With the taking down of the statue of Albert Pike and petition to take down the statue of St. Louis, I declare American History – dead! Why Cervantes? Anything that looks white, or, smells white – is under attack! My history has been under attack since 1994. My discovery that the Rougemont Templars owned the Shroud of Turin was attacked by Sinclair Freemasons.
“The national reckoning over racism spilled into Golden Gate Park on Friday night, where demonstrators pointed their rage toward statues of St. Junipero Serra, President Ulysses S. Grant and “Star-Spangled Banner” lyricist Francis Scott Key — toppling the emblems of a nation’s history fraught with violence and ambiguity.”
Vladimir Putin is concerned that civil unrest in the U.S. may make President Donald Trump and Washington unpredictable in its dealings with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Resolved, that in vindication of the prerogatives of this Grand Body as the knight templar supreme authority over the Orders of Masonic Knighthood in this jurisdiction, it is hereby ordered that no Knight Templar holding allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Missouri can be present in any of the bodies of the so-called Ancient and Accepted Scotch Rite and witness or assist in the conferring of any of their degrees upon any one who has not already received the Orders of Knighthood in a regularly constituted Commandery of Knights Templar.”
The resolution painted the Scottish Rite as a newcomer, an outsider, with a not-so subtle hint of its being irregular.
Pike fanned the flames in a retaliatory response of his own, indicating his official opinion that the American Knights Templar weren’t recognized by world Supreme Councils of the Scottish Rite.
Gouley responded that foreign opinion shouldn’t tarnish the high opinion held by American Masons toward their Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in America in general. …and the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Missouri, in particular.
Gouley was seen as a hornet buzzing around Pike’s head. Gauley had no method by which to punish Pike (aside from verbal tirades and statewide missives to Missouri Masons).
Pike, on the other hand, had an “Ace” up his sleeve. Pike used his national office of Sovereign Grand Commander and being a “Active 33°” to bring Scottish Rite charges against George Frank Gouley, 30°, for insubordination and for violating his Oath as a Knight Kadosh.
At the beginning of the Trial, Pike presided, but then retired and Mackey took to the Chair. Evidence was presented and arguments were heard. Gouley was eventually found guilty, and his Scottish Rite membership was suspended.