posted on Sep, 30 2019 @ 12:27 PM
Published on Jan 8, 2014
When the House of Commons Affairs Committee recently recommended that police officers, magistrates, judges and crown officers should publicly register
their Masonic membership, it was very largely thanks to the ammunition provided by Martin Short's investigative 'tour de force'. His 'Inside the
Brotherhood' carried on the pioneering work begun by Stephen Knight's explosive account of 'The Brotherhood'.
Approximately half a million men in the British Isles -- and another five million around the world -- are Freemasons. 'Inside the Brotherhood'
examines what kind of men join the Craft -- and why. It investigates the occult elements in Masonry, whether its rituals should be seen as a religion-
and, if so, what god is being worshipped. And, while relying on first-hand evidence wherever possible, the book probes the extent to which Masonic
oaths of mutual aid and secrecy have contaminated the fraternity, aroused mounting hostility from churches, politicians and public, and provoked
charges of corruption in key areas of British life, including the police force, local government, the City and the secret services.
"A judicious investigation, and Short puts forward a devastating case for the prosecution... He produces a persuasive testimony that Freemasonry has
become a savage and a disease in jobs in the public service. He cites some fascinating and entirel credible examples of Masonic skulduggery -- and of
Brother ranged viciously against Brother... It is difficult to dispute Short's conclusion that disclosure of their Masonic membership by those in
positions of power should be made obligatory."
"Given the nature of the subject, it is doubtful if a more conclusive book could have been written"
Alan Rusbridger,'Times Literary Supplement'
"An anatomy of vice...I recommend it"
Mark Archer,'The Spectator'