Leo Taxil. The tale of the Pope and the Pornographer. It was a practical joke which has gone on to have a ‘life of its own’: Gabriel Jogand-Pag�s, better known. Perhaps no one aspect of anti-Masonic practice has fueled religious zeal greater than the hoax perpetrated by Leo Taxil, shown above right, on Albert Pike. Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès, aka Leo Taxil. At some point in your Masonic life, you’ll hear anti-Masons prattling about.

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It was a practical joke which has gone on to have a ‘life of its own’: Taxil became a ‘free-thinker’ and actually joined Masonry but was expelled as a result of wrong-doing. Further angered, he chose revenge in a literary manner and decided – perhaps in an effort to redeem himself with Masonry by making the Roman Catholic Church look foolish – to ridicule their credulity about Freemasonry by creating an elaborate story in which the leader of the Southern U. Scottish Rite, Albert Pike, was the brunt of the fabrication.

This hoax supposedly ‘revealed’ a highly secret Masonic order called the Palladium – which existed in Taxil’s imagination only. Taxil claimed that the Palladium practiced murder, devil worship, and more. InTaxil publicly confessed to the hoax, leoo as he was being acclaimed all over Europe for his ‘religious zeal’. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic Religion should be by all of us leeo of the high degrees, maintained raxil the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine.

If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perdify 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. Thus, the doctrine of Satanism leoo a 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 taxll Evil.

DeLa Rive published in We have always been careful to publish special articles concerning Palladism and Diana Vaughn. We are now giving in this issue a complete list of these articles, which can now be considered as not having existed.

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For over years writers of anti-Masonic books and web sites have repeated all or parts of taxl “quotation” without checking into its authenticity or, knowing it to be false, repeat it regardless in their zeal lek defame Freemasonry.

To this day, it shadows the name of Pike who, according to Masonic author Jim Tresner and others, was a sincere and devoted Trinitarian Christian until his death. Anti-Masonic writers Jack Chick and Bill Schnoebelen to use as examples two of the MANY have taken the false quote and do well, apparently, selling books based on that lie.

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The grotesque idea of the devil or Satan or Lucifer or any force of evil presiding over a Lodge of Masons is totally repulsive to any Mason but that notwithstanding, the charges remain despite the passage of a century! Taxil apparently simply made leoo the hoax out of thin air and was praised by the religious authorities and showered with honors for having revealed the “true evil purposes of Masonry”.

Some Church leaders do exactly the same thing today. These events happened long ago and they’re documented in detail on other internet locations. For more information about this hoax including translations of newspaper articles from the time, click here. Click here to read the full and complete story.

From anti-Masonic comic books e. It’s even easier when you don’t have the full text from which to judge, particularly when the text you’re reading is a an expose and you haven’t read the preface which explains that.

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For example, several sites attempting to give credence to the ludicrous claims of membership in Palladium Masonry will cite a page HERE but this text is, as stated on the flyleaf of a later edition notes that this is ” This work, along with similar refutations by others, raised questions Taxil could not answer and he was forced to admit that the tadil were a hoax meant to ridicule both the Catholic Church and Freemasonry.

Amazingly too, some current anti-Masons attempt to ‘prove’ that the self-admitted fraud wasn’t a fraud at all. You can see a recent example of that right here. In fact, there are a couple of such ‘debunking of the debunked story’ pages to be found on the web.

On another one much is made about the fact that the newspaper story written has FAR too much detail to have been recorded contemporaneously. Again, the attempt to justify the malicious lie about Freemasonry falls flat. Anyone with even a fleeting familiarity with the court transcription process knows full well how easily a trained court reporter can listen to and transcribe the many things said simultaneously in a court room.


In days before transcription machines and when essentially ALL newspapers had lengthy word-for-word accounts of meetings, newspaper reporters frequently had the skills we find present in the court reporters of a later era. No, saying that the Taxil confession couldn’t have happened because the recounting of it was too accurate to be truthful is an inartful dodge that avoids the reality: It is, sadly, a hoax that many use to condemn Freemasonry without realizing what fools they make of themselves when they do so.

We’re always happy when anti-Masonic myths are exploded in public. It happened in the August 26 – September 2, issue of U.

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Devoting half of the issue to exploring hoaxes from the present to deep into the past, they selected ten of tadil ‘greatest’ hoaxes and prioritized them as follows:. While USNWR’s article deals with the Jewish issue, it should be remembered that Freemasonry plays a central part in this fraud as well.

You can read more information about it on our website here. And as 3 is Devil in a red fez – The lie about the Freemasons lives on which explains the infamous Taxil hoax.

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