Master of a Lodge - who, when addressed, is given the honorific title of
"Worshipful" - presides over the meeting of Masons.
term is one of respect and has nothing whatsoever to do with
"worshipping" of an individual. It is an ancient word usage with a
meaning similar to the honorific "Your Honour". The use of the word
"worshipful" continues today in titles as "The Worshipful Lord
Mayor of London" - who is not worshipped in the traditional sense nor is he
necessarily a secular Lord - and is certainly not a Lord in a religious sense by
anyone's stretch of imagination.
Intolerants try to make much out of the title "Worshipful" arguing in
turn that Masons:
required to do the Master's bidding in all things;
worshipping a man rather than Jesus;
are part of some sort of cult where a "worshipful master" presides.
masonicinfo.com you read: "Masons are required to obey the Master of a
Lodge as much as but no more than any member of any voluntary association or
organization is required to obey the President of that organization. There is
nothing more and nothing less involved. Can the President of the local Rotary
club direct how you should live your daily life?
Of course not - and neither can the Master of a Lodge! Would he compel
you to do anything against your religious beliefs or political intentions?
about that claim that Masons are "worshipping" a man rather than Jesus
- as some of our more dogmatic 'religious intolerants' would assert? Just as you
would not worship the president of your company, neither would any Mason
"worship" the person who is essentially the 'president' of his lodge.
Rationally considered, it is a total non-issue. It is, however, one of the hooks
that religious intolerants use in order to damage Freemasonry's reputation.
a year (or perhaps two) the Master leaves the office and a replacement is
elected, generally by secret ballot, from amongst the membership. In a small
Lodge after a few years all the members held the charge of Master. According to
religious fundamentalist we should be all worshipful and meantime worshipping
and worshipped. It is ridiculous.
it is ridiculous to hear on History Channel History's Mysteries presentation
entitled The Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons:
symbolism of Freemasonry which Pike declared was to be revealed only to the
highest level Masons was explained in 1959 by Rev. E. Cahill in Freemasonry and
the Anti-Christian Movement".
"Most of the Masonic symbolism, in its original and proper meaning,
refers primarily to the Solar and Phallic worship. This fact is testified to by
the great authorities of Anglo-American Freemasonry — Pike, Mackey, Thomas
Webb Smith, William Preston, Hutcheson, etc. Jean B. Marie Ragon, the 'Sacred
author’ adds his testimony to that of the Anglo-American writers. Ragon
expressly says that the Masonic god is the God of the Pyramids, thus identifying
the Masonic cult with the religion of the ancient Egyptians"....
"According to the vast majority of the great Masonic authors, the
Masonic secret cult is derived from the ancient 'mysteries' of India, Egypt,
Persia, Greece. These mysteries are nothing more or less than those obscene and
indescribable forms of worship, in which the generative process of nature,
symbolized by the human organs of reproduction, was the object of licentious
homage. This worship is the real pivot of the Masonic religion, the centre of
Masonic ritual and symbolism. The Masonic deity, called the Great Architect is
closely connected with the most hideous and degraded of the pre-Christian cults,
one of which is commonly believed to betray the direct and immediate influence
of the Evil One....."
the success of an organization can be judged by the opposition to its existence,
Freemasonry began as a successful institution long before its formal launch. In
1698, nearly two decades before the Grand Lodge was formed, a pamphlet was
distributed warning Londoners..of the Mischiefs and Evils practised in the sight
of God by those called Free Masons...They are the Anti Christ....
clear example of Anti-Masonry founded on religious basis is The New Catholic
Encyclopaedia. NCE was first published in 1967 as an update to the Catholic
Encyclopaedia, which first appeared in 1907 in the United States. Four
supplements to NCE have been published over the intervening years, the latest in
2002. Not simply an encyclopaedia of Catholicism, although it certainly refers
to the Catholic doctrine and the history of the Church, NCE includes information
about persons, institutions, cultural phenomena, religions, philosophies, and
social movements that have affected the Catholic Church from within and without.
