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May 13, 2013 - Masonry in the News    2 Comments

Dead Man’s ‘Masonic’ Tattoo … Isn’t

dead man's tattooThe Daily Mail is reporting that New York Police are hoping to identify the body of a man found in the Harlem River in the Bronx by “his huge Masonic ‘All Seeing Eye’ tattoo.”

While the ‘All-Seeing Eye’ is certainly an interesting choice for a tattoo, it’s not particularly Masonic.  And there’s no Harlem River, either.

Maybe it’s a conspiracy.  Maybe the body was really found in the Hudson River, and maybe it’s got an Eye of Providence tat that isn’t related to Freemasonry in any way.

I’m just sayin’…

You can read the original article HERE.

General Santa Anna – Yes, THAT One From The Alamo – Was a Freemason

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna - WikipediaA tip o’ the Master’s Hat to Christopher Hodapp (author of one of the best books on Freemasonry – Freemasons for Dummies – and an all around great guy as wel as a snappy dresser) for posting a link to the Sacramento Bee article over on his blog HERE.  I read the SacBee every day, and yet I managed to miss this the first time around.  How is that even possible?

The importance of this news – in addition to giving the crazy-assed conspiracy nutbags another rawhide to chew on while they pore through lists of Famous Freemasons to find some new matchstick to ignite their hate and ignorance even further – is that it lends a certain amount of credence to the legend that General Santa Anna avoided execution after the Battle of San Jacinto (1836) by the use of a so-called “Masonic sign of distress,” and then by giving “secret Masonic signs” privately to General Sam Houston to confirm that he – Santa Anna – was indeed a Freemason.

That’s some pretty heady stuff, considering Freemasons who were at the Battle of the Alamo: Read more »

Oct 13, 2011 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Latest Freemason Conspiracy: Recruiting Younger Bros

In October of 2011, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Barry Newman about Freemasonry.  It read, in part:

ST. PAUL, Minn.—No self-respecting secret society can get by without a Facebook fan page anymore.

That’s transparently true of the Freemasons, renowned for their medieval blood oaths, their often-alleged plot to create a New World Order, their locked-door conclaves of U.S. presidents and power brokers and their boring pancake breakfasts.

A menagerie of 19th-century civic and social brotherhoods, and their attendant sisterhoods, lives on around the globe: the Elks, the Moose, the Lions, the Odd Fellows. Freemasonry is the oldest of all, still the biggest, and—in the public mind—about as penetrable as the mythic crypt beneath the ninth vault of Solomon’s Temple.

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Oct 13, 2011 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Inside the Masons

In August of 2005, U.S. News & World Report published an article by Jay Tolson about Freemasonry.  It read, in part:

The 1820s looked as though they would be the best of times for the special relationship between the fraternal order of Freemasonry and the young American nation. It wasn’t just because so many prominent members of the founding generation–George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and indeed 13 of the 39 signers of the Constitution–had been members. It was also because the rapidly growing republic and the fraternal society still held so many ideals in common. American republican values looked like Masonic values writ large: honorable civic-mindedness, a high regard for learning and progress, and what might be called a broad and tolerant religiosity. Indeed, says Steven Bullock, a historian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a leading scholar of the Masonic fraternity in America, Freemasons “helped to give the new nation a symbolic core.”

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