Benjamin B. French, a 33rd Degree Mason and member of the board of directors of the SupremeCouncil of the Scottish Rite, wrote a letter, dated July 1, 1865, to President Andrew Johnson.. .urginghim to pardon Pike. Additional appeals on Pike's behalf were made to the President by Masons fromdifferent parts of the United States.'
Johnson bowed to Masonic pressure and pardoned the man who was most responsible for the Civil War,who undoubtedly was in favor of the assassination of President Lincoln, and who may himself have beendirectly involved in the plot. Nine months later a list of pardoned rebels, including Pike, was released to thepress. Fisher informs us that "[in] March, 1867, the House Judiciary Committee began an investigation intocharges by some Congressmen that Johnson should be impeached. Later, when the committee finally issuedits report, a key charge against the President was that he pardoned large numbers of public and notorioustraitors. ..."'15Three months later, Freemasonry honored Johnson for pardoning the treasonous Albert Pike. "On June20, 1867," reports Fisher, "the President received a delegation of Scottish Rite officials in his bedroom atthe White House where he received the 4th through the 32nd Degrees of the Scottish Rite as anhonorarium."
390The trial for Johnson's impeachment proceeded as scheduled. In May 1868, fourteen months after theCongressional investigation of Johnson was initiated, the final vote fell one short of the necessary twothirds for conviction. Freemasonry celebrated by erecting the only monument to a Confederate general inthe nation's capital. Between Third and Fourth Streets stand the U.S. Department of Labor Building and thecity's Municipal Building. On public property between these two buildings, on D Street, N.W., "is a statueof Albert Pike, the grand philosopher of Scottish Rite Masonry, who was indicted for treason for hisactivities during the Civil War.
Albert Pike's Luciferian Doctrine
Albert Pike was one of the most physically and morally repulsive individuals in American history.Weighing well over 300 pounds, his sexual proclivity was to sit naked astride a phallic throne in the woods,accompanied by a gang of prostitutes. To these orgies he would bring one or more wagon-loads of food andliquor, most of which he would consume over a period of two days, until he passed into a stupor. In hisadopted state of Arkansas, Pike was well known as a practitioner of Satanism.
Although he wrote that hedid not believe in the reality of Satan, portraits made of Pike in his later years picture him wearing theBaphomet, a symbol of Satan, around his neck. (See Appendix 2, Fig. 30.)Pike was an evil genius of the first magnitude, using his many talents to destructive ends. A giftedpolyglot, he was able to both read and write in sixteen ancient languages.
In his study of ancient religions,Pike discovered that Lucifer was the god of pagans and that there was no adversary known as Satan exceptin the Bible. Lucifer, son of the morning, was known to pagans as the friend of mankind who gave themfire, taught them all the crafts, and showed them the rich ore and precious stones buried in the earth. Forthese countless benefactions conferred on humanity, jealous Adonay, who claimed to be the true God,united His angels against the brightest angel and unjustly cast him out of heaven.
Pike reasoned that Adonay, the God of the Bible, was evil for robbing man of his scientific achievements- first by Flood, then by the destruction of the Tower of Babel. Lucifer, according to Pike, was the goodgod, who returned to man his scientific freedom. And Satan? He was only a fabrication of Christians.391
Would the God of Freemasonry Please Stand?
Albert Pike continued the work of Adam Weishaupt, introducing Lucifer to the Supreme Council as theMasonic god. In 1843, while Pike was developing his Luciferian Doctrine, two other Masons, poet HenryWadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and Moses Holbrook (d.1844), Sovereign Grand Commander of theSupreme Council at Charleston, were attempting to penetrate the inner shrines of the Fraternity with thedoctrine of Satanism. Both had studied thoroughly the occult sciences and enjoyed discussing the mysteries