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Masonic Lodges Open Those Mysterious Doors
The New York Times ^ | 20 Aug 2009 | EVE M. KAHN

Posted on 08/26/2009 9:58:37 AM PDT by BGHater

A replica of a mildewed 14th- century scroll has been unfurled and displayed at a library in New York. An eagle clutching arrows and ribbons, on a tattered flag made around 1803, has just been restored and framed for viewing at a Philadelphia museum. Near Boston a museum exhibition decodes cryptic symbols like compasses and columns embossed on metal badges and embroidered onto aprons.

That the public is now being enthusiastically shown these previously hidden-away items indicates that Freemasons in America are trying to shed their reclusive, somewhat fusty image. Tour guides at the groups’ lavishly ornamented lodges, mostly built around 1900, are explaining ceremonial rituals in newly restored rooms with murals of ancient builders polishing stones and vitrines full of gold pendants and domed velvet hats.

“We’re trying to help more people hear our story accurately,” said H. Robert Huke, the communications and development director at the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts, an 1899 state headquarters in downtown Boston covered in sunburst mosaics. When curiosity seekers get to visit Masonic rooms, he added, “they’re less inclined to think we’re trying to control the world and run the banks.”

Freemasons have been portrayed as conspirators in books like Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” and “The Lost Symbol” (due on Sept. 15) and the “National Treasure” movies starring Nicolas Cage. The truth is less entertaining. Founded around 1600 by British stonemasons, the men-only clubs hold closed sessions mainly to teach ecumenical ethics codes and raise money for charity, especially medical care. On their lodge walls and ceremonial clothing, motifs like eyes, beehives and drafting tools refer to virtues like steadfastness, tolerance and industriousness.

Now open to the public, the Chamber of Reflection at the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts, in Boston.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; History; Travel
KEYWORDS: freemason; godsgravesglyphs; lodge; mason; masonic; morons; ridingthegoat; secrethandshakes

1 posted on 08/26/2009 9:58:37 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater
Sure. That's what they want you to think...
2 posted on 08/26/2009 10:03:43 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 217 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: BGHater

“Now, the masonic sect produces fruits that are pernicious and of the bitterest savour. For, from what We have above most clearly shown, that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view - namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism....”

“Now, the fundamental doctrine of the naturalists, which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide. Laying this down, they care little for duties to God, or pervert them by erroneous and vague opinions. For they deny that anything has been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority....”

“But the naturalists go much further; for, having, in the highest things, entered upon a wholly erroneous course, they are carried headlong to extremes, either by reason of the weakness of human nature, or because God inflicts upon them the just punishment of their pride. Hence it happens that they no longer consider as certain and permanent those things which are fully understood by the natural light of reason, such as certainly are - the existence of God, the immaterial nature of the human soul, and its immortality. The sect of the Freemasons, by a similar course of error, is exposed to these same dangers; for, although in a general way they may profess the existence of God, they themselves are witnesses that they do not all maintain this truth with the full assent of the mind or with a firm conviction. Neither do they conceal that this question about God is the greatest source and cause of discords among them; in fact, it is certain that a considerable contention about this same subject has existed among them very lately. But, indeed, the sect allows great liberty to its votaries, so that to each side is given the right to defend its own opinion, either that there is a God, or that there is none; and those who obstinately contend that there is no God are as easily initiated as those who contend that God exists, though, like the pantheists, they have false notions concerning Him: all which is nothing else than taking away the reality, while retaining some absurd representation of the divine nature.

When this greatest fundamental truth has been overturned or weakened, it follows that those truths, also, which are known by the teaching of nature must begin to fall - namely, that all things were made by the free will of God the Creator; that the world is governed by Providence; that souls do not die; that to this life of men upon the earth there will succeed another and an everlasting life.”


3 posted on 08/26/2009 10:11:37 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Slings and Arrows

4 posted on 08/26/2009 10:12:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ted Kennedy, you are NO J.F.K. Wrong on abortion. Wrong on taxes.)
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To: a fool in paradise

LOL! Exactly!


5 posted on 08/26/2009 10:30:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: a fool in paradise

Who controls the British Crown?
Who keeps the metric system down?
We do, we do.
Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?
Who keeps the Martians under wraps?
We do, we do.
Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
We do, we do.
Who robs cave fish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do, we do!


6 posted on 08/26/2009 1:32:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: uglybiker

Brotherly ping.


7 posted on 08/26/2009 3:49:20 PM PDT by PalmettoMason ("an empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Obama got out")
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To: BGHater; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

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8 posted on 08/26/2009 5:31:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Pyro7480

Source? ;-)


9 posted on 08/26/2009 6:00:01 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!

PHQ, Bethel #67


10 posted on 08/26/2009 6:39:35 PM PDT by bannie
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To: bannie

A morsel from back when “The Simpsons” was funny.


11 posted on 08/26/2009 7:25:01 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: BGHater
The origin of the Freemasons is shrouded in the past.