Volume 6 pages 132 through 139
inclusive we read:
is a politically powerful financial organization operating under the guise of an
all encompassing religion, generally open, at least at some levels, to everyone
but atheists. Their goal is the domination of the world from a deistic
perspective. Freemason's concern for morality is focused in relationship to
their own membership, not upon morality in the world. While they allow
membership to those who have belief systems that recognize the existence of a
god or god's ranging from the Christian universal creator, most lodges will not
allow the name of any god to be mentioned at meetings....."
goal, world domination, is sought through control of currency, through control
of major corporations including banking, media, entertainment and
communications, through control of educators and textbooks, and most importantly
the infiltration of religions......"
to Freemasonry come not only from religious fundamentalists but also from the
"official" Christian Churches.
another article from the New Catholic Encyclopaedia with the Imprimatur of
Patrick A. O'Boyle, Archbishop of Washington, on August 5, 1966, we read:
is the largest worldwide secret society. ....... Freemasonry displays all the
elements of religion, and as such it becomes a rival to the religion of the
Gospel. It includes temples and altars, prayers, a moral code, worship,
vestments, feast days, the promise of reward or punishment in the afterlife, a
hierarchy, and initiation and burial rites. ...... The Masonic candidate for the
entered apprentice degree seeks "light" when he enters the lodge room.
He is assured that the Masonic lodge will provide the light of spiritual
instruction that he could not receive in the Church. He is told that if he lives
and dies according to Masonic principles he will reach the haven of the
December 2002 the Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England R.A.H.
Morrow writes to the Archbishop of Canterbury:
write in response to the reports in The Independent newspaper of your views on
to the reports:
you have doubts on the compatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity and
believe that elements of the ritual may have a Satanic basis
you believe Freemasonry to be both a secret society and a self-serving network
you have in the past not appointed to sensitive senior posts candidates who are
Freemasons and intend to continue that practice.
nearly 300 years Freemasonry has existed in an organised way in England and
Wales. During that period hundreds of thousands of committed Christians (clergy
and laity) have found no incompatibility between their Christian faith and the
principles and practices of Freemasonry. Indeed many have testified that their
membership of Freemasonry has strengthened their faith and, in some cases,
brought them back into active church membership.
prime and inalienable qualification for admission into Freemasonry is a belief
in God. An individual's religion is a matter for his conscience, and Freemasonry
will not interfere in or in any way comment on religious matters. As a result
our membership encompasses Christians of all denominations, Jews, Muslims,
Hindus, Sikhs, etc., who meet together in harmony, knowing that their religions
differ but not allowing those differences to come between them on Masonic
suggestion that Freemasonry is "Satanically inspired" in its rituals
would be risible were it not for the fact that it questions the basis of the
faiths of over 300,000 Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England,
whatever their religion may be. Even a small amount of elementary research would
have shown how nonsensical this dreadful assertion is, and would have enabled
you to avoid giving deep and gratuitous offence to so many who are encouraged in
every form of Freemasonry to be true to their God above all other
for the claim that Freemasonry is a "secret organisation", it must
surely be a very peculiar "secret" society which makes its rules and
aims available to the public; publishes annual lists of its national and local
leaders together with the dates and places of meeting of all of its units; opens
its national headquarters to the general public on a daily basis; maintains
national and local web sites on the Internet; gives regular briefings to the
media; and provides spokesmen to speak anywhere about its nature and activities.
Each Freemason is at perfect liberty to tell whomsoever he pleases that he is a
Freemason. Indeed Freemasonry is one of the few organisations to have been
specifically declared not to be a secret society. In July 2001 the European
Court of Human Rights ruled that (a) Freemasonry was neither a secret, criminal
nor an illegal organisation, and (b) that in making appointments or promotions
it is illegal to discriminate against a candidate simply because he is a
than being a self-serving network, the opposite is true. On at least six
occasions during the process of becoming a Freemason the new member is told that
it is contrary to our principles and rules to use his membership to gain any
form of advantage for himself or anyone else. Any attempt to do so will result
in disciplinary proceedings, with sanctions running from admonition to
have enclosed two booklets and some leaflets, which explain the background to
Freemasonry and how it relates to society in general. The booklet "Your
Questions Answered" deals in particular with the myths which surround
also extend to you an invitation to meet privately with some senior Freemasons
to discuss at the true source any doubts you may have, in preference to simply
putting your faith in secondary and unreliable information. Your three immediate
predecessors each came here for lunch and found it an interesting, stimulating
and enjoyable experience. I realise that you have much to consider at the
present, and that it may not be convenient to accept this invitation
immediately. I trust that you will permit me to write to you again after your
Enthronement to reaffirm our wish to welcome you here and show that your doubts
about Freemasonry have no justification in fact.
