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"For a time it looked as if Masonry was going into a sharp decline, if not the death throes," said UCLA history professor Margaret C. Jacob, who has written extensively about the fraternal order. "But it looks like it may be making a comeback."
That's because the Freemasons, whose tenets forbid soliciting or recruiting members, have enthusiastically embraced the Internet as a way to leverage curiosity about an organization with its roots in Europe's medieval stonemasons guilds. Freemasonry today sees itself as a thinking man's salon, a learned society with a philanthropic bent.
"We had a record number of new members last year," said Allan Casalou, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of California. "We added 2,000 men, which is the most since 1998 and our seventh straight year of membership increases."
LA Times Article
I know, I know. Crazy, huh?
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Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
reply to post by JoshNorton
Are you implying that the internet, and the fact that many conspiracy theories are available therein, is casuing people who may be on the fence regarding Masonry to take it upon themselves to find the truth? That is an interesting tact and one that I did not consider.
[edit on 20-5-2008 by AugustusMasonicus]