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Anybody can get a charter for anything and the "Imperial Lair of the Invisible jungle Knights of the Tigers Eye" has recently been incorporated in New York.
A proclamation issued by the "Eye" says:-
"It is the purpose of the Knights of the Tiger's eye to band together in this fraternity of all men who believe in Law and order, supremacy of these United States of America and the betterment of mankind in general. Our aim is to sweep away the discording passions which are caused by religious, political and racial hatred; thereby getting a true fraternal brotherly love between the citizens of our country, regardless of their racial, religious or social standing in the community. To leave to the individual the manner in which he shall worship God, govern his politics and conduct his business." It is certainly tolerant in tone, and therefore may not be a grafting concern; for there is no money in tolerance-the big money is in appealing to the superstitions and prejudices of the ignorant and there is more money in that than even pandering to the vices of men. (highlighted by me)
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Shame they've been lost to history.
"Prominent Southern gentlemen were later cited as state leaders of the Invisible Empire. Alabama claimed General John T. Morgan as Grand Dragon. Arkansas was headed by General Albert Pike, explorer and poet. North Carolina was led by former governor Zebulon Vance, and Georgia by General John B. Gordon, later a U.S. Senator.
There were men who were members of both as the klan became more active. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas started raising warning flags about that association in 1921. Some years later (I haven't been able to find out exactly when), I've heard that the Texas Grand Lodge was the first to explicitly forbid its members from also being KKK members.
Originally posted by relocator
Reading the article Invisible Empire...it stated that the Dr. Mahoney was a freemason in the klan....Didn't realize Mason's were also klan members back in the day...