(This was originally published in February of 2007. I have tried to keep the integrity of the original paper but I have decided to edit a few things and add a little more to it. You will see these additions in italics.)
People who are born and raised in Taft usually have a pretty good idea of the history of Taft and what it is all about. We all know Taft is known for two things: 1) oil and 2) drugs. Since I can remember, Taft has been the crank capital (per capita) of the United States, if not the world for many years now. It doesn’t take a genius to see that there has been a drug problem (specifically methamphetamines or crank) in this town since the 1970’s. Before the crank ‘epidemic’ started in the United States, Taft was the birthplace. According to the History of Taft, from its birth, the city was filled with roughnecks, prostitution, gambling and alcoholism. And this was just the beginning of Taft. Stories over the years of the Klu Klux Klan having ceremonies on 25 Hill and Satanists doing rituals on 25 Hill are in fact truth, not fiction. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, it is well known that the Hells Angels were known to frequent this town. A well known hang out for this group was the Office Bar which burnt down in the early 90’s.
To outsiders, Taft is known as a racist hick town where everyone does dope. I will also mention that there is a acronym for TAFT. I won’t spell it out for you because I think you can figure it out, They All F***ing Tweek. To this day, people who live in the coastal area, people from Bakersfield and as far as Fresno look down on us and consider people from Taft white trash. I lived in Washington State in 1991 and people knew of Taft for its crank and oilfields. Before I had gotten saved, I was very proud to be from Taft because of its rough history, but when I came to the knowledge of GOD through His Son Jesus Christ, my heart and mind had changed. I started to see everything differently. The history of Taft is not something to be offended at but it is something that we, as Christians, can change. Through prayer and preaching of the Gospel of Jesus I believe this city can change. Let Him use us as His hands and feet. Are we not part of the Body of Christ?
The Pharmakeia Spirit
My personal opinion is that there is what is called a ‘pharmakeia spirit’ that has been covering this town since its conception. Look in the Book of Revelation and get a concordance to see exactly what I am talking about. The ‘pharmakeia spirit’ is a spirit of drugs and addiction and it is where we get our English word “pharmacy’ which comes from this Greek word. The word also insinuates it is a covering spirit that entwines and is used in magic. It sounds very familiar to bondage doesn’t it? Here is what Strong’s says about the word:
From G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery, witchcraft.
The Root word is:
From φάρμακον pharmakon (a drug, that is, spell giving potion); a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner, that is, (by extension) a magician: – sorcerer.
Look it up in your Bible:
Total KJV Occurrences: 3
sorceries, 2 (Rev_9:21, Rev_18:23)
witchcraft, 1 (Gal_5:20)
Here is what Thayer’s says about the word:
1) the use or the administering of drugs
3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
4) metaphorically the deceptions and seductions of idolatry
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G5332
Again, the Root Word is:
1) one who prepares or uses magical remedies
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion)
Look it up in your Bible:
Total KJV Occurrences: 1
Here is what Albert Barnes says about the word ‘pharmakeia’ –
“Nor of their sorceries – The word rendered “sorceries” – φαρμακεία pharmakeia – whence our word “pharmacy,” means properly “the preparing and giving of medicine,” Eng. “pharmacy” (Robinson’s Lexicon). Then, as the art of medicine was supposed to have magical power, or as the persons who practiced medicine, in order to give themselves and their art greater importance, practiced various arts of incantation, the word came to be connected with the idea of magic sorcery, or enchantment. See Schleusner, Lexicon. In the New Testament the word is never used in a good sense, as denoting the preparation of medicine, but always in this secondary sense, as denoting sorcery, magic, etc. Thus, in Gal_5:20, “the works of the flesh – idolatry, witchcraft,” etc. Rev_9:21, “of their sorceries.” Rev_18:23, “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Rev_21:8, “Whoremongers, and sorcerers.” The word does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament; and the meaning of the word would be fulfilled in anything that purposed to accomplish an object by sorcery, by magical arts, by trick, by cunning, by sleight of hand, or “by deceiving the senses in any way.” Thus, it would be applicable to all jugglery and to all pretended miracles.” (Barnes Notes on Revelation)
It is obvious that Satan is behind this spirit or in fact the originator of this spirit. According to Ezekiel 28:14, this is a scripture about Lucifer or his fallen title, Satan.
Eze 28:14 Thou859 art the anointed4473 cherub3742 that covereth;5526 and I have set5414 thee so:
From this verse we can see that Satan was and still is, even in this present world, the ‘anointed cherub that covereth’. Let’s all remember that Satan is the god of this world that Paul speaks about in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
“There can be no doubt that Satan is here designated by this appellation; though some of the fathers supposed that it means the true God, and Clarke inclines to this opinion. In Joh_12:31, he is called “the prince of this world.” In Eph_2:2, he is called “the prince of the power of the air.” And in Eph_6:12, the same bad influence is referred to under the names of “principalities, and powers,” “the rulers of the darkness of this world,” and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” The name “god” is here given to him, not because he has any divine attributes, but because he actually has the homage of the people of this world as their god, as the being who is really worshipped, or who has the affections of their hearts in the same way as it is given to idols.” – (Barnes Notes on Ezekiel)
Let’s look at the Hebrew words for ‘anointed’ and ‘covereth’.
strongs – H4473
From H4886, in the sense of expansion; outspread (that is, with outstretched wings): – anointed.
Brown driver briggs lexicon – H4473
1) anointed, expansion
1a) meaning uncertain
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H4886, in the sense of expansion
Strongs – H5526
A primitive root; properly to entwine as a screen; by implication to fence in, cover over, (figuratively) protect: – cover, defence, defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up.
