Happy New Year… Feliz Anno Novo… Auld Lang Syne, and all of the rest of that! As Masons, we are members of an elite force and our influence is felt far and wide, through the past and into the present. In this way, More Light In Masonry would like to take a moment and reflect on 2016, and some of the events leading up to this historic year- along with some possible predictions of Freemasonry’s power over the ages to come. In short- we did a bang up job. But how? Read on for more facts and facts pretending to be facts concerning the role of our beloved Craft in modern day society! *
Freemasons helped to elect Donald Trump, The President of the United States
As it turns out, Trump couldn’t have won without the help given him by Freemasons! Not only did Freemasonry (purportedly) assist and coerce millions in voting for Donald J. Trump for President of the United States, but all of this had roots stretching back to the Housing Bubble burst of 2008. During that time, the seeds of Populism were sewn by Trump and his allies that have overtaken the politic U.S. Indeed, the Order has been around for some time, just behind the shadows, calling the shots for all of us! Consider the piece presented on CBS Sunday Morning a while back. It sets the tone beautifully for all that occurred in 2016 and helps to explain our influence!
But, how did Trump do it?
Trump used powerful Masonic connections (or did they utilize him) to become President of the United States and by proxy- leader of the Free World. According to many, the 2008 financial crisis was caused in part by Freemasonic “shadow forces” and Trump to pave way for victory in 2016- This is important because the famous businessman was able to plant seeds of instability in world markets, allowing him to ride in- with the help of Freemasonry most elite and secretive world leaders- and save the world from ruin. But, to what end? What plans do Trump and those in positions of Masonic leadership have in store?
Freemasonry Made Brexit Possible
Brexit Vote was partially engineered by Trump and endures for his sake, once again, helped by Freemasons. Evidently, Trump helped to guarantee the success of the U.K. breaking away from the Eurozone in 2010, in Scotland surrounded by a group of financiers who are stalwarts in Freemasonry. In the U.S. News & World Report we are told that some of this began with foundations decades ago as “Reagan began the war on government in 1981 when he said “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” His trans-Atlantic soulmate, Margaret Thatcher, also took up the charge 35 years later, that line of attack now stands as an important contributor to both the U.K.’s Brexit vote and of the rise of Donald Trump”. If one stops to consider all the success that Brexit has immediately enjoyed… it all makes perfect sense!
Scottish Rite… The Knights Templar? Who Really Calls The Masonic Shots?
Who ARE the most elite and secretive Freemasons? While it may appear that the all-powerful 33rd degree Scottish Rite Masons are the ones who call most of the shots, which group actually sets those plans into motion. According to some within British Parliament it is none other than “Foundation X”, which happens to be the century’s old and ultra-secretive sect known as the Knights Templar. According to Lord James Blackheath, the Templars (ah-hem, “Foundation X”) reached out to him in what many believe to be their first attempts at contact with the outside world since the Order was disbanded by Pope Clement V. Indeed, 2016 and the New Year of 2017 promises to be no different as the Knights continue to hold the world hostage to their demands and belief(s) structure. This is possible because of “their vast gold reserves said to be “more than has been mined in all of the World’s history””. Wow- who knew? But, there it is… in Parliament… and on T.V.!
If you then couple this testimony with the famous legend of Jacques de Molay, martyred Grand Master of the Knights Templar, who was burned at the stake as a heretic on March 19, 1314 under Pope Clement V, the story becomes clear. With such history, it is easy to begin to understand how this most powerful Organization came to power and then is refused from relinquishing it. Perhaps CBS News was accurate in their December 8, 2013 piece entitled “9 things you didn’t know about Freemasonry”. Oddly enough, it was written by David Morgan, so I suppose it could be termed as just another “Morgan Affair”… The following article, which was mostly true in 2013, is still probably mostly true today! It follows here:
1. When meeting, Masons do not discuss religion or politics.
“There are certain subjects which are prevented or we simply proscribe from discussing within the lodge,” Piers Vaughan, master of St. John’s Lodge #1 in New York, told Mo Rocca. “And religion is one. Politics is another.”
One of the world’s leading experts on Freemasonry confirms.
“Do they discuss forms of politics and events that have happened? Yes, they do,” said UCLA history professor Margaret Jacob. “Do they say, ‘Well, I’m a Democrat and therefore I think …’ Or, ‘I’m a Republican … ‘ No, I don’t think they do that.”
2. Freemasonry is not a religion.
“Freemasonry has the look of a religion,” said Jacob. “You think of religion as ritual, there’s also this ritual element. But there are no priests, there are no ministers, there are no rabbis, there’s no system of clergy of any sort. Everybody’s their own thinker.”
3. The Catholic Church condemns Freemasonry.
Jacob said the initial response to Freemasonry in continental Europe, particularly in Catholic Europe, was suspicion from seeing “all these men [from] different neighborhoods, different professions meeting in the cafe, breaking bread together, doing rituals, what could this be? Political conspiracy or religion.”
In 1738 the Catholic Church condemned Freemasonry, and has since issued about 20 decrees — directly or indirectly — against the fraternity. In 1983 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) re-affirmed this position.
4. Atheists are not welcome.
Freemasonry is not a religion per se, but agnostics or atheists cannot belong, said Brent Morris, a Masonic historian, editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, and a 33rd degree Freemason.
“This is an organization of believers,” he said. “When it was started on a formal basis in 1717, many historians believe that it was trying to bridge the gap between the religious civil wars that had been going on in England at the time. The Catholics would get in power and beat up on the Protestants; the Protestants would get in power and beat up on the Catholics; and everyone was beating up on the Jews.
