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No room at the Inn

July 20, 2011

     “The Keystone of Philadelphia has no right to be popular. It is a secret society. It is for the few, not the many, for the select, not for the masses”: – The Freemason’s Chronicle.  The official process of becoming a Freemason begins when a candidate for Freemasonry formally petitions a lodge.  The brethren will then investigate the candidate, to assure themselves of his ‘good character’, [please don’t make me laugh], and hold a secret ballot election [often using an old fashioned ballot box].  The number of adverse votes required to reject a candidate vary from lodge to lodge – in some, one black ball is enough to reject whilst in others up to three are required.  Generally, to be accepted for initiation as a regular Freemason, a candidate must: Be a man who comes of his own free will.  Believe in a ‘Supreme Being’ – with the ‘form of being’ left open to interpretation by the candidate. [1] Be at least the minimum age – from 18-25 years old depending on the jurisdiction.  In some Lodges, the son of a Freemason, known as a “Lewis”, may join at an earlier age than others.

Be of good morals, and of good reputation. – Be of sound mind and body, – though lodges had in the past denied membership to a man because of a physical disability; however they now say if a potential candidate says his disability will not cause problems, they say it will not be held against them.  Be free-born [or born free, i.e., not born a slave or bondsman]. – Though now this is entirely an historical holdover, and can be interpreted in the same manner as it is in the context of being ‘entitled to write a will’.  Be capable of furnishing character references, as well as one or two references from current Freemasons, depending on jurisdiction.  Some Grand Lodges in the United States have an additional residence requirement, candidates being expected to have lived within the jurisdiction for a certain period of time, typically six months. [1]

Jim Shaw, a resigned 33rd degree Freemason, who resigned from Freemasonry, wrote in his book: The Deadly Deception: “There is underlying all Masonic thinking and writing, an attitude and spirit of elitism which says, Masonry is not for everyone, just for the select few”.  At the same time Freemasonry teaches it is the only “true religion” and that “all other religions” are but corrupted and perverted forms of Freemasonry.  This is both elitist and contradictory, in that it leaves no room for the non-elite to ever be able to find the “true religion”.  Freemasonry proudly proclaims; “It makes good men better”; but this leaves no provision for bad men to ever be able to become good then. [2]

 

1. The Lodge excludes and rejects the blind, for they cannot see to engage in the signs and due-guards. [Though in recent years, some blind members have been accepted into the fraternity such as MP’s like David Blunkett.]  2. It rejects the crippled and maimed, for they cannot assume the body positions necessary for the signs and due-guards.  3. The deaf are excluded because they cannot “hear the secret words”. [Again I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some lodges that now would accept these kinds of people in categories 2 and 3, especially so if they’re in positions of power, extreme wealth or influence, with Professor Stephen Hawking coming to mind.]  4. The poor are excluded, for they cannot pay the fees and dues.  5. The mentally challenged are rejected because they cannot memorise the correct questions and answers, [not sure how so many of the world leaders got in then?], to be recited in rituals in order to function in the Lodge.  6. The emotionally ill are rejected because they cannot be trusted with the secrets.  7. Historically, black people and women of all races have been excluded simply because they were [are] considered “unsuitable” – and still are in certain lodges, if not most lodges, but then again as I’ve already pointed out, exceptions will always be made if the person was in a position of power or extreme wealth, Barak Obama, Jesse Jackson and Tiger Woods come to mind. [2] This anti-black sentiment can be seen in the letter of General Albert Pike to his brother in 1875 where he says; “I am not inclined to mettle in the matter. I took my obligations to white men, not to Negroes.  When I have to accept Negroes as brothers or leave Masonry, I shall leave it” [3].

Prince Hall Freemasonry derives from historical events in the early United States that led to a tradition of separate, predominantly African-American Freemasonry in North America.  In 1775, a black African-American named Prince Hall was initiated into an Irish Constitution military Lodge then in Boston, Massachusetts, along with fourteen other African-Americans, all of whom were free-born.  When the military Lodge left North America, those fifteen men were given the authority to meet as a Lodge, form Processions on the days of the Saints John, and conduct Masonic funerals, but not to confer degrees, nor to do other Masonic work.

Though Prince Hall was considered the founder of ‘Black Freemasonry’ in the United States, known today as Prince Hall Freemasonry, when in 1784, these individuals applied for, and obtained, a Lodge Warrant from the Premier Grand Lodge of England [PGLE] and formed African Lodge, Number 459.  When the UGLE was formed in 1813, all US-based Lodges were stricken from their rolls – due largely to the War of 1812.  Thus, separated from both UGLE and any concordantly recognised US.  Grand Lodge, African Lodge re-titled itself as the African Lodge, Number 1 – and became a de facto Grand Lodge [this Lodge is not to be confused with the various Grand Lodges on the Continent of Africa]. [4]

Many black people and groups now have their own mass brotherhood of Masonic Lodges and Temples, [and many do belong to mixed fraternities], in fact in many towns and cities throughout the US, – some of the old once run and controlled lodges by the Jewish fraternity, and who have since left the areas have been taken over by the Nation of Islam headed by Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, the Islamic “freedom fighters” located in the United States, and other likewise fraternities.