Brown driver briggs lexicon – H5526
שׂכך / סכך
sa^kak / s´a^kak
1) (Qal) to hedge, fence about, shut in
2) to block, overshadow, screen, stop the approach, shut off, cover
2a1) to screen, cover
2a2) to cover oneself
2a3) protector (participle)
2b1) to screen, cover
2b2) to cover, defecate (euphemism)
3) (Qal) to cover, lay over
4) to weave together
4a) (Qal) to weave together
4b) (Pilpel) to weave, weave together
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
This is obviously the type of ‘principality’ that is over this area. Not only over this area but I believe this is a spirit over the entire United States. And according to Revelation 9:21 and 18:23, the people of this world did not repent of their “drug use” and were deceived by these “drugs’” until the very end. By knowing all of this, it should be no surprise that our government is making the use of illegal drugs ok, as long as they monitor them. For years, heroin has been given to addicts by the government in order to help there sickness from coming off of the drug, along with methadone clinics (which is a controlled synthetic heroin). The U.S. government is in talks now to legalize all drugs.
In 2006, Mexico legalized all drugs. As of the last year, the County of Kern has made Marijuana legal for “those who need it for medical use”, by having at least six ‘shops’ set up in the County. They go under the name ‘RX Natures Medicinal Inc.’ which is in compliance with ‘Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and SB 420’. And it’s all done under the name of ‘Medical Use’. Or should we say ‘Pharmakeia Use’? As of January 2007, the Taft City Council is seriously entertaining the thought of having a ‘marijuana clinic’ set up in Taft. (As I revisit this paper, the Taft City Council never approved a clinic but ironically as of August 1st 2017 they are seriously rethinking their position.) Now is that really a solution to a epidemic problem that Taft has had since its birth? What’s next? The legalization of crank done under the false pretense of ‘for medical use only’? Doesn’t anyone believe in deliverance anymore? I do!
Here is an excerpt from the section Biblical Studies referring to the pharmakeia spirit from my paper ‘The Islamic Connection’ on pages 41-42, “What is so interesting is that there have been reports that when drugs come from Mexico to the U.S., the drug lords cast spells or perform witchcraft rituals over the drugs being sent. We shouldn’t be surprised at this, seeing the bondage that people are under from doing drugs! Also, reports have said 90% of the opium (heroin) in the world comes from Afghanistan, a Muslim country. Here are a few facts about Afghanistan: 31 million people live there, the average age of life expectancy is 43 years old, the average yearly income is $250 and the unemployment rate is 44%. According to news sources on 11/1/06, the price for marijuana sales in Israel have had an 800% increase since the 34 Day War with Lebanon. Israel officials say that the marijuana that was in their nation and is continuing to come into their nation is coming from Lebanon and Lebanese Distributors.” Oh , by the way, marijuana isn’t called the ‘gateway drug’ for no reason and if you talk to someone who has been ‘ate up’ on dope/crank before, they will tell you that crank is the ‘devils drug’ and when you stay up long enough you will see shadow people, i.e., demons. Come on people, let’s not be blind to the facts!
(Once again the irony can’t be lost here. As of 8/1/17 the herion epidemic has gotten worse in Taft. And the thieving has worked hand in hand with the drug use.) Here is a recent article from the February 2-4 weekend edition of the Daily Midway Driller. According to this article there is now a rise in the use of heroin, again.
‘Heroin makes a comeback – OxyContin addicts using drug to avoid withdrawal pain’
By Doug Keeler, Midway Driller Editor
People addicted to a powerful pain medicine are turning to an older substitute when they run out of their drug of choice. That’s why local law enforcement officers are seeing an upswing in heroin use in the Taft area. Heroin is used to prevent the painful withdrawal from OxyContin the commonly used brand-name for the drug oxycodone, said Kern County Sheriff’s Sgt. Martin Downs, commander of the Taft substation. The increasing prevalence of heroin in the area was underscored in early January when deputies seized nearly an ounce of tar heroin when they conducted a probation search at a Taft home. OxyContin is a synthetic opiate used as a painkiller for the most severe pain and is often prescribed to a cancer patient. Downs estimated there about 50 addicts in the Taft area, are using up to three tablets a day. He said the usual dosage for pain relief is one pill per day. The addiction can be very expensive. It costs $40 per pill on the street, so an addict can need more than $100 per day to support a habit. It is a highly addictive, Downs said, and addicts go through severe withdrawal if they run out of it. “The withdrawals are some of the most severe I’ve ever seen,” Downs said. “It’s like the worst case of the flu multiplied 50 times.” When taken in tablet form, OxyContin’s pain-killing active ingredients are released slowly. But when addicts take the pills, they place them in their mouth to suck the coating off them, then grind up the medicine and snort it to get the OxyContin into their systems as rapidly as possible. “It’s not time-release. It’s immediate,” the sergeant said. But when the drug wears off, they need another dosage or the withdrawal sets in. That’s where the heroin comes in. Heroin is a derivative of opium and the drug stops the severe withdrawal from the OxyContin. “It’s so debilitating they’ll do anything to alleviate those symptoms,” Downs said. He said the oxycodone addicts were probably the people who would buy the heroin, like the drug officers seized on Jan. 5. Deputies, accompanied by a drug-sniffing dog, Rocco, and his handler, Deputy Darrin Grantham, went to 129 Oak Street about 2:30 that day to conduct a probation search. During the search, Rocco signaled that he detected drugs in a jacket hanging in a closet in the master bedroom, Downs said. A search located just over 19 grams of Mexican tar heroin, he said. Deputies arrested the resident, Diane Witzig, 29. The case has been turned over to the Kern County District Attorney, who is expected to file possession for sale charges, according to Downs. Witzig is currently free on bail.
(In the 10 years that I originally wrote this paper nothing had changed. And in the last 4 year’s the drug use and thieves has gotten significantly worse. There are no drug rehabilitation programs that will change these people or their ways. The only way we as a community will see change, is through the power of prayer and deliverance and this comes from Jesus Christ alone.)
The History of Taft
With all of this said, I would like to go deeper into the “authorized’ history of Taft. No one should be ashamed of what I am going to say because we are not the ‘founding fathers’ of this town but we are still Taftians. We are now only dealing with what was started 100 years ago. And besides that, Taft should be at the bottom of the list of the things we are proud of, and Jesus Christ should be at the top of our lists. In order for the city of Taft to change we all need to make Jesus number one in all facets of our lives.
