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Bret Burquest

The Illuminated Ones

Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at 2:11 PM
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  • There are so many untruths in your post that I don't know where to start. No wonder you don't cite any sources. First of all, Albert Pike was the leader of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction. About one in three Masons joins the Scottish Rite, and the Southern Jurisdiction covers 35 US States. Thus Pike was not in control, when he was alive, of the entire Scottish Rite, let alone all of Masonry. There's no such thing as "World Masonry". Every US State and Canadian Province has its own Grand Lodge, and they barely agree with each other on matters of protocol, let alone global domination. How could Pike have written about Zionism before Theodore Herzl founded the Zionist movement?

    Pike was never a Satanist. He was a Baptist. There's nothing in any Masonic degree about Satan, because each Mason worships according to his individual conscience. No Grand Lodge would approve of any establishment within Masonry that told its adherents to choose a particular creed, with one exception: the Knights Templar are explicitly Christian, and Pike was a Templar as well.

    I don't know who made up the quote you attribute to Pike about the Third World War and Zionism, but it could not possibly have been Pike. Where did you get that silly quote? How could a bunch of men who get together monthly to meet as fellows and wear aprons orchestrate two world wars after they were dead? Lenin and Trotsky were atheists, and no Mason can be an atheist.

    You mention a lot of different so-called secret societies in your post. How do they all agree with each other? It's hard enough to get two different kinds of Protestant in the USA to agree with each other, let alone the groups you mention, which cross religions, cultures, and nations.

    Follow the money? What money? Connect the dots? What dots? The only points you have illustrated are easily demonstratable falsehoods.

    -- Posted by travelling_east on Tue, Nov 18, 2008, at 6:38 PM
  • This post is so full of cut and paste false information it is virtually impossible to dispel it without writing a book.

    "Pike was also a Satanist. He wore a bracelet he utilized to summon Lucifer, with whom he claimed have constant communication. Pike was the Grand Master of a Luciferian group known as the Order of the Palladium (also called Sovereign Council of Wisdom), which had been founded in Paris in 1737. Palladism had been brought to Greece from Egypt by Pythagoras in the fifth century. This Secret Cult of Satan was introduced into the inner circle of the Masonic lodges."

    Almost all of the above comes from the famous Leo Taxil Hoax, admitted to in print and in front of journalists and Catholic clergy by Taxil himself. It was part of an elaborate con he engaged in to make the Catholic Church look like idiots. It has long been debunked.

    "The following was written by Pike in the 1871 letter to Mazzini concerning plans for World War III.

    'The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the Illuminati between the political Zionists and the leaders of the Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (Moslem 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 economic exhaustion.'"

    The so called Mazzini letter was only ever "seen" by one person. A member of the Catholic clergy and a rabid anti-Mason. He claimed to have seen it on display at the British Museum in London and to have copied it down long hand. It has never been seen again, no one was ever able to find anyone else who saw the display at the museum, and the museum catalog lists no such document among its collections.

    Most current anti-Masons no longer use this line of attack because there is no proof at all of such a letter, and in fact, it has every appearance of a hoax.

    "In 1871, as Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Albert Pike wrote a letter to Mazzini, outlining the three world wars that would lead to global domination of their Secret Cult. These wars were to be created by Illuminati operatives, as well as funded by Illuminati interests who would reap great rewards from the conflict."

    No copy of, nor evidence of the existence of such a letter exists anywhere. It is mentioned once an old book with no evidence ever found that it was ever written let alone exists. See the comments about the British Museum.

    "In 1834, Giusseppe Mazzini, an Italian who later founded the Mafia in 1860, was selected by the Illuminati to head worldwide operations. Mazzini was a 33rd degree Mason who believed in the unification of Europe, and ultimately in a unification of the entire planet under one ruling order"

    Ignoring the fact that the Bavarian Government outlawed the Illuminati after their outing, and forcefully suppressed them, you need to provide your source for the fact that he "founded" the Mafia in 1860. He is generally considered an Italian patriot who favored the unification of Italy. This meant, of course, the loss of the Papal States to the Catholic Church and earned him their lasting hatred. At various times he was allied with Garibaldi, a man who was most certainly a Mason, who lead the effort at uniting Italy, and is to this day hated by the Catholic Church for the loss in political power it suffered.

    If you truly wish to argue that churches should wield widespread political power and control the levers of government, than you reject everything that the United States of America stand for.

    "Pike liked the idea of a one-world government and wrote a ritual tome to guide like-minded Masons into the top rank (33rd degree), a secret Illuminati tier within the Freemason structure"

    Perhaps you should specify exactly which tome you mean. I assume it to be Morals and Dogma, a book which does no such thing. Pike, as any analysis of his writings will show, was an ardent democrat.

