The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers, which are cited to justify it.
President John F. Kennedy
Address to Newspaper Publishers
April 27, 1961
The Anti-Masonic Star, a weekly newspaper with a narrow and intense commitment began publication in April 1830 at Gettysburg. Sharing the anti-masonic mood in the country and especially in Pennsylvania, the paper "will be opposed to Secret Societies. It will disclose the baneful secrets of Free Masonry; its oaths and obligations, and their pernicious effects upon society. It will use all honorable means to extirpate that dark institution -- believing its tendency to be irreligious, immoral and of an unfair and dangerous political character." Attack it did. The local Masons' Lodge in Gettysburg surrendered its charter in January 1832.
Man is never closer to God than when he kneels, spiritually naked, at the altar of Freemasonry.
Masonic Services Association
Volume 19, page 14
Topics covered on Freemasonry Watch
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Freemasonry Images and Graphics, Masonic Religion, Freemasonry and Christianity,
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Masonry and Jack the Ripper - Police Corruption, Paul Bernardo, Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, Freemasonry and The Priory of Sion, Masons in the Vatican, P2 Masonic Lodge, Murder of Roberto Calvi, Murder of Captain William Morgan, The Anti-Masonic Party, Freemasonry and Satanism - Rosicrucianism - Witchcraft - Wiccan - Theosophy - Helen Blavatsky - Golden Dawn - Charles Manson - Aleister Crowley - O.T.O - L. Ron Hubbard, Freemasonry and Joseph Smith - Mormonism, Freemasonry and Charles Taze Russell, Freemasonry and Martin Luther - Protestantism - Francis Bacon - K.J.V.,
Freemasonry and American, French, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Phillipines, Portugese, Russian Revolution, Enlightenment, Seperation of Church and State,
Masonry and Anti-Masonry, Masons and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Masons and the Assassination of JFK - President John F. Kennedy, Freemasonry and the Illuminati, Freemasons and Communism - Socialism, Freemasonry and Darwinism - Eugenics - Abortion, Occult and Hitler, Thule Society and the Nazi's, Freemasonry and Hyper Masculinity - Homosexuality,
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Adam Weishaupt,
Voltaire, Mozart Magic Flute, Napoleon Bonaparte, Simon Bolivar, Leon Trotsky, Kerensky, Kemal Ataturk,
Mazzini - The Mafia, Confederate Gold - Knights of the Golden Circle - Ku Klux Klan - Nathan Bedford Forest - Albert Pike - William J. Simmons - Racism - Segregation - Terrorism, U.S. Military Clandestine Grand Lodges - Timothy McVeigh, Orange Order and Freemasons - Reverend Ian Paisley, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott, Freemasonry and the Media - Popular Culture - Jack Warner - William Randolph Hearst - Rupert Murdoch - Dan Rather - Larry King - Johnny Carson - Jay Lenno, The Da Vinci Code Book - Michael Baigent - Henry Lincoln - Holy Blood Holy Grail - Hiram Key - Robert Lomas - The Da Vinci Code Movie, The Sirius Mystery Book - Robert Temple, The Secret Architecture of Our Nation’s Capital Book - David Ovason, Freemasons and Public Education, 33rd Degree,
Henry Kissinger, James Wolfenson, Conrad Black, Paul Wolfowitz, James Woolsey, George Tenet, Colin Powell,
Maurice Strong, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Bilderburg, Freemason Network, Preston Manning, Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Frank McKenna, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Holbrooke, Mark R. Warner, The Trilateral Commission, The Council on Foreign Relations,
The Royal Society, The Duke of Kent, Lord Robertson, Bishop Desmond Tutu,
Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, King Hussein of Jordan, Muhamar Qadafi, Yassir Arafat, Fidel Castro, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Shimon Peres, Silvio Berlusconi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gerhard Schröder, Jacques Chirac, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Nicolas Sarkozy, Barack Obama, John McCain, Pervez Musharref, George W. Bush,
Freemasonry and Neo-Conservatism - Neocons, Freemasonry and E.U. - European Union,
Freemasons and N.A.T.O. - NATO, Freemasonry and U.N. - United Nations, Freemasonry and The World Bank,
Freemasonry and One World Government,
Freemasonry and Lucifer - Satan - The Devil, Freemasonry and 666, Freemasonry and The Anti-Christ;
Both Jesus Christ and God are very important in my life but I don't like the Christianity that links the two. I have found a lot of the answers to my questions in Freemasonry.
