posted on Oct, 10 2012 @ 01:28 AM
I saw the following linked article on Collector's Weekly today. It give a long defense of secret societies and specifically discusses the Masons. I
have known many Masons including a 33rd degree Mason and was married to a woman who's grandfather was also a 33rd degree Mason (I never met him, he
was already dead). The Masons I know are all decent men who joined in order to advance their careers. That is just a fact. Here is a link to the
Decoding Secret Societies: What Are All Those Old Boys’ Clubs
Here is my problem with the article, it is just deceitful and washes over the whole history. Most Mason never go beyond the third degree. Those who do
have a purpose, it takes effort and they are judged by many criteria as they go forward. It is also expensive. The article attempts to claim that the
wealthy (and others) joined the Masons for entertainment, ENTERTAINMENT. They joined the lodges so that they could see the shows, that is what the
article claims. The article is the weakest piece of propaganda I have read in a long time. It is both insulting to Freemasons and the public. I know
some Masons will read this and if you do, reply and tell me how you joined and stayed in the Masons for the plays.
While I have no problem with someone being a Mason (although I strongly object to the oath), the Masons have certainly used their influence in history
and to deny it is to lie. The Masons don't deny it, they relish in it and are proud to tell you how Masons have helped shape America. I do not
believe that the king of Sweden was the head of the Swedish Order just because he liked the shows, it is ridiculous. The Masons do not rule the world;
but, to deny that they have influenced it is simple naive.
It is a fact that Masons controlled much of the British legal system and you can look it up, they also heavily influenced their courts (judges,
lawyers). The Masons have had branches that promoted occultism and one begun in Italy that called the (from Wikipedia)
that was prepared to take over Italy. Read through the list of people it
included and ask yourself why they joined in the first place, they must have loved seeing the same show time after time.
This thread is not meant in anyway to attack Masons. Let me make it very clear, I don't know any "bad" people who are Masons. Secret societies
provide bad people with an opportunity to pervert their organizations. What I am questioning is the fairness of the article and the authors sincerity.