The Illuminati Comes to America

Bitter Winter Magazine recently published the 9th installment in Massimo Introvigne.’s series regarding the history of the facts and fictions concerning The Illuminati (of which I am not a member, incidentally). It begins:

“Although the myth of the Illuminati is international, what was a European esoteric order became a ghost haunting the national politics primarily in the United States. It was a Congregationalist pastor, Jedediah Morse (1761–1826), who, based on the theories of fellow Calvinist John Robison, launched with his sermons of 1798–99 the first panic against the Illuminati in New England. The dreaded Bavarian cult, he claimed, had taken over the American Masonic lodges and was ready to betray the United States by selling it to revolutionary France (in later versions, to Britain). Several police investigations led to nothing, but the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was repeatedly accused, wrongly, of being a member of the elusive Illuminati. Some of his supporters contributed to the confusion by assuring that the Illuminati instead had infiltrated his opponents.

“Anti-Masonic authors such as Edith Starr Miller, who became, through her marriage with an English lord, Lady Queenborough (1890–1933), and Nesta Elen Bevan, married Webster (1867–1960) kept the idea of the Illuminati political conspiracy alive. In a totally different vein, it inspired a classic of satirical postmodern literature, The Illuminatus Trilogy, published in 1975 by Robert Joseph Shea (1933–1994) and Robert Anton Wilson (1932–2007).”

Read the whole schmear… you REALLY should:

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