    "As a 33rd degree Mason, Pike was a founding father and leader of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the United States. From 1859 until his death, he was Grand Commander of North American Freemasonry."

    Pike did not found Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the United States. It was founded many years before his birth. Further, there never was nor has been any such thing as a "Grand Commander" of North American Freemasonry, and Pike held no such office.

    "Pike was honored, not as a commander, but as a leader of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He was one of the most predominant figures in the history of world Freemasonry"

    This is quite simply false. Pike revised into a coherent whole the 29 degrees of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite in the United States. His book Morals and Dogma was written as his personal commentary on the degrees and can only be read in context if you read or experience the degree. As is stated in the introduction anyone may disagree or find what he has to say either false, or unreasonable.

    Outside of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite in the United States and in the rest of the world in particular, he is not well, if at all known, and his book is not read.

    He has no influence over, had nothing to do with the ritual of Blue Lodge Masonry, and focused his life in the Scottish Rite in the South.

    "There is a cabal of secret societies on this planet that have been manipulating human events to lead to a one-world government, to be controlled by them. This includes upper tiers of Freemasonry, the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Round Table, Skull and Bones, Knights of Malta, the Rosicrucian Order, and so forth. They presently control politics, finance, commerce and the media. Their ultimate goal is to control the world.

    Those at the very top who control the Secret Cults have a common genetic bloodline that can be traced back to Sumer and Babylon. Their agenda includes establishing their bloodline into key posts of economic and political power. Throughout history, members of this chosen bloodline have been thrust into high positions of power, including royalty, clergy, politics, finance, etc. All 44 presidents of the USA are related. For example, Obama is a distant cousin of George Bush."

    I believe the rest of your post falls under the category of "nuts". I seriously suggest that you seek out psychiatric treatment for Paranoid Personality Disorder. Really, it degenerates into so much lunacy it boggles the mind.


    -- Posted by Aaron1234 on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 9:36 AM
  • Whatever your interests or motivations, you are A LIAR. I feel confident in saying that because the proper grammar, punctuation, etc., shows you to be an educated person.

    As the other commentors have posted, you cite no source documentation, and you have cut-and-pasted (plagiarized) from at least two other INTERNET SOURCES! So, you know what you are doing, and you know that it is false and deceptive. Therefore my conclusion that you are A LIAR.

    You and your blog deserve no further consideration.

    -- Posted by ComacineMaster on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 11:25 AM
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    The quote attributed to the 1871 Pike letter to Mazzini comes from a book titled SATAN: PRINCE OF THE WORLD by Commander William Guy Carr (former intelligence officer of the Royal Canadian Navy). Excerpts from the letter can also be found on numerous Internet sites.

    "Pike was the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the 33rd degree and Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, and he reveals in MORALS AND DOGMA how the lower levels are purposely misled." from GUIDE TO THE GLOBAL CONSPIRACY by David Icke, page 169.

    Yes, Pike was leader of the Scottish Rite, southern jurisdiction -- but he was much more than that as well.

    The following three paragraphs of copy/pasted material are from a website called ThreeWorldWars.com. It reveals that Mazzini "founded the Mafia in 1860" and that Pike was a Satanist -- all of this information is also "verifiable" on other websites. I am merely passing on information I have discovered elsewhere.


    In the 19th Century Albert Pike established a framework for bringing about the One World Order. Based on a vision revealed to him, Albert Pike wrote a blueprint of events that would play themselves out in the 20th century, with even more of these events yet to come. It is this blueprint which we believe unseen leaders are following today, knowingly or not, to engineer the planned Third and Final World War.

    Pike was said to be a Satanist, who indulged in the occult, and he apparently possessed a bracelet which he used to summon Lucifer, with whom he had constant communication. He was the Grand Master of a Luciferian group known as the Order of the Palladium (or Sovereign Council of Wisdom), which had been founded in Paris in 1737. Palladism had been brought to Greece from Egypt by Pythagoras in the fifth century, and it was this cult of Satan that was introduced to the inner circle of the Masonic lodges. It was aligned with the Palladium of the Templars. In 1801, Issac Long, a Jew, brought a statue of Baphomet (Satan) to Charleston, South Carolina, where he helped to establish the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Long apparently chose Charleston because it was geographically located on the 33rd parallel of latitude (incidentally, so is Baghdad), and this council is considered to be the Mother Supreme Council of all Masonic Lodges of the World.

