AND OUTRIGHT FALSEHOODS
Masonic myths and outright falsehoods are continually
spread concerning Freemasonry. Throughout the centuries Freemasonry has
taught its valuable lessons through allegory and symbols. The man from
Galilee used parables extensively and well. Many historians and better
speakers constantly employ anecdotes to illustrate the points they want to
make. These methods emphasize the search for truth in an interesting and
Myths on the other hand, can be innocent or dangerous.
They can be outright lies or the perpetuation of distortions handed down
through the generations. Many of these were invented by Masonic writers
and speakers to enhance the image of Freemasonry. Some of these
corruptions have caused the Craft problems with creditable historians
because they were outrageous lies.
Freemasonry, actually, requires no exaggeration to
magnify its greatness. The simple truth is all that is required to tell
its story. This is the reason for this speech is to attempt to destroy the
myths that have been prevalent, often for centuries, by telling the truth.
is a religion.
false. This is one of several arguments employed by certain religious
fanatics in an attempt to discredit Freemasonry. They quote Albert Pike
and Henry Wilson Coil, among others, neither of whom was a man of the
cloth, to "prove" their statements. Pike was not a researcher. Most of the
hundreds of thousands of words he wrote came from his own mind, or the
minds of others whom he never mentioned but with whom he agreed. Coil
wrote millions of words about Freemasonry, and he was a lawyer and an
excellent Masonic researcher. Most of the time the words of these and
other writers are taken out of context to "prove" the thesis of the
anti-Masons. Freemasonry's enemies conveniently ignore the thousands of
Christian ministers, and Rabbis, who prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that
Freemasonry, although religious is far from being a religion. Here are
just three of these Doctors of Divinity who have proven the critics in
error: Joseph Fort Newton, Norman Vincent Peale and Forrest D. Haggard.
are satanists, because in their Lodges they do not pray to Jesus Christ,
but to a generic God such as TGAOTU or TGG or TMH.
What rubbish, Freemasonry encompasses all religions.
Just because we do not pray to one specific being does not make us
satanic. If you follow their logic that we Masons are satanist because we
do not pray to Jesus then all Canadians must be satanist because our
National Anthem, which in itself is a prayer has the line, "God keep our
Land," not Jesus keep our Land. All Americans who sing "God Bless America"
which also in itself is a prayer, must be satanic because they do not sing
Jesus Bless America, every American who Pledges Allegiance to The Flag,
"One Country under God" not One Country under Jesus, must also be a
satanist. Why even all Englishmen, must be satanic because they sing "God
Save the Queen," not Jesus save the Queen. Anyone who has been a witness
in court and who has sworn to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing
but the truth, "So help me God" must also be satanic, because they do not
say So help me Jesus. To say we Masons are satanic is pure rubbish.
is a secret society.
Unequivocally false. This is widely stated and believed, even by
Freemasons. Many Masons believe this so strongly they won't even talk to
their wives and families about the Craft. Many writers of yesteryear
helped promote this error. Our ritualists have added to the belief. The
critics of Freemasonry want the world to believe in this secrecy because
they have little else on which to stand. Yet by no stretch of the
imagination can Masonry be termed a secret organization. If it was, no
outsiders would even know it exists. Anything that is known is not secret.
Without question there are many secret organizations throughout the world,
but only men and women within those circles are familiar with them. Most,
if not all, ritualistic religions have conclaves (literally: rooms locked
with a key from outsiders). Should these be condemned along with
Freemasonry? Secret means: "Kept from general knowledge or view; kept
hidden; operating in a clandestine manner"; and on and on. Secret groups
meet in places known only to the few. Freemasons meet in places clearly
marked for the public to see. Secret outfits never record anything that
might become public property. All Masonic functions are fully recorded,
proceedings can be read by the general public, thousands of books have
been written and published about Freemasonry, millions of words about the
Craft come off printing presses every year.
Members of secret organizations never advertise their
affiliation; Freemasons proudly wear the Square and Compasses and other
emblems. The complete Emulation Ritual [which is what our Work is based on
can be found in the Scarborough Public Library. Just get the book
"Unlocked Secrets", why it even has pictures of a BBC TV broadcast in 1967
which showed all of the three Craft Degrees So let us dispel the myth that
Freemasonry is a "secret Organization." It isn't. It never has been.
How many here were given or have a " Masonic Bible".
Show of hands.
Well this is a myth. There is not such thing as an
Masonic Bible. The Bibles sometimes called "Masonic Bibles" are just
Bibles (usually the King James Version) to which a concordance, giving the
Biblical citations on which the Masonic Ritual is based, has been added.
Sometimes reference material on Masonic history is included.
Myth. The story of Hiram as we portray it in our Lodges
is based on truth.
Fact. It isn't. It has been called an "allegory," but
factually it isn't. An allegory is a story within a story. What we portray
is actually a fable. But it's a fable that teaches valuable and
unforgettable lessons. The Temple Solomon had built to the glory of God
was a fact.
