The Klan and Masonry – Edward Young Clarke, Imperial Wizard Pro-Tem, 1922

The Klan and Masonry – Edward Young Clarke, Imperial Wizard Pro-Tem, 1922

Any statement by anyone that the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan or any a its officials, have ever claimed that the Klan had
any connection whatever with Masonry, or ever attempted to use the Masonic Fraternity to further the interest of the Klan is absolutely false and is simply a sinister effort on the part of the enemies of the Ku Klux Klan, and of the Masonic Fraternity
to discredit the Klan by false statements and insidious propaganda. I see in the present efforts of the World. it desire to
engender hatred and animosity between the Ku Klux Klan and the Masonic Fraternity and a sinister effort on the part of
the backers of the World, to use the enemies of both the Klan and Masonry, to wreck the Masonic Fraternity through the
creation of interior disturbances inside the ranks of Masonry. The hatred of the Catholic Church for the Masonic Fraternity
is well known and, if tbe Catholics and others can use this by attacking the Klan as a vehicle through which to bring about dissentions and discord in the ranks of Masonry-they will be more elated than if they could completely blot out with one
stroke the Ku Klux Klan. Masonry numbers amongst its membership hundreds of thousands of the highest type of Klansmen
and I feel quite sure that the Klansmen who are also members of the Masonic Fraternity will measure up by whatever standard
is desired favorable to the membership of the Masonic Order. The statements of the Grand Masters of Masonry who are
quoted as having attacked the Ku Klux Klan are predicated on false statements that the Klan is a lawless institution and
the claim that the Ku Klux Klan or its agents have been attempting or claiming that the Ku Klux Klan was in some way
affiliated with the Masonic Fraternity which is utterly untrue. It is upon these two supposed and faIse statements made
by designing enemies of both Masonry and the Klan that the Grand Masters of the Masonic Fraternity have been led into
an attack upon the Ku Klux Klan. I venture to assert, without the slightest fear of contradiction that any Grand Master of
Masonry, who is a real American in the fullest sense of the word, who has complete and accurate information regarding
the real facts about the Ku Klux Klan would be in absolute sympathy with the organzation.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan refuses to be led into a controversy with leaders of the Masonic Fraternity, and refuses to bear
any ill will or malice toward these leaders of this great Fraternity even though they have made, some of them, unkind statements
and untrue assertions about an organization about which they have no knowledge, except that obtained through the columns of
a prejudiced press and from the mouths of enemies of the cause. The only answer that I have to make for the Ku Klux Klan to
the Grand Masters of Masonry who have seen fit to attack the organization, is to call their attention to the fact that it has not been many years, as years are measured in the history of the world, since the Masonic Fraternity went through a much more bitter
seige of abuse and misrepresentation and misunderatanding than that thru which the Klan is passing at the present time-and
the source of the persecution of Masonry is the same source that today is opening the fire of hell upon the Ku Klux Klan. The
effort on the part of the New York World and those influences behind the work which are anti-American, anti-Mason, and anti
-Klan, who are making an effort to engender hatred and animosity between the Ku Klux Klan and the Masonic Fraternity, will
make as complete a failure ae the effort last fall of the New York World to stop the growth of the Klan by a season of malicious
and lying supposed exposure-and the effort of the enemies of the Klan to put it out of business through a Congressional investigation. Klansmen who are members of the Masonic Fraternity, from Maine to California, will see to it that the enemies
of both Masonry and the Klan shall fail in the accomplishment of their real purpose, that of crippling both orders by internal dissensions and discord. The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was here yesterday and is here today, and will be here forever,
fighting for those things that are highest and best in and for America, standing like the Rock of Gibraltar, facing any storm
from any kind of turbulent sea, and, after the storm is over, ridding itself of the debt caused by it and caught against it by
the troubled waves, but still standing there-a power of strength for every real American.

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