As with the rest of US Freemasonry, Prince Hall Freemasonry soon grew and organised on a Grand Lodge system for each state.  Widespread segregation in 19th and early 20th century North America made it difficult for African-Americans to join Lodges outside of Prince Hall jurisdictions – and impossible for inter-jurisdiction recognition between the parallel US Masonic authorities.  Prince Hall Masonry has always been regular in all respects except constitutional separation, and this separation has diminished in recent years.  At present, Prince Hall Grand Lodges are recognised by some UGLE Concordant Grand Lodges and not by others, but they appear to be working toward full recognition, with UGLE granting at least some degree of recognition.  There are a growing number of both Prince Hall Lodges and non-Prince Hall Lodges that have ethnically diverse membership. [5]

 

In 1904, Sigma Pi Phi became the first black fraternity.  The first Black Greek Fraternity was the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, in which it did on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  There are nine historically Black Greek letter fraternities, that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council [NPHC] and collectively, these fraternities are referred to as The Divine Nine.  The NPHC was founded May 10, 1930 at Howard University, Washington, DC, and incorporated as a perpetual body in 1937.  And I go into more details about these Black fraternities and sororities further on, the other eight fraternities are; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – In November of 1996, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., a fraternity founded at Morgan State University in 1963, was admitted into the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Therefore, what was once referred to as the “Elite Eight” is now kindly referred to as the “Divine Nine”. [6]

 

Women have: The Order of the Eastern Star which is the largest fraternal organisation in the world that both men and women can join.  It was established in 1850 by Rob Morris, a lawyer and educator from Boston, Massachusetts, who had been an official with the Freemasons.  [7] It is based on teachings from the Bible, but is open to people of all monotheistic faiths.  It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately one million members under its General Grand Chapter.  Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons [3rd degree] and women must have specific relationships with Masons.  Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a Master Mason, [8] but the Order now allows other relatives as well as allowing Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls, Members of the Organisation of Triangle [NY only] and members of the Constellation of Junior Stars [NY only] to become members when they become of age.

And then again here in the UK there’s always the Women’s Institute [WI], which is as good as any other Rotarian club or Eastern Star fraternity, which also has lodges in the UK and all over the world.  Since the adoption of Anderson’s constitution in 1723 [James Anderson [ca.1679-1680 – 1739], was a Scottish minister and writer born in Aberdeen, Scotland.], it’s been accepted as fact by regular Freemasons, that only men can be made Freemasons.  Most Grand Lodges do not admit women because they believe it would violate the ancient Landmarks.  While a few women, such as Elizabeth Aldworth, were initiated into British speculative lodges prior to 1723, though officially regular Freemasonry still remains exclusive to men.  While women cannot join regular lodges, there are many [mainly in the US] female orders associated with regular Freemasonry and its associate bodies, such as the just mentioned Order of the Eastern Star, or the Order of the Amaranth, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Social Order of Beauceant and the Daughters of the Nile, [9] – that have their own rituals and traditions, but are founded on the Masonic model.

In the French context, women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had been admitted into what were known as adoption lodges, in which they could participate in ritual life.  However, men clearly saw this type of adoption Freemasonry, as distinct from their exclusively male variety.  From the late nineteenth century onward, mixed gender lodges have met in France.  In addition, there are many non-mainstream Masonic bodies that do admit both men and women or are exclusively for women.  Co-Freemasonry admits both men and women, but it is held to be irregular because it admits women.  The systematic admission of women into International Co-Freemasonry began in France in 1882.  In more recent times, women have created and maintained separate Lodges, working the same rituals as the all male regular lodges.  These female Freemasons have founded lodges around the world, and these Lodges continue to gain membership. [10]

DeMolay is an organisation dedicated to preparing privileged young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives.  James of Molay [c.1240/1250 –1314] was the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from the 20thApril1292 until the Order was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1312. [11] The fraternal order of Freemasonry, which came to prominence in the 1700’s, has also drawn upon the Templar mystique for its own rituals and lore, and today there are many modern organisations which draw their inspiration from the memory of Jacques de Molay.

Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills.  DeMolay has over 1,000 chapters worldwide and whose alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, John Steinbeck, Bill Clinton, and many, many others.  Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.  Jacques deMolay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, burned at the stake in Paris, France on the 18th March 1314. [12] 3rd degree initiation into Blue Lodge Masonry is an enactment of the interrogation and execution of De Molay.  This brutal depiction during the initiation process is where the common saying; “given the third degree” derives from.

Extract from Trapped in a Masonic World

[1] “what does it take to be a mason – Topix.” <http://www.topix.com/forum/city/abbeville-la/TEPE01FLH15175BIN&gt;.

[2] “WIDE EYE CINEMA – <http://wideeyecinema.com/?p=687&gt;.

[3] “Prince Hall  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Hall&gt;.

[4] “GTAForums.com -> Freemasons,Zionists… controlling the world.” <http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=231539&gt;.

[5] “Talk:Freemasonry/Archive 22 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Freemasonry/Archive_22&gt;.

[6] “Fraternal Institutions – A brief history.” <http://www.dcmilitary.com/dcmilitary_archives/stories/020906/39594-1.shtml&gt;.

[7] <http://www.vannuys338oes.com/&gt;.

[8] “Order of the Eastern Star <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Eastern_Star&gt;.

[9] “Freemasonry and women -<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry_and_women&gt;.

[10] “YouTube – Matti Vanhanen Is A Freemason.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzWbowNm92w

[11] ^ http://www.demolay.org/aboutdemolay/history.php,

[12] “New Home of Colorado DeMolay.” <http://www.coloradodemolay.org/&gt;.

Anti-Freemasonry Party link on Facebook;

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Free 21 page sample of Trapped in a Masonic World; http://www.ebooktika.com/category/Philosophy+and+Politics-19

www.trappedinamasonicworld.co.uk

© 2011 Copyright – David McCann.

 

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