Top Ten Masonic Conspiracies and the Facts Behind Them – Whether you believe the Masonic brotherhood originated in Ancient Egypt, with the Knights Templar or in the medieval stonemason guilds, it is clear that Masonry has a long history and plenty of opportunities to get entangled in scandals and conspiracy theories. Here are the most popular Freemasonic conspiracy theories:
10. Jack the Ripper
A serial killer ritually murders London prostitutes in order to cover up a scandal involving the British Royal family
The Masonic conspiracy rests on the testimony of Joseph Sickert, son of painter Walter Sickert who was allegedly involved in the conspiracy along with the Queen’s personal physician, Sir William Gull (aged 72!), police commissioner Sir Charles Warren and other high-level freemasons. In Sickert’s tale, Queen Victoria’s grandson and heir apparent Prince Eddy, Duke of Clarence had married and fathered a child with a common Irish Catholic shop clerk from London’s East End. With the entire monarchy’s fragile state and a Catholic bastard now standing in line for the throne, the Freemasons were charged with cleaning up the mess and eliminating all witnesses. Sickert had the role of playing the Duke’s brother on his outings and suspiciously was not himself of a target of the Masonic hit squad, leading some to believe that Walter Sickert himself might be Jack the Ripper or at the very least, one of his accomplice. (There are currently over 100 suspects in the Whitechapel Murders).
In 1976, Stephen Knight wrote Jack the Ripper. The final solution, a bestselling book based on Sickert’s account. Sickert admitted to the Royal Conspiracy hoax in The Sunday Times of London in 1978. Despite the admission, the story remained popular and spawned a myriad of articles, books and movies including the big-budget 2001 film From Hell (based on the Alan Moore’s graphic novel by the same name), the 1979 Murder by Decree (famous for depicting actual secret Masonic grips) and a host of other movies.
The words “The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing.” (see the Goulston Street Graffito) were found scribbled in chalk near the double-murder scenes of victims Stride and Eddowes. Sir Charles Warren, head of the London Police and the Most Worshipful Master of the Quator Coronati Masonic Lodge erased the reference to “juwes” left behind by Jack the Ripper. Ostensibly, to avoid a backlash against the local Jewish population. Conspiracists point out that the unusual spelling of “Juwes” is a reference to the Masonic murder of Hiram Abiff by the three ruffians Jubela, Jubelo and Jubelum.
Due to the lack of forensic evidence, it’s impossible to completely rule out the masons as the culprit behind the Jack the Ripper killings. However, there really isn’t any reason to do so. Some evidence does pop up once in a while, for instance author Patricia Cornwell’s research into DNA proved that at least one of the letters attributed to Jack the Ripper was written by Walter Sickert.
Parallels between the Ripper murders and Masonic Oaths:
All “Canonical 5” victims had their throat cut from left to right. (See Entered Apprentice Oath below) The fifth victim’s heart was taken. (See Fellowcraft Oath below) Four of the victims abdomen were slashed with Kelly’s completely emptied. (See Master Mason Oath below) Knight claims that Jack the Ripper’s murders paralleled Masonic blood oaths. (see below)
All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steadfast resolution to perform the same, without any mental reservation or secret evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly violate this my Entered Apprentice obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.
All this I most solemnly promise and swear with a firm and steadfast resolution to perform the same, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or self-evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under no less penalty than of having my breast torn open my heart plucked out, and placed on the highest pinnacle of the temple, there to be devoured by the vultures of the air, should I ever knowingly violate the Fellow Craft obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.
(some say, My heart and vitals taken from thence, and thrown over my left shoulder, and carried into the valley of Jehoshaphat…)
“All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steady resolution to perform the same, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind what-ever, binding myself, under no less penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven, that no more remembrance might be had of so vile and wicked a wretch as I would be, should I ever, knowingly, violate this my Master Mason’s obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.”
~ Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor
The Ultimate Jack the Ripper resource can be found here and this site looks at the murders from a Freemasonic point of view. Note that Freemasons are not allowed to discuss Masonic obligations and penalties with cowans. (non-masons) Admittingly, the supposed ties between the Ripper’s modus operandi and Masonic are far-fetched.
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9. Freemasonry and Washington D.C.
The Founding Founders, Freemasonry and the capital of the United States
Since 1776, no less than 14 Presidents of the United States, 18 Vice-Presidents and around 40 Supreme Court Justices have been Freemasons. Many of the Founding Founders were active Freemasons. Thirteen of the 39 signers of the US Constitution were Masons; 9 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Just under half of George Washington’s Continental Army generals were Freemasons.