I am now going to quote a few paragraphs from the Midway Driller Insert Tabloid Edition of Oildorado 2005, The Official Taft Oildorado 2005 Book and A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous so those who aren’t from here can get a better understanding of why this town has become the way it is.
“Taft was a boisterous, rowdy town in the beginning with the oil workers working 12 hours shifts – long before the eight-hour day came along. Consequently, there were people in the downtown area 24 hours per day as the oil workers worked their shifts in the oil patch. Saloons were plentiful in the business district. Gambling went on all day and all night. Restaurants never closed, staying open to feed the hungry oil workers at all hours of the day. Bootleggers plied their trade around the outskirts of the community. Taft was a great sports town. Special arenas were built for boxing matches. One could find a boxing match in one of the many arenas almost every night. They were very popular events and were usually packed.”
(Midway Driller Insert Tabloid Edition of Oildorado 2005, p. 19)
“The railroad, which owned most of the land where Taft was built, subdivided and called the place Moro, but this name was not acceptable to the US Post Office. The railroad in its “infinite wisdom,” decided that the solution would be to add an “N” to the disgust of its citizens. The people in Taft pronounced it Mo-RON, with the emphasis on the last syllable. It wasn’t until years later that the railroad changed the name of its depot following the name given to the newly incorporated city, and it became Taft, named after the President of the United States. The city grew.”
(The Official Taft Oildorado 2005 Book, p.32)
“Having owned this land since 1875, the Southern Pacific, established their first town site by laying out Main, Center and North streets between Second and Sixth streets. This are contained seven blocks and was designated as the “Town of Moron” by the railroad.”
“The name Moron, chosen by the railroad form the outset, was said to have come from Moro, possibly the Moro Pool Hall. To eliminate confusion with Moro Bay on the coast, an “n” was added. It was pronounced “more-ON”, but undoubtedly evoked smirks and indignation from its obvious reference to ones mentality.”
(A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous, p.5)
“April 22, 1909 is listed as the date the Taft Post Office was established. He (Harry Hopkins) later told the following story about the naming of Taft.
‘However in due time the post office was established and the next thing to do was to name it. Out of over 50 names the department could not select one that situated them. we had every name that any human ever thought of. At last in desperation I went to Bakersfield to see the postmaster there. As Edmonds and I sat at his desk we saw President Taft’s picture on it and both at once turned and said Taft. So Taft it was and Taft it is and will always be.’
(A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous, p.7)
TAFT IS THE NAME OF THE NEW POST OFFICE
In the Thursday edition of The Bakersfield Californian, April 29, 1909, a story about the Taft post office says the the Washington “Postal Service Says Taft” is the name of the town:
“Official authorities in Washington decided that Taft is to be the name of the new Midway town. Moro, Moron, and several other names have been suggested and adopted for a time, but it is now understood that the postal service will hereafter recognize Taft as the right name of the town. Harry Hopkins is the post master.”
Until recent years the position of postmaster was an appointive position distributed by patronage by the political party in office at the time, and, quite often, the appointment was made through the local congressman. It was thought that the postmaster had political power in the local area and a political advantage; hence, the political party in power at the time made the appointment.
PRESIDENT TAFT VISITS BAKERSFIELD IN 1909
It is interesting to note that the President of the United States made a visit to Bakersfield while on a long train trip across the United States. His train trip took him into the northwest and southward through the San Joaquin Valley, eventually through Yosemite and then southward to Bakersfield.
His visit to Bakersfield was on Sunday, October 10, 1909, and he was greeted by 6000 to 7000 people, who crowded the Southern Pacific Railroad station in “Kern”, which was the name for East Bakersfield in those days. The train pulled into the station at exactly 10:02 p. m., according to The Bakersfield Californian, on Monday, October II, 1909.
The crowd began to arrive in the morning
“On cars, in autos, wagons, carriages and on motorcycles, bicycles and afoot. The crowd came from surrounding towns and cities and a large part of it arrived from the far countryside. Hay wagons, laden with precious human freight, toiled over the roads leading to town all yesterday and there were picnic parties that made the day a holiday and camped out, awaiting the President’s coming.”
“While the crowd yelled it self hoarse, the President, was accompanied by the local reception committee composed of H. A. Jastro, A. Weill and S. C. Smith.
“Preceding the President’s coming, rockets and bombs had been set off in the street beside the station. And while the President was waiting on the platform erected for the occasion, the fireworks continued and the hiss of rockets and the boom of the bombs punctuated his address.”
After his speech (no microphones in those days) the President was escorted to the train where he stood on the rear, once again. Waiving and smiling to the crowd. Shortly thereafter, the train began to pull out of the station and the President stood
“On the back platform, smiling and smiling and smiling, speaking to the people who spoke to him, hurling joke for joke, until the smile faded into the night and the great man was gone.”
Reading about the early days of the West Side, there are many accounts of travel back and forth from Taft to Bakersfield and from Bakersfield to Taft to attend meetings. It would be a surprise to the writer if the West Side was not represented by some of its dignitaries in Bakersfield to see the President of the United States.
During the 1935 birthday celebration of the incorporation of the City of Taft, Harry Hopkins, Taft’s first postmaster wrote a letter to the publisher of the Daily Midway Driller, and it appeared in the paper on November 8, 1935.
He wrote in part,
“The writer having the distinct honor, as first Postmaster of Taft, to secure an acceptable name for the Post Office in the city has always been proud of the time, the beloved, peace-loving, brilliant former President William Howard Taft, at the height of his glory was the incentive by which his name was selected and adopted by the postal authorities.”
In another article in the Midway Driller of February 26, 1910, the issue of the name of the town came up with the headlines reading
“Which is the name of your town, ‘Taft or Moron’ is the query asked by nearly every stranger who visits here. A definite answer is seldom given.”