A H Morrow
Archbishop of Canterbury replies with this letter:
have been sorry to learn of the distress of a considerable number of Freemasons.
It is true that a great deal of upset and hurt has been caused by the newspaper
reports about my purported views on Freemasonry. In replying to private
correspondence, I had no intention of starting a public debate nor of
questioning the good faith and generosity of individual freemasons and I regret
the tone and content of the media coverage.
of the distress has been due to what amounts to a serious misrepresentation of
views I am supposed to hold. The quoted statements about the "satanic"
character of Masonic ceremonies and other matters did not come from me and do
not represent my judgement. Since my late father was a member of the Craft for
many years, I have had every opportunity of observing the probity of individual
anxieties exist, however, they are in relation not to Freemasonry but to
Christian ministry, and. my letter simply reflected a personal unease about
Christian ministers subscribing to what could be and often is understood (or
misunderstood) as a private system of profession and initiation, involving the
taking of oaths of loyalty. Concerns like these have led to a number of debates
within the church in recent years and it is clear that there are still widely
differing views held with sincerity and honesty about the compatibility of
certain aspects of Freemasonry with Christian belief, ministry and, service.
statement about resisting the appointment of freemasons to certain posts in
Wales needs to be understood against the background of the belief that the
church and I had deliberately advanced the cause of Freemasons. In saying that I
had resisted the appointment of Freemasons to certain posts I was not suggesting
that people had been blackballed, but asserting that I was satisfied that
membership of the Craft was neither a disqualifier nor an advantage.
welcome the manner in which Freemasons have engaged in debate and especially the
increasing openness of recent years. Their commitment to charitable causes and
the welfare of the wider community is beyond question.
the other side of the earth, the 46th Anglican Synod held in Sydney the 20th
October 2003, voted the following resolution:
25/03 - Freemasonry
noting the 1988 Report to Synod entitled "Freemasonry Examined" and
subsequent resolution 9/88 of that Synod -
affirms that Freemasonry and Christianity are fundamentally and irreconcilably
affirms that Freemasonry teaches and upholds a system of false religious and
spiritual beliefs that are contrary to biblical Christianity.
encourages ministers and other Christians to take every opportunity to reach out
in love to all Freemasons and share with them the gospel of Christ.
encourages all Christians who are members of a Masonic Lodge to demonstrate
their commitment to Jesus Christ as the divine Son of God and as the sole way of
salvation, by withdrawing from the Lodge.
encourages ministers not to participate in, nor allow in their church buildings,
any religious services or activities that uphold, condone, promote or encourage
adherence to Freemasonry.
requests the Councils of all Anglican Schools to consider any association that
their school may have with any Masonic Lodge, and to withdraw from any such
association. Synod further requests that Anglican Schools neither participate in
any activity that may uphold, condone, promote or encourage adherence to
Freemasonry, nor give publicity to any such activity, nor allow the name of the
school to be used in association with any such activity.
requests Standing Committee to undertake the preparation, production and
distribution of a clear and unambiguous booklet suitable for wide distribution,
examining the key rites, teachings and beliefs of Freemasonry and explaining why
they differ from Biblical Christianity, and explaining why it is wrong for a
Christian to belong to the Lodge.
Rev Bill Winthrop - 20.10.03)
day after Tony Lauer, Grand Master of New South Wales & ACT, Australia, in a
media statement replies:
resolution by the Reverend William Winthrop of Lithgow proposing that all
Anglican Freemasons withdraw from their Lodges or sever all
with the Anglican Church was passed last night by the Diocesan Synod in Sydney.
resolution is pure discrimination, smacks of bigotry and religious
fundamentalism and is a betrayal of all Freemasons who practice the Anglican
Faith,” says Tony Lauer, Grand Master of the NSW & ACT Freemasons,
“especially since a great percentage of Freemasons throughout the State are
this seems a one man vendetta on the part of Reverend Winthrop, over a local
issue and very petty situation – that received widespread publicity - which
occurred in Lithgow last year.”
resulted in all local Freemasons being publicly not welcomed at the local
Anglican Church,” says Mr Lauer.
