edward replied that torture was not part of English jurisprudence, so he didn’t even have anyone who knew how to do such things”. Edward II was loyal to the Knights Templar. Edward II would not allow the inquisition in England, which frustrated the pope and the Dominicans. (2) This lasted for three years, until the pope threatened Edward II’s soul, then sent the Dominican inquisitors, and Edward could not stop this. The cold hearted pope wrote the order, to torture the Templars, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1310. (2) The pope also ordered that, “any [English] person, who gave aid or shelter to a fugitive Templar, or who even gave advice and counsel to a fugitive Templar, was to be arrested, excommunicated, and suitably punished”. (2)

The king of Scots was another matter, who was Robert Bruce. He had already been excommunicated, and when he received the popes order, it is written that he threw it in the bottom of a desk drawer, and didn’t publish it. Legend has it, that a few Templar knights, who revealed themselves to him, were welcomed into Bruce’s army. (2)

Germany has a legend, and that is also given by Robinson. Here, I quote his writing: “The German Templars, though few in number, did very well by themselves. As the archbishop of Metz was conducting a judicial inquiry, into the matter of the Templars, the door to the council chamber was flung open. In the doorway stood the fierce local preceptor, Hugo von Gumbach, in full battle armor, surmounted by his flowing white Templar robe. As he stomped into the chamber, twenty of his Templar knights followed, fanning out behind him, all armed and ready. Standing in front of the archbishop, von Gum-bach loudly proclaimed, that Grand Master de Molay was a man of deep faith and personal honor, and that he and the Templar order were innocent of all charges. In contrast, Pope Clement V was a completely evil man, who was hereby declared to be deposed, because he had been illegally elected. Turning his head, to look each member of the council in the eye, von Gumbach declared that all of the Templar knights present, were prepared to risk their bodies and their lives, in personal trial by combat, with their accusers, to let God decide the issue. As the council looked at the challengers, it was obvious that they weren’t just willing to fight, they were eager to fight. No accuser chose to speak up, and the council quickly adjourned. As it reconvened over the months ahead, the Templars in Germany were found innocent of the charges”. (2)

Germany wasn’t the only ones to turn their nose up at pope Clement V. Robinson states: “The Christian monarchs of the Iberian Peninsula, voiced their objections to the pope, for the whole ill-advised affair. They reminded the pontiff, that they were actively engaged in incessant warfare against the Muslim armies in Spain and Portugal. They alone, were holding the Muslims in check, protecting all of Europe from an Islamic invasion, and the Templars provided strong support in that struggle. The archbishop of Aragon announced that his investigation had proved the Templars were innocent of all charges. Another verdict of innocence came from the kingdom of Castile, where the charges had been investigated by the archbishop of Com-postela, and another from the archbishops in Portugal”. (2) Things were looking worse for the Pope, but he still had his tortures in the papal states, and in France.

Next, we have the aged Jacques DeMolay, himself. The threat of torture was too much, and it is said that he claimed to have denied Christ, three times, at his initiation, and admitted that he was ordered to spit on the crucifix, but he said that he spit on the floor, next to it. They lied to DeMolay, and told him that if he would admit to denying Christ, which he did, that he could go free, with serving penance, but they locked him back up, for execution, now that they had a fabricated confession. (2) He was burned at the stake, on March 18, 1314, and, it is said, that he gave both the king, and the pope, a going away present that they would never forget.

Next, I quote Robinson, about the start of this sordid and fabricated trial, by King Philip IV, and pope Clement V:

The confirmed confessions were called in, from all of the offices of the Inquisition, in the French provinces and in other countries. Templars who tried to recant on the grounds, that they had only confessed to stop the torture, and who insisted on maintaining that position, were pronounced relapsed heretics, and burned at the stake. An audience of other Templars was always present to witness the writhing, burning, and screaming of their errant brothers, making certain that all learned the lesson, and were kept in a state of shattering fear.

Pope Clement V called a great council of the church, to convene in 1310, at the French city of Vienne. The final disposition of the Templar order would be addressed at that time. To prepare for it, a papal commission of inquiry convened in Paris, on August 7, 1309, under the archbishop of Narbonne, and expressed its willingness to listen to any Templar, who cared to defend the order. It was emphasized that the commission would hear charges and defenses, only, of the Templar order as a whole, [and] not of individual members. The liar, Hugh de Peraud, appeared, but only to state that since he had already confessed to the guilt of the order, he could not possibly defend it. A Templar knight named Ponsard de Gisi appeared, to state that all of the charges against the order were false. He said that his own confessions were extracted by the most cruel tortures, and were all false. To prove his point, he showed the commissioners his fingers. His hands had been tied behind his back so tightly, that the circulation had been completely cut off. Blood flowed into his hands, but could not get out. As they turned blue and swollen, the built-up blood had burst open the tips of his fingers. He had spent hours in that condition, in his dungeon, before his torture was even begun.

On November 26, Jacques de Molay appeared, anxious to talk to representatives of the pope, who alone could get him and his order out of the clutches of the king of France. As had all of the Templars who had appeared ahead of him, with the single exception of Hugh de Peraud, de Molay denied the truth of his former confession, and denied as well, the accusations against the order. He also stated his principal reason for appearing before this council, which was to formally assert that “I challenge your jurisdiction over the Order of the Temple, since it is under the sole authority of the pope himself, so only he can be its judge.” Taken aback by this unexpected objection, the archbishop asked if the grand master was going to be the defender of the order. As an illiterate man, with no training in ecclesiastic law or proceedings, De Molay felt inadequate as defense counsel for the order. He wanted professional help and funds to pay for that help, as well as travel expenses to get supporting depositions from Christian leaders outside France, all of which could be paid from the Templar treasure, seized by Philip.

The archbishop pointed out, that the grand master should expect no funds to be provided to him, nor should he expect to be aided by outside counsel. He reminded de Molay, that the crime being investigated was heresy, which meant that the usual legal forms of a trial did not have to be followed, and that a suspected heretic had no legal right to representation by lawyers. He then read aloud the formal charges against the Templar order, including specific charges of the denial of Christ, and the worship of idols.

De Molay listened in rising anger, and repeatedly crossed himself. As the archbishop finished, he cried out that the prelates of the Church might feel safe from the wrath of men, but they were not protected from the wrath of God. The archbishop, who owed his appointment to the diocese of Narbonne, to King Philip, was concerned about what might be reported to the king, by the royal officers who were watching the proceedings. Prudence demanded that he be observed putting the grand master in his place. He sternly warned de Molay, that heretics who retracted their confessions, could be handed over to the secular authorities for burning, from which there was no recourse or appeal. De Molay was silenced by the threat of his own death. The archbishop suggested that he take time to consider if he indeed wished to act as the defender of the order. The council adjourned, and Philip’s officers hurried off to inform the king of the proceedings.

The grand master appeared again, on November 28, and was asked if he had decided to personally conduct the defense of his order. Apparently, the time he had spent thinking about it, only reinforced De Molay’s convictions that the pope, alone, could judge the Templars, over whom this commission had no legal authority. “I refuse to enter any defense before this commission. I demand to be led before His Holiness. I shall defend the Order from the wicked and false accusations, made by its enemies, and render to Christ the honor that is due Him.. Let the pope call me before him, and I shall defend the Order to the glory of God and His Church.”

De Molay was reminded that the pope, himself, had appointed this commission, and had delegated to it the responsibility to investigate the charges, not against individuals, but against the Templar organization. De Molay responded with a recitation of the history of the faith, and loyalty of the Templars throughout the Crusades. The king’s chancellor, William de Nogaret, who had decided to observe this session in person, had no problem interjecting himself into the proceedings, nor did anyone try to stop him. “The corruption of your Order is notorious. It is stated in the chronicles of St. Denis, that your Grand Master, de Beaujeu, and other Templars, did homage to the Sultan, and when the Templars were defeated, the Sultan had attributed that defeat to their vices and sodomy, and to the betrayal of their Christian faith.” The grand master answered that the chronicler had lied, and defended his predecessor’s treaties with the Muslims as necessary to survival: “… nothing else could be done if the land was to be saved…”

Since de Molay held firm his refusal to act as defender of the Templar order, except to the person of the pope, the council took a long recessm while the captive Templars were contacted to see if any of them would act as the defender. Of about six hundred and fifty Templar knights in Paris, five hundred and forty-six volunteered to defend the order, and reports of more voluntary defenders poured in from other French cities. It was also reported that the Templars were in a high state of excitement, over the news that the pope had taken over from the French king. Somehow, they believed that after two and a half years, in their filthy dungeons, [that] their lord, the pope, would not take long now to acknowledge their innocence.

Weeks were spent screening the men who had asked to defend the order. They told the commissioners of the tortures they had endured. One reported that twenty-five of the Templars in his prison had died, under torture. Another said that he had been given nothing but bread and water for three solid months. Now, the footless Templar was carried before the commissioners, so he could show them the fire-blackened bones that had fallen from his feet, as they had been burned off by his inquisitors. He wanted to retract the confessions he had made, only to stop the unbearable agony of his treatment. One Templar produced a letter from Philip de Vohet, a priest who had been appointed by the commission, to take charge of the imprisoned Templars. The letter set forth an order of the pope, that any Templar who reversed his confession of guilt, should be burned to death, a letter used to intimidate any Templar who had volunteered to defend his order. Called before the commission, de Vohet denied that he had ever seen the letter. When it was pointed out that the letter bore his seal, he said that someone else must have applied it.

The archbishop of Narbonne, and two of the other commissioners, were essentially creatures of Philip the Fair, but four of them were not, and they were beginning to grow suspicious at the tales of torture, bribery, and trickery. They were reserving judgment.

On March 28 all of the five hundred and forty-six volunteer Templar defenders, were assembled in the garden of the palace of the bishop of Paris. The formal charges against the order were read to them, arousing shouts of anger in response. With order restored, the investigative procedure was explained to them, and they were told to choose those who would present their defense.

The Templars had noticed the absence of their grand master, whose orders they would still follow, and asked that he be brought to the gathering. They were told that Jacques de Molay had made it very clear, that he would talk to no one but the pope, so he would not be a part of this hearing. With no other choice open to them, their defenders were agreed upon.

and,

At the pretrial hearing, on April 7, de Boulogne delivered his opening statement. The willingness to appear before this court was not to be taken as acknowledgment of the authority or jurisdiction of this commission. The Order of the Temple, by this appearance, did not waive its rights to appeal the judgment of this court to the pope, and a formal council of the Church. The Templars would prove that the charges were false, and would give that proof in oral testimony, in depositions, and in documentation. Justice required that the defenders be allowed the freedom to travel, and access to their own Templar funds, to adequately prepare their defense. “Each and every one of us declare the accusations to be utterly unfounded. It is true that some Templars have admitted them, but only because of torture and suffering.” He had the names of men who had died under torture. He charged that some men had been bribed to confess, and charged that some confessions had been forged and falsified. The Rule that governed the order was not a secret. Not only was it available in writing, but it had been approved in every particular [way] by a succession of popes.

He pointed out that there was no shortage of accusations, but no accusers. Let the accusers come forward to be examined, if any could be found. As to the abominable charge of Templars denying Christ, who could believe such a thing? There was no proof that any Templar had ever denied Christ, but there was a well-documented history of thousands of Templars who died rather than deny Him. Could anyone believe that men would deny the Savior, in the security of their meetings, then refuse to deny him in Muslim prisons, even to save their own lives? How could anyone stoop to heap scandal on these martyrs of the Church?

He made a point of asking that all laymen be prohibited from attending the hearing, especially the officers of the king of France, whose presence was clearly for the purpose of intimidating witnesses. (Those officers would report to King Philip that this Templar priest, Peter de Boulogne, was a man who must be stopped. It was obvious to any observer that some of the commissioners were being swayed by his arguments).

The circus of a formal trial began on Saturday, April 11, 1310. This went as anyone, with any modicum of intelligence, would expect; it was a kangaroo court. The objections of the Templars was factual, and so was their testimony, while not under torture. King Philip IV was becoming concerned, but he still knew the court was in his pocket, and he was going to do something even better. He hatched a scheme to install a new archbishop, Philip de Marigny, who was underage, and use him to get rid of the Templars. Below, Robinson explains what actually occurred.

The new archbishop moved swiftly. He called a council of his bishops for Monday, May 22, for the purpose of declaring the guilt of Templars, in his territory, and imposing their sentences. The announcement was not public, but the Templars learned about the archbishop’s council the day before it was to convene. Although the papal commission had never met on a Sunday, the four Templar defenders, sent their urgent pleas to the commissioners, for an immediate emergency meeting. When they were assembled, Peter de Boulogne was called upon, to explain this extraordinary request. The Templar priest replied: “The pope has set up this commission to investigate the Order of the Temple, and all Templars who wish to defend the order, have been invited to appear before you. Most of the brethren have offered themselves as defenders. We are now advised, however, that the Archbishop of Sens, has summoned his council for tomorrow, to take action against those Templars who have offered to appear for the defense. This can only be for the purpose of preventing them from being heard in defense of the Order.”

The archbishop of Narbonne, the president of the council, immediately realized why Philip had engineered the appointment of the youthful archbishop, and had no intention of acting at cross purposes to his king. He suddenly remembered that he had promised to celebrate mass on this Sabbath day, and hurried out of the room.

The bishop of Trent followed his example, remembering some pressing business of his own, and walked out of the meeting. Those commissioners, who stayed behind, invited Peter de Boulogne to make his statement.

“We are told,” said the Templar defender, “that the Archbishop of Sens, and his suffragans [subsidiary bishops], have decided to reopen proceedings against the Templars. As, however, we have been accepted as defenders of the Order, before this commission, we claim that, until the commission has completed its inquiry, the Archbishop of Sens is not entitled to proceed against individual Templars. We claim that we are under the protection of this commission, and we ask that the Archbishop should be restrained. His action is irregular and unfair, and will make it impossible for the commission to fulfill its labors.”

The commissioners discussed the problem among themselves, and finally informed, de Boulogne, that after the most serious consideration, they could only express their regrets about the Templars’ dilemma. It was clear that every archbishop had direct authority over individual heretics, including individual Templars, which had been assigned to him by the Holy Father himself. This commission had no authority to interfere with the archbishop of Sens, operating under specific papal authority.

The next morning, the papal commission reconvened, and proceeded with business as usual, as though nothing had happened. Then in late morning, in the middle of their examination of a Templar servant, a messenger arrived, with news that brought the hearing to a halt. The archbishop of Sens had acted, swiftly and viciously. He had summarily announced that all of the Templar prisoners had been consigned to four different categories:

First were those who had confessed to minor transgressions, mostly servants and craftsmen. After suitable penances, which would be assigned to them, they would be set free. Second, those who had confessed to more serious sins would be sentenced to prison terms according to the seriousness of their crimes. The third group was to be made up of those Templars who had stood up under their tortures and had made no confessions at all. They were all sentenced to life in prison.

The fourth group contained the fifty-four Knights Templar who had confessed under torture and had then retracted their confessions, many of whom had testified or would testify before the papal commission. They were ordered to be turned over immediately to the secular authorities to suffer the punishment designated for relapsed heretics: They would all be burned to death at the stake. The papal commissioners were appalled by the actions of the archbishop, and dispatched emissaries to him to plead the point that his actions were destroying the efforts of the papal commission. Important witnesses had been sentenced to death, and those Templars who would be available to testify, would do so in a state of abject terror. They asked the archbishop to postpone his activities until the papal commission had completed its mission. The archbishop responded that he had no desire to interfere with the important work of the papal commission, and did not question it. In exchange, the commission should not question the archbishop’s authority, nor try to interfere with his performance of his duties. In essence, the papal commissioners had been told to go away, and to confine themselves to their own responsibilities.

As to the responsibilities of the secular arm, Philip was ready and eager to carry out the orders of the archbishop of Sens. The very next day, in the early morning, the fifty-four condemned Templars were taken from their dungeons. A number of other Templars, from each prison, were taken with them to witness the majesty of justice. In a field, by the Paris gate of Porte Antoine, fifty-four stakes had been set in the ground during the night. The bundles of faggots were piled up nearby.

Most of the knights, who were about to die, were from noble families, and Philip had invited those families to come and watch their sons, brothers, or cousins, being burned to death. After the Templars were chained to their stakes, and as the executioner’s assistants were piling the faggots around them, priests went to each man, holding a crucifix in his face, pleading with him to take this last chance to save his soul, and his life, by confirming his original confessions against his order. Remarkably, not a single Templar would save his life, by an act of treachery against the Templar order and his sacred vows. As the executioners lit their torches, the Templars’ families were turned loose to add their own pleas to those of the priests. Not a single man would back off his martyrdom, and the soldiers had to tear tearful relatives away from the condemned men, as the executioners thrust their flaming torches into the wood piled up to their waists.

Then came a horrible spectacle, as flesh began to blister and roast away. Some of the Templars screamed in pain, as others called out to them to be resolute, to trust in God. Others fought off the agony long enough to shout out the innocence of their holy order, all to a background of the yells and wails of their friends and relatives. One by one, their screams and shouts died out, and the flames consumed what was left of fifty-four dead Knights of the Temple. The king’s officers were delighted to report back to King Philip, that the Templar witnesses, moving back to their prisons, had to be prodded to move along, so paralyzed were they by revulsion at what they had seen. They moved in raw fear, that this same fate was waiting for them, if they attempted to retract the confessions that had been tortured out of them.

The other provincial archbishops, now saw clearly, what their king expected of them, especially in the praise and favor showered by Philip on the bloodthirsty young archbishop of Sens. Not to be left out, the archbishop of Rheims, and the archbishop of Rouen, the pope’s nephew, called their own councils, sending Templars to prison or to the stake. In all, the archbishops ordered the burning of 120 Templars, and it says something for the strength of their faith, that only two of the condemned Templars chose to lie to save their lives.

When the papal commissioners reconvened on November 3, 1310, many witnesses scheduled to be heard were dead, and the other  Templars were so scared, that they couldn’t give a good speech. They saw the court for what it was, fully rigged, and their sentence had been invented, by the king and the new archbishop. Robinson states that: “The papal commission went ahead, hearing the confessions of men who had watched their brothers burn, and now retracted their retractions. All was written out and collected for use by the highest prelates of the Church, who would decide the fate of the Templar
order at the Council of Vienne, which the pope had postponed to October 1, 1311. Philip of France would be there, too, with an army.

The Council of Vienne had been called to plan a new Crusade, and it was a joke. They tried to address church corruption, but that was mainly about the archbishops, and should have been about the illegitimate pope. They were more worried about arguing as where the profits, from the stolen Templar lands and moneys, would go. (2) They wouldn’t dare talk much about the Templars, as the Grand Master ranked with a bishop. Many were worried about losing their own wealth. Robinson writes: “If this council approved all of those actions, it would establish a dangerous precedent, that could threaten the life and the possessions of every prelate in the Church. They surely could not vote in favor of that, and the issue became the primary topic of their private conversations”. (2) They found out that Edward II had happily seized the Templar property in England, after the Templars had been released. (2) None seemed to be happy with the pope.

From Robinson, on the Pope at the Council:

Clement V, thundered on in papal rage, that the Knights Templar were so guilty that they merited no defense. He called for the unanimous vote of the council, to summarily effect the total condemnation of the Templar order. The delegates didn’t buy it. They expressed their doubts, and insisted that the Templars had the right to defend themselves, before this council. Clement retorted that when his papal commission had called upon the Templars to defend themselves, none had appeared. The delegates responded that they were well aware, that the defenders of the Temple had been seized by the archbishop of Sens, who appeared to be acting more for Philip of France than for the Church. Now they wanted Templar defenders to be invited to appear, with full protection accorded to any men, who would answer the call. Only the French archbishops of Sens, Rheims, and Rouen, with a small number of Italian bishops and cardinals, mostly from Naples and the Papal States, agreed with the pope. All of the other delegates favored the council inviting a “Templar defense”. [This is how the wicked can find their lies coming undone about the seams].

Since the pope’s supporters were outnumbered more than five to one, Clement V reluctantly gave in to the will of the overwhelming majority, and invited any Templar to come to the council to speak for his order. The response was a shock to him and everyone else.

A few days after the announcement, seven mounted and fully armed Knights Templar, rode proudly through the gate into Vienne, their brilliant white robes bearing their familiar red Templar cross. They almost appeared to be ghosts of past Templar glory. They asked to be directed to the council, where their leader announced that they were here to defend the Templar order, as the duly appointed representatives of between fifteen hundred and two thousand Templars, hiding in the forests near the city of Lyons. Although surprised by their appearance, most of the delegates welcomed the
Templars and their testimony.

They were not welcomed by Clement V, whose first thought was for his own personal safety. Lyons was just up the Rhone River, about twenty miles from Vienne. It was an ideal place for fugitive Templars to gather, because Lyons had been added to the kingdom of France, by force, less than two years earlier, and the local population was openly hostile to Philip the Fair. Clement had not given any thought to Templar vengeance on his own person, because most of the Templars he knew of, in France, were dead or in prison. Everyone knew that some Templars had escaped the trap of Friday the Thirteenth, including a party of knights that had been led away by the preceptor for France, and those who had taken the ships from the Templar naval base, at La Rochelle, but Clement had never thought there were so many. Now he had been told that a small army of the Templars who hated him, were an easy ride away from this almost unguarded city.

The pope ordered that his personal bodyguard be doubled, and in his panic, saw to his personal protection, by ordering the arrest of the seven Templars. The delegates were incensed that their promise of protection to Templar defenders was so quickly violated, and demanded that the Templars be released immediately. Clement felt constrained to turn the Templars loose, but in the absence of any other solution to his sudden dilemma, he adjourned the council, until April 3 of the following year, 1312. During the six months delay, he could only pray that King Philip could arrest or disperse the Templars gathered at Lyons. As for the seven Templar knights, they had not been heard, but were not going to take the risk of waiting for months to offer their defense. One night, they saddled up and rode off to rejoin the fugitive Templars in the forest, perhaps to warn them that their hiding place was now known to Philip of France. In any event, when Philip sent troops to round them up, they didn’t find a single Templar around Lyons.

and,

For Philip and his staff, there was plenty of activity. His envoys were busy keeping pressure on a consistory of cardinals, that pursued the business of the council during the adjournment, and on the pope himself. The Jesuit scholar, Norman P. Tanner, wrote, “Secret bargains had been made between Clement V and envoys of Philip IV, from 17 to 29 February, 1312; the council fathers were not consulted. By this bargaining, Philip obtained the condemnation of the Templars. It is most likely, that he used a threat that he would bring a public action against Boniface VIII.”