(The History of The Taft Post Office and The Naming Of Taft By Pete Gianopulos)
“Several members of the Coalinga Masonic Lodge decided to establish a lodge in Taft after moving here in 1911. On November 1 the Midway Lodge No. 426 was chartered. The Taft Order of the Eastern Star followed in May 1915.”
(A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous, p.12)
“In 1923 the three-story Masonic Temple was also constructed at 521 North Street, the tallest building in Taft at the time. It was originally planned as a two-story structure, but a week after the cornerstone was laid, they decided to add a third story. the Taft Chapter of Royal Arch Mason was chartered there in May 1924.”
(A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous, p.29-30)
“One of Taft’s darker chapters opened in the fall of 1921 when the Klu Klux Klan emerged. Disguised in their white hoods and robes, members of the Taft Klan No. 3 were reported to have taken some citizens out and beaten, tarred and oiled, and feathered them. At least a dozen people were run out of town including several women. Other attacks were reported, particularly against bootleggers and others of questionable morals. Former Taft Marshall, J.N.Pyles now running a detective agency in Bakersfield, was called in to help break up the Klan. On April 17, he was badly beaten when he encountered a group of 75 to 100 Klansmen in a canyon outside of town. A few days later, a raid was conducted on the Grand Goblin of the Klan in Los Angeles netting a list of 1,090 Klansmen. On May 8, the Daily Midway Driller, in spite of threats from the Klan, published a list of 132 names of local members identified by the Klan. The list included chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors Stanley Abel; Taft Mayor Henry C. McClain; Trustees J.M. Higgins and Herbert V. Hearle; Justice of the Peace George M. Cook; City Clerk C.Z. Irvine; former city marshal Porter Munsey, who had just resigned, current city marshal Roscoe C. Steele, and others, many of them prominent citizens. Many of those named published statements saying they had joined more than a year before or had merely made a small donation when they knew little about the Klan. A number of resignations from the Klan were also published. But Stanley Abel published a statement acknowledging his membership, and further praising the Klan for their good work in ridding Taft of undesirable elements, adding that working with authorities had not produced results, and that he made no apology for the Klan. It was then revealed that the board of trustees, with four Klan members, had hired Steele, sight unseen, from Santa Barbara where he was a Klan member. Three days after his appointment on May 1 he deputized ten Klan members enabling them to carry guns. Steele, along with trustees Higgins and assistant fire chief Padrick resigned on May 26. It was also revealed that McClain, who was just appointed mayor on April 17, and Cook, were both seen that same night at the meeting where Pyles was beaten. In another incident in October 1921, a local Dr. D.R. Mason was taken to the Taft Ball Park and hung by his neck until he was almost unconscious. A local contractor and Klan member John H. Vitelle was later found guilty of assault on Dr. Mason and sentenced to San Quentin. In April 1923, he prevailed in a successful appeal based on a prejudiced juror and was released. The Taft Klan No. 3 announced it was disbanded on June 16, 1922, but many in the community didn’t believe it.”
(A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous, p.28)
The Masonic-Klan-Moron Connection
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was an American politician, the 27th President of the United States, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States, a leader of the progressive conservative wing of the Republican Party in the early 20th century, a chaired professor at Yale Law School, a pioneer in international arbitration, and a staunch advocate of world peace that verged on pacifism (although the pacifists of his time did not call him one of their own).
Taft served as Solicitor General of the United States, a federal judge, Governor-General of the Philippines, and Secretary of War before being nominated for President in the 1908 Republican National Convention with the backing of his predecessor and close friend Theodore Roosevelt.
Upon leaving the White House in 1913, Taft was appointed Kent Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School. The same year, he was elected president of the American Bar Association. He spent much of his time writing newspaper articles and books, most notably his series on American legal philosophy. He was a vigorous opponent of prohibition in the United States. He also continued to advocate world peace through international arbitration, urging nations to enter into arbitration treaties with each other and promoting the idea of a League of Nations even before the First World War began.
Chief Justice Taft with President Warren G. Harding and former Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln c. 1922.
When World War I did break out in Europe in 1914, however, Taft founded the League to Enforce Peace. He was co-chair of the powerful National War Labor Board between 1917 and 1918. Although he continually advocated peace, he strongly favored conscription once the United States entered the conflict, pleading publicly that the United States not fight a “finicky” war. He feared the war would be long, but was for fighting it out to a finish, given what he viewed as “Germany’s brutality.”
Evidence from eyewitnesses and from Taft himself strongly suggests that he had severe obstructive sleep apnea during his presidency, a consequence of his 300- to 340-pound (136- to 159-kg) weight. His legendary tendency to fall asleep in almost any circumstance, an open secret and source of embarrassment for his intimates, is now understood to have been the most obvious manifestation of the disease. Within a year of leaving the Presidency, Taft lost approximately 80 pounds (32 kg). His somnolence resolved and, less obviously, his systolic blood pressure dropped 40-50 mmHg (from 210 mmHg). Undoubtedly, this weight loss extended his life.
In religious beliefs, Taft was a Unitarian. He once remarked, “I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.”
“On February 18, 1909, the President-elect was made a Mason “at sight” by Ohio Grand Master Charles S. Hoskinson at an “Occasional Lodge” called for that purpose in Cincinnati’s Scottish Rite Cathedral. That same evening he visited Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, and watched the conferral of a Third Degree. On April 14 he became a member of that Lodge. The making of the President-elect a Mason “at sight” drew criticisms, predominately from states where Grand Masters were not allowed this function. The Menace, an anti-Catholic periodical, published an article by one Walter Hurt, supposedly of Cincinnati, entitled, “Taft – A 35 Minute Mason.” It attacked Taft as pro-Catholic and under strong Catholic influence.”
“Taft made many Masonic visitations and assisted in cornerstone layings. On May 9, 1911, the President posed wearing the Watson and Cassoul apron of George Washington and holding the trowel Washington used in laying the cornerstone of the Capitol. He was a life member of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. On November 1, 1923, he assisted in the cornerstone laying of the Memorial using the Washington trowel. Also in attendance with the Chief Justice was the new President Calvin Coolidge.”