stance taken is based on total ignorance and is a misrepresentation of what
Freemasonry is all about,” says Mr Lauer.
and foremost, Freemasonry is tolerant and respectful of all religions and admits
all men of good character who have a commitment to self improvement and to serve
their community. Our one requirement is that they have a belief in God as the
‘supreme being’. We do not question their other beliefs,” continued Mr
accept members of all faiths as Freemasons, as long as they have this belief,
hence many of our Lodge members work within their communities with men of many
faiths including Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Catholics and Muslims,” added Mr Lauer.
would like to point out to Reverend Winthrop and the Synod, that many
high-ranking ministers of religion, including Anglicans, have been – and are
– Freemasons,” said Mr Lauer.
ask Mr Winthrop and the Diocese, whether these men are now to be considered not
to be Christians because they are Freemasons,” said Mr Lauer.
teaches tolerance, equality, compassion and brotherly love. If Reverend
Winthrop’s and the Synod’s interpretation of ‘Christianity’ disagrees
with these teachings, does this mean that the Sydney Anglican Church does not
believe in the basic principles of compassion, brotherly love and above all –
truth?” challenges Mr Lauer.
the last 200 years Freemasons have played a significant role in shaping the
fabric of Australian Society, and have been prominent in all areas of
Australia’s proud history including politics, commerce, sports, armed
fact since Lachlan Macquarie became Governor of New South Wales in 1809, each
State has had one or more Governors who were Freemasons.”
of Australia’s Governors General have been Freemasons as have 10 out of 25
Prime Ministers, since Federation.”
these distinguished Australians now to be branded as ‘non-Christians’ by the
Anglican Church?” asked Mr Lauer.
Lauer added that “ I would also like to point out that Freemasons in this
state alone each year distribute more that $1,000.000 to non-Masonic worthy
causes, community initiatives and charitable organisations – irrespective of
their connection to any Church Group.”
world, as we have come to know it today, is undergoing very alarming, uncertain
and chaotic times, fuelled mainly by religious fundamentalism.”
in this civilised society the church’s role is to teach love, compassion,
unity and tolerance of one’s fellow man, and not to promote division, hatred,
alienation and down right bigotry,” concluded Mr Lauer.
Churches find it impossible to accept that we are not in competition but that we
are supportive of religion and encourage each Brother to increase his interest
in his own beliefs. We have no theology, do not have sacraments, do not engage,
as Freemasons, in worship in our Lodges and cannot offer the means of salvation
through good works or in any other way.
the contrary of the Christian Churches declaring Freemasonry a religion, the
anti-masonry of the Islamic fundamentalism has political basis: "How the
World Has been Intelligently Controlled?" is the title of a section
dedicated to Freemasons of the strictly linked to Al-Qaida website
this "amazing essay" we read:
the control and manipulation of political opinion has been the Free Masons main
weapon in gaining control of countries and states. Once in control of the rulers
and politicians of a country laws and political structures could be changed in
accordance with their agenda however since restricting the body does not
necessarily mean restricting the mind. The Free Mason recognizes that their plan
for a Global government hinges completely on subduing the masses to their agenda
and thus eliminating opposition to their cause and the greatest threat to their
plan causing more danger than any army or law is a threat of a free thinking
mind. In order to eliminate this threat and to achieve their objective the
Masons have set about the boldest plan ever devise the complete control of every
aspect of human life, Your Life and the weapons they are using against you are
in your very homes entertaining you and your children and gradually
indoctrinating you without you even realizing...."
products of the Masonicaly controlled music industry are riddled with subliminal
satanic messages. .....The Free Masons through the governments controlled by
them already have access to a vast array of information about you. They can
already find out who you talk to on the telephone, where you work, where you
shop, what you eat, what you wear, how much you are worth, what you earn and the
list goes on and on...."
Free Masons also play with peoples lives in this manner. Evidence exists showing
that many viruses have created or mutated in military labs and later used an
experiment on human beings and it has been established that AIDS is a man made
tool used to suit the purposes of Masonic West..."
consequence of such fundamentalism?