“So when the Freemasons were formed, [they] said, ‘Here’s a group of men that agree that God is central in their lives, they can even agree that God compels them to do good in the community, then they can shut up after that.” That was a radical concept — that men could get together and agree on that fundamental level, and then get on with their lives.”
So could an atheist join? No, said James Sullivan, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York: “The reason we, I think in the past, wanted somebody that had a belief in a supreme being is because we take certain obligation to be a good man, to support the fraternity. And if you didn’t have a belief in a supreme being, the obligation would mean nothing.”
5. Most of the Founding Fathers were NOT Freemasons.
Two of America’s earliest presidents, George Washington and James Monroe, were Freemasons, as were Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Paul Revere. But many leading figures in the American Revolution — including John and Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Thomas Paine — were not Masons.
Of the 56 figures who signed the Declaration of Independence, only nine were confirmed Masons, according to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; and of the 39 delegates of the Continental Congress who signed the draft of the new nation’s Constitution in 1787, only 13 (one-third) were Freemasons.
6. There are NO secret Masonic symbols on the U.S. dollar bill.
The back of the dollar bill features an incomplete pyramid with an eye on top of it. Many people — including some Freemasons — say it’s a Masonic symbol, but that’s not the case. UCLA’s Margaret Jacob says these symbols have been used by many different groups, including Masons, throughout history.
“I’m sure there are a lot of Freemasons who want to believe [they’re Masonic symbols] and who will tell it to you, because it makes the Lodges seem important,” Jacob said. “I mean, if you have a symbol on the dollar bill, that’s a big deal!”
Brent Morris said there are two types of people who want to promote the idea that the symbols are Masonic: “The pro-Masons and the anti-Masons — and that pretty well covers the universe.
“The Eye of God is a common icon for God looking over the affairs of man,” Morris said. “It’s an icon that appears in cultures across the centuries. The uncompleted pyramid [which also appeared on a 50-pound Colonial note] represented that our country was not yet completed, that we were continuing to grow.”
7. The Shriners are Freemasons.
The Shriners (known formally as the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine), the charity organization best known in the popular mind for driving tiny cars in parades, are an off-shoot of the Masons. They run 22 children’s hospitals where patients don’t pay a cent.
“You must be a Mason to become a Shriner,” said Morris.
8. The secret Masonic password originated as a job tool
Masonry began as a guild for stone masons who built the castles and cathedrals of Medieval Europe. “If you were a baker, a miller, a brewer, you could spend your entire life in one village practicing your trade,” said Morris. “If you are a mason, after they repair the church or build the town hall, there might not be any mason work in that town for decades, so you had to move to another jobsite.
“Now, you’re illiterate; the officers of the lodge are probably illiterate. So that’s why they believe the Masons’ word came into effect. It allowed the craftspeople to move from one jobsite to another and identify themselves as being part of the trade union.
“We have evidence in Scotland going back to the early 1600s that the Masons’ word existed, and [that] was how you as a Mason in Edinburgh could identify yourself to a Mason in Lancashire that you were a member of the guild and could have work.”
“Are there secret handshakes?” asked Rocca.
“Oh, secret handshakes, of course,” replied Morris. “I mean, what’s the point of having a password if you don’t have a handshake?”
9. There is no hidden Masonic code on Rolling Rock beer bottles.
Introduced in 1939, the Rolling Rock brand of beer, from the Latrobe Brewing Company of Pennsylvania, ends a statement on its label with the cryptic “33.” Over the years it has been suggested that it refers to the 33rd degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
According to “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry” (Alpha), Latrobe insists the “33” refers to 1933, the year Prohibition ended.
In 1986, Cecil Adams’ “The Straight Dope” column investigated this urban legend and found that “33” actually was scribbled under the statement, indicating how many words it contained, and the printer mistakenly added it to the label. [You see, it’s always printing errors.]
For more info:
- “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry” by S. Brent Morris (Alpha)
- “The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans” by Margaret C. Jacob (Cornerstone)
- The Grand Lodge in the District of Columbia
- The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York
- St. John’s Lodge No. 1, Ancient York Masons
- The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
- Colonial Lodge No. 1821, Washington, D.C.
- The Philalethes Society
- Shriners International “
So, What Does That All Mean For Me- A Freemason In 2017?
Brethren, in the meantime, know that you ARE a member of the worlds oldest Fraternity, and perhaps her greatest. While we make light of some things said by the Profane who remain beyond the West Gate (and by some within); there are other things said which do hold at least a small bit of water. In these matters, may we be ever vigilant to hold ourselves and our Fraternity in the highest regard, publicly and privately! In so doing, we will have obliged our predecessors in having done the right thing, behaving in the correct manner, and doing all that we could to preserve the sincere and reverent body of Freemasonry~ and all that love and cherish her!
*Please NOTE the sarcasm and humor lent by this piece, as we hope it is fairly obvious.- The authors don’t believe very much of, if any at all, of what Freemasonry is accused of being responsible for. Moreover, if one were to seriously contemplate the magnitude of some of the allegations made… it is truly awe-inspiring that any Organization could be so powerful and yet no one know of it! However, there are people of substance having gone on record, and cited here, which makes the whole thing a hysterical conversation piece… and it makes for a great read. Always remember Brethren… your Sacred and inviolable Obligation… you must tell NO ONE that this is all a joke! Indeed, it is increasingly serious business. Happy New Year!