Philip gave that threat some substance, by calling an assembly of the estates general of France, in Lyons, a few days later. On March 18, he met with Clement personally, and in private. Two days later, Clement presented to the consistory of cardinals, the bull: Vox in excelso, disbanding the Templar order, in the parliamentary sense of revoking its charter, without finding it guilty of any crime. The result would be the same, and the pope could act alone, with no need to debate the matter in the council, or to hear additional testimony, especially any direct Templar defense. The delegates, by now, were physically miserable and half starved, eager to be away from this ecclesiastic exile, and back in their comfortable homes. They were in no mood for a prolonged debate.

When Vox in excelso was presented to the council, on the opening day of its second session, on April 3, 1312, it was quickly approved. Clement soon followed with an announcement, that he would call a new Crusade, (which never happened), to set the stage for the disposal of the Templar property. Over the ensuing weeks, there was a battery of bulls and encyclicals published, which are worth quoting, at least in part. To start with, Pope Clement V, presents in Vox in excelso, the background of the Templar
suppression:

“… a little while ago, about the time of our election as supreme pontiff… we received secret intimations against the master, preceptors, and other brothers of the order of Knights Templar of Jerusalem, and against the order itself. These men had been posted in lands overseas, for the defense of the patrimony of our lord Jesus Christ, and as special soldiers of the Catholic faith, and outstanding defenders of the Holy Land, seemed to carry the chief burden of the Holy Land. For this reason, the holy Roman Church honored these brothers, and their order, with her special support, armed them with the sign of the cross against Christ’s enemies, paid them the highest tributes of respect, and strengthened them with various exemptions and privileges. They experienced, in many and various ways, her help, and that of all faithful Christians, with repeated gifts of property. Therefore, it was against the lord Jesus Christ, himself, that they fell into the sin of impious apostasy, the abominable vice of idolatry, the deadly crime of the men of Sodom, and various heresies.”

“Yet it was not to be expected, nor seem credible, that men so devout, who were outstanding, often to the point of shedding their blood for Christ, who were seen to expose themselves, frequently, to the danger of death, who even more frequently, gave signs of their devotion, both in divine worship and in fasting, and other observances, should be so unmindful of their salvation, as to commit such crimes. The order, moreover, had a good and holy beginning, and won the approval of the apostolic see. The rule, which is holy, reasonable and just, had the deserved sanction of that see. For these reasons, we were unwilling to listen to insinuation and accusations against the Templars: We had been taught, by our Lord’s example, and the words of canonical scripture.”

“Then, came the intervention of our dear son in Christ, Philip, the illustrious King of France. The same crimes had been reported to him. He was not moved by greed. He had no intention of claiming, or appropriating for himself, any thing from the Templars’ property…” So [putting aside the fact that he had already raped every Templar preceptory in France, of every movable item of value], why did he do it? “He was on fire with zeal for the orthodox faith, following in the well-marked footsteps of his ancestors [a reference to St. Louis]. Then, in order to give us greater light on the subject, he sent us much valuable information, through his envoys and letters.”

“We were duty bound, by our office, to pay heed to the weight of such grave and repeated accusations. When at last, there came a general hue and cry, with the clamorous denunciations by the said king, and of dukes, counts, barons, and other nobles, clergy and the people of the kingdom of France, reaching us directly, and through agents and officials, we heard a woeful tale—that the master, preceptors, and other brothers of the order, as well as the order itself, had been involved in these and other crimes.” There was no mention of torture, of course, but there was at least the admission, that the grand inquisitor had been there, apparently as a passive observer: “This seemed to be proved by the many confessions, attestations, and depositions of the visitor of France [Hugh de Peraud], and of the many preceptors and brothers of the order, in the presence of many prelates, and the inquisitor of heresy.”

Now the pope had a confession of his own to make. Based on the evidence, there simply was not a legal basis on which the order could be found guilty. The suppression or dissolution of the order, would be justified on the basis that the reputation of the order, had been so blackened, that no one would join it, and that being true, it could not fulfill its mission; its purpose could no longer be served. Once again, torture was not mentioned, and the confessions that had been produced by months of indescribable agony, were described as “spontaneous”:

“… although legal process against the order, up to now, does not permit its condemnation for heresy by definite sentence, under canon law, the good repute of the order, had been largely taken away, by the heresies attributed to it. In addition, a number of individual members… have been convicted of such heresies, crimes, and sins, through their spontaneous confessions. These confessions render the order, very suspect, and the infamy, and suspicion, render it detestable to the holy Church of God, to her prelates, to kings, and other rulers, and to Catholics in general. It is also believed, that from now on, there will be no good person who wishes to enter the order, and so it will be made useless to the Church of God, and for service to the Holy Land, for which service the knights had been dedicated.”

Although the fact that no one would ever join the order again, was given as a major reason for its suppression, the final decree, nevertheless, forbade anyone to join, on threat of excommunication:

“Therefore, with a sad heart, not by definitive sentence, but by apostolic provision or ordinance [the direct orders of the pope], we suppress, with the approval of the sacred council, the order of Templars, and its rule, habit, and name, by an inviolable and perpetual decree. We entirely forbid, that any from this time forward, should enter the order, or receive or wear its habit, or presume to behave as a Templar. If anyone acts otherwise, he incurs automatic excommunication. In addition, we reserve the persons and the property of the Templars, for our own disposition and the apostolic see.”

That was it for the Templars, with the words of a corrupt pope. Though the Pope and the king supposedly heard of Jacques DeMolay’s curse, the present I mentioned above, while he was being burned alive, that claimed that they would both die within one year. Whether the curse legend is true, or not, both did die within the year. King Philip IV suffered a cerebral ictus (stroke), during a hunt, and the pope died of disease or poisoning. According to one legend, while Clement V’s body was lying in state, a thunderstorm developed during the night, and lightning struck the church where his body lie, igniting the building. The fire was supposedly so intense, that when it was extinguished, the body of Pope Clement V was almost destroyed. If God ever listened to the righteous, he did when he listened to the Grand Master, on the stake, taking out a corrupt pope, and a tyrannical king. On top of that, it is said that the kings family didn’t fare well, and seemed to die off easily, until the line was gone.

Supposedly, Clement V had made an order to absolve the Templars, but it was never sent. It was found in the Vatican archives, in 2001, and is titled the Chinon Parchment. The Parchment is dated August 17–20, 1308, at Chinon, France, and was written by Bérenger Fredoli, Etienne de Suisy, and Landolfo Brancacci, all Cardinals who were of Saints Nereus and Achileus, St. Cyriac in Thermis, and Sant’Angelo in Pescheria. Barbara Frale, an Italian paleographer, at the Vatican Secret Archives, claimed that, in 1308, Pope Clement V absolved the last Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, and the rest of the leadership of the Knights Templar, from charges brought against them by the Medieval Inquisition. If the pope had the gonads to send it, he may not have died within a year, of the murder of Jacques de Molay. Who knows?

Philip (Philippe) de Marigny, the Archbishop of Sens and half brother of Enguerrand, who took over the questioning of the Templars and ordered their deaths, only lived until 1316, two years and nine months after De Molay was burned at the stake. His half brother, Enguerrand, who had obtained this job for Philip, was sentenced to hang by King Louis X, (King Philip IV’s son) with twenty-eight articles of accusations against him, including taking bribes and sorcery. It seems that they also met a sticky end.

The tales of the Knights Templar, escaping with their wealth to Scotland, and the knights being tied to Freemasonry, is a myth, with not one drop over verifiable fact to back it up, no matter what the conspiracy theorists want to claim. Freemasonry received the Templar legend from the French, well after the fraternity was created in 1717. It started as a single side degree, known as Scotch Masonry, in England, which made its way to France, around 1730, where it was eventually added to, with another 24 invented degrees, by 1760. By 1800, the rite had made its way to the US, where the Scottish Rite was formed. The conspiracists also love to claim that William Sinclair was a Templar, because of what he had engraved on his tomb, but William was born 100 years after the order was disbanded, and could not have been a knight. It is true, however, that the Scottish Freemasons built Roslyn chapel for Sinclair. The Lodges of Scotland built all the cathedrals for the church, and many other buildings for the Scottish crown. Sinclair’s chapel is a scaled down version of a larger cathedral, such as those located all around the UK and Europe.

Below is what the church has to say about Clement V, in the Catholic Encyclopedia, and their excuse for his behavior, by allowing all those men to be murdered by a tyrant:

Of Pope Clement it may be said that the few measures of equity that appear in the course of this great crime were owing to him; unfortunately his sense of justice and his respect for the law were counterbalanced by a weak and vacillating character, to which perhaps his feeble and uncertain health contributed. Some think he was convinced of the Templars’ guilt, especially after so many of the chief members had admitted it to himself; they explain thus his recommendation of the use of torture, also his toleration of the king’s suppression of all proper liberty of defence on the part of the accused. Others believe that he feared for himself the fate of Boniface VIII, whose cruel enemy, William Nogaret, still lived, attorney-general of Philip, skilled in legal violence, and emboldened by a long career of successful infamy. His strongest motive was, in all probability, anxiety to save the memory of Boniface VIII from the injustice of a formal condemnation which the malice of Nogaret and the cold vindictiveness of Philip would have insisted on, had not the rich prey of the Temple been thrown to them; to stand for both with Apostolic courage might have meant intolerable consequences, not only personal indignities, but in the end the graver evil of schism under conditions peculiarly unfavorable for the papacy. [sic]

One should be galled, and mad, about this article, as my blood pressure was raised the entire time that it took to write it, and read the entirety of John Robinson’s book. This corruption did not stop here, nor did the French forget this horrible story. The Catholic church had became even worse, and this triggered Luther’s 95 theses. From there, the church and the Pope was seen by many, for what it truly was, and eventually, several revolutions occurred. The first was the Glorious Revolution of England, the second was the US Revolution, the third, the French Revolution, and the forth, the Italian Revolution. Now, democracy, liberty, freedom of thought and speech, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, and the secular education of the masses, have been hard won, and brought into being. That is something to honor, and to celebrate.

So Mote It Be

Footnotes:

  1. Phillip IV, King of France, Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades, John J. Robinson, 1991.
  3. A minor lord would earn about 500 livres parisis (minted French coin) per year, and when using 50,000 a year for something similar, (a middle class yearly pay), for 2016, then there is a 125:1 difference. Thus, 80,000 livres would equal 10,000,000.00. See here.
  4. Annates: a payment from the recipient of an ecclesiastical benefice to the ordaining authorities.
  5.  Televangelists and Their Jets. These pastors include Paul Crouch, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Pat Robertson, and Mark Barclay.
  6. Guillaume de Nogaret: was Councillor and keeper of the seal to Philip IV of France. “His name is mainly connected with the quarrel between Philip IV and Pope Boniface VIII. In 1300 he was sent with an embassy to Boniface, of which he left a picturesque and highly colored account. His influence over the king dates from February 1303, when he persuaded Philip to consent to the bold plan of seizing Boniface and bringing him forcibly from Italy to a council in France meant to depose him. On March 7 he received, with three others, a secret commission from the royal chancery to “go to certain places … and make such treaties with such persons as seemed good to them.” On March 12 a solemn royal assembly was held in the Louvre, at which Guillaume de Nogaret read a long series of accusations against Boniface and demanded the calling of a general council to try him”.
  7. See the Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 26, p. 597, and at another source: “William was made inquisitor of France in 1303, and began a campaign against the Templars in 1307. The arrest of the Templars led Pope Clement V to suspend William’s powers, after a complaint from Edward II of England, but King Phillip’s “bold and contemptuous” written reply, caused the Pope to back down and re-instate William”.

Catholicism can’t have it two ways about Freemasonry .

In this article, I wish to address another article, (1)(6) that I found on the internet about the canonical ruling of the Roman Catholic church, and their inane beliefs about regular Freemasonry. I will tear into each accusation and show it to be the blatant lie that it is. As you can see, I am not one to sugarcoat my words on a subject, (like apologists with political correctness), so that they will sound saccharine sweet to the reader. Here, I state cold, hard, fact.

First, one must remember that the Roman Catholic church accused Freemasonry of worshiping lucifer, for twelve long years, during the Taxil Hoax of the 1890’s. Now though, they have changed gear in the 1980’s, to make the claim that Freemasonry is Deistic, and they contradict themselves within their own spiel. This untruthful bundle of claims was given by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL, (Juris Canonici Licentia – Licentiate of Canon Law, (a church canon lawyer, and as laughable as that is, they do have them), on March 19th, 2006. He quotes from “the German, in an article by Ronny E. Jenkins, in the canon law journal The Jurist, 1996“, (1)(6) which are in the block quotes below.

1. The Masonic World View. The Masons promote a freedom from dogmatic adherence to any one set of revealed truths. Such a subjective relativism is in direct conflict with the revealed truths of Christianity. [sic]

Freemasonry does not promote none of the such, as every regular Freemason has their own dogma about their own religion. Freemasonry is a secular fraternity which does not mention, nor discuss, the differing religious beliefs of its membership. The talk of religion and politics are banned in a Lodge of regular Freemasonry, (2) and have been since it fraternal founding in 1717. It is even stated within the Masonic Constitution! What Freemasonry does not do, (which the Roman Catholics do), is to teach prejudice, bigotry, and hatred of all religions other than their own. Evidently, the Roman Catholic church is afraid that a Catholic member might learn some hidden truth about a lie, which was concocted by their own church, by associating with those of other numerous religions. Regular Freemasonry is most certainly religion tolerant, as any good man, of good repute and moral character, and of any religion, who believes in the one God, the creator of the universe, can be a member. Similar principles are also held within most any other fraternal organization, except the Knights of Columbus. I, myself, find it quite unexplainable why the Roman Catholic church does not single out the other similar fraternities? I also find it quite odd, that the Roman Catholic church claims that regular and irregular Freemasonry are the same thing, and that they teach the same moral lessons. They do not.

2. The Masonic Notion of Truth. The Masons deny the possibility of an objective truth, placing every truth instead in a relative context. [sic]

That is an outright lie, as Freemasonry mentions that nowhere. If any member wrote about it, then it would be their personal belief and not that of the fraternity, nor of its other members who number in the millions. As a matter of fact, and as an example, if you are caught lying on your Masonic petition, you will most certainly be expelled from the fraternity, which, it seems to me, proves that Freemasonry has a clear definition between a lie and the truth. There is nothing “relative” about it. It is the same with any other Masonic law that may be broken, which is written in the Constitution of Freemasonry. (2) What this boils down to are the members who see the Pope as fallible, even though he claims to be infallible within his edicts and bulls. The only ones who are truly infallible are God and Jesus the Nazarite, not any man. Since many of the bulls have been proven to be incorrect over the years, then it is the church that is being relative to the time. What is relative, is that the Roman Catholic church scribes have made many statements within the New Testament, which do not pass muster when compared to the Old Testament, and what mainstream Rabbinical Judaism, that which sprang from the Pharisees, state as being incorrect. Rabbinical Judaism does not believe in a devil nor fallen angel, nor an anti-God named Satan, for instance, as only the Essenes had begun to believe that Zoroastrian and Hellenistic myth. The Catholics go on to to claim that New Testament scripture is speaking about a devil or anti-God, named Satan, who creates all sin and evil, when the scripture is clearly speaking about an “adversary” or “stumbling block” which was in mention at the time in the text. Peter was called a satan (Hebrew word for an adversary), and a “stumbling block,” at Matthew 16:22-23. Several cities and their population were called a satan, (especially the people and the city of Capernaum), in Luke 10:15-18. Peter was no devil named Satan, nor were the citizens of Capernaum, (though some of the people were called devils, which means one who is “diabolical”), nor was the city itself. They were an adversary to Jesus and the apostles ministering at the time, and in those cities and peoples case, Jesus was going to cast them to hell like a lightning bolt, (since he had already foreseen it). This Hellenist ideology originates from Zeus casting down Typhon into Hades.

Papal infallibility is a dogma of the Catholic Church that states that, in virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error “When, in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church. [sic]

A proposition is considered objectively true (to have objective truth) when the truth conditions are met without biases, caused by feelings, ideas, opinions, etc, of a person or persons. We can say that with science after an experiment, which has the revelation of all evidence displayed, and much study. However, the Catholic church wants one to believe that anything they say, especially the “infallible” Pope, is objectively true, and not relative or false. Again, many of those bulls have been disproved, as well as church doctrine. Also, there is a slight mater of James being called the Bishop of Bishops at Jerusalem, not Peter. The Gospel of Thomas states that it was James who Jesus left his church to. Whether they claim that the Gospel is gnostic, and thus heretical, is beside the point, as doubt was cast. Didn’t you ever wonder why they did not include this Gospel as cannon, even though many in clergy wanted it included? However, they included 1st and 2nd Enoch, even though the Jews have always stated that it is pure fiction, and was written by several unknown authors. The church even put the two books in the apocrypha, but use this fiction to shore up the myth of a Hellenistic mythical fallen angel!

As an example of the churches objectivity, they want everyone to believe in the Hellenistic  Satan, a devil, or an anti-God of the underworld, who runs a purgatory (Tartarus), where souls are held to be punished before they are released to go on. However, Jesus the Nazarite was not taught this as a Pharisee, nor was it anywhere in mainstream Judaism, especially within pre-Roman Judaic cannon. What the church is asking the laity to believe in, is the Greek pagan and pantheist God, Hades (Pluto), (7)(8) who supposedly controls the underworld, which was not known of in the pre-Roman Levant nor Mesopotamia. That Greco-Roman myth was brought to the early Christians and Jews of those lands, by the invading Roman army, along with the anti-God of Persian Zoroastrianism, and the Roman Catholic church made it a part of their new religion, not the Jews, after the second Temple fell. Now, is it objective, to ask everyone to believe in a Hellenistic Greco-Roman pagan myth, from their Greek pantheon of Gods? Does the church clergy reveal this truth to the laity? Does the church reveal that they are asking them to believe in paganism, pantheism, (8) dualism, and to blaspheme against the word of God in Isaiah 45:5-8? Are they claiming that Jesus dying on the cross negates what God said in Isaiah? Is it an objective truth to preach that an angel was named Satan, in Job, when that was not the angel’s name, but was its temporary occupation, the adversary (ha-satan), which was always under God’s command? Does the church reveal that they had sold indulgences to the rich, claiming that the indulgence gave the rich person a free pass through this mythical purgatory? There are numerous other examples one could use, but I will leave the reader with these few. Funnily enough, the church also teaches that it is a sin to lie by omission.

3. The Masonic Notion of Religion. Again, the Masonic teaching holds a relative notion of religions as all concurrently seeking the truth of the Absolute. [sic]

The bigotry of the Catholic religion raises its ugly head, here, again. A regular Freemason’s religion is private to him, and the talk of religion is banned in the Lodge. The Roman Catholic church claims that they are the only way to Heaven, and that no other religion can save you, including the Protestant church, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and many others. Ask yourself a hard question, why? Freemasonry has no notion of religion or a religious dogma, nor does it teach one. What the Roman Catholic church is speaking of, is their utter dislike of allowing men of differing religions to congregate in the same fraternity. They seem to think of other religions as some disease, which one might catch, if they get close to another man of a differing religion. The Roman Catholic churches blatant bigotry really shines brightly here. See at the bottom of this page: “Pertinent biblical scripture, about God not being partial to one religion”. Who is really the sinner, here? You tell me!

4. The Masonic Notion of God. The Masons hold a deistic notion of God which excludes any personal knowledge of the deity. [sic]

That statement is an outright barefaced lie. I also find it funny, that from April 1885 to April 1897, the Roman Catholic church, from the Pope to the laity, accused Freemasonry of worshiping lucifer. Now, which is it? Do we worship lucifer, or do we worship God in a deistic way? During each time, the Pope has based his belief on nothing but pure speculation, rumor, and, in a lying pornographer, anti-cleric, and hoaxer. Since the Pope claimed that he was infallible, then what he stated about all of this was supposedly the truth, all fact, whether it was a lie or not. I guess that they never figured out that the Pope, in fact, lied. The Roman Catholic church even admits to it within the last paragraph under the article on “impostor”, in the Catholic Encyclopedia. (3)

It is needless to say that regular Freemasons do not worship in Lodge, and never have. Freemasons worship how they wish to worship, at the the church of their choice, on the Sabbath. Freemasonry has never taught who God is, except to say that God, or the Great Architect of the Universe, created the universe and all things within it, and a member must believe in the singular Godhead. A members religion, though, is private to him, and it has been ever since the writing of the Constitution of Freemasonry (Anderson’s 1723 Constitution). (2)

Deism, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Deism refers to what can be called natural religion, the acceptance of a certain body of religious knowledge that is inborn in every person or that can be acquired by the use of reason and the rejection of religious knowledge when it is acquired through either revelation or the teaching of any church. [sic]

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the word Deism was used by some theologians in contradistinction to theism, the belief in an immanent God who actively intervenes in the affairs of men. In this sense, Deism was represented as the view of those who reduced the role of God to a mere act of creation in accordance with rational laws discoverable by man and held that, after the original act, God virtually withdrew and refrained from interfering in the processes of nature and the ways of man. [sic]

Merrian-Webster Dictionary:

A movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe. [sic]

Deism also states that “the natural religion/philosophy of Deism, frees those who embrace it, from the inconsistencies of superstition, and the negativity of fear, that are so strongly represented in all of the “revealed” religions, such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. That “superstition” would be God answering a prayer, a regular Freemason Lodge’s prayer being given, or a Freemason being afraid to break an oath that he made to God, over it being a sin. Funny that, when regular Freemasons swear an oath to God to not reveal the secrets of the fraternity, (which are the modes of recognition). An oath would not be any good if the person swearing the oath was a Deist, nor would a deistic fraternity have an oath! Also, regular Freemasonry would not have an opening prayer, just as do most all the other fraternities, trade unions, and even government congresses or parliaments, if it were deistic. That would be “superstitious” would it not? Asking God to bless us by a prayer? On top of that, why would regular Freemasonry have allegories that were based on the biblical scripture of Judaism and Christianity within it, if they were deistic? Freemasonry would not, if that were the case! It seems this cannon lawyer can’t keep his accusations straight! One must also believe in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity, in order to advance through the higher degrees (17 to 33), within both the regular Scottish and York Rites. The 26th degree, a Trinitarian degree, even requires one to be baptized and receive the Eucharist, in the Christian church of your choice, to be perfect. If regular Freemasonry or either Rite are deistic, then those degrees would not be there! It seems that the truth is not in these Roman Catholic church apologists, nor do they have very well read or learned cannon lawyers.

