Skip to comments.False Comparison: The KKK Is Not the Christian ISIS
Posted on 06/07/2017 7:46:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom have been a sad and bitter trial. The claiming of responsibility by ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever you wish to call them, and the immediacy of radical Islamist attacks has been especially jarring in a country that takes much pride in its considerable ethnic and religious diversity. Britons have an acute desire to avoid any appearance of treating the problem of Islamist terrorism as a problem with Islam as a religion, or with the wider Muslim community, and this is understandable.
In an effort to put some clear blue water between the fight against ISIS, both at home and abroad, and the positive place occupied in wider society by the majority of Muslims living in the West, it has become common for non-Muslim commentators, politicians, and even church leaders to condition their denunciations of terrorism with the explicit statement that this is not Islam. I am not sure what gives them the authority to tell Muslims (or anyone else) what is or isnt Islam, but I understand their intentions.
In this same vein, in the immediate wake of the London Bridge attack, many people have invoked the catchy analogy that ISIS terrorists are to Islam what the Ku Klux Klan is to Christianity. This particular formula has been around for several years now. So far as I can discover, this comparison was first coined by Aaron Sorkin in an after-school special style episode of The West Wing following the 9/11 attacks. It is a tidy phrase that does an excellent job of communicating at an emotional level that ISIS is a universally reviled, radioactive, weaponized mutation of Islam. Its excellent writing. But it also happens to be wrong.
The theology of ISIS is indeed a widely reviled, radioactive, weaponized mutation of Islam. What is wrong with the analogy is its implication that there is anything of Christianity in the roots of the KKK. In fact, the Klan could far more accurately be described as a reviled, radioactive, weaponized mutation of a different group: the Freemasons.
The Klan, as people may know, began life in Tennessee as a guerrilla insurgency by former Confederate troops after the Civil War. Its first Imperial Wizard was the famous Confederate cavalry leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Freemason, and the group spent its early years attacking African-American voters and white Republicans across the region. Secrecy, elaborate costumes, and intimidating symbols and ritual became a hallmark of the Klan, and the man who gave them their distinctive character was another former Confederate general, Albert Pike, who served as the Klans first Chief Justice.
Pike was not recruited for his military savvy, however. He came into the Klan through his position as Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonrys southern jurisdiction. Pikes 800-page Masonic catechism, Morals and Dogma, and his time as Grand Commander were major factors in setting the ritual and philosophical tone for the higher degrees of American Freemasonry; it was this experience and authority that had the Klan knocking at his door as they looked to give their ragbag insurgency some ritualistic credibility and intimidating theatrics.
The Klans signature calling card, a burning cross, far from being Christian, is an act of Christian sacrilege.
The Klans signature calling card, a burning cross, far from being Christian, is an act of Christian sacrilege. It actually was chosen without any reference to Christianity at all. Instead, it harkens back to an old Scottish Highland signal declaring a blood-feud and summoning the clan for a vendetta campaign.
The first iteration of the Klan did not last long: It was suppressed by the Federal government in 1871. It was another Freemason, William Joseph Simmons, who later revived it in the 1920s, and the KKK began its spread across the country. During this period, it was the Masonic Lodges that proved their most fertile recruiting ground.
In Denver, the head of the local lodge met the Klans recruiter on the station platform to personally escort him to the lodge building where he made his pitch for members. In Chicago, in 1921, in the face of public protests against the Klan, and resolutions passed by the city council telling them to stay away, local Masonic Lodges hosted formal Klan meetings where Masons joined in their hundreds; by 1922, Chicago had the largest Klan membership of any city in the United States. By 1923, the Klan claimed to have more than half a million Masons as members.
The enduring cultural assumption is that since the Ku Klux Klan was formed in the deeply Protestant communities of the southern United States, the two must be linked. In fact, the Klan, like the Masons before them, were denounced by the local pastors. The group attracted a class of men far more interested in white power, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, and esoteric philosophy than in Christianity.
While there is absolutely no evidence that the founding of the KKK was a deliberate Masonic project, it was the shared passions of segregation, anti-Catholicism, and preserving and advancing Anglo-Saxon status in America in the face of rising immigration and racial equality that led so many Masons to join. In Oregon, the Masons and the Klan fielded joint candidates for election to state office, and they even launched a successful joint campaign to outlaw religious schools.
Today, the mainstream Lodges of Freemasonry abhor the Klan and any suggestion that the two have historic ties, and one could no more say that the Klan is a legitimate offshoot of Masonry than one could claim . . . that ISIS is a legitimate expression of the Muslim faith.
Edward Condon is a freelance canon lawyer and a former British political staffer.
I have never in my life met or seen a “Klan” member. Like Bigfoot, I’m not sure it even exists. But I’ve seen plenty of muslim freaks blow up innocent people. Every day. Every damn day
The KKK as and extension of the Freemasons???...this writer’s an idiot ...
since the kkk was primarily democrats, and since kathy griffin has linked them to isis, would we rather spend energy fighting this analogy, or using it to trounce democrats?
“..that ISIS is a legitimate expression of the Muslim faith.”
I don’t know much about Freemasons, but ISIS is just following their “holy” book to the letter. If anything they are the ‘true’ muslims. Islam is evil disguised as relegion.
Does the KKK even exist anymore?
Outside the fevered minds of drooling leftists, that is?
....The KKK Is Not the Christian ISIS...
You would have to discuss this with the Democrats. The KKK began as the paramilitary arm of the Democrat Party.
The KKK today is but handful of toothless meth addicts and federal informants. They wield no power or influence whatsoever. To the Left however, it will always be 1965 and the Klan millions strong, positioned within every level of government and law enforcement, with lynchings, cross burnings, and midnight rides every Friday night. They were the perfect villains and the Left will not let them go.
Look let compare the Klan to say the Irish Republican Army Say that’s the closest analogy because you’ve got in both cases A terrorist organization that spun off a independence movement ...
Now let’s compare body counts for all these organizations I wanna know what the clans total body count is history versus the IRA vs Islam
Oh they do exist. When i first moved here to Ga, There were a bunch of old timers in the shop I worked at... a couple were members... I thought they were joking. They werent...
though now days there may not be, That was 20 years ago
But BLM is most definitely the black ISIS.
There was a Klan rally in central Texas some 20 years ago. The locals started spraying them with shaken up fruit sodas. Then the honey bees showed up. Hilarity ensued.
When I argued on liberal sites about this stuff, they would bring up the KKK quite a bit. I basically put it this way:
“Islamic terrorist groups are following the actual teaching of the quoran. The KKK is directly violating the teaching of the bible. i.e. the islamic terrorist groups are islamic. The KKK is not Christian. They only claim to be. They are lying. Next question.”
Excellent find. The Masonic origins of the KKK have been staring us in the face for decades, but popular misconceptions - spread by the media - have obscured the fact.
That is one crackpot article.
They burned crosses. Bunch of athiests.
My dad for some ungodly reason moved us from the Rocky Mountains to the Ozarks back in 1956. I lived at Little Rock for a few years in 1967-1969.
In all those years I have NEVER seen a klansman.
But then, I’ve never been to a cock fight either and wondered why so many people around here raised such colorful, noisy roosters.
Words,words words. More and more words. Lots of words. The NR is good at words, but not at clarity.
Christians who do terrorist acts are disobeying their Founder and Religion.
Muslims who do terrorist acts are obeying their founder and their religion.
Can anything be more reasonable or clear?
The KKK as an extension of the Freemasons ???? my brothers must be hiding that aspect from me ?!?! Buahahahahaha what a MORON someone sell this guy a clue he won’t find it on his own
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