I don't believe they go back to the time of Solomon, and I'm not sure that they present themselves as such.

Personally, I find some things about the Masons and their stormy relationship with the Catholic Church intriguing.

I read SOMEWHERE that the oldest extant Masonic text actually goes back to the late 1300’s or early 1400’s.The Knights Templar were supressed, with varying degrees of effectiveness, in the early 1300’s most thoroughly in France, whose monarch, Philip the Fair, wanted their money - allegedly for a new crusade. A pope who was the first of the Babylonian Captivity approved of the suppression of the order but apparently was less than enthusiastic about believing allegations of heresy and worse.

Less than 100 years later, Masonic rituals were apparently going on in England, where the Templars’ suppression was far less enthusiastic than in France.

Then, the Catholic Church, for reasons unknown to me, decided that any Catholic who joined the Masons was automatically excommunicated. This was, supposedly, because the Masons were a secret society and a form of “religion”. Very odd, as admission to the Masons apparently only requires a belief in a Supreme Being, and their are Christians, Jews, and others admitted to this group.

None of the above definitely connects the Masons with the Knights Templar, but the connections are suspiciously there. A a matter of fact, the Scottish Rite of the Masons actually has an order CALLED the Templars and this is the ONLY group within the Masonic umbrella which is restricted to Christians only.

I write this as a Christian non-Catholic and a non-Mason.

All of the above information I have gathered from various sites on the net, Masons I have known who have told me non-restricted information about their organization, and from Catholics.

Its most interesting.

But the Masons, like the Knights of Columbus, Elks, etc, appear to be suffering from a loss in new members as the present generation is more interested in more mundane and selfish activities than actively participating in organizations dedicated to charitable causes.

12 posted on 08/26/2009 7:54:06 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Secret handshake ping!


13 posted on 08/26/2009 7:55:38 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: BGHater

Of course, you don’t have to be a Freemason to open doors. Barney Frank has never been a Freemason, and he’s opened back doors all over the world.


14 posted on 08/26/2009 7:56:01 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: ZULU

Many Elks clubs have been taken over by Evangelical Churches in my area. The old west side Masonic lodge in the West 70s has been condos for some time.


15 posted on 08/26/2009 7:57:37 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Tunehead54
Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus
16 posted on 08/26/2009 8:33:52 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: shibumi

ping


17 posted on 08/26/2009 9:30:55 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Salamander
Uulate whil opening the Secret Door!


18 posted on 08/26/2009 10:06:07 PM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: ZULU

> But the Masons, like the Knights of Columbus, Elks, etc, appear to be suffering from a loss in new members as the present generation is more interested in more mundane and selfish activities than actively participating in organizations dedicated to charitable causes.

I can’t remember the last time our Lodge held a meeting where we weren’t processing a Candidate for one of his three degrees. Often we have to do two candidates at once, such is the demand to join, and sometimes we have had to hold emergency meetings to process our candidates. Freemasonry in NZ seems to be enjoying a very pleasing resurgence .


19 posted on 08/27/2009 1:14:10 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: PalmettoMason; Chode; TheLion; AxelPaulsenJr; jimt; Eric in the Ozarks; oldtimer; pt17; ...


MASONIC

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Send uglybiker a FReepmail if you would like on/off The Masonic PING List
The List of Ping Lists

Thanks for the PING PalmettoMason.

20 posted on 08/27/2009 1:48:18 AM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks for the Ping


21 posted on 08/27/2009 2:09:51 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one."Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: Pyro7480

Albert Pike’s masonic encyclopedia is an open text of Luciferianism.

I’ve read it.


22 posted on 08/27/2009 7:36:57 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for all who do not have recourse to thee, especially the Masons and those who are recommended to thee.” - St. Maximilian Kolbe


23 posted on 08/27/2009 7:51:45 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: uglybiker

Thanks for the appropriate ping!

Be Ever Vigilant!


24 posted on 08/27/2009 8:17:00 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: ZULU
.... A a matter of fact, the Scottish Rite of the Masons actually has an order CALLED the Templars and this is the ONLY group within the Masonic umbrella which is restricted to Christians only.

This is in the York Rite, not the Scottish Rite.

25 posted on 08/27/2009 8:18:09 AM PDT by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: ZULU

“A a matter of fact, the Scottish Rite of the Masons actually has an order CALLED the Templars and this is the ONLY group within the Masonic umbrella which is restricted to Christians only.”

That’s actually the York Rite, not the Scottish Rite.

The York Rite is actually from Scotland, predates the modern Freemasons, and is more-or-less directly tied to the Templar Navy that landed in Scotland, whilst the King of Scotland was having also having a disagreement with the French King who effectively controled the Papacy at the time, since the muslim hoards had greatly weakened a unified Christiandom.


26 posted on 08/27/2009 8:35:54 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: Pyro7480

I was naively in a college fraternity (DTD), and their ritual was copied almost directly from the masons.

The fraternity members would take on the roles of Greek deities in the ritual.

Two years later when I got saved, I renounced the membership.