(Masonic Americana ‘A Pre-Bicentennial Compendium of Personalities, Events and Scenes Associated with The Founding and Development of the United States of America’, issued by The Knight Templar Magazine: The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, USA, July 4, 1974. Article: Brother William Howard Taft by C.L. Rothwell p.35-36)
“About a year before he had became a presidential candidate, Taft, who was then Secretary of War, indicated a desire to become a Mason. His wish was realized two weeks before his inauguration on March 4, 1909, when the Grand Master of Masons of Ohio, Charles S. Hoskinson, made him a Mason “at sight” in Kilwinning Lodge No. 365, Cincinnati, Ohio.”
(Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle ‘Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction’ by William L. Fox, p.156)
Albert Pike (b. December 29, 1809, Boston – d. April 2, 1891, Washington, D.C.) was an attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. Pike is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with a statue in Washington, D.C. The statue sits in Judiciary Square.
He had in the interim joined a Masonic lodge and become extremely active in the affairs of the organization, being elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite’s Southern Jurisdiction in 1859. He remained Sovereign Grand Commander for the remainder of his life (a total of thirty-two years), devoting a large amount of his time to developing the rituals of the order. Notably, he published a book called Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871, of which there were several subsequent editions.
“He died in the “first” House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., at eight o’clock in the evening on April 2, 1891, the fourth month of his 81st year. Thus passed from this life the all-time Goliath of Freemasonry.” ALBERT PIKE AND FREEMASONRY, March-April 2002 edition, California Freemason On-Line
Here are some references which prove that Albert Pike was part of the KKK, and that the KKK and Freemasonry were intrinsically linked.
Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth, and Disbandment
It was in 1905 that the Neale Publishing Company, New York and Washington, published Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment, written and edited by Walter L. Fleming, incorporating earlier published material by J.C. Lester and D.L. Wilson. Historian Walter Fleming’s introduction to this 1905 book explains that he has been given “information in regard to Ku Klux Klan, by many former members of the order, and by their friends and relatives.” Dr. Fleming states that “General Albert Pike, who stood high in the Masonic order, was the chief judicial officer of the Klan.” On a page of illustrations of important founders of the KKK, Dr. Fleming places General Pike’s portrait in the center, makes it larger than the six others on the page, and repeats this information as a caption: “General Albert Pike, chief judicial officer”. Dr. Fleming attaches as an appendix to his book, a KKK “prescript” or secret constitution which had then recently been discovered. This document sets forth the regulations of the Klan’s “judiciary”‘ department, over which Albert Pike ruled. This is the internal disciplinary or counterintelligence department. It also corresponds to Pike and the Klan’s influence over the regular court system and the legal profession in the post-civil War southern states.
As the boss of all the southern secret societies and simultaneously president of the Tennessee Bar Association, Pike was the grand strategist of Klan “justice.” It is to be stressed that Walter Fleming’s book was not a slander or hatchet job against Albert Pike. Though it revealed much important data for the first time, it placed the KKK and Pike in the most favorable possible light. The book was a hit among diehard Confederates and Anglo-Saxon “race patriots,” and it launched Fleming’s career as the dean of southern historians. Fleming became the leading apologist for the KKK, and was the father of the modern historical line that Reconstruction was a corrupt oppression of the South. In September 1903, Fleming had written in the Journal of the Southern History Association: “The very need for such an organization in the disordered conditions of the time caused the Dens [KKK local units] to begin to exercise the duties of a police patrol for regulating the conduct of thieving and impudent negroes and similar “loyal’ whites….” Dr. Fleming’s biases have not hurt his reputation with established authorities. The National Cyclopedia of American Biography calls his 1905 Ku Klux Klan history “an authoritative account of that organization.” The Dictionary of American Biography states bluntly: “Fleming covered the Civil War and Reconstruction in the South more fully than any other man. His works are characterized by … scholarly objective. A Southerner, Fleming wrote of the sectional conflict with Southern sympathies yet he was more objective than most Southerners of his generation. The historiography of the Civil War and Reconstruction owes much to his indefatigable research, his breadth of scholarship, and power of interpretation.” Basing his career on his defense of Pike’s KKK, Fleming became dean of arts and sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pike’s Tennessee Klan Command
It was in Nashville that Albert Pike and other Confederate generals met in 1867 to form a southern states-wide terrorist KKK, expanding the little project they had started two years before in Pulaski, Tenn. The organization he formed in Nashville designated Pike its chief judiciary officer, and its Grand Dragon for Arkansas.
As owner-publisher of the Memphis, Tennessee, Daily Appeal, Albert Pike wrote in an editorial on April 16, 1868:
“With negroes for witnesses and jurors, the administration of justice becomes a blasphemous mockery. A Loyal League of negroes can cause any white man to be arrested, and can prove any charges it chooses to have made against him. …The disenfranchised people of the South … can find no protection for property, liberty or life, except in secret association…. We would unite every white man in the South, who is opposed to negro suffrage, into one great Order of Southern Brotherhood, with an organization complete, active, vigorous, in which a few should execute the concentrated will of all, and whose very existence should be concealed from all but its members.”
(A copy of that issue of Pike’s paper may be viewed at the Library of Congress, as may the books mentioned in this article.)
But it was as the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, and the recognized boss of the southern white masonic order, that Pike exercised the great clandestine power that welded the KKK together. Dr. Walter Fleming designates Confederate Major James R. Crowe as the pre-eminent source for his 1905 KKK History, and describes Crowe as one of the original KKK founders in Pulaski. Fleming says that Major Crowe “held high rank in the Masonic order.” In his honor roll of “well-known members of the Klan,” Dr. Fleming places “General John C. Brown, of Pulaski, Tennessee” and “Colonel Joseph Fussell, of Columbia, Tennessee.”