Freemasons George Washington and Thomas Jefferson appointed Freemasonic brother Pierre Charles L’Enfant to design the new capital of the United States, Washington D.C. L’Enfant inserted multiple Masonic symbols into the street layouts of Washington.
The headquarters of the American Revolution was the Masonic-owned Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. The tavern’s second floor served as a large meeting place for the Lodge of St-Andrews and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Paul Revere was the Senior Deacon of St-Andrew’s Lodge. There, they dressed up as Mohawks and proceeded to dump over 9- thousand pounds of tea from the British East India Company into Boston harbor. The incident remains one of the most famous political protest in American history.
8. The Kidnapping of Captain William Morgan
1826 – A Masonic whistleblower disappears after announcing his intention to publish the secrets of Freemasonry
William Morgan routinely visited New York state Masonic Lodges in the cities of Batavia, Le Roy and Rochester, but his Masonic standing gradually came into question and he was removed (“blackballed” in Masonspeak) from the membership. Rebuked, Morgan threatened to expose the Freemason’s inner secrets in his upcoming book. He furthered angered the local masons by bragging about receiving a sizable advance from a local newspaper for his exposé’s publication.
Four freemasons tried to prevent the printing of Morgan’s exposé by setting fire to Morgan’s publishers. They were apprehended and 3 were indicted.
Morgan was then arrested and sent to debtor’s prison for allegedly owing $2.68. His publisher paid the fine to get him released but he was immediately rearrested on a trumped up charge of stealing a shirt and tie. That night, a man claiming to be Morgan’s friend paid the fine and the two men entered a waiting carriage. Captain William Morgan was never seen again.
Freemasons Loton Lawon, Nicholas Chesebro and Edward Sawyer eventually coughed up to kidnapping William but denied murdering him. They claimed they took Morgan to Fort Niagara where they gave him $500 to go to Canada. The three men and two other accomplices were convicted of William Morgan’s Kidnapping.
Morgan’s pamphlet Freemasonry Exposed and Explained selling for a buck a piece and his Illustration of Masonry soon became best sellers and gave rise to the first American third party, the Anti-Masonic party, with Thurlow Weed opposing Masonic President Andrew Jackson. The party managed to elect two state governors before it gradually fizzled out after 1835.
7. The Poisoning of Mozart
After revealing Masonic secrets in his opera The Magic Flute, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is poisoned by his the Brotherhood
Mozart was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on December 14th, 1784 at the at a Zur Wohltätigkeit (“Beneficence”) Masonic Lodge in Vienna. Mozart was more interested in the intellectual and philosophical aspects of freemasonry rather than its occult aspects. As such he was surrounded by members of the Bavarian Illuminati including one of his mentors, Illuminatus Ignaz von Born.
The Magic Flute did not reveal any Masonic secrets but it did not hide Mozart’s displeasure with the anti-Masonic Austrian Empress Maria Theresa and the Vatican. Pope Clement XII had issued a papal bull against freemasonry in 1738. Mozart incorporated many musical symbols from Freemasonic ceremonies into his opera. For example the overture’s opening features three harmonized chords. The number three reoccurred numerous times on the overture echoing a Masonic Initiation.
Mozart was an active Mason until his death, wrote many Masonic odes and is known as a Masonic composer. He was a happy mason. Unfortunately, Mozart’s health was fragile and he was afflicted with a number of serious disease including typhoid, smallpox, syphillis and hepatitis.
On his return from Prague to Vienna, Mozart became convinced that he had been poisoned. In November 1791, he becoame bedridden and died the following month. His fellow masons held a Lodge of Sorrow in his honor.
The theory that Mozart could have been poisoned either by Freemasons or by his rival Antonio Salieri is not suported by physical evidence. Mozart displayed none of the symptoms of either arsenic or mercury poisoning as he lay dying.
Movie director Stanley Kubrick is also rumored to have been snuffed by members of an unnamed secret society for revealing too much in his Eyes Wide Shut.
6. Freemasonry and the New World Order
Freemasonry provides cover for the secret plutocratic rulers of the world
Ancient secret societies have metamorphosed into modern elite think tanks where they are able to fund researchers that serve their various agendas. The Freemasons were once very powerful and the members of the elite class joined it en masse in the 1800s and early 1900s, but the Elite class no longer requires the cover of freemasonry to meet secretly and plan world domination.
Members of the ruling class are free and can easily meet in closed-door meetings surrounded by employees gagged by iron-clad non-disclosure agreements or their teams of attorneys protected by client-attorney privileges. They also meet in larger committees and conferences such as the Trilateral Commission, Chatham House, The Council of Foreign Affairs, and the Bilderberg group where secrecy is always strongly enforced.