5. The Masonic Notion of God and Revelation. The deistic notion of God precludes the possibility of God’s self-revelation to humankind. [sic]

Again, another lie about deism that regular Freemasonry has never taught. They almost quote the deists dogma verbatim here, but lie about the rest. Read my explanation, above, for proof of this. Also, you will read below, where they contradict themselves again, over their own deism claims, within the following text of their other inane proclamation spiel. Look for it!

6. Masonic Toleration. The Masons promote a principle of toleration regarding ideas. That is, their relativism teaches them to be tolerant of ideas divergent or contrary to their own. Such a principle not only threatens the Catholic position of objective truth, but it also threatens the respect due to the Church’s teaching office. [sic]

Here we go with that ugly beast of bigotry and prejudice again, spewing their hatred against differing religions, which the Catholics love to teach and preach, (along with some Protestant churches, sadly). I find it very sad, and it concerns me greatly, that this belief is still touted by the Catholics or any other religion. It does put them under the vile light that they should be placed under over it. I, myself, am a Christian, but I have never held a pure spiteful hatred or prejudice, for anyone, due to what religion they believe in. I am above that, and I live by Peters own words in Acts 10:28 and 10:34-35. God does not produce bigots in the womb; it is taught to the child by their parents and the church. It also goes against the original teachings of Jesus, especially when this is peddled in and by the church. Maybe, they should read and remember Proverbs 6:16-19, and 24:23, along with Acts 10:28 and 10:34-35. Also, see the end of this article for the entire list of biblical scripture that applies. Many churches are quite hypocritical, I’d say, and are going against scripture. This is why I joined regular Freemasonry all those years ago, where I learned to not be a bigot full of hate.

7. The Masonic Rituals. The rituals of the first three Masonic grades have a clear sacramental character about them, indicating that an actual transformation of some sort is undergone by those who participate in them. [sic]

Here is another bare-faced lie, which they have spread since not long after the fraternities founding. The Pope admits in the papal bull, the In eminenti apostolatus, of 1738, (4) that everything is based on rumor and speculation, and is without one ounce of fact. There is no “transformation”, except that one learns a moral lesson per each degree, and that being “raised” means that a Freemason’s living soul (the conscience) is raised to a better place, over having greater morals. One is not transformed, but educated in morality. Regular Freemasonry is all about morality. Also, they claim that the ritual allegories are of a “sacramental character“. How can that be, if Freemasonry is Deistic? I told you they contradict themselves, didn’t I? These three allegorical moral lessons should be taught by the church, but they’re not in many places. I wonder why? Below is the pertinent scripture that regular Freemasonry has within the allegories, which is what we live by:

2 Peter 1:5-7

5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

About regular Freemasonry being said to be religious or a religion, Freemasonry has:

  • No specific Holy Book or Bible.
  • No form of doctrine, nor does Freemasonry minister it.
  • No sacraments or baptism.
  • No ordained clergy.
  • No set definition or name of a Deity. Regular Freemasonry uses a generic Christian title, the Great Architect Of The Universe, to satisfy all. (See John Calvin)
  • No dogma, no creed; there is no ideological doctrine.
  • No means to salvation.
  • The fraternity is religion tolerant, and secular.

Now, let’s continue with section 8 of their inane spiel:

8. The Perfection of Humankind. The Masonic rituals have as an end the perfection of mankind. But Masonry provides all that is necessary to achieve this perfection. Thus, the justification of a person through the work of Christ is not an essential or even necessary aspect of the struggle for perfection. [sic]

No, it is not the perfection of mankind, but those who are worthy of perfection in God’s eyes. Those whom have morals! Regular Freemasonry does not provide everything, nor has it ever claimed that it does. (See above, about what Freemasonry lacks, which is religion). What it does do, is teach good men to be better, but mainly, it teaches one to not to be a prejudiced bigot, which the Catholic church can’t swallow. Also, notice that their last sentence slips that wisp of bigotry about other religions in again.

9. The Spirituality of the Masons. The Masonic Order makes a total claim on the life of the member. True adherence to the Christian faith is thereby jeopardized by the primary loyalty due the Masonic Order. [sic]

This is one of the biggest lies that they’ve ever told. Regular Freemasonry does not take a “total claim on the life of the member”, as the member can go to any meeting he wishes, when he wants, or not go at all. Every Freemason that I know attends Lodge on a Friday evening, if and when they want, and they go to their church of choice on the Sabbath. Again, the truth is not in these Roman Catholic church apologists, by what is evidenced within their: “Pastoral Research and Practices Committee Report of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Masonry and Naturalistic Religion,” issued in 1985, and from the conference that the “bishops of Germany gave in 1980”. (1) My thoughts on the subject are this: One; that they’re afraid of what a Catholic might learn; a truth that the church wishes to keep concealed. Two; that he may turn away from prejudice and bigotry, and three; that the church wants their hands on the money that they see Freemasonry receiving from its dues and donations, which go to helping the elderly, sick, and the poor. Remember 2 Peter 1:5-7 from above?

10. The Diverse Divisions within the Masons. The Masons are comprised of lodges with varying degrees of adherence to Christian teaching. Atheistic lodges are clearly incompatible with Catholicism. But even those lodges comprised of Christian members seek merely to adapt Christianity to the overall Masonic world-view. This is unacceptable. [sic]

The Lodges under the Grand Orient de France, and the GOdF itself, became irregular and clandestine in 1877, after they allowed the first atheist membership, where the United Grand Lodge of England, then, pulled their warrant to operate. The Lodges of regular Freemasonry have no association with the GOdF, nor does any of the regular membership, (whom are those in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England, the Premiere and Mother Grand Lodge), as the members are banned from attending a meeting of any irregular Lodge upon the penalty of suspension or expulsion. Also, the Catholics contradict themselves here. Remember, that I stated above to look for this. How can one be a Christian and be deistic at the same time? Again, the truth is not in the Roman Catholic churches apologists.

11. The Masons and the Catholic Church. Even those Catholic-friendly lodges that would welcome the Church’s members as its own[,] are not compatible with Catholic teaching, and so [are] closed to Catholic members. [sic]

Really? The only possible reason why, is that of the Roman Catholics belief in being bigoted toward other religions, whom have members in those Lodges, and again, they contradict themselves, as one can’t be deistic and be Christian at the same time! I even had to correct their errant text, much less what they wrote about!

12. The Masons and the Protestant Church. While a 1973 meeting of Protestant Churches determined that individual Protestants could decide whether to be members of both the Christian Church and the Freemasons, it included in its decision the caveat that those Christians must always take care not to lessen the necessity of grace in the justification of the person.” [sic]

The 1973 meeting of Protestant Churches, eh? That was the meeting that produced the Leuenberg Agreement or Leuenberg Concord, which is an ecumenical document adopted in 1973, by the major European Lutheran and Reformed churches, at the Swiss conference center, Leuenberg, (near Basle). That is not the totality of the Protestant churches around the world! God does not like deceivers and lairs; it is a sin! I have found no other source for any other 1973 meeting, but did find the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention which was held in 1985, and their 135th convention in 1992. Their 1992 convention stated that their members were to: “maintain personal purity in all activities, associations, or memberships; avoiding any association which conflicts with clear biblical teaching”, etc. The SBC issued a report, titled: A Study of Freemasonry, (5) where they concluded that most everything that the fraternity has been accused of, including the accusations made by the Roman Catholic church, along with some of their own Baptist pastors and other clergy, was a lie, and they suggested things that Freemasonry might do to make it more religious friendly to the Baptist religion. Below is part of the recommendation of the Southern Baptist Convention:

It was not found that Freemasonry was anti-Christian or satanic, nor does it oppose the Christian church. While a few Masonic writers glorify non-Christian philosophy and religions, they are clearly a minor voice. Every organization, including the Christian church, has some individuals who espouse positions not held by the vast majority of the members. Organizations must be judged by the positions of the majority, not those of a small minority. [sic]

The Home Mission Board Interfaith Witness Department staff agree with Charleston Southern Baptists, who, in 1798, advised that the matter of Southern Baptist membership in Freemasonry “be left with the judgement of the individual”. They agree with George W. Truett who said, “The right to private judgement is the crown jewel of humanity, and for any person or institution to dare come between the soul and God is blasphemous, impertinence, and defamation of the crown-rights of the Son of God. [sic]

That study was pretty damning about the charlatans and liars, wasn’t it? Now, I continue with the conclusion of the article in question, and the words of our cannon lawyer:

I am not an expert on Masonry but only on canon law. If someone is involved in Masonry here in the U.S., I think that person should carefully consider these doctrinal concerns of the German bishops, and of course a Catholic should consider the statements I quoted above and defer to the judgment of his local bishop in case of any doubt. [sic]

Above, he states: “I am not an expert on Masonry“, but he feels up to telling the world about what the Roman Catholic church claims are truthful facts, though they are errant at best or lies at worst, but has no idea about what is actually practiced in Freemasonry, nor what the differences are between the regular and irregular/fake Lodges. Maybe, he and the other Catholics should take a good look at themselves within a mirror, and read Proverbs 6:16-19 and 24:23, along with Acts 10:28 and 10:34-35, then try to live by it. Personally, I would not want to live my life by being colored as a prejudiced hateful bigot, and not being looked upon favorably by Jesus and God All Mighty.

Below, is pertinent biblical scripture about God not being partial to any one religion, what the Lord hates, and about those who accuse, judge, and condemn others:

Acts 10:28

28) And he [Peter] said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man, who is a Jew, to associate with a foreigner, or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.

Acts 10:34-35

34) Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand, now, that God is not one to show partiality, 35) but in every nation, the man who fears Him, and does what is right, is welcome to Him.

James 2:9

9) But if you show partiality, you are committing sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Luke 6:22

22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Hebrews 10:26

26) For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.

Proverbs 24:23

23) These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.

Romans 10:12-13

12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13) for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Galatians 3:28

28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11

11) a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

1 John 2:11

11) But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Things the Catholic church should heed about itself:

Proverbs 6:16-19, King James Version (KJV)

16) These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18) An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

About judging others:

Luke 6:37-42

37) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 39) And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40) The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42) Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

Freemasons are blessed by their critics:

Luke 6:22

22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s [Jesus’] sake.

So Mote It Be

Footnotes:

  1. EWTN Catholic Q&A, See Here for source.
  2. Anderson’s Constitution of Freemasonry, at The Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon. Here, I quote the pertinent text of the ban on the discussion of religion and politics: “Therefore no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State Policy, we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion above-mention’d ; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages, and are resolv’d against all Politics, as what never yet conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will”. [sic] Also, notice, that it mentions that Freemasonry was part of the Catholic religion, at the time of its founding, which completely flies in the face of deism.
  3. Catholic Encyclopedia on Impostor, see the last paragraph.
  4. The Papal Bull of 1738, In eminenti apostolatus.
  5. A Study of Freemasonry, by the Interfaith Witness Dept, Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
  6. The Catholic church and Freemasonry, at the Freemason Information website here.
  7. Hades at Greek Mythology:”The Greeks were not keen on uttering his name, afraid of causing some kind of reaction that would end up with them dead sooner. Instead, they decided to give him another name, Plouton, deriving from the Greek word for wealth, due to the precious metals mined from the earth. Thus, Hades also became the god of wealth. [sic]”Although an Olympian, Hades preferred the Underworld and rarely left his kingdom. His weapon was a pitchfork, which he used to create earthquakes, similar to the way Poseidon used his trident. He also had a helmet of invisibility, which he had received as a gift from the Cyclopes, in order to use it during the clash of the Titans. He was married to Persephone, daughter of Demeter, whom Hades abducted and carried down to the Underworld. [sic]”Hades Is also called Pluto, Dis Pater, Orcus, Plouton”. The Greek God, Hades, was renamed Satan, by the Roman Catholics, and they renamed the Sheol as Hades. The belief in after-life’s temporary punishments, agreeable to every one’s behavior and manners, was expressed in the early Christian work, in Greek, known as, Josephus’ Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades, which was once attributed to the Hellenist, Josephus, (37 AD – 100 AD), but is now believed to be by the Hellenist, Hippolytus of Rome, (170 AD –235 AD), who was a “theologian” in the Christian Church in Rome.
  8. Pantheists do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god. The term is used for the Greek pantheon, where they believed in a multitude of Gods, such as Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus.

The psychology of conspiracy believers and theorists .

A conspiracy believer falls into several psychological categories, that will be discussed below. The conspiracy theorists are either those like the believer, or they are liars, who create these theories out of malice, or to make money off the gullible. Sadly, the gullible, who have a paranoid personality, falls for the theory, and the unscrupulous makes money from selling them books, DVDs, lectures, and the like. This has been taking place for hundreds of years, and one good example of this is the Taxil Hoax, which lasted twelve years, before it’s author revealed it to all be a lie, to the Catholic clergy and the press, at Paris, France, in 1897. The problem is, the liars still use this hoax, to make money off the believers, as they are not aware that it is a hoax from 1897, or they believe that Taxil confessed under duress, which he did not, as he made two confessions; the last was a year before he died, where he laughed at the gullible.

According to several psychologists and psychiatrists, the multi-conspiracy believers have to have someone to blame. They have a paranoid personality (1)(2)(3) that needs to be in control of any situation, and when they think that someone else is in control, they tend to believe in conspiracies, that are not based on evidence and fact. They need to shift blame onto someone else, and demand to see them pay for their crime. Also, if their life has not gone the way they think it should, then they look for an outside reason or someone else to blame. Dr Darshani Kumareswaran, PhD in psychology, states that “according to the literature, people are more likely to believe in, or create, conspiracy theories to try to make sense of situations where they have little or no control”. (2)(3) Also, those who have this paranoid type of personality may be the very ones who spread the theories. According to Dr Darshani Kumareswaran : “I also found that someone who creates conspiracy theories is more likely to have some form of psychopathology or mental illness, such as paranoid thinking, compared to those who believe in conspiracy theories, but do not create them, or people who do not believe in them at all,” explains Dr Kumareswaran. “Belief in conspiracy theories is possibly a means of trying to re-establish a sense of control over a situation.” There is also the psychological disorder known as compulsive lying disorder, which may come into play, along with sociopathy.

Now, I will write about the charlatans, liars, and frauds, who either make up conspiracy theories, or hoaxes, out of mid air, or repeat old hoaxes and theories, and use them to defraud the believers. Here, I will use the Taxil Hoax as an example. I have found that not only do some well known authors use parts of the hoax, such as Dan Brown, but so do many so-called clergymen, who claim to be pastors of certain church denominations, along with the conspiracy peddlers, themselves.

The Southern Baptist Convention did a study on Freemasonry, mainly over the Taxil Hoax, titled A Study of Freemasonry, by the Interfaith Witness Department, Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention. (4) The study debunked many of the SBC’s own pastors, such as Dr. James L Holly, Larry Kunk, Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard, David Carrico, Dan Harting, Kent Hovind, Pat Robertson, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Texe Marrs, William “Bill” Schnoebelen, and the comic publisher, Jack Chick. There are also the conspiracy theorists, who parrot all or part of the hoax, such as Alex Jones, David Icke, Jim Marrs, John Todd, Milton William ‘Bill’ Cooper, and Kevin McNeil-Smith. One will also note, that most all of these conspiracists, have offered up books, DVDs, video tapes, audio CDs and tapes, and lectures for sale to their audience. If you are thinking the same as I, then you are correct, in that they are using the Taxil hoax, along with many other conspiracies, to make a profit from their gullible followers, even today, after they were debunked by the study mentioned, and by many others. In my opinion, that is fraud, plain and simple.

Where did the conspiracy theorists and charlatan pastors get their idea? One can go back to John Robison, and his book, Proofs of a conspiracy, and the French Jesuit priest, Abbot Augustin Barruel’s, writing. (8) John Robison quoted Barruel’s writing, which was put forth by the Catholic clergy. (8) They used rumor and speculation to claim that the Illuminati still survived, had infiltrated Freemasonry, and was responsible for the French Revolution, even though neither had any solid nor factual, citable, evidence, (5)(8) and both have been debunked by university scholars of world history. (8) Both made a good amount of money over peddling rumor and speculation as truth, which was fanned by the Catholic church. (5)(8) Later, you had writers such as Edith Starr Miller, (Lady Queenborough), Cardinal Rodriguez of Chile, and William Guy Carr, who parroted not only Robison, but Leo Taxil. (6) William Carr was even caught forging the so-called Three World Wars letter, supposedly written by Albert Pike, which was also thoroughly debunked by university scholars. Taxil’s work had died down, until Carr gave the idea to the other charlatans, such as those mentioned above, and all of them have made money, through what I think is fraud, from gullible conspiracy believers.

Below, I quote Rob Brotherton’s article at The Daily Beast (7):

Over nine years, the Illuminati grew to a few hundred members. But Weishaupt’s personality rubbed some members the wrong way, and they spilled the beans. Rumors about the secret society spread, getting embellished along the way into ever more sordid allegations. By the mid-1780s it had caught the attention of the Bavarian government, which put an end to Weishaupt’s fun by banning Illuminati activity under penalty of death. Weishaupt fled and gave up the secret shenanigans; there’s no evidence that he or anyone else tried to keep the organization going.

That likely would have been the last anyone heard of the Illuminati, if not for the French Revolution, which kicked off a few years later. Searching for an explanation for the unprecedented social upheavals taking place around them, some European authors suggested the Illuminati was pulling the strings. Sensational theories spread around Europe and America alleging that the Illuminati was still operating in secret, more powerful than ever, and that it aimed to overthrow all the governments of Europe.

This is not to say that some conspiracies aren’t true. The JFK assassination is one example, where a recent congressional hearing concluded that the killing was a conspiracy, and not a lone gunman, but they have no idea about who was involved in it. Another was Richard Nixon and Watergate. However, many of the people who believed in these theories only had the one conspiracy belief, and did not believe in every other conspiracy theory that was before the public, like the multi-conspiracy beliefs of the paranoid personalities.

My conclusion is this. If you see someone offering pamphlets, magazines, books, DVDs, audio tapes and CDs of lectures, or comic books, that claim to be spreading the truth about conspiracies, and they are always pro-conspiracy, etc, then you should be very weary of them, as the chances are, and the odds are low, that they may be frauds. Look at the sources that they cite, and if they are citing similar pro-conspiracy material, as fact, from known conspiracy theorists or religious sources, and not from scholarly sources, such as universities, professors, professionals, etc, then that is a sign of malice, bias, prejudice, nonfactuality, untruthfulness, conjecture, and rumor mongering. Also, if one believes in every conspiracy that is now before the public, then maybe one should seek the help of a psychologist or psychiatrist, as this is not normal human behavior. They can help one cope with their paranoid personality disorder, if they are diagnosed as having one.

Footnotes:

  1. Paranoia and the Roots of Conspiracy Theories, by  Ilan Shrira, a social psychologist at Arkansas Tech University, and  Joshua D. Foster, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
  2. The psychology of conspiracy theories, by Dr Darshani Kumareswaran, PHD, at Medical Press.
  3. Insights into the Personalities of Conspiracy Theorists, Scientific American.
  4. A Study of Freemasonry, by the Interfaith Witness Department, Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.
  5. The French Revolution and the Bavarian Illuminati, Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon.
  6. Leo Taxil at Encyclopedia.com.
  7. Rob Brotherton is the author of the book, Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories, 2015.
  8. The Bavarian Illuminati In America: The New England Conspiracy Scare, 1798, by Vernon Stauffer, PHD, pub. 1918.

So Mote It Be.

Review of the book: Encyclopedia of Enlightenment by Reill and Wilson .

E of E

I will review, below, the section of the Encyclopedia about Freemasonry.

The history of the organization that has relevance for the Enlightenment begins in 1717, when four LONDON Masonic lodges united to create the Grand Lodge of London. Its early leaders were drawn from the ranks of philosophers and pastors committed to spreading the ideas of Isaac NEWTON, of MECHANICAL PHILOSOPHY, and of DEISM. The Grand Lodge quickly established power over English lodges, but the Scottish and Irish lodges refused to recognize its claims to dominance. [sic]

Deism (6) has no part in regular Freemasonry and never has. Since the Lodges beginning, it has never taught anyone about who God is, other than God is the creator of the universe and each member’s religion is private to them. (13) As a matter of fact, the 4th degree of the Scottish and York Rite mentions the ten names of God in the lecture, which are the Jewish and Christian names used today for the creator. The Grand Architect of the Universe is a Christian based name for God, which John Calvin used extensively. To proceed on through the higher degrees, one must believe in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity. That does not equate to deism now does it? Because a few, (very few), early members may have thought that “the Great Architect of the Universe is a God who does not interfere in human affairs, but whose very nature orders and structures all of creation,” does not mean that the majority of the Lodge believes so, nor that this is the official belief of regular Freemasonry; especially when the majority of the members were Christians during its founding years as a fraternity! They are trying to paint all with the brush of a few.

They say that this Deism comes from one man, John Toland. (17) To this day, Deism, (claiming that God does not interfere in human affairs), is not taught anywhere in regular Freemasonry, but the GAOTU, being the singular creator of all, is mentioned. If Deism was taught, then there would be no 1st to 3rd degree in regular Freemasonry, nor any 4th to the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite, which is Christian belief based. The York Rite is similar, except it has fewer degrees. Deism is defined as the “natural religion/philosophy of Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear that are so strongly represented in all of the “revealed” religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” (15) In this case, swearing an oath to God would not matter, as God would not intercede if one broke the oath, and it would be considered “superstition”. Also, one would not have the “negativity of fear” of God after swearing the oath, if he was a Deist. Then, there is the prayer to the GAOTU (God) to bless our Lodge and brethren at every Lodge meeting. Prayer would be considered superstitious would it not? Why pray, if God will not answer? Also, why would any of the 33 allegories be taken from biblical scripture and Christian history if it was deistic? Dr. James Anderson wanted the fraternity to be strictly Christian, but that idea was thrown out. There are many more contradictions within regular Freemasonry to prove the point against Deism. What about the mention of the Ark and Jacob’s ladder in the lectures? The majority of the founding Grand Masters, Worshipful Masters, Lodge officers, and brethren were Protestant Christians of differing denominations, which puts a damper on their whole Deism claim. Regular Freemasonry, as a trade union (college of artificers), was founded under Catholicism, but the fraternity takes any man whom believes in God, and is of good repute and good moral character, irregardless of their brand of religion. Freemasonry is secular, though it is uses religious based allegories to teach moral lessons. If Freemasonry was deistic, that would not be so!