2004, Istanbul, Turkey by Associated Press:
at Masonic lodge kills 2 people, wounds 5 others in Istanbul.
bomb exploded at a building housing a Masonic
Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding five others, reports
months after four suicide attacks struck this city.
television said police blamed the attack on a suicide bomber. CNN-Turk
a man chanting, ``Allah, Allah,'' entered the building and detonated a
is always the same old story: Freemasonry is a religion and conspires to achieve
the domination of the world.
what Freemasonry states about religion?
Basic Statement of the United Grand Lodge of England concerning the relationship
between Freemasonry and religion is:
is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. It demands of its
members a belief in a Supreme Being but provides no system of faith of its own.
is open to men of all religious faiths. The discussion of religion at its
meetings is forbidden.
names used for the Supreme Being enable men of different faiths to join in
prayer (to God as each sees Him) without the terms of the prayer causing
dissention among them. There is no separate Masonic God; a Freemason's God
remains the God of the religion he professes.
meet in common respect for the Supreme Being, but He remains Supreme in their
individual religions, and it is no part of Freemasonry to attempt to join
religions together. There is therefore no composite Masonic God.
lacks the basic elements of religion:
it has no theological doctrine, and by forbidding religious discussion at its
meetings will not allow a Masonic theological doctrine to develop.
It offers no sacraments.
It does not claim to lead to salvation by works, by secret knowledge or by any
other means. The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition
and not with salvation.
is far from indifferent to religion. Without interfering in religious practice
it expects each member to follow his own faith, and to place above all other
duties his duty to God, by whatever name He is known. Its moral teachings are
acceptable to all religions.
is thus a supporter of religion.
what about politics?
the UGLE states:
basic principles and the statement of Freemasonry’s aims show that the rule
that forbids Masonic discussion of politics is designed to prevent regular
Freemasonry becoming involved in any way in affairs of State, whether they are
domestic or external. Great care must be taken to ensure that nothing is done
that might allow it even to seem to be so involved.
individual Freemasons will have their own views on politics and state policy,
Freemasonry as a body will never express a view on either. The discussion of
politics at Masonic meetings has always been prohibited.
are groups in other countries who call themselves Freemasons and who involve
themselves in political matters. They are not recognised or countenanced by the
United Grand Lodge of England and other regular Grand Lodges who follow the
basic principles of Freemasonry and ban the discussion of politics and religion
at their meetings."
statement is very clear, while regular Freemasonry thus inculcates in each of
its members the duties of loyalty and citizenship, it reserves to the individual
the right to hold his own opinion with regard to public affairs. But neither in
any Lodge, nor at any time in his capacity as a Freemason, is he permitted to
discuss or to advance his views on theological or political questions.
Freemasonry, as practised for instance in Italy by Regular Grand Lodge of Italy,
has always consistently refused to express any opinion on questions of foreign
or domestic State policy either at home or abroad, and it will not allow its
name to be associated with any action, however humanitarian it may appear to be,
which infringes its unalterable policy of standing aloof from every question
affecting the relations between political parties, or questions as to rival
theories of government.
the early days of Freemasonry, there was nothing as a Book of Ritual. The first
book like this, an official ritual accepted as a lodge manual, is attributed to
George Claret and was published only in 1835. In
1838 he published another ritual book, which included the three degrees,
questions before Passing and Raising, and the Installation of the
Master and officers.
is rather ironic that before that date Freemasons used Masonic exposures -
publications disclosing the supposed secret activities of the Masons - as ritual
books. The earliest of these exposures, first published in October 1730, was
Samuel Prichard’s “Masonry Dissected”. The fame of this booklet lies in
the fact that it reports for the first time the text of Hiram’s legend as we
practice it today. It reveals, in detail and in form of catechism, all the three
degrees. It is the first effective ritual book of the new degree, the third,
only recently introduced and now available in print.
Dissected” was an exceptionally successful book. It went into three editions
in eleven days, which is quite remarkable, considering that this was a period
when much of the populace was illiterate and Freemasonry was only one of the
numerous fraternal organisations.
the success of this particular book?
inevitable conclusion is that Freemasons themselves purchased the book because
it gave them an opportunity to learn in a better way their ritual, for which
there was no other written source available at the time.
irony of this situation is that there probably is a similar truth concerning
some recent publications that attack Freemasonry. The success of these books is
determined by the Freemasons themselves, who purchase the volumes for their
libraries while public in general remains uninterested, or even bored, on the
on the Internet there are several Anti-Masonic websites selling Masonic books.
