I’m sure many of you have heard about Satanists’ plans to erect a statue of Baphomet on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol, taking advantage of rules that state’s legislature put in place to give legal cover to the erection of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds. Last night Stephen Colbert did a segment on the statue, and he pointed out, somewhat inaccurately, that Baphomet was the pagan god worshiped by the Knights Templar. The name appears in the confessions of several Templars, extracted under torture, but with no clear consensus on who or what was indicated by the name. The famous image of Baphomet was actually created in the nineteenth century by Eliphas Lévi, who based the design on medieval depictions of the devil, eighteenth century Tarot designs, and elements of pagan deities.
Of course, Baphomet is today widely believed to be a corruption of the name Muhammad dating back to at least the eleventh century, but in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there was a lively debate over what Baphomet really meant and stood for. Friedrich Nicolai, a member of the Freemasons and the Illuminati, claimed that Baphomet was a Greek term for baptism by wisdom (baphe metous), but it was the Austrian anti-Masonic activist Joseph Freiherr von Hammer-Purgstall who really sealed the connection between Baphomet and Freemasonry in 1818. Using dubious and sometimes fraudulent artifacts and fanciful literary claims, he connected the Freemasons to the Knights Templar and held that the whole lot of them were the same as the Temple-guardians of the Grail romances, and therefore Gnostic heretics.
You will of course recognize this conspiracy theory; it is the one that Scott Wolter follows two centuries later. I have a feeling that the statue of Baphomet, if it is ever formally installed, will someday have its origins obscured and instead become another data point in the Freemason conspiracy. The idol is, after all, located in Oklahoma, where the so-called Anubis Cave allegedly documents Celts who worshiped Mithras with Egyptian iconography. Surely it all has to be connected!
Speaking of Scott Wolter, I’m sure we all remember the extreme claims he has made for the Freemasons over the past two years:
And that doesn’t even touch on his support for Alan Butler, who believes that that Masons are connected to time travelers from the future who went back in time to build the moon.
This makes it all the stranger that Wolter is going to be speaking to a Masonic group next month—and not just any group, the York Rite Masons, the umbrella organization for the Masonic Knights Templar!
On Saturday, June 28:
This afternoon we will have a special guest speaker, Scott Wolter from America Unearthed, forensic geologist and Rhunestone (sic) historian. This night will also be our Grand York Rite Session banquet, Grand awards and presentations.
Can you imagine what Wolter plans to tell them? “You are secretive pagan goddess worshipers who may be in league with a group plotting global genocide.” Or is that only the Scottish Rite Masons? Probably the latter since York Rite requires members of the Masonic Knights Templar to be Christians, while Scottish Rite Masonry does not have a Christian requirement.
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