There is no evidence that Isaac Newton was ever a Freemason, though he was friends with several of his fellow scientists, at the Royal Society, who were Freemasons; several being Grand Masters. (10) Also, the mathematics and geometry that was known by Freemasons did not come from Newton. It was handed down through the Master Masons and Architects, since they became registered as a college of artificers, (company union), in Rome under Constantine. (11) If nothing else, Newton borrowed knowledge from the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians, along with learning the work of the ancient mathematicians such as Euclid of Alexandria, Archimedes of Syracuse, and Pythagoras of Samos. Newton also borrowed from the knowledge of Judaism, as he had corresponded with several in the Holy Land, because he was studying the design of King Solomon’s Temple, and he was looking for hidden mathematical numerology and formulae. It is rumored that it was over his study of alchemy.

One of the earliest grand masters (highest leaders) of the London lodge was John Theophilus DESAGULIERS, the experimental scientist who was curator and demonstrator for the ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. With J. Anderson, Desaguliers drafted the first constitution of the Freemasons, published in 1723 as The Constitutions of the Free-Masons containing the History, Charges, Regulations, etc., of that most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity, For the Use of the Lodges. [sic]

The earliest known Grand Master, in London, was said to be Sir Christopher Wren before the fraternity was formed. After the fraternity was formed, the newly elected Grand Master was Anthony Sayer. He was the first Grand Master of the fraternity. George Payne was the second Grand Master, and John Theophilus Desaguliers was the third. John Theophilus Desaguliers was a Protestant pastor who had been exiled as a Huguenot refugee from France, by the Catholic regime.

John Desaguliers was only the Grand Master for one year, in 1719, though he did oversee the compilation of the first version of the Masonic constitution. Just after his time, it was Grand Master George Payne who compiled The Constitutions of the Free-masons, with its author, Dr.  James Anderson, which was printed in 1722 or 1723, where it states that the new Grand Master was Prince John Duke of Montague as of 1722. One can tell that the authors of this article performed no factual research. Payne was the Grand Master, again, from 1720 to 1721, and was deputy Master in 1725. Grand Master Desaguliers wrote the 1723 books dedication, while Dr. James Anderson wrote the Constitution and Charges, citing the oldest Masonic manuscripts, along with Grand Master George Payne compiling it.

The Constitutions of the Free-Masons provides a mythologized history of the organization that traces it back to the first man, Adam, and to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. This “history” illustrates the strong links between Freemasonry and deism, especially in the vision of God as the architect of the universe. [sic]

Again, the author brings up Deism, when it is not mentioned in the 1723 book of Constitution by Anderson. They conveniently leave out that Freemasonry was a Catholic college of artificers until it became a fraternity. The mythical history is all about the Christian religion going back to Adam, but they call it Deism! They seem to be trying to push a fallacy that isn’t so, even though Anderson’s charges state:

But though in ancient Times Masons were charg’d in every Country to be of the Religion of that Country or Nation, whatever it was, yet ’tis now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that Religion in which all Men agree, leaving their particular Opinions to themselves; that is, to be good Men and true, or Men of Honour and Honesty, by whatever Denominations or Persuasions they may be distinguished; whereby Masonry becomes the Center of Union, and the Means of conciliating true Friendship among Persons that must have remain’d at a perpetual Distance. [sic]

To continue with the Encyclopedia, the next paragraph is below:

Freemasons were searching for the universal religious beliefs rooted in the natural feelings and ideas of earliest primitive human beings. Freemasons hoped that such a NATURAL RELIGION could act as a substitute for dogmatic forms of Christianity. This natural, universal set of beliefs would bring men (no women were originally admitted) from conflicting religious and socioeconomic backgrounds together into a common brotherhood of humanity. The ideals of the Enlightenment—religious TOLERATION, the universal brotherhood of humankind, REASON, PROGRESS, PERFECTIBILITY, and humanitarian values—find early expression in the teachings of English Masonic organizations. And the rites of the organization were designed to ensure that these ideals would be realized. [sic]

Freemasonry has never “searched for universal religious beliefs rooted in the natural feelings and ideas of earliest primitive human beings,” (7)(13) and Anderson sure did not, since he was a Presbyterian pastor from Scotland. Anderson was a devout Christian, and mentions that Freemasonry is of Catholic origin. John Desaguliers was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1717, so he would not have searched for any other religion, and he wrote the books dedication, where the authors claim that this “search” and “deism” was found. One also notices the lack of citation through this entire so-called encyclopedia article, which means that it is all personal opinion and pure speculation!

Freemasonry has never “hoped that such a NATURAL RELIGION could act as a substitute for dogmatic forms of Christianity.” (13) The founders of the secular fraternity of Freemasonry were Christians, and the earlier body of Freemasonry was of Catholic origin. Freemasonry is not a religion nor is it a substitute for one. It is a meeting place for those good men of every religion, who believes in the one God, to congregate and have a fellowship while leaving their religion at the door. The men from conflicting religions were those of Christianity, both Protestant and Catholic, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, etc. This paragraph sounds like more conspiracy propaganda to me.

Freemasonry grew rapidly in England and in Scotland, but the English lodges remained markedly distinct from the Scottish lodges, separated on political rather than philosophical grounds. The Scottish lodges served as sources of institutional support for the JACOBITES. These people supported the claims of the Stuarts to the 18th century British throne. From their exile in FRANCE, the Jacobites and the Stuart pretender to the throne marshalled support for their claims. Between 1700 and 1720, they also established the first French Masonic lodges to provide a secret organization through which to disseminate their political claims. [sic]

The Jacobites had nothing to do with the Scottish Lodges not joining under the new Grand Lodge in London England. The Scottish Lodges were mainly all still operative at the time, and were still building for the monarchy and the church. Several operative Scottish Freemasons came to the US in order to build the hewn stone buildings of the new US government in Washington DC, starting with the White House and the Capital Building. The Scottish Lodges did not want to join a speculative Grand Lodge over this, and it was many years until they started a Scottish Grand Lodge, in 1736, which was in amity with the United Grand Lodge in England. (8) Only one third of the Scottish Lodges were represented by their new Grand Lodge at that time. The rest is pure rumor and speculation about any “secret organization,” which was parroted by the Catholic church. It seems to me, that the authors of this book are again quoting conspiracy theory instead of fact.

Also, during this time, the Grand Lodge in London had one Grand Master, (who gained it under dubious means), that was a professed Jacobite who claimed that it was: “not for religious or nationalist reasons, but, he explained, because he was a true Old Whig like his father, whose principles had been betrayed by Walpole and the new non-native royals.” That was Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton, who, during his time as Grand Master from June 1722 to June 1723, got himself in deep debt and in trouble over his publishing. On “June 24, 1723, he attempted, unsuccessfully, to deprive the new Grand Master of the privilege of appointing his Deputy, by making the office subject to election in Grand Lodge. Unsuccessful in his attempt, the minutes of Grand Lodge record that “The late Grand Master went away from the Hall without Ceremony.” (16) That was the last time he ever associated himself with the Grand Lodge in London. The 6th Grand Master who replaced him, was Francis Scott, 2nd Duke of Buccleuch.

It was well known about the history of the Scottish Lodges and the truth about the pretender King, which was written about in the Book of Words, by Albert Pike, on pp. 27-28. Below, I quote the truth of the matter, and show that an Irishman by the name of Laurence Dermott, had created a schism between regular Freemasonry in Britain and France, when he wrote Ahiman Rezon and introduced it to the Freemasons of England.

Laurence Dermott, author of the Ahiman Rezon, began his schism about the year 1745, in which year the Pretender, as the legitimate King of England and Scotland was called, made an attempt to recover the throne.

Dermott was an Irishman, and, it is all together probable, an adherent in secret of the Stuarts. The English Masonry [regular] was Hanoverian, Hanoverian noblemen managed it, the Prince of Wales being a member, and the third Grand Master and several subsequent ones, Ministers of George the first. Hence, probably, the rebellion of Dermott against the Grand Lodge of England; and his charge that it had removed the old Landmarks, and his claim that he and his adherents were the Ancient Masons.

Dermott himself introduced into England, about 1750, the Royal Arch, modified from that of Enoch, with other French degrees; and the title of his book, which he never explained, meant, we believe “A Brother, Constituted or Accepted Prince”, to show to those who could understand, under cover of a title of a book, that he was a Prince-Mason [one loyal to the prince?], as those called themselves in France who had the high degrees, and that he was a Jacobite – an adherent of the family of Stuart.

Many of the English say that the Stuart line was none the such, and we can see that it was the Irishman, Dermott, who created the schism in Freemasonry about this. Below are some more facts about the Stuart line.

James Francis Edward Stuart, the Roman Catholic son of the deposed James II and VII, was barred from the succession to the throne by the Act of Settlement 1701. Notwithstanding the Act of Union 1707, he claimed the separate thrones of Scotland, as James VIII, and of England and Ireland, as James III, until his death in 1766. In Jacobite terms, Acts of Parliament (of England or Scotland) after 1688, (including the Acts of Union) did not receive the required Royal Assent of the legitimate Jacobite monarch and, therefore, were without legal effect. James was responsible for a number of conspiracies and rebellions, particularly in the Highlands of Scotland. The most notable was the Jacobite rising of 1715-16.

Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), James Francis’ elder son and the would-be Charles III, who led in his father’s name the last major Jacobite rebellion, the Jacobite rising of 1745-46. He died in 1788 without legitimate issue.

Henry Benedict Stuart (Cardinal-Duke of York), the younger brother of Charles Edward and a Roman Catholic Cardinal, who took up the claim to the throne as the would-be Henry IX of England, though he was the final Jacobite heir to publicly do so. He died unmarried in 1807.

The Act of Settlement was prompted by the failure of King William III and Queen Mary II, as well as of Mary’s sister Queen Anne, to produce any surviving children, and [due to] the Roman Catholic religion of all other members of the House of Stuart. The line of Sophia of Hanover was the most junior among the Stuarts, but consisted of convinced Protestants. Sophia died on 8 June 1714, before the death of Queen Anne on 1 August 1714, at which time Sophia’s son duly became King George I and started the Hanoverian dynasty.

The act played a key role in the formation of the Kingdom of Great Britain. England and Scotland had shared a monarch since 1603, but had remained separately governed countries. The Scottish parliament was more reluctant than the English to abandon the House of Stuart, members of which had been Scottish monarchs long before they became English ones. English pressure on Scotland to accept the Act of Settlement was one factor leading to the parliamentary union of the two countries in 1707.Under the Act of Settlement anyone who became a Roman Catholic, or who married one, became disqualified to inherit the throne. The act also placed limits on both the role of foreigners in the British government and the power of the monarch with respect to the Parliament of England. Some of those provisions have been altered by subsequent legislation.

Along with the Bill of Rights 1689, the Act of Settlement remains today one of the main constitutional laws governing the succession not only to the throne of the United Kingdom, but to those of the other Commonwealth realms, whether by assumption or by patriation. The Act of Settlement cannot be altered in any realm except by that realm’s own parliament and, by convention, only with the consent of all the other realms, as it touches on the succession to the shared crown.

As one can see, the Stuart line did not hold to the Bill of Rights of 1689, nor the Act of Settlement of 1701, (nor did the Catholic church, who was stirring the pot), so the Stuarts were not legitimate. Now, I continue on with the untruthful encyclopedia article on Freemasonry.

In England, meanwhile, the Masonic lodges loyal to the Grand Lodge of London (called Blue Lodges) had developed strong ties to the Hanoverian dynasty and to the political principles of the Whig Party. They repudiated the radical republicanism of the 17th-century English Commonwealth, favoring instead a monarchy with firm constitutional limitations. They also dedicated themselves to philanthropic activities. [sic]

The Lodges in England have never been known as “Blue Lodges“; they are known as Craft Lodges. Blue Lodge is an term coined in the United States. Also, the Lodges did not repudiate republicanism, as again, the author misses what Anderson stated in the Constitution; that the talk of religion or politics are not tolerated in the Lodge. Most of the membership of regular Freemasonry did proclaim their support for democracy, liberty, freedom of religion and speech, and education for all (republicanism), outside of Lodge, though the Lodge itself did not teach nor support anything concerning it. A small number of the membership did not support it either (those being from the old ruling class). To discuss politics in Lodge would lead to suspension or expulsion. Also, see above, about the one Grand Master of 1723, Philip, 1st Duke of Wharton, who was in for one year and did not associate with the London Grand Lodge afterwards. Members supporting the Whig Party, does not equate to Jacobinism. The Whig Party supported the great aristocratic families, the Protestant Hanoverian succession, and toleration for nonconformist Protestants who were the dissenters, such as Presbyterians. Some Tories supported the exiled Stuart royal family’s claim to the throne. The Whigs primarily advocated the supremacy of Parliament, while calling for the toleration for Protestant dissenters. They adamantly opposed a Catholic as king. They opposed the Catholic Church because they saw it as a threat to liberty. It seems to me that the encyclopedia’s authors get the two parties reversed, especially about republicanism. This whole thing article looks more like Roman Catholic propaganda to me.

The authors do not mention the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which changed Britain’s monarchy into a constitutional monarchy with popular sovereignty. Here, citizen’s natural rights, democracy, and liberty was brought into the British Constitution from the ideas of those like John Locke. The next revolution was that of the United States. The US Constitution contains the ideas of liberty and democracy from those like Locke. Later, the French Revolution brought about a democratic government based on liberty and natural rights, as did the later revolution in Italy. The only people who were against the revolutions was the monarchs, the ruling class, and the Catholic church, who put the monarchs and ruling class in place. The people themselves, not Freemasonry, had enough of the status quo, and fought for those basic rights everywhere in Europe. It started with the reformation, when Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the church door. All those revolutions were a form of republicanism.

Below, I quote Anderson’s Constitution, about discussing politics or religion in the Lodge:

Therefore no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State Policy, we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion above-mention’d ; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages, and are resolv’d against all Politics, as what never yet conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will. [sic]

Notice, above, that Anderson’s Constitution bans politics and religion being discussed and that it mentions the Catholic religion, (though there were many more Anglican and other protestant members at the time of Anderson’s Constitution being written). Freemasonry started under Catholicism as operative Freemasonry. Operative Freemasons were who built Cathedrals and buildings for the monarchs and church, which was and still is totally against Deism. It continued on with the fraternities Protestant founders. Now, I continue on with debunking the Encyclopedia article in question.

The membership of English Freemasonry included several high-ranking aristocrats, Whig Party members and sympathizers, deists, and members of the Royal Society of London. Among their number were Desaguliers, Brook TAYLOR, John TOLAND, and Robert WALPOLE. [sic]

One notices that the author slips in deist again, though they do not cite any source. If there were any deists as members and they believed in God, the creator, then that was their business and their belief. They would not be allowed to talk about it in the Lodge. It would seem that the authors think that you, the reader, will not actually read Anderson’s Constitution of 1723 to find the truth.

As Freemasonry grew, the number of distinct rites (rituals and teachings) also proliferated. This phenomenon accounts for the vast and confusing complexity of enlightened freemasonry. It also helps to explain the kaleidoscope of reactions to the organization that occurred across Europe. [sic]

Freemasonry teaches nothing but a moral lesson per degree, which is an allegorical (fictional) play. The lecture afterward hints at things, which are barely broached, and leaves it up to the candidate to study that, if they want, later on. They are under no obligation to do so, nor are they told to do so. The subjects which are hinted at are from a multitude of different academic fields.

Certain lodges in German-speaking states incorporated the teachings of the ROSICRUCIANS, while others, especially in Bavaria and AUSTRIA, joined with the Bavarian ILLUMINATI. The result was the creation of both a conservative Rosicrucian Freemasonry and of a progressive and actively revolutionary Illuminist Freemasonry. Similarly, in France, the progressive, deist Loge des Neuf Soeurs existed alongside lodges devoted to mystical, esoteric rites. The latter, inspired in some instances by the comte de SAINT-GERMAIN, Louis-Claude de SAINT-MARTIN, and Emanuel SWEDENBORG, included the Scottish rites, the Cohen Elect (Élus Cohens), Adhonimarite Masonry, the Philalètes, and the rites of Benedict Chastanier. [sic]

The author states “while others, especially in Bavaria and AUSTRIA, joined with the Bavarian ILLUMINATI“, but does not cite one drop of evidence for this. There is no source or proof of this, at all. (18) The Illuminati, allegedly, did try to infiltrate Lodges in Germany and France, but their success has not been proven in any writing, whatsoever. (9)(18) As a matter of fact, the Bavarian Lodges of Strict Observance, which was infiltrated by the Illuminati, was ordered to be disbanded at the Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad. They didn’t tell you that, did they? The books that have been written which claim this infiltration, such as the ones by John Robison and Augustin Barruel, have been debunked by many scholars. (18) Mostly, it was all rumor and speculation generated by the Catholic church, with Barruel being a Jesuit priest, who Robison cited. (18) Robison said he had a spy, who just happened to be a Benedictine Black Monk, with Robison himself being a Catholic apologist.

You also notice that the author tries to push the word, deist, again, with not one drop of proof. They seem to think that if one or two Freemasons were deists, then the entire membership was. The Catholic church has used that ploy since the fraternity of regular Freemasonry was founded. The members of Loge des Neuf Soeurs did support the American Revolution. The authors seem to contradict themselves, again, as Freemasonry could not be “devoted to mystical, esoteric rites” if deism was what Freemasonry professed, since those mystical and esoteric rites would be considered “superstitious”. One has to laugh at the audacity of the authors.

Finally, this is quoted as their source material for further reading, at the end of the article on Freemasonry:

Further reading:

Bernard Fäy, Revolution and Freemasonry,
1680–1800 (Boston: Little, Brown, 1935)

Margaret C. Jacob, Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics
in Eighteenth-Century Europe (New York: Oxford University
Press, 1991)

Margaret C. Jacob, The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons, and Republicans (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1981).

No wonder their facts are wrong, as they are either paraphrasing or quoting Margret Jacobs of UCLA, who knows nothing about regular Freemasonry, because she isn’t one. One can read my article about the CBS News’ article: 9 things you didn’t know about Freemasonry, to see where I have debunked some of Mrs. Jacob’s other misconceptions about Freemasonry, along with brother Brent Morris, PhD, who is a Masonic historian.

Last, Bernard Fäy (4)(12) was an anti-Masonic polemicist, who believed in a worldwide Jewish-Freemason conspiracy. That is what these authors also used for their source material, and they have the unmitigated gall to ask you to believe it! If this “encyclopedia” wasn’t proposed or instigated by the Catholic church, I’ll eat my hat. Read more below about Fäy:

Faÿ edited and published, during the four years of the German occupation of France, a monthly review Les Documents maçonniques (“Masonic Documents”), which published historical studies of Freemasonry together with essays on the role of Freemasonry in society and frank anti-Masonic propaganda. (5)

During Faÿ’s tenure with the Vichy regime, 989 Freemasons were sent to concentration camps, where 549 were shot. In addition, about 3,000 lost their jobs. All Freemasons were required by law to declare themselves to authorities. (4)

In 1943 Faÿ produced the film Forces Occultes, directed by Jean Mamy, which depicts a worldwide Jewish-Freemason conspiracy. (3)

Despite his anti-Semitism, Faÿ, who was suspected to be a Gestapo agent for much of the occupation, protected Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Following the liberation, Stein wrote a letter on Faÿ’s behalf, when he was tried as a collaborator. (1) In 1946, a French court condemned him to dégradation nationale, a forced labor for life, but he managed to escape to Switzerland in 1951. (2) The funding to facilitate his prison breakout came from Alice B. Toklas. Faÿ was pardoned by French President René Coty in 1959.

All together, this article about Freemasonry in the Encyclopedia of Enlightenment, edited by Reill and written by Wilson, is pure hogwash; it’s errant at best and lies at worst, so the rest of the book would be suspect at best. It would almost seem as if it was written by a Catholic apologist, propagandist, or someone in their clergy, especially when noticing the emphasis placed on certain words such as Deism, which is very telling.

Dr. Jacobs has shown herself to be completely inept about the subject of Freemasonry, (I have personally listened to her lectures and read her writing). She is not a regular Freemason, though she touts a PhD in history, and evidently that is all the authors used for their source material besides Faÿ, who was a Gestapo collaborator and anti-Masonic bigot that wrote conspiracy theories which have been proven patently false. Any page in this so-called Encyclopedia, which mentions Freemasonry, is not worth the paper that it is written on, and the text might as well be ripped out and discarded.

From the French orchestra conductor and brother Freemason,  Maximianno Cobra:

Liberty, beloved Liberty – Fight with your defenders! (From La Marseillaise)

Bestiality, ignorance, bigotry, and all of their vile obscurantist (14) processions are at your feet – My Freedom – Your Freedom – Our Freedom, as a base, Equality and Fraternity come through as our goal!

My respects and my solidarity are with those who died for this ultimate fight, and giving us the Enlightenment, and the Forces that continue and triumph!

Vive la France, Vive la République – indivisible, secular, democratic and social!

–Maximianno Cobra, Nov. 2015

As a companion to the article, read my article: Catholicism can’t have it two ways about Freemasonry, and you will see where the deism claim was spawned from.