'Freemasonry is the oldest and largest world wide fraternity dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being'
Secrecy, said Freemason Albert Pike, "is indispensable to Masonry." In that connection Freemasonry has 25 "Landmarks," or canons which are "unrepealable," and can "never be changed." Landmark No. 23 concerns "secrecy of the Institution." It admonishes initiates that to change or abrogate such a requirement of confidentiality "would be social suicide and death of the Order would follow its legalized exposure." Continuing, the same Landmark notes that Freemasonry has lived unchanged for centuries as a secret association, but as an open society, "it would not last for many years."
Behind the Lodge Door, by Paul A. Fisher
TAN Books, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994
THE outstanding figure in modern Freemasonry is undoubtedly the widow's son who is known to members of the Fraternity under the somewhat obscure name of Hiram Abiff. He dominates Craft Masonry. and that in spite of the fact that neither the Entered Apprentice nor the Fellow-Craft knows anything at all about him.
The Story Of Hiram Abiff, by William Harvey, J.P., F.S.A. (Scot.)
Provincial Grand Master of Forfarshire
T.M. Sparks & Son 1919, 1935, 1944
Rather than responding to the whole array of criticism of Masonry on religious grounds, let us take the one that generated much of the heat in recent debate, the ritual of the Royal Arch Degree. He contends that in the ritual, "The name of the Great Architect of the Universe is revealed as JAH-BUL-ON - not a general term open to any interpretation an individual Freemason might choose, but a precise supernatural being - compound deity composed of three separate personalities fused in one.
Knight explains JAH-BUL-ON as follows: Jah (or Jahweh) is identified as the God of the Hebrews, Bul (or Baal) as the Canaanite fertility God and On as the Egyptian god Osiris....
The Church of England echoed Knight's contentions with the headline, "Aspects of Masonic ritual condemned as blasphemous." (Church Times, London: G. J. Palmer & Sons, No. 6488, p. 1). The working group appointed to study Freemasonry for the General Synod concluded, inter alia, "that JAHBULON, the name or description of God which appears in all the rituals is blasphemous."
They contended that the name of God must not be taken in vain or combined with those of pagan deities. Their data and conclusions are both mistaken...
Thomas E. Weir, Grand High Priest, Maryland, USA
TheFreemason.com: Feature of the Week
The Brotherhood of the Bell is a 1970 made-for-television movie produced by Cinema Center 100 Productions and starring Glenn Ford.
The film relates how a successful economics professor, Dr. Andrew Patterson, discovers that an elite fraternity he had joined 22 years before in college is really a callous banking and business cabal that obtains wealth and power for its members through nefarious practices.
The initiation takes place before a large bell in the center of points of the compass depicted on the floor. Phillip Dunning had been studying the articles and letters of the brotherhood since midnight. He is then instructed by Harmon to give them to him to be destroyed. He is sworn to secrecy, and he takes his appropriate place at the due east compass point with Harmon at the south point, Patterson at the west point, and Weber at the north point. He is reminded that he will be given an assignment or "due bill" at some indeterminate time in the future, and instructed that he is obliged to carry it out without question. The four men recite the oath of loyalty and secrecy and end by tolling the bell.
Now the Vatican suddenly realized Fremasonry was still a perfect vehicle for conspiracies against Church and State. 'Times change,' the English bishops had said in 1974. They failed to say that Freemasonry remains the same. The P2 scandal was 1738 and 1848 all over again. 'Men of goodwill' in Britain, France and Italy would bluster that P2 had nothing to do with 'regular' Freemasonry, but this was a lie and those who uttered it were either fools or knaves. P2 was a recognized part of the 'regular' Grand Orient of Italy - itself recognized by the Grand Lodge of England in 1972 - and three successive Italian Grand Masters were up to their necks in the conspiracy.
Chapter 33 - 'Spooks in Aprons'
Inside the Brotherhood, by Martin Short
Harper Collins, 1990, 1993, 1997