Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
February 7, 2011
[Note: A reader of my NewsWithViews columns pointed out that the term “Do what thou wilt” did not originate with Adam Weishaupt but rather with Humanist Francois Rabelais as the motto of “The Abbey of Theleme” in his 1532 work Pantagruel.]
In previous parts of this series, I have mentioned that the Illuminati had spread to the U.S. in the late 18th century and was recognized as a dangerous force here. In “An Oration Delivered At Byfield” by Rev. Elijah Parish, A.M., on July 4, 1799, he opined: “It was reserved for Weishaupt, whose name would figure in a biography of Devils, to organize a society to overturn all the governments and religions of the world: A society, which for depravity of design and address in execution, far exceeds any scheme of Lucifer, any plot of rebellion conceived in the councils of hell: A society, which would indubitably place its author first in the catalogue of the damned, were he not rivaled in impiety by d’Alembert, Frederic and Voltaire. They taught that conjugal faithfulness, chastity and all the moral virtues, were mere prejudices of education; that modesty was refined voluptuousness; that self-murder was no crime; that the possession of property infringed on human rights, that the motive justifies the means; that civil government is the only fall of man; that there is no future state—no God. These opinions are propagated over countries, inhabited by more than a hundred million souls. The apostles of these doctrines introduced each other into every department of the community.
They sat in the reviewers chair; they guided the public taste for books; they taught in the schools; they lectured in the universities; they prescribed to the sick; they were the tutors of Princes; they hovered round the throne, and directed the sceptre. To finish this climax of guilt they ascended to the Pulpit, and with unhallowed lips, perverted the truth, and polluted the pages of God. This society, after extending itself through Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Italy, was formally introduced to Paris, to all France…. Their secret papers have been discovered, which prove there are 2660 of these lodges in the world; seventeen of which are in the United States. How many more there may be, it is not easy to conjecture…. ‘Satan, when seeking vengeance against his divine creator, would have been proud to become the pupil of this modern Spartacus.’… When in 1798 all places of christian worship were abolished in Paris, the nations of christendom were shocked.”
Why were they shocked? It was because in 1794 the public was informed that from 1790, “every concern of the Illuminees had ceased.” This is according to Proofs of the Real Existence, and Dangerous Tendency, of Illuminism (1802) by Seth Payson, A.M., who also explained that “in 1791, a spark of Illuminism caught in Ireland, and spread with astonishing rapidity, threatening a universal conflagration.”
Robespierre during the French Revolution wanted to crush the rival Brissotine faction, and he therefore criticized Citizen Genet of that faction who supported Illuminist principles and came to the United States in 1793 as French Envoy, landing at Charlestown, S.C., where Seth Payson’s book was published. Robespierre commented, “Genet, their [Brissotine faction] agent at Philadelphia, made himself chief of a club there, and never ceased to make and excite motions equally injurious and perplexing to the government.”
Earlier in this series, I mentioned that Thomas Jefferson was an apologist for Weishaupt and a friend of Genet, and the seriousness of the threat the Illuminati posed to the U.S. can be seen in a June 30, 1813 letter John Adams wrote to Jefferson dramatically stating: “You certainly never felt the Terrorism, created by Genet, in 1793, when ten thousand People in the Streets of Philadelphia, day after day, threatened to drag Washington out of his House, and effect a Revolution in the government, or compel it to declare War in favour of the French Revolution, and against England.”
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Concerning the effect of the Illuminati even after it disbanded, Seth Payson further explained: “Admitting that the order of the Illuminees is now extinct, their systems and doctrines remain; the books by which they communicated their poison are in circulation; the arts by which they inveigled and corrupted the minds of men are not forgotten, and the former members of this society still possess the skill, the wicked subtlety to which the care of Weishaupt formed his adepts.”
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