The Secret World of the Freemasons
Purporting to expose the 'evils' of Masonry primarily in the United Kingdom, this
book (written in the early 1980s and, as the author states, in a very short time) seeks to
further incite the public as a follow-up to his prior work which claimed that Jack the
Ripper was a Mason!
Mr. Knight weaves a tale from his imagination
using many 'unnamed sources' whom he claims were at the highest levels of
Freemasonry. One such example is a "West End Mason". Ironically, that
person - whom, like all of his sources, Knight claims needed anonymity, has
identified himself online as being James Todd who publishes an online rant aptly
called "VOMIT" ('Victims of Masonic Ill-Treatment'). Todd, curiously,
was never an English Mason but rather joined in Scotland and was a member there
for a short period. He claims that he was forced to join the organization and,
clearly, hated it. Suffice it to say, no one is forced to join
Freemasonry (particularly in Scotland) and Todd's attitudes and age (not to
mention his abiding hatred for politicians and police) are hardly conducive to
an honest presentation. You can read all about
Mr. Todd's anti-Masonic and anti-Semitic rants right here.
Using sources such as this to support his work puts Mr. Knight on a very shaky foundation indeed.
From the Southern Baptist Convention's Study on Freemasonry we learn that Knight
rejected the Christian faith, became a Sannyasin (a religious belief we've found
precious little about), and changed his name to Swami
Puja Deval in 1983. He died of a (proven) brain tumor in 1985 but anti-Masons
enjoy hinting that he was somehow murdered to silence him. (The claim of Masonic
actions against those who speak against Freemasonry is easily disproven by the
continued lives of other anti-Masonic authors - as well as the death of Masonic
authors and historians!)
Even today, UK politicians looking for a
'hook' on which to garner favor will use this book as their crutch. Imagined
and/or phony characters painted to look their worst so the author could sell yet
another book and appeal to people's fears, this one succeeded and now is the
false basis for many anti-Masonic rants.
A classic anti-Masonic book which garnered much interest at