Footnotes (at least I do cite many scholarly sources):

  1. Michael Kimmelman: The Last Act (review of Janet Malcolm, “Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice”), New York Review of Books, Vol. LIV No. 16 (Oct. 25, 2007), pp. 4-5.
  2. Alan Riding (2010). And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-26897-6.
  3. Zox-Weaver, Annalisa (2011). Women Modernists and Fascism. Cambridge UP. p. 89.
  4. Bernard Faÿ article at Med Library.org
  5. Historia Thématique: Aux heures sombres de Vichy, 2005, Michèle Cointet. Also see (12) below.
  6. Deism is “a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe,” and, Deism is defined as: “the natural religion/philosophy of Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear that are so strongly represented in all of the “revealed” religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam.Desim has never been taught nor mentioned in regular Freemasonry. Deism, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica: “Deism refers to what can be called natural religion, the acceptance of a certain body of religious knowledge that is inborn in every person or that can be acquired by the use of reason and the rejection of religious knowledge when it is acquired through either revelation or the teaching of any church….In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the word Deism was used by some theologians in contradistinction to theism, the belief in an immanent God who actively intervenes in the affairs of men. In this sense, Deism was represented as the view of those who reduced the role of God to a mere act of creation in accordance with rational laws discoverable by man and held that, after the original act, God virtually withdrew and refrained from interfering in the processes of nature and the ways of man”. Deism in the Merrian-Webster Dictionary: “A movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe.”
  7. Freemasonry has studied all the comparative religions through the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia which is “an independent Christian society,” who “accept[s] and believe[s] in the fundamental principles of the Trinitarian Christian faith“, to understand the comparative religions history and affect on Judaism and Christianity, and “for Masons who wish to extend their contemplation of the hidden mysteries of Nature and Science“. Since Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is a substitute for one, then it does not look for one to replace the other. Freemasonry was founded by Christians, both Protestant and Catholic. To state that they were looking for another religion is a fallacy to which I quote the authors; “searched for universal religious beliefs rooted in the natural feelings and ideas of earliest primitive human beings,” and “hoped that such a NATURAL RELIGION [note their added emphasis] could act as a substitute for dogmatic forms of Christianity“, which is not stated anywhere in the writings of the original Lodges or Grand Lodge, nor is it today. It is not stated anywhere in Anderson’s Constitution. The charges of the secular fraternity state it plainly, in that the Lodge is to”oblige them to that Religion in which all Men agree, leaving their particular Opinions to themselves; that is, to be good Men and true, or Men of Honour and Honesty, by whatever Denominations or Persuasions they may be distinguished…” [sic]
  8. See the lecture of the Curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, Brother Robert L. D. Cooper, The Evolution of Scottish Freemasonry, from Lewis Masonic.
  9. See the blog article: “The 1782 Congress of Wilhelmsbad“. It states: “According to anti-Masons and conspiracy theorists alike, this Convention is where the Illuminati integrated and took-over the Masonic fraternity even though they provide no citation or documentation, but rely on speculation,” and concludes, “With the limited information that is indicative of 18th century Masonry record keeping, it is not surprising to see theories that are formed based solely on speculation and not fact, whether by Masons or otherwise.” Most of these theories and speculation came from the Catholics. Here, Augustin Barruel was a Jesuit priest and an anti-Mason, who wrote about a conspiracy first, then John Robison copied his work and cited Barruel. Those like the anti-Mason and Gestapo collaborator, Bernard Fäy, cite Robison and Barruel as proof.
  10. See “Ars Quatuor Coronatorum of the Twentieth Century” at the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.
  11. See the academic paper, titled: “Freemasonry and the Transmission of Geometry” by James C. Stewart, at Academia.edu.
  12. Freemasons The commitment the dark hours of Vichy, by By Michèle Cointet.
  13. See the academic editorial paper, titled: “Cats Dont Go To Heaven“, by James C. Stewart, at Academia.edu. I quote: “In fact, all discussion of religion and politics is forbidden within a Masonic Lodge,” and “Freemasonry is not a religion, nor has it ever claimed the prerogatives of religion, yet Freemasonry’s detractors continue to believe since Freemasonry doesn’t define God, it cannot be their God. Freemasonry believes that men of all faiths can dwell together in peace. Freemasonry requires its members to believe in God but will not dictate those beliefs.
  14. obscurantist : opposition to the spread of knowledge : a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public. 2 a : a style (as in literature or art) characterized by deliberate vagueness or abstruseness b : an act or instance of obscurantism.
  15. See the World Union of Deists website, here.
  16. See Philip, Duke of Wharton, at the Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon, here.
  17. See Will and Ariel Durant, The Age of Louis XIV (1963), at the Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon, here.
  18. The Bavarian Illuminati In America: The New England Conspiracy Scare, 1798, by Vernon Stauffer, PHD, pub. 1918.

Masonic Bologna

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. – Plato

I ran across the pictorial drawing, below, along with the book: Masonry Beyond the Light, and wish to debunk the fallacious conspiracy peddling author, William “Bill” Schnoebelen, and his publisher, Jack Chick, who invented the drawing, and published the book of fallacies that it is in. One can tell that they are parroting the Taxil Hoax, on top of regurgitating every conspiracy fallacy, and hoax, that has rolled down the turnpike, and they know it is a lie, which they repeat to sell books and videos to the gullible. Let’s take a good look at the photo below, and compare it to real regular Freemasonry. (1)

Masonic Balogna

Picture from Masonry Beyond the Light by William “Bill” Schnoebelen, pg 207, Chick Publications. A similar drawing can be found by the conspiracist Henry Makow. (2)(3)

Right off the bat, at the top or above the capstone, we see Leo Taxil’s lucifer, shining brightly, which is only a term used by the uneducated within the Protestant church, and the lying conspiracy peddlers. Please read my article on Who is lucifer. Schnoebelen even makes himself look more the fool, by showing the Eye of Horus on the capstone, which regular Freemasonry does not use, and anyone who compares it to Masonic symbology can tell the difference. What regular Freemasonry does use, is the Eye of Providence, which the fraternity borrowed from the Catholic church, and has been used for hundreds of years, to show the all-seeing eye of God. The eye, symbolizing God, is older than the Egyptians, and can be traced as far back as the ancient Sumerians. Also, Freemasonry does not use the triangle around the eye, as that is for denoting the trinity, in symbology. That is not seen in regular secular Freemasonry, but is in both the Scottish and York Rites, which are Christian based.

The eye, without the triangle, is a Masonic symbolic representation of the Hebrew letter yod, (the first letter in Gods name: YHVH or IHVH), which has the sound of “Y” or “I” (“I ” thus the eye symbol for a reminder). Yod or “yud” has always represented God due to it being the first letter in God’s name, thus the eye is a symbolic reminder of the “I” sound for yod. Yod is used throughout Freemasonry, as a symbol of God, and in Hebrew, it can also define worker and worship. It is within a triangle on the Scottish Rite’s  14th degree ring, (the Eye of Providence), to signify God and the Holy Trinity, since it is a Christian degree. In Judaic mystical tradition, yod signifies a small dot, a divine point of energy, and thus the primal nucleus at creation and God. It indicates God’s omnipotent presence. One would think that Schnoebelen would know this, if he had actually attended a real divinity school. Lies have a way of catching up to the untruthful.

Aachen Cathedral

yod

The next step of the pyramid shows The Great Architect of the Universe, which he gives as Ain Soph, though a more correct Hebrew translation is Ein Soph, who is God, the unknowable I AM, who has no name, but what man has given the creator of the universe. Yes, that I do agree with, except that Ein Soph should be located over what is shown, somewhere in the sky, as used in Freemasonry. Here though, God, or the GAOTU, is always represented by the Eye of Providence, less the right triangle. I highly doubt that the idiots, Schnoebelen and Chick, who drew the pyramid, know what Ein Soph actually means.

The The Great Architect of the Universe was used by medieval Christianity, at least to the 13th century, as a name for God, and John Calvin, the French Theologian, who started Calvinism, used the name repeatably, when writing and preaching. The GAOTU was depicted in the Christian bibles of that time, as God laying out the universe with a compass. In his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), Calvin repeatedly calls the Christian God “the Architect of the Universe”, and also refers to his works as “Architecture of the Universe”. Bill Schnoebelen, the charlatan in mention, will not reveal this to you, nor will, for example, the bigoted lunatic liar at Jesus-is-Savior.com, ran by David J. Stewart, (who even has a fake webpage counter claiming 79,509,660 visitors, (14) has a webpage claiming to not be a hate site, when it clearly is, (15) and gives Alex Jones and other crackpots as a scholarly source), (14) nor Ephesians5-11.org, which is ran by the charlatans Larry Kunk, David Carrico, and Dan Harting, (all outed as liars by the Southern Baptist Convention), whom make the same claims, and write the same fallacies. There is also Mike Hoggard, of Bethel Church, who is another, like the before mentioned, and is a personal friend of Schnoebelen. Hoggard and Kunk’s websites have anti-Masonic audio tapes, DVDs, etc, for sale, which doesn’t surprise me in the least, as Schnoebelen does too. Peddling prejudice, bigotry, hoaxes, lies, (especially misquoting scripture), discontent, and deceit are a known scam, by selling these items, and making money off the gullible. They are the worst of sinners, in various ways, according to at least 10 Biblical verses that I know of on bigotry alone, and that is not counting the verses about lying and stealing, nor profiting for these lies, from what I see as fraudulent actions.

God_the_Geometer

God as the Great Architect of the Universe, from a 13th century French Catholic Bible.

GAOTU!

Bible Moralisee: God the Creator, French Gothic, ca. 1225, Vienna

GAOTU2

From the Bible of St Louis, made between 1226 and 1234 for King Louis IX of France

Next, he shows “The Seven”, which is not a part of regular Freemasonry, though I’m pretty sure I know what it is that he is alluding to. The conspiracy idiots claim that Freemasonry rules over seven regions or continents of the world. That is nothing but pure, unadulterated, bull caca. I think it funny, that no government knows that their entire process is being ran by others, don’t you? Yes, all the leaders of these countries have the wool pulled over their eyes, according to this imbecile, and he claims that it is a fraternal organization that is supposedly doing it, when regular Freemasonry does not participate in politics nor religion, as mentioning either are banned within the Lodge. It is against the Masonic law of the fraternity.  The only other thing that it could be, is that he’s talking about a few college fraternities that are named similar, which Freemasonry has nothing to do with, since Freemasonry is a gentleman’s fraternity, which is the oldest labor union in the world, and not a college frat. Of course, Schnoebelen has been caught in too many lies to count, so his credibility is nil. He did claim to be an ex-Vampire, saying that biblical horse leeches proved it, and told a church congregation that Werewolves were real. That’s the Prophecy Club for you, as they’ll believe anything. Its other so-called pastors are no better than Bill.

As per Anderson’s Masonic Constitution of 1723:

VI of Behaviour, viz,
1. In the Lodge while constituted, etc. [sic]

or,

2. Behaviour after the Lodge is over and the Brethren not gone, “no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations or State Policy we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion abovementioned; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages and are resolv’d against all Politicks, as what never yet Conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will.”[sic]

Freemasonry was started under the Catholic church, as a college of artificers (a legal trade union), but the fraternity is open to any and all men, of good repute and moral character, of different religious beliefs.

The “9 unknown men” is another piece of conspiracy garbage, which refers to the book, The Nine Unknown, 1923, by Talbot Mundy, which is a work of FICTION! According to the History of India website, I quote the following:

Numerous figures who straddled the line between occultism and science fiction writing, most prominently (and apparently first) Louis Jacolliot, Talbot Mundy, and later Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in their Morning of the Magicians, propagated the story of the Nine claiming that the society occasionally revealed itself to wise outsiders such as Pope Sylvester II who was said to have received, among other things, training in supernatural powers and a robotic talking head from the group. In more recent times, according to this circle, the Nine assisted humanity by revealing the secret of the Cholera vaccine. [sic]

That is correct; the imbecile who claims this, Bill Schnoebelen, wants you to believe that a book of fiction is real, and that Pope Sylvester II received robotic talking head, and “training in supernatural powers”. Yes, Leo Taxil would have been proud of this book. Speaking of Taxil, Schnoebelen must believe that Diana Vaughan had a devil snake write prophecies on her back, with the tip of its tail, and another devil, in order to marry a female Mason, (which there are none of in regular Freemasonry), turned into a Crocodile and played the piano well. He also claimed that Diana was to be wed to the demon king, Asmodeus, and that Asmodeus took her to visit Eden, along with doing some planet hopping, in 1896. Taxil, the inventor of the fake Palladium, claimed that this is what happened, but then admitted that Mrs. Vaughan was only the name of his typist, and that none of her supposed antics were real, when he ended his hoax. You can’t pick and choose what you want to believe from Taxil’s writing on Freemasonry. So, if you believe Bill Schnoebelen and those of his ilk, this slush is what they are asking you to believe in.

Next, we make it to the Illuminati, which died with Adam Weishaupt, when he escaped from Bavaria to France in the middle of the night. Weishaupt had joined Freemasonry, but was only initiated as an Entered Apprentice, into a Lodge of Strict Observance, (a defunct form of Freemasonry), at Lodge Theodore of Good Council (Theodor zum guten Rath), Munich, in 1777, and was soon expelled, as he was there to steal the rituals, and recruit for his clandestine group. The Illuminati was exposed by several people, (6) including, supposedly, an ex-Freemason by the name of Baron von Adolph Knigge, (4) who had joined the Illuminati, but when he found out what Weishaupt was actually up to, he left, in 1784, and supposedly told his old Lodge, which he was no longer a member of. That was then reported to the Bavarian government, along with the “alleged reports” of supposed Jesuit spies, whom had allegedly infiltrated the group, (whether they did is very skeptical, as they have told many lies on this very subject), (12) and several ex-Illuminati members, whom had became disgruntled with the organization. (6)(12) Once the group was exposed, including its literature and membership list, in 1787, the Illuminati membership became known to all the European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, and American (north and south) governments. (12) Any power it had was gone, as the governments now knew what and who to look for. On top of that, Freemasonry was NEVER a part of the Illuminati, though the Illuminati allegedly tried to infiltrate the German and French Lodges, but there is no documented evidence that they succeeded, nor anyone was actually sent, (8)(12) as Freemasonry wanted the Illuminati disbanded from the start. As a matter of fact, the Lodge of Strict Observance, (which did have the Illuminati within it), was ordered to be disbanded at the 1782 Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad, where this infiltration was supposed to have taken place. Several wrote rebuttals to those like John Robison, who stated that his source was a Scottish Catholic Benedictine monk, (Black Monks), turned spy, named Alexander Horn, and abbot Augustin Barruel, a Jesuit priest, (9)(12) who claimed that the Illuminati still lived on, and was the cause of the French Revolution. (12) For a conspiracist to state this, it is like a slap to the face, or to spit on the grave, of all those people who were murdered, and badly treated, by the Catholic church and the monarchies during the reformation, which is what actually led to the French Revolution and several others. (12) Both Robison and Barruel were pro-Catholic and anti-Masonic, (12) with Barruel being a Jesuit priest, (12) so both men’s writing was tainted, due to whom they use as source material, as the Catholic church had spread many falsities during that time, based on pure rumor and speculation. (12) Both of their books have been debunked by university scholars. (12) The two men made a good amount of money from peddling their books of fallacies; doesn’t that sound familiar? It should, as others used their idea, later on, all the way to to the 21st century, by those like Schnoebelen and Chick.

Quoting Albert G. Mackey:

But it cannot be denied, that in the process of time, abuses had crept into the Institution [Illuminati], and that by the influence of unworthy men, the system became corrupted; yet the course accusations of Barruel and Robison, are known to be exaggerated, and some of them altogether false…. The Edicts [on June 22, 1784, for its suppression] of the Elector of Bavaria [Duke Karl Theodor] were repeated in [2 March 1785, 16 August 1787], and the Order began to decline, so that by the end of the eighteenth century, it had ceased to exist…. it exercised, while in prosperity, no favorable influence on the masonic institution, nor any unfavorable effect on it by its dissolution. (4)(5)

Next, we have the Palladium, (7)(13) of which its fakery is parroted by the fanatical teller of fallacies, Bill Schnoebelen. What can I say; these conspiracy imbeciles love Leo Taxil and Abel Clarin de la Rive’s fabrications and lies. Schnoebelen parrots them ad nauseam, and it makes one wonder, if Bill doesn’t have the mental defect known as Compulsive Lying Disorder. Also, Bill claims to have joined this fake order! I guess the idiots who still spread this muck, like Schnoebelen, have never read the last paragraph of the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on impostors. Well, I will quote it below:

Of a different type is the most notorious imposture of modern times, that of “Léo Taxil” and “Diana. Vaughan”. Léo Taxil, whose true name was G. Jogand-Pagès, had long been known as one of the most blasphemous and obscene of the anti-clerical writers in France. He had been repeatedly sentenced to fines and imprisonment for the filthy and libellous works he published. For example, on account of his atrocious book Les Amours de Pie IX” he was sentenced to pay 60,000 francs at the suit of the pope’s nephew. He had also founded the “Anti-Clerical”, a journal which fanatically attacked all revelation and religion. In 1885 it was announced that Léo Taxil had been converted, and he soon proceeded to publish a series of pretended exposures of the practices of Freemasonry, and particularly of the “Satanisme” or Devil-worship with which he declared it was intimately bound up. Amongst other attractions he introduced a certain “Diana Vaughan”, the heroine of “Palladism”, who was destined to be the spouse of the demon Asmodeus, but clung to virtue, and was constantly visited by angels and devils. Various other writers, Bataille, Margiotta, Hacks, etc., exploited the same ideas and became in a measure Taxil’s confederates. In 1896-1897 the imposture was finally shown up and Taxil cynically admitted that Diana Vaughan was only the name of his typist. [See Portalié, “La Fin d’une mystification”, Paris, 1897, and H. Gruber (H. Gerber), “Leo Taxils Palladismus Roman”, and other works, 1897-8.] Of Dr. Dowie, who professed to represent a second coming on earth of the prophet Elias, and of his followers the “Zionists”, of the Christian Scientists, of the late Madame Blavatsky and A. P. Sinnett, the prophets of Esoteric Buddhism, of Mrs. Annie Besant and the believers in reincarnation, there is no need to say more here than that the existence of such cults proves conclusively that the age of credulity is not yet over.

Also, please read my article on the Taxil Hoax. This Palladium hoax, which is part of the Taxil Hoax, has been known of since Leo Taxil publicly confessed to creating it, and lying about Albert Pike and Freemasonry, in April 1897, and May, 1906. (7)(13) AC de la Rive, Taxil’s publishing partner, also retracted what he wrote about, in his book, Woman and Child in Universal Freemasonry. De la Rive recanted this book’s text, in the magazine that he published, titled: Freemasonry Revealed, which he published in the April 1897 issue. The Palladian hoax can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia, at the last paragraph, under the article on Impostors. Also, see this article about Leo Taxil, at Encyclopedia.com. Even US News and World Report published an article about the Palladian lie, (13) and below, I quote from it.

Taxil fabricated an entire cast of far-flung Masons. His most popular creation was Diana Vaughan, a member of a fictitious group of American Freemasons called the Palladian Order, whose inner workings she described in her autobiography. “Her Luciferian origin and principles,” Taxil wrote, “were shown . . . by the devils who attended her and through whose aid she made excursions to Mars.” Such accusations were eagerly imbibed by a public wary of the secretive and politically progressive Masons. [sic]

Taxil’s work informs today’s extremist Christian literature as well. Chick Publications, which distributes Christian tracts, offers a short comic strip that calls Masonry witchcraft and fezzes (worn by the Shriners, a subset of Masonry) “idols dedicated to a false god.” It even refers to Albert Pike, a real South Carolina Mason who was caricatured into a Satanist by Taxil. In his 1991 bestseller New World Order, evangelist Pat Robertson implicated Freemason “occultism” in a supposed international financial conspiracy. And a Mississippi group called Ex-Masons for Jesus brands the order a “pagan religion.” [sic]

Taxil himself had no intention of aiding any Christian cause: He wanted to embarrass Rome. After promising to present Diana Vaughan to the public in April 1897, he instead used the occasion to reveal himself as a fake and to thank the church for its gullibility. “Palladism, my most beautiful creation, never existed except on paper and in thousands of minds,” he told a crowd of 300. They were incensed, but Taxil had once more outwitted his audience: He had requested that all umbrellas and canes be checked at the door. [sic]

Next, we have Bill’s simpleton claim, that the Ordo Templi Orientis is a part of Freemasonry. That is a bare faced lie. He claims this, because Aleister Crowley joined an irregular (fake) Lodge of Freemasonry, in France, under the Grand Orient (1)(11), but he was never a member of regular Freemasonry. He was never made a real 33rd, either, (since he was handed a paper in Mexico, in one day, which he wrote about). When Crowley took it upon himself to visit the United Grand Lodge of England, he was quickly thrown out on his rear. The OTO has NEVER been associated with Freemasonry, period, end of story. The OTO and Thelema are the creations of Crowley himself.

The next step, that he shows, is the “Ancient & Primitive Rite 97 degrees”, also known as the “Egyptian Rite”. Well, this clearly shows that the uneducated simpleton, Bill Schnoebelen, has no idea about what he is talking about, even though the liar claims to have taken these degrees, (as there are 99 degrees, not 97, and those highest five are what are known as the administrative degrees, or the 95th to the 99th, which I doubt Schnoebelen could have ever obtained, as the 95th is as high as a regular member can go, who has not been a member for many years, and who is not voted in to run the entire organization). The Rite is also known as the Rite of Memphis Misraim, which is as irregular and clandestine as it comes, (1) as it’s under the irregular Grand Orient of France. These conspiracy imbeciles will not tell you that. This rite is not given in regular Freemasonry, ANYWHERE, and it never has been! The Lodge that he claimed that he took this Rite at, is at Milwaukee, and it is a regular Lodge! It is an impossibility to take that rite there. There is no truth in Bill Schnoebelen.

The next step that they show, is the so-called Order of the Trapezoid. This is part of Anton LaVey‘s Church of Satan. That is correct; this lying imbecile, stooped that low, to make this claim. This, again, comes from the lying imbecile, Schnoebelen, and nothing seems to be beneath a charlatan such as he. Even a three year old child would know better than this, but the inventor of the pyramid, Silly Bill, has less of an IQ than a three year old, with no morals, and he must think that is all you have, too. Bill claims to be an ex-Satanist, along with an ex-Witch Doctor, ex-Catholic, ex-Jew, ex-Mormon, and an ex of many other things also.

Now, I’ll destroy three of his bottom steps in one blast. The Supreme Council of Sovereign Inspectors, (an office), The Grand Sovereign Inspectors (the 33rd degree Masons who sit in the office), and the two Rites, both Scottish and York, are in essence the same thing, except that the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, are two independent, but appendant, bodies of regular Freemasonry, which essentially have the same degree work, though the York Rite has less degrees. The lying imbecile separated them, to make up his thirteen steps, (so that it would sound spooky, by using the number 13), and I highly doubt if he understands what the thirteen steps of the Great Seal of the United States pyramid describes. He also made sure to mention the Supreme Council, as it is mentioned in the Taxil Hoax. Read my article: About the CBS News’ article: 9 things you didn’t know about Freemasonry, to find out the truth about the US Great Seal.