The structure of modern masonry itself also makes it useless for proponents of the New World Order. There is no top-down command structure as in a corporation or the military. Instead each Lodges individually recognizes other Masonic lodges and make independent decisions in all local matters. It would be impossible for a secret group on top to secretly command lower level masons.
Freemasonry accepts members of all religions which fit with the New World Order’s plan for the formation of a one world religion. Could the Masonic Grand Architect of the Universe be the unifier of all the world’s religions? One is doubtful.
5. Freemasons Worship the Devil
High-level Freemasons practice ritual murders in service of Satan
The theory that Freemasons worship Satan gained popularity in the 1890s with the writings of French journalist Gabriel Jogand-Pagès. After the publication of Pope’s Leo XIII’s anti-Masonic Humanum Genus, Jogand-Pagès made a great show of leaving Freemasonry and pretending to return to Roman Catholism. He was able to carve a comfortable anti-Masonic niche for himself.
Under the pen names of Léo Taxil or Dr. Bataille, Jogand-Pagès published a series of stories detailing Freemasonry’s involvement with Satanism. He based his articles in parts on the revelations of his entirely fictitious Satanic High Priestess, Diana Vaughan and the Masonic “Palladium” which practiced ritual murders and worshiped the devil Baphomet. Taxil also claimed that Scottish Rite Grand Commander Pike was the “Sovereign Pontiff” of universal Freemasonry. He transcribed the following address in which he claimed Pike was giving instructions to the 23 Supreme Councils of the World.
“That which we must say to the crowd is, we worship a god, but it is the god one adores without superstition. To you sovereign grand inspector general, we say this and you may repeat it to the brethren of the 32nd, 31st and 30th degrees – the Masonic religion should be by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.
If lucifer were not god, would Adonay (the God of the Christians) whose deeds prove cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and His priests, calumniate Him?
Yes, lucifer is god, and unfortunately Adonay is also God, for the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods. darkness being necessary for light to serve as its foil, as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.
Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is heresy, and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in lucifer, the equal of Adonay, but lucifer, god of light and god of good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the god of darkness and evil”
In April 1897 the now famous Taxil called a press conference and confessed to the fraud. Nevertheless, some are still not convinced. Fundamentalist Comic book artist Jack Chick was inspired to write one of his famous tracts on the subject.
Beyond the Taxil Hoax, Albert Pike writes about Lucifer in Moral and Dogma
“Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!” (321)
Most Masons believe that Pike was referring to deliberate mistranslations in the King James Bible and how Lucifer originally meant the morning light (a designation presently reserved for Jesus)or the planet Venus.
The George Washington statue designed by Horatio Greenough was initially installed in the US Capitol’s Rotunda but was relocated to the Smithsonian Museum of American History in 1908 due to controversy caused not by Washington’s similar posture to occultist Eliphas Levi’s depiction of Baphomet, but because of Georgie’s bare chest.
Christian Fundamentalists and Roman Catholics often point out the pagan elements found within Freemasonry’s symbols and rituals, but this would also be true of Christianity itself… (i.e. Yule as the origin of Christmas, Spring Solstice as the origin of Easter) hardly a case to support Masonic worship of the Beast.
4. Judeo-Masonic Conspiracy
Jewish Elders of Zion and the Freemasons are involved in a conspiracy to completely exterminate all Goyim
The Judeo-Masonic conspiracy is rooted in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion first published in 1905 in Russia by Sergei Nilus. The book details a joint Jewish-Freemasonic conspiracy in which the two work together to bring the end of the world. Despite the Tsar’s disapproval of the methods and attempts at confiscating copies of the Protocols, they served as a nice diversion from Russia’s recent humiliation against Japan and the book continued to circulate widely and went through many editions.
In the protocols, the Jews are the power behind the Freemasons and use the fraternity as a screen:
SECRET MASONRY WHICH IS NOT KNOWN TO, AND AIMS WHICH ARE NOT EVEN SO MUCH AS SUSPECTED BY, THESE “GOY” CATTLE, ATTRACTED BY US INTO THE “SHOW” ARMY OF MASONIC LODGES IN ORDER TO THROW DUST IN THE EYES OF THEIR FELLOWS.
Like the Illuminati, the Elders allegedly used Masonic lodges as recruiting grounds for their own purposes:
Meantime, however, until we come into our kingdom, we shall act in the contrary way: we shall create and multiply free masonic lodges in all the countries of the world, absorb into them all who may become or who are prominent in public activity, for these lodges we shall find our principal intelligence office and means of influence. ~Protocol 15
In 1921, The Times reporter, Philip Grave discovered that a great portion of the Protocols had been plagiarized from an Anti-Napoleon III work, The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu written by French artist Maurice Joly. The Dialogues themselves were later discovered to be partly plagiarize from Eugène Sue’s Les Mystères du people. Other sources for the Protocols text included Abbé Barruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, but with the blames now attributed to the Jews, the power behind the freemasons and anti-Semitic legends of Jews sacrificing Christian babies and poisoning well.