General Brown and Colonel Fussell, like Major Crowe, are identifiable as soldiers of Albert Pike’s masonic order. General Brown had been a master mason in the Pulaski lodge for 15 years when the KKK was formed there, and became grand master of Tennessee Masons and governor of Tennessee during the Klan’s era of power. Colonel Fussell was commandant of Tennessee’s masonic Knights Templar during the Klan rule. The preceding masonic information is taken from Tennessee Templars: A Register of Names with Biographical Sketches of the Knights Templar of Tennessee by James D. Richardson. This James D. Richardson was himself the Commandant of Knights Templar and Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee, and was speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives during the era of the Klan power. This same James D. Richardson was Albert Pike’s successor as commander of the southern Scottish Rite masons. It was this same Richardson who ordered the Pike statue to be erected in Washington, D.C. It was Richardson who, as a U.S. congressman from Tennessee, introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives the infamous 1898 resolution: It called for the federal government to provide federal land to Richardson’s masonic organization, on which to put up their statue honoring the master strategist of KKK terror.
The KKK on Parade
Susan Lawrence Davis’s 1924 Authentic History, Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1877, repeats the pattern Fleming created in 1905, revealing Pike’s KKK role but treating him and the Klan sympathetically. The Davis book was written to celebrate the new, 20th-century KKK, which was just then staging full-dress mass marches in Washington and northern cities such as Detroit. In her chapter on General Pike’s leadership of the Klan, Miss Davis applauds Pike’s clever stewardship of the KKK secret organization. She reproduces in her KKK history an oil portrait of Albert Pike given to her for the KKK book by Pike’s son.
The Tragic Era
The same is true of other book-length histories of the Klan and numerous published biographies of Albert Pike: Pike’s role as Klan leader or KKK boss of Arkansas is discussed, but treated as if KKK terrorist murder of African-Americans was “regrettable” but “only natural” and “understandable.” In his book, The Tragic Era, Claude Bowers, who served many years as the U.S. ambassador to Spain and to Chile, described Albert Pike as one of the handful of distinguished, respectable founders of the KKK and the Klan’s leader in Arkansas.
Bowers describes the KKK as patriotic southerners defending their way of life from out-of-control blacks and northerners.
Bowers wrote that much of the KKK’s alleged violence was actually perpetrated by Negroes disguised in Klan robes to wreak vengeance on other Negroes!
The Fiery Cross
“Prominent Southern gentlemen were later cited as state leaders of the Invisible Empire. Alabama claimed General John T. Morgan as Grand Dragon. Arkansas was headed by General Albert Pike, explorer and poet. North Carolina was led by former governor Zebulon Vance, and Georgia by General John B. Gordon, later a U.S. Senator.”
Source: The Fiery Cross: Wade, Wyn Craig. Oxford University Press 1998 Page 58 Originally Published: Simon & Schuster 1987 Library of Congress Catalogue Number: 1.Ku Klux Klan (1915-)-History. 2. White Supremacy movements–United States –History. 3. Racism–United States– History. 322.4’2’0973-dc21 97-44001
Albert Pike also wrote extensively on the mythical super-race of the Aryans, extolling their virtues, imagined history, and religion which he tried to show was the precursor of Freemasonry in is numerous Published Works. It would seem that Pike was a fellow traveler with Blavatsky on this subject. Fifty years later in Central Europe there will be others who will take up this mantle and use these writings as the basis for a ideology that curiously enough will also use the term ‘new world order’ to describe it’s agenda. Just a co-incidence of course.
History and Evolution of Freemasonry
A further useful quotation from Mr. Pike was also supplied by Mr. Bill Maddox, a Freemason on the Usenet group alt.freemasonry (and vigorously attacked for doing so by the resident “e-m@sons”).
“I took my obligations from white men, not from negroes. When I have to accept negroes as brothers or leave masonry, I shall leave it” – Albert Pike 33rd* (Delmar D. Darrah, History and Evolution of Freemasonry 1954, page 329. The Charles T Powner Co.)
A Critical Examination of Objections to the Legitimacy of the Masonry Existing Among the Negroes of America
On Bastille Day 2001 in response to a reference made in the usenet newsgroup alt.freemasonry to the page you are currently reading a mason once again attacked the above reference as being an “anti lie”.
He is then publically rebutted by a brother thusly:
Lee Duncan wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org
For example, there is a popular claim among “anti’s” that Pike said something resembling this: “I took my vows to white men, not Negroes…when I must call a Negroe ‘brother,’ I shall resign from Masonry.” Of course, Pike said no such thing. In reality, Pike was a great champion of Prince Hall (Negroe) Masonry.
For your consideration the full text of Pike’s letter follows as quoted in “A Critical Examination of Objections to the Legitimacy of the Masonry Existing Among the Negroes of America” by William H. Upton, 1902, p.214-15. My thanks to Brother Bennie for prompting me to scan the document because of his contribution.
Normal #673 AF&AM Illinois
Collector of old Masonic books
Views of General ALBERT PIKE, Sovereign Grand Commander, A. & A. Scottish Rite. ALEXANDRIA, Va., 13th September, 1875.
My DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER.-I can see as plainly as that the negro question is going to make trouble. Then plenty of regular negro Masons and negro lodges in South America and the West Indies, and our folks only stave of the question by saying that negro Masons here are clandestine. Prince Hall Lodge was as regular a Lodge as any lodge created by competent authority, and had a perfect right (as other lodges in Europe did) to establish other lodges, making itself a mother Lodge. That’s the way the Berlin lodges, Three Globes and Royal York, became Grand Lodges.
The Grand Orient of Haiti is as regular as any other. So is the Grand Orient of the Dominican Republic, which, I dare say, has negroes in it and negro lodges under it.
Again, if the negro lodges are not regular, they can easily get regularized. If our Grand Lodges won’t recognize negro lodges, they have the right to go elsewhere. The Grand Lodge can’t say to eight or more Masons, black or white, we will not give you a charter because you are negroes, or because you wish to work the Scottish Rite, and you shall not go elsewhere to get one. That latter part is bosh.
Hamburg recognizes the Grand Lodges. Yes, and so the German Grand Lodge Confederation is going to do, and so will the Grand Orient of France before long.
