Ben Franklin and His Membership in "The Hellfire Club"

Founding Father or Satanic Killer?

By MF, published Jun 27, 2007
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One of the most beloved figures of American history has to be Benjamin Franklin. The guy who found a way to harness electricity from lightening. The guy who published "Poor Richard's Almanac." The guy whose face is on a $100 bill.

Although he was never president, he was institutional in the American revolution and the formulation of the new government. In his later years, Franklin was a celebrated statesman, and ambassador to England, where he lived for quite some time.

By all biographical accounts, Franklin, although revered, was no saint. He had an eye for the ladies; despite the fact that he was married. He was said to have consorted with a number of ladies outside of his marriage and was not above paying for female company now and then.

In addition to being a member of the Freemasons, an ancient fraternity linked to the occult, Franklin was also a member of "The Hellfire Club," when he lived in England. The Hellfire Club was an exclusive, English club that met sporadically during the mid 18th century. Its purpose, at best, was to mock traditional religion and conduct orgies. At worst, it involved the indulgence of satanic rites and sacrifices. The club to which Franklin belonged was established by Francis Dashwood, a member of Parliament and friend of Franklin. The club, which consisted of "The Superior Order," of 12 members, allegedly took part in basic forms of satanic worship. In addition to taking part in the occult, orgies and parties with prostitutes were also said to be the norm. It is said that all of the members of the society had political affiliations and political gossip was exchanged among the members as well as favors.

The motto of "The Hellfire Group" was, in Latin, "fay ce que voudrais," or, in English, "Do what you will."

In addition to promoting orgies and worshiping Satan, the members of the club, which was set up as a mock monastery, the members calling one another "Brother" and the prostitutes being referred to as "nuns," made public sacrifices to the deities Bacchus and Venus.

Ben Franklin and His Membership in "The Hellfire Club"

Is this the face of a killer?

Credit: Joy Fera

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hi... ben couldn't have been "institutional" in the formation of the government...a person can't be "institutional" in that sense. i think you mean "instrumental." i'm such a word nazi...

Posted on 03/14/2008 at 9:03:10 PM

 
'Lightning' was spelled incorrectly in the article.

Posted on 03/11/2008 at 3:03:22 AM

 
Just to put the record straight. I am now the president of the Watford Hellfire Club, having taken a transmission of knowledge at the West Wycombe caves. Yes indeed, Sir Francis Dashwood, was a Ladies man, and a Pagan Goddess worshipper, namely the Greek God of Wine and laughter, Bacchus and the Goddess Venus. Dashwood and his members, would get drunk and dance, feast and be merry, they were into truth, helping those that they could, and the Kabala, and Alchemy. 'Do as thou will,' but only under God's law, and to be 'sacred to friendship and liberty,' were their mottos. The satan worship thing, and anything else sinister is a load of rubbish, it never did, nor does happen. President, T.HF.C, (Alchem), (Tan), (K.H.13.D). For a membership form, please write to. Malcolm Tearle, (The Hellfire Club) 36 Lytham Avenue, South Oxhey, Watford, Herts, WD19 6XH.

Posted on 01/05/2008 at 8:01:49 PM

 
Just to put the record straight. I am now the president of the Watford Hellfire Club, having taken a transmission of knowledge at the West Wycombe caves. Yes indeed, Sir Francis Dashwood, was a Ladies man, and a Pagan Goddess worshipper, namely the Greek God of Wine and laughter Bacchus and the Goddess Venus. Dashwood and his members, would get drunk and dance, feast and be merry, they were into truth, helping those that they could, and the Kabala, and Alchemy. 'Do as thou will,' but only under God's law, and to be 'sacred to friendship and liberty,' were their mottos. The satan worship thing, and anything else sinister is a load of rubbish, it never did, nor does happen. President, T.HF.C, (Alchem), (Tan), (K.H.13.D).

Posted on 01/05/2008 at 8:01:11 PM

 
"fay ce que voudrais" Well I suppose if French can be mistaken for Latin, Franklin can be mistaken for a Satanic killer. LOL!

Posted on 07/29/2007 at 1:07:00 AM

 
It was nice reading this article, good job. The article brought back memories from about 35 years ago I don't remember where I got the book but I read the book, The Hells Fire Club. If you can find the book, buy it. Old Ben wasn't the only Founding Father who belonged to the HFC. I would say it was a very unique club to be affiliated with.

Posted on 07/09/2007 at 9:07:00 PM

 
interesting articile, thanks

Posted on 07/05/2007 at 7:07:00 AM

 
WTF Michelle? The debate was getting interesting and this article just disappeared from the spotlight. Do you feel a bit used now that the 4th is over? Some of the things that happen around this web site amaze me. In any event, thanks for the discussion.

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 11:07:00 PM

 
"fay ce que voudrais" is not Latin... it's French. - And "fay" is actually supposed to be spelled "fait," though it's pronounced the same way. just a thought.

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 10:07:00 PM

 
I knew I liked Ben. He dose have that smirk on his face. Ain't there for nothing. What? Do you think he was just about flying a kite? What's a Founding Father without a little satanic intrigue?

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 10:07:00 PM

 
It's fitting franklins face is on a 100$ bill since money is the root of all evil

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 9:07:00 PM

 
How does Gacy connect anything you are writing about? Does Gacy have alleged links to a neo- Hell Fire Club? Why do you not list sources, knowing this to be a highly contraversal subject? Can the reader safely assume, giving you the benefit of the doubt, that you use no conjecture and are a writer of integrity? Come on people, your comments on this piece are as superficial as they are unconstructive. Is it more important to be on the home page than to sound like a writer doing more than typing "facts"?

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 9:07:00 PM

 
Very interesting and well-written. I like your style. :-)

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 9:07:00 PM

 
I believe that this is true, I have read a lot about our founding fathers, freedom of religion, and the so called truth of our country being built on the right to be Christians, our country is based on christianity? Hum yes look at the Masons, freemasonry and the hells fire club, and yes he was very intelligent, so intelligent he got away with it. You are gutsy to write this, and I applaud you for your courage!

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 8:07:00 PM

 
Interesting article! Congrats on getting front page. I find it humorous that so many people are willing to make comments without showing their AC name. At least most comments were left by people with the brass to show theirs, whether they agree with you or not.

Posted on 07/04/2007 at 7:07:00 PM

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