The buyers? Curious people, Freemasonry opponents and.....the Freemasons.
the United States, the "Ephesians 5:11" and "Ex-Masons for
Jesus" are fellowship organizations of men and women who have left the
Masonic Lodges and the appendant bodies, such as the Order of the Eastern Star,
Job's Daughters, the Order of Rainbow for Girls and the Order of DeMolay for
boys. They work with other Christian groups in order to equip their members to
lead the Masons within their sphere of influence, with the aim to have them
leave the Masonic Lodge.
motto is: "How can you lead Masons away from the Masonic Lodge?"
Masonic Lodge is the largest group among the subversive one that deny being a
religion. Other similar groups include the “Odd Fellows” and the Rosicrucian
orders. Our biggest attention is for the Masonic Lodge and the Rosicrucian
Order, two of the most prominent groups".
since business is business:
provide our adherents, called “The body of Christ”, with treaties, books,
video tapes and other materials, in order to bring our minister to those Masons
and Rosicrucians who claim to be Christians. ......Most of the books available
on our Cdroms are easily found in Masonic libraries. Please note that all of
these books contain Masonic heresy. You should avoid putting them in the hands
of anyone who is not a mature Christian. They
are here provided for apologetic purposes",
I add, to make money. A set of 3 Cdroms with the texts of Masonic books as
“Morals and Dogma”, by Albert Pike, and the Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, by
Albert Mackey, plus Masonic Rituals costs 57 US dollars!!!
organization is “Saints Alive In Jesus”. They state on their website:
are an apologetic group, evangelical by nature, and we produce research and
study materials by comparing cult groups with Christian orthodoxy ....We are a
Christian non-profit corporation founded upon the call of God to witness Jesus
to those who have lost Him becoming Mormons, Freemasons or members of other
obviously sell online anti-Masonic books as "The Dark Side of
Freemasonry" or "What You Need to Know About Masons", both
written by Ed Decker (the founder of this group) at the price of 24 US dollars
Order of Former Freemasons" is a non-profit organization, or at least thus
they state on their website.
do not benefit in any way from the purchases made through this site, except for
the blessing of knowing that this material has helped to bring someone to a
careful and saving knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord."
they sell a video titled: “The Masonic Lodge: What Goes on Behind Closed
half-hour video programs on a single VHS cassette dealing with the first three
degrees of Freemasonry, the Blue Lodges. Key portions of the ritual are
re-enacted and explained in the light of Scripture, comparing Christianity and
the Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge.....The clash between Christianity and
the Masonic Lodge...The God of the Masonic Lodge is not the God of the Christian
faith......The Masonic Lodge turn men away from Jesus Christ...We can prove that
Freemasonry is a religion..."
so on. The price? 60 US dollars for
the "Masonry Package". A bargain isn't it?
The misguidance of some Media
March 2004 there have been reports in the media of a shooting occurred during a
ceremony at "South Side Lodge No. 493". The tragic event took place in
Suffolk County in the State of New York and was not as reported. The Grand
Master of the State of New York has issued a letter to all his Lodges with the
The tragic event took place not in a Lodge meeting but during a social event in
the building in Patchogue, New York, where the Lodge meets.
The social club involved is not a Grand Lodge sanctioned by the Masonic
The Grand Lodge of the State of New York has only one approved ritual which must
be used by all Lodges. Firearms do not, and never have, played any role in any
Masonic ritual in New York State."
see how some media reported the news.
Associated Press launched two different headings:
man was shot in the face and killed during a Masonic initiation ceremony by a
fellow member who mistakenly pulled out a real pistol instead of a blank
gun" and "Man Killed During Masonic Initiation".
are both are wrong since it was not a Masonic initiation but a social event not
New York Times headline was: “A Ritual Gone Fatally Wrong Puts Light on
ritual initiations at the Masonic Lodge had been plunged in secrecy over the
years. The climax of Monday night ceremony was to be a simple prank. A new
member of the Fellow Craft Club, a selected group within the Lodge, would sit in
a chair while an older member stood 20 feet away and fired a handgun loaded with
ritual went terribly wrong inside Southside Masonic Lodge No. 493. The shooter,
a 76-year-old Mason, Albert Eid, was carrying two guns, a .22-caliber handgun
with blanks in his left pocket, and a .32-caliber gun with live rounds in his
right pocket. He reached into his right pants pocket, pulled out the wrong gun
and shot William James, a 47-year-old fellow Mason, in the face, killing him,
the authorities said."