Bill Schnoebelen claims to have been a member of Freemasonry, under an alias, ‘Christopher Syn’, and claims to have legally changed his name. He has also been caught faking certificates for organizations and diplomas for schools that doesn’t exist. Freemasonry does not let those with fake names or credentials join, period, as the Lodge would find out the truth before he could have been voted on. Also, Bill was supposedly a member of all these groups and churches, including satan worship, around the same time, according to the dates he published, so, one wonders how he could attend or afford them all, since an ex-friend (10) of his, stated that Bill worked in a scrap (recycling) yard at the time. (10) He also states that Schnoebelen is a habitual liar and fraud of the worst kind. (10) Schnoebelen bets on non-Masons not knowing these facts. In Freemasonry, every candidate is investigated over their morals, who they are, their criminal record, and then voted upon for membership. If you lie, try to hide who you are, or are a satanist, you will not be allowed in. One of the funniest things is, that Schnoebelen claims to have joined the mythical Palladian, which was part of the Taxil Hoax, and was never a part of Freemasonry, anywhere, even in the irregular Lodges.

Next, is the Shrine. The Shriners are a separate organization than that of Freemasonry, which only the U.S. Grand Lodges see as regular. (1) It was started by a handful of New York physicians, at the Knickerbocker club, who wanted a Freemasons only club, where they could belly up to the bar and have a good time, since alcohol has always been banned in the U.S. Lodges of Freemasonry. It was set up as a charity, and several hospitals were built, which are still running today, helping children who have severe burns, and physical handicaps. The Shriners have stated that they have dropped away from being a part of Freemasonry, in a letter that they sent to the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, when they changed their corporate name in 2010.

That leaves us with “Blue Lodge” Freemasonry. I had a right laugh over this one. The term “Blue Lodge” is only used in the United States. Freemasonry is Freemasonry, which is the oldest Order, and a Master Mason, a third (3rd) degree member, is as high as anyone can go in rank. The color blue comes from the rings that we wear. A blue background signifies a Master Mason, and a red background signifies that you also belong to one of the two appendant Rites. A thirty-third, in the Scottish Rite, carries no more rank than a third, (though a thirty-third is entitled to wear his cap in a Lodge of Freemasons as an honor). Those extra degrees mean nothing. They are extra lessons or degrees that one can take, and that is all there is to it, through an appendant order (Rite). Imagine Freemasonry, (the first three degrees), as the hub of a wagon wheel having thirty spokes, which are the extra degrees, sprouting from the hub around it. That is what it actually is. There is no such thing as any higher degrees, in regular Freemasonry, past the thirty-third, where the thirty-third is an honorary degree for years service. In the US, all Freemasons who join the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, are made thirty-seconds (32nds), over one weekend in many places. (We are all “Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret”, a 32nd degree, in the US Scottish Rite). In the UK and mainland Europe, it takes years to receive them, and the word, “Blue Lodge” is unheard of. Also, there is no truth to the rumor that a Master Mason does not know what is within the Scottish or York Rites, when both Rite’s Ritual and Monitor sit on the Lodges library shelves, and any Master Mason can read them. One can choose to read them, or not. That shows you how much Bill Schnoebelen knows, which is nothing but lies.

The United Grand Lodge of England, which is the Mother, Premiere, and Supreme Grand Lodge, severed ties with the Grand Orient de France in 1877, and revoked their warrant to operate. The GOF has been clandestine and irregular ever since. The GOF is where all those extra sixty-six degrees, (totaling ninty-nine), came from, along with the Rite of Memphis Misraim (Egyptian Rite), and the others, such as the infamous P2. Real, regular Freemasonry’s members are banned from attending one of their meetings, upon the penalty of expulsion. Regular Freemasonry consists of the Grand Lodges and subordinate Lodges under the United Grand Lodge of England, which are the largest in number. All US Grand Lodges are under the UGLE, besides a handful of fakes.

To give one an idea about the untruthfulness of Bill Schnoebelen, he even lies about what Webster’s Dictionary states about the word, religion, (lying by omission), in the same book. Schnoebelen claims Webster’s states this on page 30 (notice that these are all truncated parts of longer sentences), and the word, religion, can have several other meanings:

  1. …belief in a divine or superhuman power or powers to be obeyed and worshiped as the creator(s) and ruler(s) of the universe.
  2. …expression of this belief in conduct or ritual
  3. …any specific system or belief, worship, conduct, etc, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy.

Merriam-Webster states this in their online dictionary, and their 1913 edition:

Simple Definition of religion

: the belief in a god or in a group of gods

: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods

: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group

Full Definition of religion

:  the state of a religious

:  (1) the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) :  commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance

:  a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices

:  archaic :  scrupulous conformity :  conscientiousness

:  a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Webster’s 1913 Edition:

1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.

“An orderly life, so far as others are able to observe us, is now and then produced by prudential motives or by dint of habit; but without seriousness, there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion.”- Paley.

“Religion [was] not, as too often now, used as equivalent for godliness; but . . . it expressed the outer form and embodiment which the inward spirit of a true or a false devotion assumed.”- Trench.

“Religions, by which are meant the modes of divine worship proper to different tribes, nations, or communities, and based on the belief held in common by the members of them severally. . . . There is no living religion without something like a doctrine. On the other hand, a doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute a religion.”- C. P. Tiele (Encyc. Brit.).

“Religion . . . means the conscious relation between man and God, and the expression of that relation in human conduct.”- J. Köstlin (Schaff-Herzog Encyc.

“After the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.”- Acts xxvi. 5.

“The image of a brute, adorned with gay religions full of pomp and gold.”- Milton.

2. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”- Washington.

“Religion will attend you . . . as a pleasant and useful companion in every proper place, and every temperate occupation of life.”- Buckminster.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.

“A good man was there of religion.”- Chaucer.

4. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct. [One can take a bath religiously, every day]

“Those parts of pleading which in ancient times might perhaps be material, but at this time are become only mere styles and forms, are still continued with much religion.”- Sir M. Hale.

Natural religion
a religion based upon the evidences of a God and his qualities, which is supplied by natural phenomena. See Natural theology, under Natural.

Religion of humanity
a name sometimes given to a religion founded upon positivism as a philosophical basis.

Revealed religion
that which is based upon direct communication of God’s will to mankind; especially, the Christian religion, based on the revelations recorded in the Old and New Testaments.

Freemasonry has no “organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods”. There is no “worshiping”, which Schnoebelen leaves out, and is required to be a religion, nor has it: “the outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers”. A Freemason’s religion, along with his politics, are private to him. The belief in God, in order to swear a binding oath, and to be used as a moral screen, does not indicate a religion. Schnoebelen lies to the reader, by lying by omission, (via the truncated partial quotes), about what is required to be a religion, and that is to “worship”. Freemasons worship God, at the church of their choosing, on the Sabbath, and not in the Lodge.

The fraternity of regular Freemasonry has:

  • No specific Holy Book or Bible, which is known as the Volume of Sacred Law, in Freemasonry.
  • Though a belief in God, the creator, is required, there is no worship as in a church.
  • No sacraments or baptism.
  • No ordained clergy, nor any sermon.
  • No set definition or name of the Deity, and uses a generic name to satisfy all. Though the GAOTU is Christian, see above text.
  • No dogma, no creed; there is no ideological doctrine.
  • No means to salvation.
  • The fraternity is religion tolerant.
  • Freemasonry is a meeting place for all men of any religion, who believes in God. It is not a church.

Bill Schnoebelen used Webster’s old definitions, which he truncated, in order to lie by omission. Anti-Masons do this all the time, and we’re used to catching the liars in their act. On page 34, he truncates what Albert Pike stated in Morals & Dogma, about the word, religion, where he actually meant that one could do anything, all the time, at a set time, and it would be considered religious. I have always said that I bathe, religiously, every morning. A stage actor religiously follows his script each time he makes a performance. You religiously attend Lodge, by going on the same night, every month. Not only that, but the majority of Freemasonry disagreed with Pike, and have since the book was first published, about many of his ideas on comparative religion. That is why that the book was only given out in the southern jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite. Pikes book was his beliefs about comparative religions, and not that of the other members, nor that of Freemasonry itself. He admitted that he had copied 50% of it from others, and stated that one should disregard anything that they did not believe in, in the preface. It was even published, with Pike being informed that it was full of incorrect information, by those who formed the Lodge of Masonic Research (Masonic Authentic School), which was founded in 1886. Pike never spoke for Freemasonry, since no one Mason can do so. Each Freemason has different beliefs than their brothers, even if they are of the same religion or education. Freemasonry is there, for those of all differing beliefs, as a place to congregate and become better men, by learning the values of brotherly love, relief (charity), and truth, along with learning to not be a bigot towards others, no matter what the others beliefs are. Freemasonry teaches tolerance.

In the preface of Morals & Dogma, written by Albert Pike, it states:

In preparing this work, the Grand Commander has been about equally Author and Compiler; since he has extracted quite half of its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers. Perhaps it would have been better and more acceptable if he had extracted more and written less.

He continued:

Everyone is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound.

Pike also wrote: “The same arguments and evidences that convince one mind make no impression on another. This difference is in men at their birth. No man is entitled positively to assert that he is right, where other men, equally intelligent and equally well-informed, hold directly the opposite opinion. Each thinks it impossible for the other to be sincere, and each, as to that, is equally in error,” on page 165 of Morals & Dogma. Schnoebelen will not quote you this text.

Thus, Morals & Dogma is not the bible or book of Freemasonry, nor that of the Scottish Rite. It was Pike’s ideology, thoughts, and dogma; it was never authorized by Freemasonry. It was only given out in the Southern Jurisdiction of the US, not the Northern, nor was it given out within the rest of the continents and countries of the world. It would be the same as a priest penning his own book on his ideology, and everyone claiming that it was the official book of Catholicism. Many other Freemasons have penned unauthorized books, but you do not hear the anti-Masons talking about those as being the “bible” of Freemasonry. There is only one authorized book, and it is titled the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide.

The people who create this muck, like this pyramid fallacy, such as Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, are prejudiced lying bigots, whom are either conspiracy peddlers, and are knowingly lying, (and making money off the gullible from their lies), uneducated pastors in the Protestant churches, whom are just as bigoted, or by the Catholics. They are generally anti-Masonic, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Black, against any other church, but theirs, and pretty much ‘anti’ everything else. They do not care one whit to lie, if they can cause hate and discontent toward the groups mentioned, (look at some of the whoppers Pat Robertson has told, along with several Popes). Those like Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, his publisher, though, are making money off the gullible, which is worse. Jack is still publishing the lie about baphomet, in a comic book, though he has been shown the truth. Maybe, they need to read Proverbs: 6:16-19 and the eighth and ninth commandments? They might also need to read the several biblical verses about partiality toward one religion, which shows that God is not partial.

Proverbs 6:16-19 states what Jesus hates and considers a sin. I would say, that both Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, are guilty of at least six of the seven sins below, and maybe all seven, including, breaking the eighth and ninth commandments. I would not want to be an abomination in Jesus or Gods eyes.

Proverbs: 6:16-19:

16) These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18) An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Eighth Commandment:

Thou shalt not steal.

Ninth Commandment:

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

For those who think that they are better than anyone else, or that God is partial to their religion, and claim that they know the only way to salvation:

James 2:9

9) But if you show partiality, you are committing sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Luke 6:22

22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Hebrews 10:26

26) For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.

Proverbs 24:23

23) These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.

Acts 10:28

28) And he [Peter] said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man, who is a Jew, to associate with a foreigner, or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.

Acts 10:34-35

34) Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand, now, that God is not one to show partiality, 35) but in every nation, the man who fears Him, and does what is right, is welcome to Him.

Romans 10:12-13

12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13) for “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Galatians 3:28

28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11

11) a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

1 John 2:11

11) But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Neither Schnoebelen nor Chick, must be familiar with the following scripture about lying, either, which says much about their character and morals, which are totally lacking.

Proverbs 19:9

9) A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.

Proverbs 24:28

28) Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.

Colossians 3:9

9) Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices.

Exodus 23:1

1) You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Exodus 20:16

20) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Deuteronomy 5:20

20) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Matthew 15:19

19) For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

Psalm 55:23

23) But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days but I will trust in You.

Revelation 21:8

8) But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Revelation 22:15

15) For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Proverbs 12:22

22) Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.

John 8:44

44) Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Psalms 1:1

1) Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [Thus, I will never associate with those like Bill Schnoebelen nor Jack Chick, as I am above them.]

Conclusion:

Freemasonry is based on the following scripture:

2 Peter 1:5-7

5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

It would seem, that William “Bill” Schnoebelen nor Jack Chick, are as educated about religion as they claim. Also, from the biblical scripture above, they have sinned many times over, and continue to do so. They can not pick and choose what they like from the Bible, and ignore the rest. They either live by it or they don’t, and neither live by it at the moment.

Footnotes:

  1. Regular Freemasonry is Freemasonry practiced in regular Lodges. A Regular Lodge is a Lodge in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England, the Premiere and Mother Grand Lodge, and the first in the fraternity, which issued the first warrants or patents. All 52 U.S. Grand Lodges are in amity with the UGLE, and thus are all regular, along with their subordinate Lodges. Prince Hall was also made regular by the UGLE. The irregular Lodges are those under the Grand Orient de France, or the Rite of Memphis Misraim, and the Golden Dawn. The GOdF has not been regular, and were declared clandestine, in 1877, by the UGLE, who revoked their warrant/patent (charter). No regular Lodge nor member, will nor can, associate with them.
  2. From Rational Wiki: “Dr. Henry Makow, [doctor of English, not history], (b. 1949) is what you get when you cross a whiny, Warren Farell-esque men’s rights activist with a paranoid, David Icke conspiracy theorist. He believes the world is controlled by nefarious Judeo-Masonic/Satanic/Commie forces, spearheaded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He also believes that the aforementioned concocted feminism, is a scheme designed to encourage women not to have children, as part of greater depopulation efforts. His writings can be found on the notorious websites Whale.to [anti-Semitic and holocaust denial website], Jesus-is-savior.com [anti everything, except his church, which is ran from a city mission], and on Alex Jones’ PrisonPlanet [no description needed for this lunatic]”. [sic]
  3. Schnoebelen’s book, Masonry Beyond the Light, is available for download at the right places, and can be found by using certain file search engines, so don’t give the liar any money, if you wish to read his fictional and fanatical book of fallacies. You’ll be wasting your money, as it would be the same as buying a sack full of horse dung. I ask you, that if you do read it, compare it to my article on the Taxil Hoax, and you will be enlightened. The drawing above, is on page 207 out of 288, which shows that the book’s size would equal that of a thin magazine, (133 pages, when put on 8-1/2 x 11 paper), if you bought it. It is a small book with big text, go figure. It’s a book of lies from cover to cover, and that is why many churches have written articles denouncing Schnoebelen, such as the Southern Baptist Convention, and many others.
  4. An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, Volume 1, 1912, By Albert Gallatin Mackey, William James Hughan
  5. A Bavarian Illuminati primer, Trevor W. McKeown, With complete sources.
  6. Illuminati article at Encyclopedia.com. There are three other encyclopedia articles available here on the subject.
  7. Taxil’s first confession was in several European newspapers, but the full transcript was in the Parisian Newspaper, Le Frondeur, April 1897. His second confession was in National Magazine, and American Monthly, in May, 1906.
  8. The 1782 Congress of Wilhelmsbad, at the Traveling Templar website.
  9. From the Catholic Encyclopedia about Augustin Barruel: “Controversialist and publicist, born at Villeneuve de Berg (Ardeche); 2 October, 1741; died at Paris, 5 October, 1820. He entered the Society of Jesus [Jesuits] in 1756 and taught grammar at Toulouse in 1762. The storm against the Jesuits in France drove him from his country and he was occupied in college work in Moravia and Bohemia until the suppression of the order in 1773”. [sic]
  10. Frater Barrabbas, ex-friend of Bill Schnoebelen, see blog here. Here, I quote what he said about Bill and his wife: “Bill bought every occult book that was in print at the time. He had many new first editions, including the Weiser edition of Aleister Crowley’s Equinox, and numerous others, all kept in pristine shape – a grand occult library that was the envy of everyone. The many books he collected, traveling by plane and car, taking an entire summer off to pursue his occult studies, all of this cost money, and Bill was never very good at making money. I believe that after completing college, he worked as a poorly paid school teacher. Later, he lived on a monthly stipend that his parents gave him to help support himself and Sharon. When that finally ended, several years later, Bill began to exploit his students for money and support”. Also, he stated that, “He [Bill] also met his future wife, Sharon (her married name at that time was “Sharon Mullen”, and her maiden name was “Dura”), whom he met at a drug rehabilitation center where he had volunteered as a drug counselor. What Bill and Sharon were doing there is something of a mystery, since Sharon was not at all squeamish about using drugs, particularly marijuana. Bill also was known to partake of it from time to time”.
  11. The Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon, on Aleister Crowley, and his irregular and clandestine Masonic affiliation; see here, and here.
  12. The Bavarian Illuminati In America: The New England Conspiracy Scare [of] 1798, by Vernon Stauffer, PhD, pub. 1918.
  13. US News and World Report, Devil in a Red Fez, The lie about the Freemasons lives on. Article by Dan Gilgoff, Aug. 18, 2002, read the article here.
  14. Jesus-Is-Savior website, Alex Jones and other conspiracy quacks advertisements at bottom of page, with fake hit counter. It still claims 79,509,660 visitors.
  15. Not a Hate Site webpage at Jesus-Is-Savior.com.

Pike’s fake Three World Wars Letter .

Updated 01/02/17

While debunking this terrible fallacy, started by Edith Starr Miller and William Guy Carr, I thought that I would try to give the entire conspiracy theory caucus’ publishing committee, (e.g., the dimwitted, lying, muckrakes, and charlatans, who parrot Miller and Carr), an apoplectic fit, or at the very least, I hope to cause them to have a bad case of GERD, Esophogitis, or even painful gas, by showing their so-called “facts” or “proof”, in all its un-whitewashed, dimwitted, glory, as being pure slush and muck. I will also show which festering cesspool of fallacy that they dug their so-called “facts” out of, with its swarming flies and all. Below, is the entire text of the dirty fallacy, written by the fraud, liar, and pornographer, Léo Taxil, under one of his aliases, Dr. Bataille, which is the source of the fake letter, that was supposedly sent by Albert Pike to Giuseppe Mazzini. This original source, was all the invention of Leo Taxil, in his book, Le diable au XIXe siècle, (The Devil in the Nineteenth Century), writing it as Dr. Bataille, though his doctor friend helped compose it too, Dr. Charles Hacks, (who’s pen name was Dr. Bataille), and that makes me wonder if that was even his real name. Hacks was quoted as saying that “there was money to be made on the known credulity and unknown idiocy of the Catholics”, when he confessed to his part in it.

I have not touched Taxil’s text, from Google’s French to English translation of the book, so it is ‘sic erat scriptum’. I did, however, correct the formatting into proper paragraphs, since the Google translation engine destroyed the formatting. The text of the chapter, was an OCR from the original Taxil text, in PDF, thus there are misspelled and fragmented words.

Now, I quote, from the stinking and foul texts, of Léo Taxil‘s fictional book of fallacy, Le diable au XIXe siècle, 1894, Chap. 35, pp. 594-606:

Pg. 594

The plan secret Chefs (I)

In the early days of August, 1871, ‘that is to say, less than a year after the constitution of Palladism (supreme rite) the “learned pontiff Luciferian Albert Pike received an important letter to [from] Mazzini. The leader of action policy of universal Freemasonry called the supreme leader and dogmatic of the sect to trace a specific campaign plan for the struction of Roman Catholicism.

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“The unity of Italy, he said, has never been considered by us as a
goal, but a means. ”

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Albert Pike called his ten advisers solemn hours, members Grand Serene College Emeritus Masons, and submitted their Examining the question speaks very illustrious brother Giuseppe Mazzini.

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The meeting of the eleven most highlights of the infernal sect that diabolical cabal which lasted seven days (from August 9 to 15), left, mùre-

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(1) It is useful to make a change here ù the chapters of my book; this will, moreover, the only one. In my first volume, pages 482 and following, I indicated the division it was necessary to adopt me, to be clear and complete, and I announced eight chapters for this wine ‘party. However, the ranking of my notes I see : that the three chapters devoted to plots against the Papacy, the state and the balance sheets vénérai Annual of the Universal Freemasonry, will find a more rational place in the xi ‘part, or Theurgy White Magic, part reserved for Palladism. Indeed, the documents to produce, while shedding light on the strengths and resources of the sect, apply in large part to high-masonry, that is to say the Supreme Rite of Palladium; and other hand, the story of a plot against Leo XIII better place marked in the chapter will be dedicated to Sophie Walder. Finally, the inn secret chiefs, I publish here is the best conclusion revelations about mid Combat Conthe i.’Éolise. [sic]

Pg. 595

ment deliberate and inspired no doubt by Satan himself, the document following (translated from the original text, which is in Latin):

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“Grand Serene College Emeritus Masons, meeting under the Presidency of the Most Illustrious, Most Powerful and Most Divinely Enlightened Brother Limmud-Ensoph (1), Grand Master Curator Palladium Sacred Souve Rain Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, received with the respect Noble and Worthy Vault from the Most Illustrious, Most Powerful and Most Enlightened Brother-Emunah Shemed, Head of Political Action and Great Dictator Chairman of the Executive Management Board Sovereign, dated the first day of the Moon Ab eighteenth day of the fifth month of the year of the True Light OCX 871, and under the eye of the Almighty Divine Master Excelsus Excelsior, has considered, discussed the issues of supreme interest therein exposed, and after deliberation, fixed the legitimate conclusions of this day become law.

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“RihabSabba, Ahta Ahtnanoc Malog Hcsorem, Lucifer. Alleluia!

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“Lucifer God-Roi then see the world dedicate themselves to him and the teenager religion will then be truly Catholic.

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“The Catholic title is not, in fact, can not appartene to the Roman superstition. It is certain that by revelation that his number Apogee will never reach a quarter of the world population; it is written in the book of heaven. On the other hand, religion Adonai had its maximum domination, and it is visible that it is declining. “We need to consider the religious situation of humanity, surely if we act in the work twice destruction of the temple Adonai and building of the temple of Lucifer. This preliminary glance give us courage and hope in the fulfillment of the promises divine; because it will show us that the future is ours, and that the title of Catholics is for us alone.

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(I) In the documents palladiques essentially and exclusively for triangles, Senior leaders of the haiile-maronneric not sign and are never designated otherwise i | iie by name of “divine consecration.” We sai at Serene (College these irand names are cabalistic and pass from one to another as and when replacements by Following death. Thus, the Supreme Leader is still VEnsoph as President of Serenissima Grand College; but an honorary qualilicatif distinguishes him personally. Albert Pike called it to Limmud, which means •

Pg. 596

“One billion four hundred million rats habit, that is the population of globe. Of these, only Roman Catholicism account two hundred and ten million followers. “However, we must classify the followers of religions in groups.