Of course, if negrophily continues to be the religion established by law of your States, there will be before long somewhere a beginning of recognition of negro lodges. Then the Royal Arch and Templar bodies of negroes must be taken in, and Masonry go down to their level. Will your plan work? I think not. I think there is no middle ground between rigid exclusion of negroes or recognition and affiliation with the whole mass.
If they are not Masons, how protect them as such or at all ? If they are Masons, how deny them affiliation or have two supreme powers in one jurisdiction.
I am not inclined to meddle in the matter. I took my obligations to white men, not to negroes. When I have to accept negroes as brothers or leave Masonry, I shall leave it.
I am interested to keep the Ancient and Accepted Rite uncontaminated, in our country at least, by the leprosy of negro association. Our Supreme Council can defend its jurisdiction, and it is the law-maker. There can not be a lawful body of that Rite in our jurisdiction unless it is created by us.
I am not so sure but that, what with immensity of numbers, want of a purpose worth laboring for, general indifference to obligations, pitiful charity and large expenses, fuss, feathers and fandango, big temples and large debts, Masonry is become a great helpless, inert mass that will some day, before long, topple over, and go under. If you wish it should, I think you can hasten the catastrophe by urging a protectorate of the negroes. Better let the thing drift. Après noun le, deluge.
The Knights of the Golden Circle
Brigadier General Albert Pike organized and lead the African Slave Owning Cherokee Indians in the Oklahoma Territory who were part of the Masonic Knights of the Golden Circle, in their own secret society called the Keetowah. Under Pikes Generalship this Brigade raped, pillaged, and murdered civilian communities in the Oklahoma and Missori Territories. For these “good works” Brother Albert became a Convicted War Criminal in a War Crimes Trial held after the Civil Wars end. Unfortunately the “Pope” and “Plato” of Freemasonry had to be tried in absentia because he had fled to British Territory in Canada. Second Generation British-American Pike has also been alledged to have been working for the Crown as an agent and key civil war agitator. Pike only returned to the U.S. after his hand picked Scottish Rite Succsessor James Richardon 33° got a pardon for him after, making President Johnson a 33° Scottish Mason in a ceremony held inside the White House itself! In fact given Mr. Pikes leadership roll in the Knights of the Golden Circle and the fact that the name Ku Klux Klan is a version of Circle (Kluklos) it seems pretty clear to most researchers who was higher up the secret society occult ladder and therefore more instrumental in the founding of the Klan – Mason/Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forest or Mason/Confederate General/ Knights of the Golden Circle Leader/British Agent/ Scottish Rite Supreme Council Head Albert Pike 33°.
In 1995 African-American and Anti-Racist Groups attempted to get Pike’s statue near the Federal Department of Justice Building in “Judiciary” Square taken down but were out lobbied by the Supreme Council 33°, who were able to successfully mobilize fellow Scottish Rite ‘travelling brethren’ inside the powerful ADL of the Grand Lodge of B’nai B’rith, who then told politicians and officials that no evidence existed for Pike’s involvement in the KKK.
Essay by John Covici, January 19, 1993
The Crown in the Capitol
The Ku Klux Klan, It’s Origins Growth and Disbandment
Authentic History, Ku Klux Klan
The Tragic Era
The Fiery Cross
History and Evolution of Freemasonry
The Published Works of Illustrious Albert Pike 33
Knights of the Golden Circle Cherokee Indians
“General Pike organized the Klu Klux Klan in Arkansas after General [Nathan Bedford] Forrest [the Grand Wizard] appointed him Grand Dragon of that Realm at the convention of Nashville, Tenn.” – Susan Lawrence Davis, ‘Authentic History: Klu Klux Klan, 1865-1877. p.276
(Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle ‘Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction’ by William L. Fox, p.82)
“The American Party received impetus from “The Supreme Order of the Star-Spangled Banner” or the “Sons of the Sires of ’76,” a secret organization “of descendants of at least two generations of Americans.” Pike was attracted to a party whose slogan was “America for the Americans” as he was fearful of the large flux of immigrants that had occurred during the past three decades. “He resented the manners, habits, tastes, and usages of foreigners with whom he came in contact in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and other Eastern cities, and he had a genuine fear that allowing to many aliens and naturalized citizens to vote and to hold office was a serious threat to American institutions.”
(Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle ‘Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction’ by William L. Fox, p.62)
“General Pike, editor of the Memphis Appeal, has been identified as the Klan’s attorney general and as a collaborator in drawing up its ritual. The [Klan] Prescript makes no provision for this office…Pike may well have been affiliated with the Klan, however. He was intrigued by secret societies and rituals, was a leading student and interpreter of Freemasonry, and sympathized with the Klan’s stated objectives.”
