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Accidental Confederate General in Washington: CANCELING ALBERT PIKE

Freemasonry should conform itself to its own high moral standards

VETERAN’S DAY 2021 | Freemasonry loudly proclaims the impeccable moral character and patriotic fervor of its members. Many Brother Masons are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The only World War II combat veterans that I have ever met were retired Freemasons residing in the Masonic Home at Covina.

Masons fight to uphold and preserve our constitution, which states that all men are created equal. Grand Commander Pike forbade Africans from becoming Masons. That is racism. Freemasons do not rebel against the United States of America. Pike committed treason. Masons do not steal the work of other writers and publish it as their own work like Pike did with his Morals and Dogma. Pike profited by stealing the fraudulent writings of his fellow charlatans. That’s three strikes against Albert Pike. Perhaps General Pike should be retired from his lofty position at the apex of Masonic history.

TREASON, RACISM & PLAGARISM:
The sliding scale of masonic morality

Last Monday, a P.M. of my lodge sent me an email stating that “a few eyebrows have been raised concerning my character.” I have not attended Lodge in eleven years and I attempted to attend the stated meeting without observing the official Los Angeles County Health Dept. RSVP/Protocols. Huh? Guess I am a bad Mason. Much time and energy in lodge is devoted to debating whether a man is a “good” Mason or a “bad” Mason.

If our Masonic moral standards are so lofty, then we should rehabilitate our presentation of Brother Mason Albert Pike. The man was a violent separatist who waged war upon the United States of America as a Confederate Brigadier General in the Civil War! Racist Pike committed the crime of treason!

It has been well documented that Pike was a racist. General Pike’s career as a Confederate general may have been brief, but it is still a huge part of Masonic legend and lore. Albert Pike was a Boston blue blood who relocated to Arkansas because the slave holding South suited his moral fiber. Freemasonry has always been primarily a red state affair. Masonry is much more successful in a place like rural Arkansas as opposed to urban Boston. The rural racist South appealed to Scottish Rite Grand Commander Albert Pike. I am suddenly offended by the fact that I have willingly allowed a racist into my life. Masons never underscore the fact that Pike was a Confederate General, a rebel, or a racist. If Pike had been a Union General, that fact would be celebrated ad infinitum by world wide Freemasonry.

It is well known that author and attorney Albert Pike plagiarized entire sections of his most famous book: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient Scottish Rite of Free & Accepted Masons. The similarities between the costumes worn by Scottish Rite and the Ku Klux Klan are quite remarkable. Images of Scottish Rite Grand Commander Pike beg the question: “Are Scottish Rite and the KKK related to each other?”

MORALS AND DOGMA:
Influences and plagiarism allegations from Wikipedia

“One of Pike’s influences was the French author Éliphas Lévi. Lévi was a prolific writer on occult topics who, in Pike’s day, was considered an expert on pagan mysteries and Gnosticism. Some authors have, since his death, considered Levi’s writings, and adeptship, to be spurious. For instance, occult scholar, A. E. Waite, after researching Levi’s texts relating to the Kabalah, wrote: “I do not think that he [Lévi] ever made an independent statement upon any historical fact to which the least confidence could be given with prudence.”[1]. Eliphas Levi (whose real name was Alphonse Louis Constant) was of Jewish genetic ancestry. He claimed to have gnosis of ancient, and medieval Judaic esoterica, when in reality, having been raised a Roman Catholic (who went on to a seminary), he was not even formally schooled in the Jewish exoteric tradition of his own time (the 19th century). Levi never officially converted to Judaism.

In his book Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1855), Lévi claimed that Freemasonry had its roots in ancient pagan rituals, and Pike accepted many of these claims. According to Chris Hodapp, “whole passages of Levi’s book [were] made into Pike’s”.[2]

French philosopher René Guénon noticed that “a considerable part of … Morals and Dogma of Freemasonry is clearly plagiarized from Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie by the French occultist Éliphas Lévi”.[3] Craig Heimbichner and Adam Parfrey write that Pike “seemed untroubled by the need to properly attribute text that he borrowed or lifted” and that in Morals and Dogma “Pike plagiarized from the French occultist Eliphas Lévi”[4]

Albert Pike statue in KKK costume, Washington, D.C.
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Freemasonry could take advantage of this moment in history to apologize for the treason, racism and plagiarism of Masonic icon Albert Pike. Pike’s statue has already been toppled in the George Floyd protests and is in storage at an undisclosed location. Why not take this opportunity to come clean? We could just say that we are sorry for the sins of Albert Pike and put the whole sordid affair behind us.

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People stand around the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters at Judiciary square in Washington, DC on late June 19, 2020. – Protesters have toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the US capital, images broadcast by US media show. President Donald Trump tweeted that the Washington “D.C. police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn. These people should be immediately arrested. A disgrace to our Country!” The images, broadcast on ABC7 News late Friday, showed the figure of Albert Pike being pulled down with rope before dozens of demonstrators started chanting “black lives matter”. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Let’s atone for the sins of Albert Pike so that we can adapt to the times

Now would be a very good time for the Ancient Scottish Rite of Free & Accepted Masons to admit the past so that we can move on. What if some future Freemason wants to run for president of the United States of America, but his Masonic connection to Pike is a point of contention?

This is an excellent opportunity for all of American Freemasonry to come together and heal the past. If Masonry is to survive it must attract young blood. As it is Masonry is dying on the vine. My lodge has absorbed two mergers of lodges that were failing.

MASONIC AWAKENING:
Reboot and rebrand the new egalitarian Freemasonry

If we don’t take advantage of this moment, it will only come back to haunt us. Only next time it may be worse. If a Mason were to run for public office, his association to a racist could harm him politically. We are seeing that now: schools and government buildings are being renamed in the current cancel culture. What if some lone wolf psychopath gets all riled up over Albert Pike and goes gunning for the first Freemasons he can find? Our Lodges are all very clearly marked. Will Freemasonry step up and take responsibility or will we hope that it all just blows over? I say it is time for Freemasonry to take the bull by the horns and atone for the sins of Albert Pike.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10685876a) An employee of the US National Park Service attempts to use a forklift to remove a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike after it was toppled and defaced near Judiciary Square the previous night following a day of Juneteenth celebrations in Washington, DC, USA, 20 June 2020. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, annually on 19 June celebrates the liberation of people who had been slaves in the US. The death of African-American George Floyd while in Minneapolis pollice custody has sparked global protests and outrage. Statue of Confederate General Albert Pike toppled in Washington, DC, USA – 20 Jun 2020