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It's true that Weishaupt's Bavarian Illuminati was designed to be a Masonic counterpart, but the current group are so far away from the original as to be a completely different organisation. Only the name is the same.
Originally posted by Masonic Light
Calling the elite group "Illuminati" is, in my opinion, an abomination. They are not illuminated or enlightened in any way, shape, or form, and continue to use hysteria and superstition as tools to control the public, one of which was the anti-Illuminati hysteria that they themselves created. By attacking the Illuminati, the religious and political elite demonized the "good guys", bringing even the anti-elite conspiracy theorists under their control. Non-offensive societies such as Masonry, Oddfellows, and Knights of Pythias were then vilified by conspiracy theorists, which would have been exactly what the elite wanted to further their goals. It took the heat off of themselves.
But, aren't many of the elite also members of the Masons? And what of Illuminated Freemasons?
Originally posted by Styki
I also believe that the general population can’t handle the truth of what the government needs to do to keep this country running. I really think that every country should have a standard of living that should be near every other country in the world. The fact that the US has a higher stander of living then most other counties means to me that we must be taking something from them. Is the general population ready to accept that? Is the general population ready to give that up?
Originally posted by lordlefty
The Illuminati, according to 'PreserveDestiny' (you'll know who I'm talking about if you follow the Dan Burisch case) are Lucifarians. This doesn't mean they worship the devil, because they don't believe lucifer to be evil. They think that he is the bringer of light, and saved humanity, at the time of the Fall, from ignorance. They see God as a slightly authoritarian dictator intent on keeping humanity in a state of ignorance as not to challenge his position.
Are you saying that "satan" is commonyl; used when referring to "lucifer"; much as "jews" is used when referring to "zionists"????
Masonry is anti-elitist in this sense. One of the most important Masonic symbols is the Level, which represents equality. Masons believe in the equality of all men, regardless of social position. In Masonry, the king and farmer meet on the Level as Brothers.
Originally posted by Alchemist
But,why they have many different degrees inner??