    Pike's right-hand man was Phileas Walder, from Switzerland, who was a former Lutheran minister, a Masonic leader, occultist, and spiritualist. Pike also worked closely with Giusseppe Mazzini of Italy (1805-1872) who was a 33rd degree Mason, who became head of the Illuminati in 1834, and who founded the Mafia in 1860. Together with Mazzini, Lord Henry Palmerston of England (1784-1865, 33rd degree Mason), and Otto von Bismarck from Germany (1815-1898, 33rd degree Mason), Albert Pike intended to use the Palladian Rite to create a Satanic umbrella group that would tie all Masonic groups together.


    I cannot attest to the accuracy of any of the information I discovered while researching this subject. But I did not make it up. This is a vast subject and I tried to condense it as much as possible without losing the thread of the main point, which is that powerful people in high places are meeting secretly and planning to control the world through a one-world government.

    Feel free to boggle your mind, but don't call me a LIAR.

    What if it's true??


    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 7:21 PM
  • What if Oz is a real place and the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion actually existed? "What if it's true?" is simply not a valid argument. David Icke is a notorious fabricator of bizarre fantasies, none of which are based in any semblance of reality. I visited ThreeWorldWars.com, and there was nothing factual listed there, merely wild speculations.

    It's really easy to examine all of your premises and debunk them, as the above comments have done. Why do you persist in bearing false witness?

    -- Posted by travelling_east on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 8:07 PM
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    There was a time when it was believed that the world was flat. Then an astronomer named Galileo discovered that the world was round and revolved around the sun.

    Those in power considered him to be a notorious fabricator of bizarre fantasies, none of which were based in any semblence of reality -- merely wild speculation.

    In 1633, he was brought before the Catholic Inquisition, tortured, forced to renounce his heretical views, and imprisoned.

    The Truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.


    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 10:44 PM
  • The difference is that Galileo used scientific fact to back up his ideas. You use known hoaxes and fabrications. Galileo could see the truth directly with a telescope. Your only evidence comes from proven liars with a political axe to grind. It's obscene for you to compare your stand to Galileo's, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself for the comparison. Learn the difference between responsible research and wild surmises. Go to a community college and take an actual science or mathematics class and learn how real research happens. Your epistemological sophistication is that of a small child (look up the word "epistemology" in a dictionary).

    -- Posted by travelling_east on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 7:26 AM
  • A further point of clarification: Galileo proved the Copernican Hypothesis by observing that Venus goes through all of its phases, which would not be the case if both Venus and the Sun orbited the Earth. He could see the phases with his telescope, and anyone who had a telescope and some patience could repeat the experiment. Every assertion Galileo made, including his discovery of inertia, the Mountains of the Moon, etc. were all backed by experiment. He knew these things to be true because not only could he observe them, he could show anyone else how to observe these phenomena independent of him. Can you produce the Mazzini letter? I can produce evidence that Leo Taxil admitted that his writings about Pike were forgeries. Can you produce counter-evidence? It is beneath your dignity to continue to defend known lies. If you do so, you become a liar yourself. Either that is your intention all along, or you cannot admit when you are incorrect. Not only do you not care whether or not you are wrong, you do not seem to care what the difference between right and wrong is. You don't understand how people actually know what they claim to know, nor do you care whether you actually know to be true what you claim to be true.

    Please, I implore you: learn the difference and embrace what is actually true. While your dignity is at stake as long as you spread lies and poison, I care more that you might be even more delighted and fascinated and validated with what the actual truth is than the nonsense you currently embrace. You are in a position to end a heritage of hatred and lies with a single act of reasoned resolution. Do not fail yourself.

    -- Posted by travelling_east on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 7:43 AM
  • The sources you cite are beyond laughable. I can point you to any number of websites that "prove" that the holocaust never happened, that blacks are inherently inferior mentally and spiritually to whites, that the world will end in 2012.

    I suppose you would give due consideration to all of those theories and arguments because they are found on websites?

    You can write the word "wisdom" on a can of garbage and some will believe it to indeed be wisdom. But in reality it will still be a can of garbage.

    -- Posted by Aaron1234 on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 10:31 AM
  • It is interesting how people attack me for presenting a concept for consideration.

    "Go to a community college and take an actual science or mathematics class and learn how real research happens. Your epistemological sophistication is that of a small child (look up the word "epistemology" in a dictionary)." from travelling_east

    "I seriously suggest that you seek out psychiatric treatment for Paranoid Personality Disorder. Really, it degenerates into so much lunacy it boggles the mind." from Aaron1234

    First of all, I majored in mathematics and minored in physics at the University of Minnesota for the first two years. I have a B.S. degree in Business, with a minor in Economics, and an M.S. in Management Information Systems, with a minor in Quantitative Analysis, from the University of Minnesota.