The book was popularized in the United States by Freemason and admirer of Nazi Germany, Henry Ford. Adolf Hitler was a firm believer in the Protocol’s legitimacy and banned Freemasonry in Germany as a result. The Protocols continue to be popular in the Middle East and was recently a best seller in Syria.
The Mason are often accused of plotting to rebuild Solomon’s Temple at the present location of the Islamic Dome of the Rock. Freemasons maintain that their rituals refer to a metaphorical temple inside each mason. They also deny Lyndon Larouche’s claim that the Freemason are attempting to gain control of Temple Mount in Jesureslem and begin building the third temple of Solomon.
3. Albert Pike and the Three World Wars
33 ° Freemason and Confederate Army General Albert Pike writes to Italian revolutionary leader detailing his futuristic vision of three world wars
In a 1871 letter to revolutionary leader Giuseppe Mazzini, Albert Pike described the coming of three world wars necessary for the world to accept a unified world under Lucifer. Mazzini was himself a great supporter of a unified Italy and a United States of Europe, a precursor to the European Union. The First war would overthrow the Czars and build a “fortress of atheistic communism.” The second war would pin the Fascists against the Zionists. The third war would be fought between Islam and the Zionists. Lucifer would then rise to rule the world.
The letter was brought to light by conspiracy researcher William Guy Carr who claimed the letter was on display at the British Museum in London. The Museum itself denied the claim. Carr then pointed to respected author Cardinal Rodriguez of Chili‘s The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled, in which, according to Carr, Rodriguez also claimed to have seen the Pike-Mazzini letter at the museum. After verifying the quote from Rodriguez’s book, Illuminati researcher Terry Melanson discovered that it made no mention of three world wars and that furthermore, Rodriguez was referring to Dr. Battaille’s Le Diable au XIXème Siècle as being on display at the British Museum, not the Pike-Mazzini letter. Dr. Bataille was a nom de plume for hoaxer Gabriel Jogand-Pagès. (see Masonic Conspiracy #5 above)
Sample of the Pike-Mazzini letter
“The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions
The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.
The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion, We shall unleash the Nihilists and the 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 from that moment be without compass or 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. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”
2. Propaganda Due Masonic Lodge
Italian Masonic Lodge is used as a cover to coordinate everything from terrorist bombings, massive financial frauds and drug trafficking
The covert P2 Masonic Lodge was discovered in a 1981 police raid on Lucio Gelli’s home by Italian authorities in the aftermath of the Vatican-owned Banco Ambrosia scandal in which “God’s banker” Roberto Calvi and P2 brethren was found hanging under London’s Black Friars Bridge. Police discovered a list of over 900 P2 Lodge members which included high-ranking government officials and 43 Members of the Italian Parliament. The list also included the name of future Italian President Silvio Berlusconi and Mafia banker Michele Sindona.
The P2 Masonic Lodge was voted out of the Grand Lodge of Italy in 1974 but Gelli managed to “convince” the Grandmaster to issue his lodge another warrant. By 1981, regular Masonic lodges were eager to distance themselves from the P2 Lodge and it was officially disavowed in a Masonic Tribunal which ruled the 1974 vote valid.
The P2 Lodge was also used as a cover for Operation Gladio in which Gelli cooperated with American and British intelligence to promote fascism activities, including the 1980 Bologna railway bombing in order to prevent a communist takeover of Italy.
1. Illuminati Infiltration of Masonic Lodges
Adam Weishaupt’s Bavarian Illuminati infiltration and “Illumination” of European Freemasonic Lodges
The Bavarian Illuminati was founded by Adam Weishaupt in 1776. The Following year, Weishaupt was initiated as a Freemason at the Die Loge Theodor vom guten Rat in Munich. He soon realized the potential of Masonic Lodges as recruiting grounds for his own secret society and directed members of his Order to begin Illuminating Freemasonic Lodges throughout Germany and later Europe. After the dissolution the Masonic Rites of Strict Observance at the 1782 Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad, Weishaupt and Baron Von Knigge were shrewdly able to snatch up old Strict Observance members and increased membership in the Bavarian Illuminati to around 3000 members. The Illuminati soon had Illuminated Lodges in France, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Poland, and Hungary.
The anti-clerical and anti-monarchial doctrines of the Bavarian Illuminati and other revolutionaries influenced the events leading up to the French Revolution.