WARNING: I'm addicted to parentheticals. Bear with me.
I noticed this about a month ago. I don't know when it actually happened.
One of fundamentalist Christian cartoonist Jack Chick's more popular (at least around here) tracts, The Curse of Baphomet
, has been
, presumably (to me) in the wake of frequent discussion about his
sources. (A version close to the original is here
.) Most notable is the removal of Taxil Hoax
material, replacing it with quotations from Eliphas Levi and comparison to excerpts from Morals and Dogma
A few observations:
1. Jack Chick has been backing Curse
off the Taxil precipice for years (Morris and deHoyos
his earlier willingness to simply switch out sources for the Taxil quote
when it turned out the first never existed, and further backtracking will be examined later), but it's truly odd that he's completely given it up in
his most vicious anti-Masonic tract. Given that it's come up about once a month here, it's hardly lost favor with his audience. It's also not
uniform; Taxil's words live on in the lesser-known The Unwelcome Guest
2. Despite his unwillingness to use primary Taxil material, Jack Chick still sources the testimony of (in)famous ex-everything Bill Schnoebelen (who,
in The Unwelcome Guest
, is used as yet another roadblock from finding out the truth about the quote). I have no access to any editional changes
of Beyond the Light
, and I have no idea if Schnoebelen has retracted part of his testimony, but a significant part of Beyond the Light
was devoted to Schnoebelen's "experiences" in Pike's Palladian Rite, which was entirely Taxil's invention. Even if Schnoebelen no longer claims
ex-membership in the Palladian Rite, one would think accepting the reality of Taxil's hoax would make anyone who based so substantial a claim on it
persona non grata
to an intellectually honest researcher. (Not that Jack Chick doesn't have excellent defenses against any charges of
3. In a further (and somewhat more thorough) fact-check, Chick's removed the ludicrous claim about Shriner's fezzes being dedicated to the slaughter
of Christians that never lived in Fez, Morocco.
I must admit that I'm not well-versed enough in Levi (or, if I'm honest, in Pike) to offer up any thoughts on the comparisons of Levi to M&D.
Hopefully the rest of the membership can fill in the void I left.