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“The Christian group is subdivided as follows: Roman Catholics, two hundred and ten million; Protestants hundred and twenty million; Orthodox, the pope superstition called schismatics, eighty million.

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“The Indian group is subdivided as follows: Buddhists, four hundred and twenty million; Brahmanists hundred and sixty millions.

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“We must put aside the Mohammedans, two hundred million.

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“Observe that the truth is known of the priests of Vedic (group Indian), and Mohammedans, without even having the truth, urgently many of their priests inspired by it.

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“Two hundred and thirty three million idolaters, or fetish worshipers various idols, will disappear with civilization, not as individuals, Maio as religionists. The missionaries of Catholicism the Roman want to conquer; gold, Roman Catholicism has himself disappeared before this conquest was completed a fraclionnellement seriously.

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“The Jewish religion has seven million followers; this small group has no tendency to let start by Roman Catholicism; we find it promised by the revelation.

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“Finally, statisticians estimate to twenty-eight raillions freethinkers Deists répanlus on the globe, and atheists to two million. The each other are mainly deserters from the Christian group.

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“But it is not appropriate do consider the whole of the Christian group as far from the true light to the same extent. Protestantism in its multiple fractions, except for a tiny minority, which is composed of followers reason, constantly seeking the truth, and, therefore, finds RONT; it is from them that we are the most numerous worshipers of the God-Bon. Tou ‘. on the contrary, the Orthodox are schismatics or ia promised to prey Poor God, as written in the book of heaven. But when the Orthodox will be united to Roman Catholicism, it does count not three hundred million followers.

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“The conversion of the Protestant Hall of True Light will gradual, said the revelation; the Mohammedans will be determined entirely and by a large unexpected event happens under the sixth often rain pontificate of good Catholicism. From this it follows that three hundred and twenty millions of souls will be enlightened, far from being doomed, any day, to accursed darkness of superstition.

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“According to the revelation, Roman Catholicism thus will always Decreased numbers  [sic]

Pg. 597

growth or by the conquests of souls that we will on him or by desertions that will increase the number of deistic freethinkers, and we know that they are in transition state, and we are finally promised.

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“On the other hand, we do not have to worry about the transition state Indian group; because its priests were already true light.

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“Therefore, at the time marked in the book of heaven, that is to say, when Roman Catholicism has reached its last maximum of followers by the meeting of Orthodox or schismatic, he will find in front of him more than one billion Catholics Luciferian.

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“The question comes down therefore this: should we be ready, when we find to be a billion and more, finally making float high our standards, producing the explosion that will blow the Temple Adonai; then, in terms of the BMO 1st, superstition will be so helpless and ruined, its followers will themselves to blend in our ranks – and striking miracles which open their eyes we are promised, – and if it remains at that time few priests obsti born to want to preach God’s Poor, extermination will run without any difficulty.

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“How then does everything have to be directed to that we achieve graally and peacefully in this inevitable deadline?

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“The tactic is variable, as we manoeuvrerons countries where dominates the Roman Catholic element or countries where the element .domine Protestant, to speak here of the Christian group.

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“The main work is one that aims to transform catho Roman lic in deistic freethinkers. We must apply it to all our strength; for this is the transition of the majority. The expedition Experience has shown that few are privileged souls who arrachent one bound in the abyss of darkness to take flight bold in the ether of divine and life-giving light.

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“For this, we must conquer the seats of government of these peoples; Everything is here. Either republics or in monarchical states, we need to enact legislation, destroying everywhere the influence of priests the susperstition and their auxiliaries, the monks mingle with people and nuns who maintain the souls in error, by covering mantle deceptively charity.

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11 will, on the one hand, by means the press which we inspire writers, show how much is degraded health to human dignity alms bad Catholics, and this highlighting that the individual has the right to well-being through reforms social and not a routine rescue charity, and, secondly, through parliaments or legislatures anyhow, disperse unpopular congregations, skillfully destroy those prejudices [sic]

Pg. 598

secular force to be struck again, in a word, do first disappear everything monk or nun.

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Roman Catholicism, posit, but no precise definition, existence of a supreme being.

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“While the new generations will be trained, it will adonaïsme fight in minds, in all sorts of publications demonstrating how is both monstrous and ridiculous the idea of divinity, as the priests of superstition represent it. In this struggle, we should not neglect the pamphlet, satire, mockery, hitting the masses better than the scholarly dissertations. Let us never forget the although Voltaire has done to our cause, by covering the ridiculous catholi Romanism. But it’s not for fun to joke and laugh it be adopler this excellent tactic by discrediting the dogmas false worship and adonaïtes we discréditerons ministers Celtic detestable religion; we come slowly to desert the churches [sic]

Pg. 599

Indeed, we must not rely solely on the result of laws obtained; because when we reach silence of depriving the Roman Catholic clergy of subsidies granted by the States, it obtain monetary compensation for the amounts he’ll draw directly to the fanatics living in an incurable credulity. However, we will decrease the number of these unfortunate exploited by discrediting all Roman Catholic institutions; it is necessary that individuals with any sense in coming to regard themselves as ridiculous whenever they would use the weakness of the sacraments of superstition; so, for fear of ridicule, they déshabitueront maintain impostors priests. 11 will be good then give discretion charlatans of the worst kind, the dregs of false diviners, whose vile trade is an obvious scam; Press inspired us establish com gobs between them and ministers of Adonai, and confuse them in the even mockery and even disapproval.

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“On the other hand, for all legislative or other means, we will restrict the recruitment of the Roman Catholic priesthood. We will accomplish a work healthy by giving young priests real knowledge of life social, that their teachers show them under false aspects. He will be a need for confident women who devote themselves to introduce them to benefits of God-Good. The results to be obtained and will be fruitful, for it will perform one of two things: either the adonaïte priest, once he tasted the sweetest joys papal barbarism prohibited, will withdraw from and clergy will be public demonstration of what nature condemns systematic and absolute celibacy; or it will remain in the caste sacer dowry, and then he will soon be with us secretly, not as an ally, but as entirely ours, and it will make us more valuable services undermine the temple of Adonai.

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“In any way and under any circumstances, it is necessary to empty around the Roman Catholic priest, and he even got to the clergy, becoming increasingly despised, reviled, reviled or decreased in number without stop at no consideration to achieve this result. On the one hand, multiply corporate urban or rural pleasures, circles, non religious holidays, etc. ; secondly, we will advocate boldly and all, as you would for a doctrine, word order anticatholiqueromain “No priest at birth! no priest at the wedding! no
priest to death! “And we encourage the creation of any combination of solidarity established with this program. Finally, we should point out, with great fanfare, as a scandal, any fact that a priest will adonaïte the author and is likely to discredit the priestly corporation; if it is However, a fact not bad by itself, but only in contra [sic]

Pg. 600

diction with the cruel law of chastity pretentiously claimed by Popery, wanting to believe that the clergy is above nature, in this case, it should not noise abroad the thing if the author of the in fraction ecclesiastical regulations is not considered capable of becoming our secret agent.

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“That walk to the track for the entire group of all the country Christian.

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“In particular, we need to stop for a moment our eyes on Italy. There Freemasonry while following to the letter the line of conduct we have just drawn, will have the duty, in addition, to work with the most high activity and tirelessly to repeal the law just been passed it three months ago and on which the Chief of Political Action has called our attention (l) .We will first tackle the excessive system two sovereignties in the same country in the same city; we will do out the disadvantage resulting from a double diplomatic body, thes half-era accredited to an Italian conspiracy tiaté in state standing against his own country. This country masonry Italian will be assisted by masonry countries with ambasdor to the pontiff of the Roman superftition; we will file motions for the removal of these embassies; we will insist on this, the fact of the existence of embassies to depend pontiff said singlement of the magnanimity of Italy who kindly recognize a Chief sect, now without territory, character and powers of sovrain. Ecsuite, we will attack the inviolability so imprudently granted to ecclésiasti Jues congregations forming the high spiritual administration Supreme siègo of Roman superstition. It will create conflict between the national political authority and any leaders within the authority pontifical. no opportunity will be taken to excite the people against the same person of the occupant of this seat cursed, so that, should he out of his Vatican, there is unrest. It will accustom the opinion Italian public regarded as a dangerous embarrassment presence Pope in the country.

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“When public opinion is ripe to accept the expulsion of the pope passed by a parliament majority to Masonic, should be one of ours file a bill in the sense that here:

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“Art. 1. – Italy recognizes no state religion.

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“Art. ï. – The Christian Church, formerly known as Catholic, to continual ‘to have the right to the free exercise of worship, will be exclusively Italian in Italy.

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of Deputies, passed May 2 at the Italian arsenal. [sic]

Pg. 601

“Art. 3. – Its bishops are allowed to meet in General Council National el appoint one of them to the Patriarch Peninsula, Sardinia and Sicily.

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“Art. 4. – The present Pope is eligible for Celtic dignity, provided that waive all Christian senior management other than the Church of Italy.

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Art. 5. The Christian Patriarch of Italy does not have the sovereign character, no foreign ambassador can be accredited to him.

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Art. 6. The Sacred College of Cardinals ceases to exist and the Congregations called the Holy Office of the Council, of Propaganda, of Rites, of the Index of Indulgences, and, in a word, any ecclesiastical superior committee operated, for a universal spiritual administration is either financial.
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Art. 7. The titles of Cardinal and Archbishop are abolished; all bishops are on an equal footing vis-à-vis the civil power, with the exception of the Patriarch, which is the first Italian bishop who, in the official ceremonies of the state,take place  between the Presidents of Courts of Cassation and the President of the Court of Audit.
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Art. 8. – Each bishop administers his diocese under state control;

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the bishops have to refer to the Patriarch that, with respect to matters purely spiritual or liturgical order.

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“Art. 9. – Any act of the Patriarch; which would be in violation of the this law will result in immediate dismissal and banishment.

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“Art. 10. – Any Bishop who would be recognized accomplice Patriarch violator of the law, shall incur the penalty of imprisonment in the fortress of five years to ten years, and will be further degraded in the presence of the assembled people on the public place or court outside of his diocese cathedral.

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“Art. 11. – The Central Commission for Religious Affairs, composed of as many lay members there are dioceses, whose members will be appointed by Parliament, will centralize all reports of civilian authorities on the s ^acts of administration or other related to the dioceses and form a council Standing upper responsible for resolving all disputes between the Bishops and their ecclesiastical subordinates, except purely questions of order spiritual and liturgical remaining subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Supreme Patriarch.

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“Art. 12. – The Priests will be elected by the faithful, voting by secret ballot and remain immovably attached to their parish; current pastors, declared eligible under this Act, but not imposed on the faithful will submitted within six months from date to confirm their function and title by the free vote of their parishioners.

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“Art. 13. – the bishops appointed by the Patriarch presented the tion of the government choosing three candidates; Nevertheless, Bishops today, who accept this regulation of the religious question will remain office; while not accepting Bishop again become simple priest, will be provided a vicariate rural parish by his successor in the leadership of the diocese, and will forever ineligible for a Cure.”

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“At the same time as this bill will be tabled in the House of Deputies of Italy, a copy of which shall have been previously sent in all infected countries of Roman Catholicism, newspapers written by ours will be published immediately throughout, with accompaniment of lively praise. A unanimous concert of articles celebrating the wisdom of the Italian liberals in attributing the merit of having them found a good solution of the question religious. It will apply to highlight the absurdity of the situation existing until now: how wrong it is for Italy to have its Citizens conspiring against the homeland, as indomitable leader of a universal religion claiming 3rd and professing to be placed above the legitimate authorities of the country; and how wrong it is pQur other Nations have each held a real state within a state, with a whole staff of priests, officials actually dependent on a sovereign foreign. Newspapers invite members of the Progressive their country projeï promptly present a similar law, freeing the yoke outside the national clergy of that religion itself Catholic, and constituting Free priesthood of a religion whose followers will do with those practicing [sic]

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the same cult in another country, nothing to that belief. A great agitation will be created in the various countries where the followers of Roman Catholicism is by number and by legal means, through a general agreement from the freemasonry, the procedure has fragmentation of religion evil.

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“These events will be fulfilled or in twenty or thirty years. A cause them where Roman Catholicism is already quite discredited, when the old women and a few incurable fools will only to train its customer supporters, and when a significant part of its we will clergy secretly acquired.

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“When will occur favorable circumstances, if any country, having been worked better than others, has already removed completely Budget Cults and reduces the priests of superstition to the offerings of the faithful, rendered increasingly restricted by legal obstacles, in this case, it will be useful in this or these countries to restore state grants to members various clergy and even be generous to the priests of the adonaïsme who accept the new situation. They proclaim loudly that the state, trying to protect religion from the moment it is no longer a pretext of conspiracies with foreign countries, beautifully endowed the body sacer dowry. Nothing will be spared to ensure the fragmentation of religion Adonai and remove its internationality character. This is, in fact, that that will, later, to completely uproot and manner final.

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“It can not be too act in order to get this result if one day importantly, without being never discouraged by difficulties the company.

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“Moreover, we must feed our hearts not only hope, but even the certainty, that the fulfillment of the fragmentation of teen naïsme is not a chimera; because it is promised to us by revelation, the From book Redemption in I’Apadno.

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“But it is also written that the Pope Wandering pastor of a scattered flock, [sic]

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Driver desperate boat Peter, and sixth successor the proud man who collapsed under the temporal power of the papacy infamous, shall be gathered, after expulsions on evictions by the Slavic autocrat, which will affect to make him great honors. The adonaïsme then attempt to recover as before the expulsion of Rome; Pope Wandering being near death in Russia, the imperial autocrat will bow at his feet, and nations practicing hitherto orthodoxy, that is to say religion schismatic Orient, will rally fairly quickly to the ancient Roman Catholicism, yorni Italy. Pope Wandering on his deathbed, will be happy to see these new followers replace Western recently separated from his Church and within nations who have paid the fragmentation of teen naïsme, he will still be faithful, they hiding for conducting the practices condemned superstition; before expiring, he has maintained Bishops to the Bishops of the Eastern schism, and it will be established among eax, Greek and Russian Cardinals. His successor will be a slave; the seat of Adonaïte papacy will be established in the northern city of Pierre, under the Subject to reconquer Rome. But it will be in vain that the imperial autocrat, hoping to extend its domination, will cross the adonaïsme; his efforts do not lead, and the Church once Roman remains fragmented in the nations of Western Europe. Thus, Russia will be the last refuge and the last bastion of adonaïsme claiming Catholic.

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“Among Western nations, once the new religious regime will legalized, it will completely remove these propagandists dan0ereux who call themselves missionaries and go to our brothers in Asia and in idolaters Africa and Oceania whose conversion must be our work, carry the poisonous lies of their preaching. Governments prohibit, under the most severe penalties, these emigrations detestable that are likely to create incessant conflicts with Asian nations, faith, then became perfectly illuminated by the efforts of the wise priests Tibetan united with our auxiliary masonry of India and China, will be respected. And without waiting for the remote time of these events, while Mason, now the duty to fight with the pen and words, the so-called Catholic missionaries and blow the world profane the contempt of them and an unquenchable hatred. These missionaries are our mortal enemies. Anyone, Freemason, not fight the eu will be held traitor; anyone who will join their harmful action or only will support a public eulogy will be beaten to death.

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“Finally, it will be good to maintain, in the lower classes of every nation, ferment of revolutionary ideas, even those of the socialists inclined to violent ends. Atheism is bad by itself away from its true purpose any work of humanitarian renovation antichré [sic]

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holds, we have to channel it and mix with the more social doctrines exaggerated, which is intended for the final failure, that can only give way a momentary disruption, immediately followed by an energetic reaction. But first, we discréditerons the last degree theory superstitious of divinity, so that the people still steeped adonaïsme to detach themselves in gradually and will eventually no longer believe None Averagement, and the last priests of adonaïsme fragmented émietlé will all in fact granted to us in the time of the new religious regime, which will be a state of transition, as freethinker deism; secondly, we care not to tear the multitude of belief in the supernatural divine, but we confine ourselves to proclaim at every opportunity life a supreme being, without even knowing our holy publicly traditions and mystical revelations. So wills the Good God.

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“Therefore, when the autocratic Russian empire will become the Citadel papist adonaïsme we déchaînerons revolutionary nihilists and atheists, and we will bring a formidable social cataclysm, that will show well the nations, and in all its horror, the effect of the in absolute belief, mother of savagery and most bloody mess. So, everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the mad back minority rebels, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization and innombrables disabused of adonaïsme whose deist soul will be up to that time remained without compass, thirsty ideal, but not knowing what god award homage will receive the True Light, the manifestation univer Saddle pure Luciferian doctrine, finally made public, demonstration which arise from the general reaction movement, following the crash of atheism and adonaïsme, both at the same time and defeated exterminated.

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“The birth of the religion of God-Lucifer Good, reaching ever unrivaled on the earth, can not be an instantaneous operation, or a year, or a chandelier or a century. Sustainable work is one that created by slowly. The nineteenth century saw the development of the true and good Catholicism; the twentieth century will be the century of gestation, to bring safement the parlurition its fixed term in the book of heaven (29 September 190 (5of the Christian era when finished).

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“Written and given Solemn vault, and signed to the Palladium feet Sacred by the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Freemasonry and Veterans ten component Grand Serene College Emeritus Masons, the Supreme East Charleston, the beloved Valley to the Divine Master, the 29th and last day of the Moon Ab of the year 000 871 of the True Light (August 15, 1871, common era). [sic]

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This is the secret plan, which forms and summarizes the tactics and Espérancid sect.
Are there no need to say, in conclusion, the mysterious response sacred word of Kadosh knights?

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“Pharasch-Chol. “Everything is explained. [sic]

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Photo of the book in mention, written by Leo Taxil, under the alias of Dr. Bataille, 1894.

Now, right off the bat, you’ll start noticing a huge amount of discrepancies, from what is written about, above, and what William Guy Carr (2) flatly fabricated and outright lied about, in the introduction of his book, Pawns in the Game, in Carr’s text, below. This is why his career, as an author, sunk like one of his submarines, then imploded, after the fact. The American folklorist, Bill Ellis, stated that Carr was “the most influential source in creating the American Illuminati demonology”.

Here is one of the first of many fallacies written in Pawns in the Game, as the rest of the book’s text is all lies, conjecture, and speculation, having no scholarly source. There is nothing “TRUE”, in the entire publishers statement:

Here is a TRUE story of international intrigue, romances, corruption, graft, and political assassinations, the like of which has never been written before.  It is the story of how different groups or atheistic-materialistic men have played in an international chess tournament to decide which group would win ultimate control of the wealth, natural resources, and man-power of the entire world. It is explained how the game has reached the final stage. The lnternational Communists, and the International Capitalists, (both of whom have totalitarian ambitions) have temporarily joined hands to defeat Christian-democracy.  The cover design shows that all moves made by the International Conspirators are directed by Satan and while the situation is decidedly serious it is definitely not hopeless.  The solution is to end the game the International Conspirators have been playing right now before one or another totalitarian-minded group impose their ideas on the rest of mankind. The story is sensational and shocking, but it is educational because it, is the TRUTH. The author offers practical solutions to problems so many people consider insoluble.

The Publisher [sic]

The book quotation continues on, a little below [1], to where we get to the text that is quoted by the simple minded, conspiracist frauds, or lunatics, as being factual, even though Carr found himself on his metaphorical sinking submarine, when he tried to claim that “his Eminence Cardinal Caro Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile” was his source. Cardinals take a dim view of those who try to lay blame on them, especially when the accuser lies of his real source on top of it. This, even though the Cardinal’s own book was quoting pure Taxil bunk. On further bellow, I happily quote Carr’s fecal slush [1], of which, you can see Leo Taxil’s book contents, quoted above, everywhere you look. Taxil’s stink is rolling off it, which smells of a fresh piece of dog feces on a hot sidewalk. Taxil was never guilty of curbing his dogs.

There is one thing, though, that I can’t let slip by, before we get to Carr’s text, and that is what Cardinal Caro Rodriguez wrote about his citation, in his book, p. 118, of The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled, which shows that he was just as brainwashed by Leo Taxil as Carr. Here is what the Cardinal claimed: “Authentic or not, the letter had been published long enough before the events not to be an invention accommodated POST FACTUM. Its publication is catalogued in the British Museum of London and the plan attributed to Pike is also in part in “LE PALLADISME OF MARGIOTTA,” p. 186 published in 1895″. To translate the Cardinals words into a more comprehensible English, I paraphrase: “Authentic or not, the letter had been published, long enough before the events, not to be an invention received after the fact”. Yes, you read the Catholic nutter correctly, as he sounds like he’s trying to pull the infallibility of the Pope from his rump, and use it, when he said “had been published long enough before the events not to be an invention“.(4) I had a right good laugh at his audacity and stupidity. He claimed, that since the lie was supposedly written for long enough period of time, that it magically grew factual. That sounds like many of the Popes encyclicals. There was no imaginary letter stored at Britain, only the book, as the library stated.

We also have Carr’s source, Edith Starr Miller’s book, Occult Theocrasy, 1933, pp. 208-209, which contains her debunked and false text, where she quotes Leo Taxil, ad nauseam, and this is where, Carr, got his idea, since Pawns in the Game was published in 1958, twenty-five years later.

Miller:

“Mazzini wrote the following to Pike in a letter dated January 22, 1870. Remember that Freemasonry wasn’t started by Pike — rather it was infiltrated by the Illuminati who were looking for a respectable forum in which to hide their clandestine activities:

“We must allow all the federations to continue just as they are, with their systems, their central authorities and their diverse modes of correspondence between high grades of the same rite, organized as they are at the present, but we must create a super rite, which will remain unknown, to which we will call those Masons of high degree whom we shall select. With regard to our brothers in Masonry, these men must be pledges to the strictest secrecy. Through this supreme rite, we will govern all Freemasonry which will become the one international center, the more powerful because its direction will be unknown”. [sic]

“Oh what a tangled web weave, when first we practice, to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott

Now, I continue with the rest of Carr’s slush, mentioned above, at [1]:

In 1834 the Italian revolutionary leader Gussepi Mazzini was selected by the Illuminati to be director of their revolutionary programme throughout the world.  He held this post until he died in 1872.