(Allen W. Trelease, White Terror: The Klu Klux Klan and Southern Reconstruction, p.20)
The Moros of this World
I say all of this to lay down a foundation. With what the devil meant for evil, the Lord GOD will turn it around for good. There is a word in Greek that is used in the New Testament that is translated in English as ‘foolish’. We should really pay attention to this word because this is from the word in which we get the original name of our town, Moron. The English word moron comes from the Greek word moros according to Webster’s Dictionary. Let’s take a look at what the Apostle Paul says to the Corinthians in the first part of his letter from verses 18-31.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”(KJV)
1Co 1:18 For1063 the3588 preaching3056 of(3588) the3588 cross4716 is2076 to them that perish622 (3303) foolishness;3472 but1161 unto us2254 which3588 are saved4982 it is2076 the power1411 of God.2316
1Co 1:19 For1063 it is written,1125 I will destroy622 the3588 wisdom4678 of the3588 wise,4680 and2532 will bring to nothing114 the3588 understanding4907 of the3588 prudent.4908
1Co 1:20 Where4226 is the wise?4680 where4226 is the scribe?1122 where4226 is the disputer4804 of this5127 world?165 hath not3780 God2316 made foolish3471 the3588 wisdom4678 of this5127 world?2889
1Co 1:21 For1063 after that1894 in1722 the3588 wisdom4678 of God2316 the3588 world2889 by1223 wisdom4678 knew1097 not3756 God,2316 it pleased2106 God2316 by1223 the3588 foolishness3472 of preaching2782 to save4982 them that believe.4100
1Co 1:22 For1894 the(2532) Jews2453 require154 a sign,4592 and2532 the Greeks1672 seek after2212 wisdom:4678
1Co 1:23 But1161 we2249 preach2784 Christ5547 crucified,4717 unto the Jews2453 a(3303) stumblingblock,4625 and1161 unto the Greeks1672 foolishness;3472
1Co 1:24 But1161 unto them846 which are called,2822 both5037 Jews2453 and2532 Greeks,1672 Christ5547 the power1411 of God,2316 and2532 the wisdom4678 of God.2316
1Co 1:25 Because3754 the3588 foolishness3474 of God2316 is2076 wiser4680 than men;444 and2532 the3588 weakness772 of God2316 is2076 stronger2478 than men.444
1Co 1:26 For1063 ye see991 your5216 calling,2821 brethren,80 how that3754 not3756 many4183 wise men4680 after2596 the flesh,4561 not3756 many4183 mighty,1415 not3756 many4183 noble,2104 are called:
1Co 1:27 But235 God2316 hath chosen1586 the3588 foolish things3474 of the3588 world2889 to2443 confound2617 the3588 wise;4680 and2532 God2316 hath chosen1586 the3588 weak things772 of the3588 world2889 to2443 confound2617 the things which are mighty;2478
1Co 1:28 And2532 base things36 of the3588 world,2889 and2532 things which are despised,1848 hath God2316 chosen,1586 yea, and2532 things3588 which are5607 not,3361 to2443 bring to naught2673 things that are:5607
1Co 1:29 That3704 no3956, 3361 flesh4561 should glory2744 in his presence.1799, 846
1Co 1:30 But1161 of1537 him846 are2075 ye5210 in1722 Christ5547 Jesus,2424 who3739 of575 God2316 is made1096 unto us2254 wisdom,4678 and5037 righteousness,1343 and2532 sanctification,38 and2532 redemption:629
1Co 1:31 That,2443 according as2531 it is written,1125 He3588 that glorieth,2744 let him glory2744 in1722 the Lord.2962
(KJV with Strong’s Numbering)
The word ‘foolishness’ or ‘foolish things’ in the Greek are this by definition:
From G3474; silliness, that is, absurdity: – foolishness.
Probably form the base of G3466; dull or stupid (as if shut up), that is, heedless, (morally) blockhead, (apparently) absurd: – fool (-ish, X -ishness).
And both words come from the Root Word,
Strong’s Concordance- G3466
From a derivative of μύω muo¯ (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): – mystery.
Thayers Lexicon- G3466
1) hidden thing, secret, mystery
1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals
1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding
1c) a hidden purpose or counsel
1c1) secret will
1c1a) of men
1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
2) in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense
2a) of an OT saying
2b) of an image or form seen in a vision
2c) of a dream
Part of Speech: noun neuter
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth)
In the context of this scripture these words in the original Greek mean that God reveals His hidden mysteries to the foolish or ‘moronic’ people of this world to proclaim the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, which is the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. To the world, all that Jesus did for us is foolishness just like Paul says, but to us it is salvation. I’m not going to go through every scripture where these words are used but I will show you the verses so you can look them up for yourself.
Total KJV Occurrences: 5
1Co_1:18, 1Co_1:21, 1Co_1:23, 1Co_2:14, 1Co_3:19
Total KJV Occurrences: 13
Mat_7:26, Mat_25:2-3 (2), Mat_25:8, 1Co_1:27, 2Ti_2:23, Tit_3:9
Mat_23:17, Mat_23:19, 1Co_4:10
Total KJV Occurrences: 27
Mar_4:11, Rom_16:25 (2), 1Co_2:7, 1Co_15:51, Eph_1:9, Eph_3:3-4 (2), Eph_3:9, Eph_5:32, Eph_6:19, Col_1:26-27 (2), Col_4:2-3 (2), 2Th_2:7, 1Ti_3:9, 1Ti_3:16, Rev_1:20, Rev_10:7, Rev_17:5, Rev_17:7
Mat_13:11, Luk_8:10, 1Co_14:1-2 (3)
I hope you can understand what I am trying to say here. We are the foolish things. We are the foolish town. To this world we are the most ridiculous people imagined. And this is not only in the sense of what GOD says in His word pertaining to preaching the Gospel, but in the true sense that in this area we live in, we are looked down upon, ridiculed, and called names for our history. I believe the reason why this town is in the mess it is in, is not because of Freemasonry or the Klan, but because of the force that drives both of these organizations, Satan. These organizations have been prevalent since the beginning of Taft or should I say Moron. I personally don’t think they (Freemasonry and the Klan) have helped this town at all, but have actually hurt this town in the spiritual sense. And I am not saying that men who are Freemasons are devils because I personally feel that the men in these organizations don’t actually have a clue in what they are involved in. And with that said, I don’t think that a Christian man who loves Jesus has any place in any of these organizations. If the world wants to do this, that is fine. But Christians should not. I am just telling you what I see, I believe Taft was founded on demonic principles (i.e., Freemasonry and the Klu Klux Klan) and the driving forces behind this town from the get go is demonic. GOD has called us Moron for a reason. I am proud to be called a fool for Christ’s sake and I will let this be known. We should look at this and feel honored that not only in a spiritual sense but in the physical we are the foolish things of this world. Let’s change this town through prayer and the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. To GOD be the Glory!
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I would like to thank Pastor David Daniel of Calvary Temple Assembly of God for sharing the teaching on ‘moros’ with the community when he taught this at a service that was aired on the Taft Channel 11.
You can purchase the book ‘A History of Early Taft California by Larry Peahl and Pete Gianopolous’ at the West Kern Oil Museum for $15.00.