    Yes, I am familiar with research and the scientific method.

    Among other things, I taught computer courses at a community college in 2001-2006, thus I have been to a community college as well.

    Simply because something is on the Internet doesn't make it invalid and simply because something is in a book doesn't make it true. And simply because something exceeds the bounds of your imagination or beliefs, doesn't make it invalid.

    I can assure my dignity is intact. I write blogs and newspaper columns and novels covering many topics, including controversial subjects such as a cabal of powerful elitists secretly attempting to control the world. To present such a thesis, one must site sources that are beyond the Bell Curve of academically accepted norms. It is the presentation of outlandish or unpopular ideas which provokes thought. Rather than attack the messenger, perhaps you should exam the possibilities of truth within the presentation.

    Looking forward to your responses to my blog about December 21, 2012..

    Thanks for your support, or lack thereof.



    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 11:37 AM
  • Words and definitions matter:

    "Pike was also a Satanist. He wore a bracelet he utilized to summon Lucifer, with whom he claimed have constant communication. Pike was the Grand Master of a Luciferian group known as the Order of the Palladium (also called Sovereign Council of Wisdom), which had been founded in Paris in 1737. Palladism had been brought to Greece from Egypt by Pythagoras in the fifth century. This Secret Cult of Satan was introduced into the inner circle of the Masonic lodges."

    This, if we are to trust your research, clearly defines Pike as a Luciferian and a Mason. It does not make him a Satanist.

    Prior to 1966 there were Luciferians, devil worshipers of all stripes, and all manner of Christian Heretics. There were not, however, Satanists. The religion of Satanism is new, born in 1966 with the formation of The Church of Satan by Anton LaVey and publicly codified by the publication of The Satanic Bible a few years later.

    The distinction is important because what you are describing here--

    "he utilized to summon Lucifer, with whom he claimed have constant communication..." is completely un-Satanic.

    Satanism as a religion is atheism with metaphor for the purpose of fulfilling the human need for religion, ritual, and dogma while evolving beyond the need for any literal gods/devils/higher powers/external deities. In short, Satanists do not communicate with myths--even cool ones like Lucifer.

    This matters here because it demonstrates a desire to vilify using common and base stereotypes that provoke a specified response to those one wishes to frighten. It makes the entire essay dubious, and the writer suspect.

    In 2008 it would be nice to think that anyone writing about anything religious would take the time to do appropriate research--unless, of course, they have an agenda that would preclude the truth from sustaining their opinion.

    Magistra Ygraine

    Church of Satan



    -- Posted by MagistraYgraine on Sat, Nov 22, 2008, at 5:54 PM
  • Actually, the practice of "Satanism" has been around for all of time under different flavors of the craft. Although there's no way to determine the date that term specifically was coined, it most certainly was not created by the dead Church of Satan founder, Howard St[anton] Lavey.

    Ms. Magistra, you refer here - allegedly with deception - to the modern branch of Satanism that CLAIMS to be "Athiest", and not conjure spirits. While this may be true for some initiates, the true Satanist is involved with the same practices they have always been.

    Are we to expect you do not belong to a coven? Does the number 13 mean nothing to you? You don't consider yourself a witch? You had fun on 6/6/06 with some friends, but you don't engage in the craft?

    That would be difficult to convince me of, but you're just here because you found an article mentioning a well-known practitioner of THE CRAFT, and wanted to create an argument over what a Satanist is. Well done.

    And you are correct, Lucifer is a myth. You know more than one would expect.

    -- Posted by OneEyePlucker on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 7:45 PM
  • Uhhh..."In 1865, President Andrew Jackson..."

    I can understand why you'd not be "able to attest to the accuracy", Andrew Jackson was President in 1826. You may be thinking of Andrew Johnson.

    As for Galileo confirming Copernicus' "proof" the world is round rather than flat - all Copernicus would have had to do for the evidence would just read from what Eratosthenes discovered some twelve hundred years or so before. Heck ol' Erathosthenes even figured out the Earth's circumference just by comparing the transit times of shadows passing across two wells.

    I don't have any knowledge (don't actually even care) of whether Albert Pike was one of those lizard guys bent on starting world wars - all I know is he got on a bulldozer, carved out a road down in Little Rock then bought a dumptruck filled it with asphalt and called his carved out and paved road, Albert Pike Boulevard.

    -- Posted by HDucker on Mon, Aug 22, 2011, at 2:26 PM
  • It was President Andrew Johnson (1865) who pardoned Pike (not Andrew Jackson) -- my error..


    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 1:47 PM
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