posted on Mar, 22 2009 @ 09:14 PM
There has been an ongoing trend among conspiracy theorists to group the majority of politicians and businessmen as members of Freemasonry when they
are in fact not a member. This is often used to support theories that there is a preponderance of persons in power who are members of the
The most glaring committal of this act is the often made statement that ‘most Presidents were Masons’. While 14 Presidents have been Masons (15
with Lyndon Johnson who did not go on to become a Master Mason) this percentage is obviously not ‘most’.
Other instances are the inclusion of such person as Saddam Hussein, Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler and Fidel Castro (among numerous others) whose
tyrannical persecutions were and are anathema to what Masonry stands for.
Others lump well known business moguls such as Nelson and David Rockefeller into the Fraternity when there exists no evidence to support this
Another take on this is to include any person who is believed to be shaking the hand of another in a fashion that the theorist may mistakenly construe
as a Masonic grip. This inclusion often does not even take into account the personal beliefs of those being included as even know atheists are placed
into the Fraternity by this assumption.
Why would Masons want to hide the affiliation of other United States Presidents if they were in fact Masons? Ronald Reagan is often mentioned as being
a member. If he were indeed a Mason why would he not be recognized? He was an immensely popular person both during and after his administrations and
would most likely be placed in very high esteem by Masons.
Almost every Mason’s ‘pedigree’ can be accurately traced from his initiation to his raising to the Master Mason degree. Why can no one show
evidence to support their claims that the persons in question are Masons? Masons are proud of their past and present members who achieved success and
there is no logical reason not to recognize their affiliation.
Why would Masons ‘admit’ to some Presidents/Politicians/Businessmen (even ones with a negative stigma such as Benedict Arnold) as members but not
[edit on 22-3-2009 by AugustusMasonicus]