The story as told in the third, or Master Masons degree,
is not meant to be factual. In a broad sense it can be called a legend.
The "Hiramic Legend" is an important part of the teachings graphically
imprinted on the mind of the candidate. Allen Roberts said, The lessons
found in the Legend of Hiram Abif reach to the roots of the soul and
spirit. They are instilled in the heart forever. You were an active
participant, so that these lessons would be deeply implanted, never to be
lost....The ultimate triumph of good over evil, and life over death, has
been depicted throughout the ages in drama, song and story. Legends
depicting a central figure being killed and then returned to life were
common to many religions and rites. These undoubtedly had a bearing on the
development of the lessons the ritualists of Freemasonry believed had to
be taught. But the Hiramic Legend is more intense, moralistic, and
meaningful than any that preceded it.
"Hiram Abif did exist. He was a skillful worker in brass
and other metals. He was sent to assist King Solomon.... [But] the Hiram
Abif who actually worked at beautifying the Temple of Solomon lived to an
old age! He died of natural causes!"
was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
Fact. So say the
ritualists of yesteryear, and their successors have compounded the
fabrication. Pythagoras was indeed a great man. Although he left behind no
writings of his own, his students did. His influence has extended to the
present day. It is little wonder his teachings have reached into
Freemasonry, even if only fragmentarily. But, even if a form of
Freemasonry was known while he lived (582-507 B.C.), he could not have
been made a Master Mason. This degree wasn't invented (or had it evolved)
until the late 1720's. Actually there are those who believe that the
Freemasonry that did mature into what we have today was influenced by the
Myth: Much of our
Masonic ritual was written by William Shakespeare.
Fact: There is no
evidence to indicate Shakespeare even knew there was an organization of
stone masons that would eventually become Speculative Freemasonry. The old
Gothic Constitutions are the basis for The Constitutions of the
Free-Masons compiled by Dr. James Anderson in 1722 and adopted in 1723.
There is nothing in the Gothic tomes that remotely resembles the writing
of the Bard. Many of Shakespeare's phrases have found their way into the
rituals of the Craft, but they certainly were not written especially for
this purpose. It would be nice to claim William as an early accepted
member, but we can't. Let's stop trying.
Myth: All, or
most, of the Freemasons in Germany were murdered during the Nazi regime.
Fact: The truth
about the horrors of Nazism will never be known. The number of German
Freemasons sent to concentration camps, the gas chambers, prisons,
tortured or murdered in their homes will never be known. Unscientific
research, the only kind possible in this case, seem to indicate that about
two-thirds of the then 85,000 Masons in Germany were injured in some
manner, this left one-third untouched. The number actually murdered or
tortured is open to conjecture. It must be remembered that the Nazi horror
reached into other countries and the Freemasons in them.
We do know without question that Freemasonry is the
first organization proscribed by dictators. An organization that believes
in and teaches the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God, that
believes in the search for truth, cannot be allowed to exist under a
Hitler hated and feared Freemasonry.
exactly. Oral histories (or accounts) can easily be fabricated, this is
especially true when publication comes after the subject's death. With
this in mind I will tell you of such conversation recorded from Gesprache
Mit Hitler was reported to say. "Freemasonry has always been harmless in
Germany." It "achieves the fruition of fantasy through the use of symbols,
rites and magic influence of emblems of worship. Herein lies the great
danger which I have taken in hand. Don't you see that our party must be
something very similar, and order, an hierarchic organization of secular
priesthood? This naturally means that something similar opposing us may
not exist. It is either us, the Freemasons or the Church but never two
side by side. The Catholic Church has made its position clear, at least in
regard to the Freemasons. Now we are the strongest and, there, we shall
eliminate both the Church and the Freemasons."
did not operate during World War II in the countries controlled by the
Fact: It did, but
not openly. (Even today there are countries in which Freemasons must meet
in secret.) In the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp the Masonic
population reached close to 100 in October 1944, According to M. Jattefaux,
a French Freemason, the known Masons met daily. By occupying the minds of
these men with Masonic ritual and lessons helped relief them of their
anxieties. Masonic subjects were selected and by word of mouth transmitted
from one prison block to the next prison block. There quiet discussions
would take place. Then block by block the results of their debate
Our American Brothers have been saddled with many myths.
Jefferson and Patrick Henry were Freemasons.
Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry were members of the Craft. An exhaustive
search of Masonic records in Virginia, and elsewhere, offers no iota of
evidence to make them Freemasons. Jefferson participated in the
cornerstone laying of his University at Charlottesville, which was done
Masonically. He praised Freemasonry and his own words proved he had never
been a member of the Craft.
Myth: All of
George Washington's generals during the War for American Independence were
Thirty-three of the generals serving under Washington were members of the
Craft, a long way from "all." The late James R. Case and Ronald E. Heaton
made comprehensive studies of the Revolutionary period and debunked many
of the claims considered here.
insisted that the Marquis de Lafayette be made a Mason before he would
promote him to general, and the same claim has been made about the Baron
Lafayette and von Steuben were Freemasons before they arrived to help
fight the British. This was true of Lafayette even though he wasn't 21
years of age when he arrived in America. It's highly likely that
Washington never did know they were Masons. The stories of both of these
men are highly interesting, but space prohibits the telling of them here.
