Leo Taxil perpetrated a hoax about freemasonry by creating an elaborate story in which Albert Pike was the subject of the fabrication.
Let's first discuss who exactly was Albert Pike. Albert Pike (1809 - 1891) was the Grand Commander of the Ancient Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction. Alber Pike wrote a book called "Morals and Dogma" in which he quoted many philosophical and religious teacher's words. Pike believed that unless you knew the history of the concept you couldn't grasp the concept itself. Why is a man considered to be a Masonic genius by so many Freemansons, so diliked outside the craft? The simple answer is becasue of the hoax created by Leo Taxil and the gullibility of the masses eager to accept is as the truth.
The infamous Taxil Hoax "quote" supposedly from by Albert Pike
"That which we must say to a crowd is - We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores withour superstition. To you Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees- The Masonic Religion should ne ny all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine.
If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay whose deeds prove his cruelty, perdify and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him? Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortuneately Adonay is also god, for the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for this absolute can only exist as two gods; darkness being necessary to the statue and the brake to the locomotive.
Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil"
This bogus quote which was later admitted to be a hoax by Taxil is still used today by some Fundamentalist Christian groups wishing to slander Freemasonry.
The purpose of the hoax was to reveal a highly secret Masonic order called the Palladium which only existed in Taxil's imagination. In his publications he claimed they practised Devil worship, murder and other brutalities of an erotic nature.
On April 17, 1897 while standing before an assembly at the Paris Geographical Hall, Taxil admitted that for the last twelve years his anti-Masonic writings were falsely stated fabrications. The crowd who were probably waiting to hear more anti-Masonic revelations were noticeably upset to the point where Taxil had to leave by way of a rear exit.