title wants to highlight that thanks to a ritual gone wrong we have more light
on Masonic secrecy and in the body of the article it is underlined that
Freemasons carry firearms for their rituals. A misguidance due to ignorance or
to "free will"?
in a television program on CNN aired Tuesday evening, March 9, 2004, it has been
man fatally shot in the head inside a Masonic lodge has police saying it was a
secret initiation rite gone bad. It happened Monday at a Mason's lodge on New
York's Long Island. And in a statement, the fraternal organization told us,
'This was not a Masonic lodge meeting, and no formal and approved Masonic
ceremonies were scheduled to take place. Firearms play no role in Masonic lodge
meetings or Masonic events of any kind.'
who are the Masons? Well, in the U.S., on the numbers, almost two million folks
in the organization. And they have such famous living members, such as Bob Dole,
Arnold Palmer, Sam Nunn, but it is still an organization shrouded in
bad service to Freemasonry: the tragic event was not absolutely in Lodge during
a "secret initiation rite gone bad".
what really happened? I have above reported the official letter sent by the
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York to all of his Lodges with the facts.
It is correct, but what was the "social event" mentioned?
the United States, there are many 'clubs' composed of lodge members whose
primary purpose is to provide a 'club' environment within the Lodge building.
They go under a variety of names: "Square & Compass Club",
"Lunchtime Club", "Fellowcraft Club", and sometimes have the
same name of the Lodge.
the 1950s and 1960s, such clubs were extremely popular owing to the desire of
men to find a place where they might enjoy friendly company either during the
day or in the evening.
of these clubs - very few indeed - even went so far as to develop their own
initiation rituals. Most were simply organizations that most members of the
lodge(s) in the building chose to join since a minimal due contribution also
helped keeping the lodge building funds in better shape.
is within this context that Mason William James, 47, who had become a member of
South Side Lodge #493 in Patchogue, New York was elected to join the club that
had existed in that building for some 70 years. This "Fellowcraft
Club" had an initiation ceremony that involved a lesson of 'trust'. In
Freemasonry, a member learns to trust the words and actions of a Masonic Brother
knowing that no harm will ever befall him. Following on that theme, it appears
that the club had a ceremony which involved firing a pistol with blanks at a
couple of tin cans on a shelf. When the shots were fired, the cans (completed
with pebbles in them to make noise upon hitting the floor) were knocked down by
someone standing nearby.
Albert Eid, a 76 year old Mason who was also a Past Master of the Lodge, reached
into the wrong pocket and fired his own gun rather than the 'prop' gun at the
candidate - killing him.
to bring a weapon - offensive or defensive - into a Masonic building is against
Freemasonry's basic teachings and since many - if not most - of the members of
the Lodge knew of the un-masonically format of the club's ceremony, the Grand
Master of New York ordered the Lodge's charter had to be immediately removed.
the anti-Masonry organizations come into conflict with each other!
Japanese terrorist organization AUM, whose leader Asahara ordered the sarin gas
attack in the Tokio subway on March 1995, stated in the nineties that after the
Japanese State, the United States, the Jews and the Freemasons were the main
The Freemasons are manipulating the United Nations to achieve the universal
on the Islamic integralist website Allaahuakbar.net we read:
the Freemasons have ordered the sarin gas attack in the Tokio subway....”
Anti-Masonic organizations, please try to find a mutual agreement, meantime I
wish humbly remember to the "anti-Masonic party" that Freemasonry is
allowed and is prosperous where there is a democratic society and the civil
rights are granted.
enemies of Freemasonry are the enemies of democracy as Freemasonry is a society
of free men concerned to improve their moral and spiritual values. We strongly
believe that improving ourselves, the civil society also will benefit.
exercised appeal over the men by the omni-comprehensive ideologies and overall
by religious and politics fundamentalism, speaking and acting in the name of
abstract and collective entities, these are the real menaces to the Civil
Society, not Freemasonry indeed.
Translation from italian into english courtesy of Anna Tentindo .