posted on Jan, 13 2005 @ 11:06 AM
Leveller is absolutely correct. There is not one, single shred of evidence that ever linked Pike to the Ku Klux Klan.
This modern spin currently popular with Internet anti-Masons is primarily the invention of the webmaster of the Freemasonry Watch website. A few years
ago, this individual made several posts to the alt.freemasonry newsgroup, claiming that he was in possession of a "New York Times" issue from the
1920's, which made the claim that Albert Pike was a Klansman. Not content with taking Freemasonry Watch's word as authority, Brother Ed King made a
trip to the public library in order to find and read the article from that issue himself. The whole story can be read on Ed's website
Also, someone who posted above made the false assertion that Pike left Masonry, apparently in order to vote time to organizing Klan activities. In
reality, this is pure fiction. Not only is there no evidence that Pike was ever even remotely interested in the Ku Klux Klan, but he served as Grand
Commander of the Supreme Council 33° of the Scottish Rite, S.J., USA, for over 30 years. The Grand Commander is the title of the presiding officer of
the Supreme Council, and he resigned that office in 1891, less than two months before his death, due to health reasons. During this time, he also
resigned as Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland and Supreme Magus of the Masonic Rosicrucian Society, because his health would not
allow him to fulfill his duties. But although he resigned from office, he never resigned from the Fraternity, and was buried with Masonic honors.
As an aside, those who try to link Brother Pike to the KKK have failed to recognize the contradictions they make when making this claim. To begin
with, the KKK only admits Christians, and Pike has been on record more than once, criticizing all organizations that admit only members of a certain
religious sect, and praising Masonry because it admits men of all religions. Furthermore, as is very evident in Pike's writings, his philosophical
views were extremely liberal and Masonic, strongly holding to the ideals of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which is the exact opposite of the
teachings of the KKK.
[edit on 13-1-2005 by Masonic Light]