"The whole state was buzzing about Masonic Crusade," he said.
Haas also said an annual report of his year in office contained errors, and in some places the actions of his successor were substituted for his own.
"There are directives completely missing," he said, referring to a copy of that report while on the witness stand. "I've never seen it done like this."
In a list of past Grand Masters on the Mason's website, Haas name has been omitted.
A letter went to Masons statewide and nationwide mentioning his expulsion and forbidding communication on Masonic matters with him. That order has been disruptive to his life, Haas said, and has affected relations with friends and even family members.
"People look to me as though I caused the problem," Haas said.
"Did you?" asked his attorney, Bob Allen.
"No," Haas said. "I just want to be a Mason."
Haas said he was forced to seek Masonic membership in Ohio and was welcomed there even though Steubenville lodge members were aware of the West Virginia controversy.
"But the Grand Lodge of West Virginia objected," he said. "And tried to get it stopped. They issued another edict in April 2010 expelling me again."
He said the West Virginia Grand Lodge withdrew "fraternal communication" with the Steubenville group.
Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.