27 posted on 08/27/2009 8:36:07 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

Albert Pike was a piker who spole for himself, and himself only.

He purported to speak for masons, and was pretty effective at pretending to have authority he did not have, but that’s it.


28 posted on 08/27/2009 8:38:35 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: fishtank

Yeah, I’ve heard that many fraternities are like that. I never had any interest in joining, but my sister joined a sorority at a Catholic university. I wonder if hers did anything like that.


29 posted on 08/27/2009 8:38:43 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: fishtank

“The fraternity members would take on the roles of Greek deities in the ritual.”

Whatever that was, it wasn’t the freemasons.

I’ve never seen a initition ceremony that was an allegory based on the Holy Bible.


30 posted on 08/27/2009 8:40:44 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: fishtank

does that include the college fraternity?


31 posted on 08/27/2009 8:41:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Pyro7480; fishtank

Fishtank may have gone through some pagan ceremony (it would not suprise me), but the masonic fraternity wouldn’t touch pagan trash with a ten foot pole.


32 posted on 08/27/2009 8:41:55 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

If that’s so, then why are his remains in one of the huge Masonic temples in DC?


33 posted on 08/27/2009 8:45:24 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

Because he gave a lot of money to the Scottish Rite.

Kinda like why Ted Kennedy is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetary and was able to buy an annulment from the Roman Catholic Church.

He was an “important” guy.

Doesn’t mean he wasn’t a loser.


34 posted on 08/27/2009 8:48:35 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Actually, there has been no confirmation of an annulment of Ted Kennedy’s marriage. You may be confusing it with the “annulment” of his nephew Joseph’s marriage granted by the Archdiocese of Boston, which the Vatican overturned in 2007.


35 posted on 08/27/2009 9:23:49 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: curmudgeonII

Sorry.

Not a Mason.


36 posted on 08/27/2009 9:47:43 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Well, more ammunition for the Mason-Templar connection.


37 posted on 08/27/2009 9:48:24 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: All

for those who know, what was the dispute with police in England having to disclose their membership as a condition of empoloyment?


38 posted on 08/27/2009 9:57:02 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ZULU
But the Masons, like the Knights of Columbus, Elks, etc, appear to be suffering from a loss in new members as the present generation is more interested in more mundane and selfish activities than actively participating in organizations dedicated to charitable causes

actually, our lodge had 3 new members join, all in their 20s.
39 posted on 08/27/2009 10:30:09 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (divorced, tattooed, harley hatin, meghan mcain luvin', smoker that owns a pit bull.. what?)
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To: Pyro7480

Same concept, different loser.

Could just as easily reference some medal the Queen of England gave the old windbag.

Money and power buys favors and “cheap” honors, be it from the masons, the Queen of England, or the Roman Catholic Church.

Such is man.


40 posted on 08/27/2009 12:44:16 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

You are not getting it. The local archdiocese granted the annulment, but they were overruled by the Vatican.


41 posted on 08/27/2009 12:59:23 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

I am getting it.

Your point is irrelevant to the point of un-earned honors or favors, be it from the RCCor whomever.

I am not casting dispursions at the RCC.

I could have just as easily used John Kerry and his fake Bronze Stars, as an example, but Kennedy is in the news.


42 posted on 08/27/2009 1:06:04 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: BGHater
"History is written by those who would hang Hero's"

43 posted on 08/27/2009 2:12:31 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to ... remain silent.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Read Pike’s book.

It’s full of Luciferianism.

Also, in my book, the white lambskin in the Blue Lodge ritual qualifies as “pagan trash” (your words).


44 posted on 08/27/2009 2:37:40 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

The white lambskin of the Blue Lodge ritual represents the Lamb of Judea that was sacrificed for our sins, by whose sacrifice we are made clean, and not through any act of our own.

That’s Jesus Christ, BTW.

If Jesus Christ is “pagan trash” to you, you’ve got problems.


45 posted on 08/28/2009 8:18:13 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Does the lodge teach that truth to all masons, whether they be Jew, Muslim or agnostic?

Do they expect and require verbal expression of that truth?


46 posted on 08/28/2009 12:53:48 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

“Does the lodge teach that truth to all masons, whether they be Jew, Muslim or agnostic?”

Not sure an agnostic could join, and muslims would undoubtedly be confused, but, yes, what the lambskin represents is printed in the monitor of the lodge, which is supplied to every mason. It’s very publically available.

“Do they expect and require verbal expression of that truth?”

No, if they chose to reject that truth, that’s between them and God. We’re a mere fraternity, not a religion.


47 posted on 08/28/2009 1:29:58 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Defend America from the Communist.)
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To: BGHater

The more the ‘mysteries’ are revealed the more Freemasonry will be undermined and diminished.

I’m opposed to all this ‘secret telling’ business. Preserve tradition and the order.


48 posted on 08/28/2009 11:34:10 PM PDT by BlackjackPershing (?The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree? - Thomas Campbell (Scottish poet))
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