In 1840, General Albert Pike was brought under the influence of Mazzini because he became a disgruntled officer when President Jefferson Davis disbanded his auxiliary Indian troops on the grounds they had committed atrocities under the cloak of legitimate warfare.  Pike accepted the idea of a one world government and ultimately became head of the Luciferian Priesthood.  Between 1859, and 1871, he worked out the details of a military blue-print, for three world wars, and three major revolutions which he considered would further the conspiracy to its final stage during the twentieth century.

Most of his work was done in the 13 room mansion, he built in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1840. When the Illuminati, and the lodges of the Grand Orient, became suspect, because of Mazzini’s revolutionary activities in Europe, Pike organized the New and Reformed Palladian Rite. He established three supreme councils; one in Charleston, S.C., another in Rome, Italy and another in Berlin, Germany. He had Mazzini establish twenty three subordinate councils in strategic locations throughout the world. These have been the secret headquarters of the world revolutionary movement ever since. Long before Marconi invented wireless (Radio), the scientists who were of the Illuminati had made it possible for Pike and the Heads of his councils to communicate secretly. It was the discovery of this secret that enabled intelligence officers to understand how apparently unrelated ‘incidents’ took place simultaneously throughout the world which aggravated a situation and developed into a war or revolution. Pike’s plan was as simple as it has proved effective.  He required that Communism, Naziism, Political Zionism, and other International movements be organized and used to foment the three global wars and three major revolutions.  The first world war was to be fought so as to enable the Illuminati to overthrow the powers of the Tzars in Russia and turn that country into the stronghold of Atheistic-Communism. The differences stirred up by agentur of the Illuminati between the British and German Empires were to be used to foment this war. After the war ended, Communism was to be built up and used to destroy other governments and weaken religions.

World War Two, was to be fomented by using the differences between Fascists and Political Zionists. This war was to be fought so that Naziism would be destroyed and the power of Political Zionism increased so that the sovereign state of Israel could be established in Palestine. During world war two International Communism was to be built up until it equalled in strength that of united Christendom.  At this point it was to be contained and kept in check until required for the final social cataclysm. Can any informed person deny Roosevelt and Churchill did not put this policy into effect ?

World War Three is to be fomented by using the differences the agentur of the Illuminati stir up between Political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. The war is to be directed in such a manner that Islam (the Arab World including Mohammedanism) and Political Zionism (including the State of Israel) will destroy themselves while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other on this issue, will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete exhaustion physically, mentally, spiritually and economically. Can any unbiased and reasoning person deny that the intrigue now going on in the Near, Middle, and Far East isn’t designed to accomplish this devilish purpose?

On August 15, 1871, Pike told Mazzini that after World War Three is ended, those who aspire to undisputed world domination will provoke the greatest social cataclysm the world has ever known. We quote his own written words (taken from the letter catalogued in the British Museum Library, London, Eng.) :

“We shall unleash the Nihilists and Atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of  savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend  themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with christianity, whose deistic spirits will be from that moment without compass (direction), anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer brought finally out in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”

Propaganda put out by those who direct the Luciferian conspiracy has caused the general public to believe all who oppose Christianity are Atheists.  This is a deliberate lie circulated to hide the secret plans of the High Priests of the Luciferian Creed who direct the Synagogue of Satan so that the human race still find it impossible to establish on this earth God’s plan for the rule of the universe, as he explained it to our first parents in the Garden of Eden, told in Genesis. The High Priests of the Luciferian Creed work from the darkness. They remain behind the scenes. They keep their identify and true purpose secret, even from the vast majority of those they deceive into doing their will and furthering their secret plans and ambitions. They know that the final success of their conspiracy to usurp the powers of world government depends upon their ability to keep their identity and TRUE purpose secret until no cunning or power can prevent them crowning THEIR leader King-despot of the entire world. The Holy Scriptures predicted what Weishaupt and Pike planned would be put into effect until the Spiritual forces of evil controlled this earth. Rev. 20 tells us how, after these things we relate have come to pass, Satan will be bound for a thousand years. What the term a thousand years means in measure of time as we know it I don’t pretend to know. As far as I am concerned study of the Luciferian conspiracy, in the light of knowledge contained in the Holy Scriptures, has convinced me that the binding of Satan and the containment of Satanic forces upon this earth can be brought about more speedily if the WHOLE TRUTH concerning the existence of the continuing Luciferian conspiracy is made known as quickly as possible to ALL the people of ALL remaining nations. Research dug up letters from Mazzini which revealed how the High Priests of the Luciferian Creed keep their identity and true purpose secret.  In a letter Mazzini wrote to his revolutionary associate, Dr. Breidenstine, only a few years before he died he said “We form an association of brothers in all points of the globe. We wish to break every yoke. Yet, there is one unseen that can be hardly felt, yet it weighs on us.  Whence comes it? Where is it? No one knows … or at least no one tells. This association is secret even to us the veterans of secret societies.”

In 1925 his Eminence Cardinal Caro y Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, published a book “The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled”, to expose how the Illuminati, the Satanists, and the Luciferians had imposed a secret society upon a secret society. He produces a great deal of documentary evidence to prove that not even 32nd and 33rd degree Masons know what goes on in the Lodges of the Grand Orient and Pike’s New and Reformed Palladian Rite and the affiliated Lodges of Adoption in which female members of the conspiracy are initiated. On page 108 he quotes the authority Margiotta to prove that before Pike selected Lemmi to succeed Mazzini as Director of the World Revolutionary Movement Lemmi was a rabid and confirmed Satanist. But after he had been selected he was initiated into the Luciferian ideology

The fact that the High Priests of the Luciferian Creed on this earth introduced the worship of Satan in the lower degrees of both Grand Orient Lodges and the councils of the Palladian Rite and then initiated selected individuals to the FULL SECRET that Lucifer is God the equal of Adonay, has puzzled many historians and research workers.  The Holy Scriptures mention Lucifer only a few times — Isa. 14; Luke 10:18;  Rev. 9:1-11.  The Luciferian Doctrine however states definitely that Lucifer led the Heavenly revolt;  that Satan is the oldest son of God (Adonay) and the brother of St. Michael who defeated the Luciferian conspiracy in Heaven.  The Luciferian teachings also claim that St. Michael came on earth in the person of Jesus Christ to try to repeat what he had done in Heaven … and failed.  Because Lucifer, Satan, the Devil — call him what you may — is the father of lies, it would appear that those spiritual forces of darkness deceive as many as possible so called intellectuals into doing their will here as they did in heaven. [sic]

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Photo of the book in mention, written by William Guy Carr

Evidently, Carr, a racist and bigoted anti-Semite, anti-Mason, conspiracist, and liar of the umpteenth degree, (there actually is a psychological neurosis, known as compulsive lying disorder), who tried to hide behind Jesus’ name, wasn’t very bright, and I would even go further to say, that he was nowhere near being the brightest bulb in the box he came from, because one would have to be intellectually stunted, if they did not think that those like myself, my brother Freemasons, along with the Conspiracy Archive, blog author, Terry Melanson, were not adept or astute enough, to thoroughly route out and debunk what he wrote. Carr had to have the IQ of a rock, and one would assume, that he thought everyone else was as foolish and dimwitted. Well, Carr guessed wrong, so he had better have saved what money he made from Pawns in the Game, as he ended up looking for other employment. He did sell audio recordings of his lectures, which he recorded in his own building, to members of the far-right fanatical Protestant churches. One would think that an actual lecturer would be asked to speak, by some group, live, in a public forum, would they not? Well, when you lecture that an invisible and age-old, mythical, Jewish Illuminati banking conspiracy, used super-secret, radio-transmitted, mind control, on behalf of Lucifer, to construct a one world government, many may just get up and walk out! (1) None of the conspiracy nutters, who parrot him, will admit to that, nor will they reveal that to you.

We know that Carr was quoting Taxil, in that he gives the date of August 1871, which matches Taxil’s hoax. Miller used another date. However, Carr claims that Pike wrote Mazzini, when it was actually Mazzini supposedly writing Pike, according to Taxil’s hoax.

You will notice many words, in Carr’s text, that were completely unknown of, during the time of Albert Pike and Giuseppe Mazzini, such as World War, World War One, World War Two, World War Three, Fascists, Zionists, Nazism, and State of Israel. These words were never used in Taxil’s book, nor in the Cardinal’s; Carr made them up out of thin air. The imbecile even insanely stated: “Long before Marconi invented wireless (Radio), the scientists who were of the Illuminati had made it possible for Pike and the Heads of his councils to communicate secretly”. Carr also speaks of the fake Palladian order, (which Taxil fully admitted to inventing, during his April 1897 confession, before the French Press, and the Catholic clergy, and again in National Magazine in 1906), and the claims about we Freemasons not being “high level” enough to know. After all, it was Leo Taxil, who said that those under the 30th degree were kept in the dark, about lucifer being the God of Freemasonry, and that is an outrageous and outright lie. The 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd degree, bestows on we Freemasons the allegorical title of a Knights Templar (a Kadosh), and one must believe in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity, to be one, period, end of story. Carr, it seems, had fallen for the Taxil Hoax, hook, line and sinker. He was quite the pathetically brainwashed individual. The Catholic church admits to being duped by Taxil’s writing, in the Catholic Encyclopedia, under the article on impostors, within the last paragraph.

Carr claimed as his proof: “In 1925 his Eminence Cardinal Caro y Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, published a book “The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled,” to expose how the Illuminati, the Satanists, and the Luciferians had imposed a secret society upon a secret society”, and later, he claimed that his info was “taken from the letter catalogued in the British Museum Library, London, England.” Here, when Carr was confronted, by many scholars, and was asked to show his proof, he claimed that this source came from Cardinal José María Caro Rodríguez, which was his fatal mistake. The Cardinal admitted, that what was at the British Museum Library, was Leo Taxil’s book, Le diable au XIXe siècle. The Cardinal also admits it was not a letter, but a book. Here, Carr, in a later book, and after being caught out, tried to say: “The Keeper of manuscripts recently informed the author that this letter is NOT cataloged in the British Museum Library. It seems strange that a man of Cardinal Rodriguez’s knowledge should have said that it WAS in 1925.” The British library did confirm that only Taxil’s book was there. Carr was caught in his deceit, and had metaphorically climbed upon a high stool, tied a noose around his own neck, shackled his own hands, and the Cardinal gloriously kicked the stool out from under him. Carr had metaphorically hung his own stupid self. Everyone, who had caught him in his fraud, watched on as he swung. That was the finishing end to any credibility that William Guy Carr had, except with the bigoted fanatical religious zealots, who published and bought his slush, (much like Jack Chick comics). These same religious fanatics, still quote Carr, such as Pat Robertson, and many of the other charlatan Televangelists, along with many ignorant and uneducated pastors, of which it would be a miracle if they could read this article without it having comic book pictures. The truth is not in them, nor could you beat it out of them with a lead lined Bible. Carr even had the audacity and gall, to talk about others publishing propaganda in that muck! This, folks, is what these conspiracist imbeciles are asking you to believe!

Carr’s book was influenced by those like Nesta Webster, Edith Starr Miller, and Léo Taxil (see Taxil hoax).(3) He also refers to the theories of l’abbé Augustin Barruel and John Robison, both conspiracy peddlers, who claimed that the French Revolution was a Masonic plot, that was linked to the German Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt, which had, in fact, died with Weishaupt, himself.(3) The Illuminati lost any power it had, because it was exposed to the Bavarian government, by the help of Freemasonry and the Jesuits. Thus, all the other world governments were duly informed of what to look for. It was not hidden any longer, which is what it required to operate. Also, remember, that Carr states that he learned about the letter from the anti-Mason, Cardinal José María Caro Rodríguez, of Santiago, Chile, the author of The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled, so the Cardinal was an influence on Carr, too.

Today’s modern NWO conspiracists, though, were, and are still, given ammunition by Michael Haupt, via his website, in 2003, which became famous, in 2010, because of it being soundly debunked by Terry Melanson. You can see the resurgence of Carr’s muck, when you read Haupt’s webpage, located here. This link is from the Wayback Machine. However, there is an older fecal smell, coming from a man, by the name of David Allen Rivera, at this website, (which purports to be “modern history”), from 1994, and it clearly shows where the frauds, such as Alex Jones (5), Henry Makow (6), Walter J. Veith (7), Bill Schnoebelen (8), Texe Marrs (9) (who is one of the most untruthful people that I have ever came across), David Icke (10), Michael Haupt (11), Pat Robertson (12), David Bay (13), Kevin McNeil-Smith of freemasonrywatch.org, and the numerous other lying crackpots, obtained their internet data about William Guy Carr, and his book, Pawns in the Game, where, as you have seen the proof, he falsely wrote that Albert Pike wrote to Giuseppe Mazzini, about a planned set of Three World Wars, of which the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and its secret luciferian Palladian, (of Taxil’s invention), would be mythically pulling the strings. After Michael Haupt was shown the error of his ways, he now has this page written in place of the old one. The problem is, that he is still peddling pure unadulterated, bull caca, period. David Allen Rivera hasn’t corrected any of his deceit, and his stench still lingers. The quote, below, is what starts off Haupt’s new webpage.

Albert Pike received a vision, which he described in a letter that he wrote to Mazzini, dated August 15, 1871. This letter graphically outlined plans for three world wars that were seen as necessary to bring about the One World Order, and we can marvel at how accurately it has predicted events that have already taken place. [sic]

I noticed, very quickly, that he does not cite any credible source, nor any source at all, for his statement. I do wonder why? I will state it bluntly, he lied, by claiming Pike “received a vision”. Pike “received a letter”, according to Taxil’s written excrement. Of course, if Haupt cited anything, he would be citing the fallacies of Carr, and those of his ilk, which anyone with any modicum of intelligence can plainly see that it would not be anything of scholarly mention. He also calls it the One World Order, on this new page, instead of the New World Order of Rivera, but Haupt’s webpage, is linked to another one, that he authored, about the fake Illuminati-NWO (see the link in the quote).

Of course, it has never failed, that all the conspiracy theorists and muckrakes that I have had the misfortune to read or view their slush, in my entire life, are all this way. They are all loudmouths, who make exuberant and wild claims, and are always completely full of hot air. You will find, that they never have a drop of credible, scholarly, evidence to back them up, and they never cite any source to back up their ridiculous claims. Of course, if they did cite scholarly sources, then they would never be able to peddle their muck and slush. Some of them, (Rivera), make good money by publishing their deceit. In a lot of cases, lies sell better than factual truth, and the immoral do not care to lie.

Conclusion:

By reading the pages of Taxil’s slush, (which is exactly what Taxil called it, when he confessed), one quickly learns that the text is not referring to any letter written by Albert Pike to Giuseppe Mazzini, but it is supposedly from Mazzini to Pike. I bet you caught that too? Also, there are no mention of any World Wars, nor does any of the words such as Zionist, Fascist, or Nazi, exist anywhere within the entire text. The entire faked Mazzini letter, was supposedly about what Mazzini was going to do, politically, to shut out the Catholic church, and was thus, a part of the Taxil Hoax. Another thing you should notice, is that the fake letter was dated 1871, and Mazzini died on March 10th, 1872. The book was first published in 1892, after both Pike and Mazzini were long dead and gone. Do you find that surprising? Oh how I would have loved to see Pike summon Taxil to court, and he could well have, since he was a well accomplished attorney. Only if he had lived long enough to travel to France, or had caught Taxil in the states. Taxil, though, bided his time, until the real threat was gone.

Giuseppe Mazzini was a great man, especially in the eyes of the Italian people, along with those like Giuseppe Garibaldi, Camillo Benso di Cavour, and Victor Emmanuel II, as Mazzini helped in reunifying Italy, and was instrumental in bringing about the very revolution which unified it. Of course, Pope Pius IX, had a very sour view of him, but of course, his successor did with Freemasonry, too, because of the fraternity’s membership backing democracy, liberty, natural rights, freedom of religion and speech, education for the masses, and supporting the separation of church and state. The church of Rome is against all of that, even today, and would love to have it back to the way it was, in the middle-ages, with a mandatory state religion, and when they ruled the roost, by using terror, murder, and an iron fist. Read some of the Pope’s encyclicals if you don’t believe that.

The Italian history of this time, starts when Pope Pius IX did a runner, slipping out of Rome while dressed as a priest, to Gaeta, and from his place of protection, there, any liberal reforms that the new government issued, were rejected by the Pope. The Pope even went so far as to threaten to excommunicate the Italian Catholic people, along with wanting to later prosecute them, over wanting a new democratic government, and gave the edict that no Catholic could vote in the legitimate election. On March 22, 1849, after a Roman Republic had been formed, the assembly proclaimed the Triumvirate, of Carlo Armellini, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Aurelio Saffi, along with a government, led by Muzzarelli and Aurelio Saffi. Mazzini instituted prison and mental asylum reforms, freedom of the press, and secular education, but kept himself away from ‘right to work’ reform, since he had seen it fail in France. During this same time, Giuseppe Garibaldi formed an army of about 1000, called the Italian Legion. However, not long after, we now have Louis Napoleon, who soon declared himself emperor Napoleon III, on April 25th, 1849. Napoleon sent some eight to ten thousand French troops to restore the Pope. This was known as the French siege of Rome. Garibaldi’s army, outnumbered, failed, and a truce was signed between July 1st and 2nd. The French propped up the Pope, until 1870, but left, due to the Franco-Prussian War, which led to the recapturing of Rome, and the annexation of the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946). At least Mazzini got to enjoy about nine years of it, before passing on.

One can read the Papal encyclical, Humanum Genus, to see exactly what Pope Leo XIII, and the church clergy, thought about the time after Mazzini’s death. I highly doubt that William Guy Carr, nor any of those who parrot him, would be very welcome, in Italy, if their ideals and conjecture were known to the Italian people, during a visit. Sicilian necktie anyone?

Now that we know the true history, we can proceed with debunking the simpletons and liars, by debunking William Guy Carr, himself.

William Guy Carr was a racist and bigoted anti-Semite, who regularly quoted the fake Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 1903 Russian forgery, published by another racist and anti-Semite, Pavel Krushevan, who was a journalist, editor, publisher, and an official in Imperial Russia’s Duma. Krushevan was a Black Hundredist, and was known for his far-rightwing, ultra-nationalist views. They say that he was always armed, and kept a cook with him, because of the fear of being poisoned. The Russian state has fully admitted that Krushevan’s book, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is a forgery, in 1993 (14). Krushevan was in court, numerous times, for slander, verbal offenses, and physical threats.

William Guy Carr was foolish enough to send J. Edgar Hoover a copy of his book, along with mailings from his religious hate group. The FBI decided to not reply, but to keep an eye on Carr over his anti-Semetic propaganda. Many reported Carr to the FBI, thinking him to be a communist, over what he wrote.(15) One can find the entire FBI file on Carr below. There is a lesson in this, for any who continue to parrot his claptrap.

According to the FBI’s Bufiles, from p. 87-88 of the report, Carr is recognized as a Fascist, and an Anti-Semitic over his writing.

Carr-FBI

Carr quoted many other anti-Semitic and anti-Masonic bigots, such as Edith Starr Miller and Leo Taxil, ad nauseam. These people are who Carr loved to parrot. I do hope that you can see what this conclusion has finished on, as it explains the attitudes and ideals of those, who still continue to parrot and publish Carr’s smelly lying muck.

So Mote It Be

Footnotes:

  1. Dances with Devils: Satan, the Devil, and the Antichrist, Freemasons Jews and the Forged Protocols Variations on Conspiracist Themes”, The Website of the Political Associates. Website with text.
  2. The link is the only biographical source available for William Guy Carr, or I would not have used it. Evidently, Encyclopedia Britannica will not sully themselves with a biography about the man, nor can I rightly blame them.
  3. The link is the only biographical source available, or I would not have used it. Evidently, Encyclopedia Britannica will not sully themselves with a biography.
  4. https://openlibrary.org/works/OL12320326/The_mystery_of_Freemasonry_unveiled
  5. http://www.infowars.com/the-world-wars-of-albert-pike/
  6. http://www.henrymakow.com/000546.html
  7. http://pdf.amazingdiscoveries.org/References/TO/215/TO215_S13-Three_World_Wars_Planned.pdf
  8. “Beyond the Light”, William Schnoebelen.
  9. “This outcome was envisaged first in 1871, when the world’s two foremost Masonic chieftains, Albert Pike, the Sovereign Grand Commander of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, based in South Carolina (U.S.A.) and Mazzini, his Italo-European counterpart, plotted out three great world wars. The first two, World Wars I and II, have already transpired. The third and final conflict, agreed Pike and Mazzini, would be fought over Israel and the Middle East. Texe Marrs: http://www.texemarrs.com/032001/amerruss2.htm
  10. https://www.davidicke.com/article/106286/2233-albert-pike-and-three-world-wars (Icke points to Haupt threeworldwars.com) & The Biggest Secret, 1999
  11. http://www.threeworldwars.com/index.html
  12. 1991, The New World Order, written by Pat Robertson
  13. http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1015.html
  14. https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007244
  15. FBI files on William Guy Carr and Pawns in the Game, obtained under the FOIA and hosted at the Internet Archive

Notes:

Carr inspired the following muck: Dan Smoot (The Invisible Government, 1962), Gary Allen (The Rockefeller File, 1976), Phoebe Courtney, (Beware Metro and Regional Government, 1973), Richard T. Osborne (The Great International Conspiracy, 1974; and lately The Coming of World War III, 2006), Myron C. Fagan, (Audio Document (LP): The Illuminati and The Council on Foreign Relations, recorded in 1967-1968, ed. by a group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty. Fagan outlines the Illuminati world elite plans of global conspiracy for the New World Order and world domination), David Icke (The Biggest Secret, 1999), Jan van Helsing, and the French Canadian Social Credit Party member Serge Monast (1945–1996).

French philosopher and historian Pierre-André Taguieff, the works of Carr (especially Pawns in the Game), “largely contributed to popularize the themes of anti-Masonic conspiracism in the United States and in Canada; first, it reached the Christian fundamentalist milieu (mainly concerned with his “Luciferian” conspiracies), then the whole far-right movement and the new generations of conspiracy theorists”.

According to the Political Research Associates: “Carr promoted the anti-Semitic variant on conspiracism with books such as Pawns in the Game and Red Fog over America. Carr believes that an age-old Jewish Illuminati banking conspiracy used radio-transmitted mind control on behalf of Lucifer to construct a one world government. The secret nexus of the plot was supposedly the international Bilderberger meetings on banking policy. The anti-Semitic Noontide Press distributed Pawns in the Game for many years”.