Myth: The Boston
Tea Party was organized in St. Andrew's Lodge in Boston and its member
participated in tossing the tea into Boston Harbor.
Fact: So well has
the secrecy surrounding the Boston Tea Party been kept that to this day
not a single participant can be truthfully named! It's true that St.
Andrew's Lodge didn't meet on the night of the "party." This proves
nothing. The "T" that has been claimed is part of the minutes of the Lodge
is actually an indistinguishable scroll. By no stretch of the imagination
can it be called a "T" or any other letter.
Myth: There is no
such thing as a woman freemason:
Freemasonry and Co-Masonry do exist, in fact there are many many Feminine
Grand Lodges, the largest concentration of women masons is in England with
some 60,000 members
Just because mainstream Grand Lodges do not recognize
them does not mean that they do not exist.
Myth: Prince Hall
Grand Lodges only accept Christian, black men as members.
Fact: All 44
Prince Hall Grand Lodges accept men of all faiths and color. In fact at
one time there were Prince Hall Lodges composed of mainly white Jewish
members. Prince Hall Grand Lodges use what we would call the American
Ritual, either Duncan's or Webb's, which is very similar to what the two
St. Johns Lodges of London use. By June of 1996 the only two Canadian
Grand Lodges not extending full recognition to Prince Hall, will be the
Grand Lodge of Alberta, and the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of
Clement XII condemned Freemasonry in 1738.
Fact. THE POPE
DIDN'T DO IT There are many sources to prove Clement XII was not mentally
or physically able to preside over his religious kingdom. What follows is
based on information from several of these sources, particularly Papes,
Rois, Franc-Macons: L'histoire de la franc-maconnerie des origines a nos
jours (Popes, Kings, Freemasons: The History of Freemasonry from its
origins to the present) by Charles V. Boker, 1977. For the whole term of
his papacy, Pope Clement XII was blind and sick. He didn't sign the Bull
condemning Freemasonry that bore his name. His church has been living
under false assumptions as far as it concerns this organization of friends
and brothers. Clement, 78 when he assumed the papal throne on July 30,
1730, shortly after became seriously ill. His health continued to rapidly
deteriorated. Within two years after assuming the papal throne he became
completely blind. His hand had to be guided to the place where his
signature was required on documents. The pope reportedly said, when he
heard about something his nephew and others did that made him unhappy:
"Well, let them do as they wish, since they are the bosses anyway." The
suffering of the pope was graphically described by Boker, whose
information from many authentic sources was carefully documented.
Clement's gout was particularly severe causing him to practically lose his
memory. Until his death he was, without question, senile. But it served
the purposes of those surrounding him to keep him on the throne.
With the continual deterioration of Pope Clement,
Cardinal Nero Corsini ran the Holy See with tyrannical power. It was he
who called together his cohorts to produce the condemnation of
Freemasonry. Among these conspirators was the Chief Inquisitor of
Florence. The dastardly deed was done on June 25, 1738. Boker proves that
none of these participants were theologians; none were knowledgeable about
what they were asked to rubber stamp. "You don't have to be very clever to
see that a man who had been completely blind for six years, who had taken
no part in Church business for even longer, who had been suffering from
senile debility for two years, could not have been the one who drew up the
Bull," writes Boker. "The fact is, he didn't even sign the Bull that was
proclaimed in his name." In an accompanying photo copy of the document
only one name appears. And it's written in the calligraphic style of the
balance of the document! Not a single name of those taking part in the
atrocity appears anywhere on it! Freemasonry, if Pope Clement knew
anything about it, was never condemned by him.
In my opinion and I stress that this is only my opinion,
the reason the Catholic Church banned Freemasonry was because there was a
power struggle in Church between the Jesuits and those who were the rulers
of the Holy See. The Jesuits who as we all know where and are the
intelligencia of the Church were and in some cases still are Freemasons.
For example Freemasonry was brought to Costa Rica by the Jesuits. Some 25
years ago when cleaning out the Basilica in San Jose, a Bishops Miter was
found and given the Grand Lodge of Costa Rica. So what, well this Miter is
adorned on the front with an embroidery of the 18th degree Rose Croix, the
pelican pecking at her breast to feed her young. Yes this is a Christian
symbol, however on the tails of the Miter is embroidered the Square and
Compasses. But I digress. Lodges were formed and held in the Vatican.
Because they met in secret, Cardinal Nero Corsini was afraid that the
Jesuits might take over the Holy See. Again, can I prove it. No. But it
makes an interesting story.
My Brethren the hour grows late, but there are many,
many more myths but these will have to keep for an other time. Thank you
for your attention and thank you for once again inviting me to address
you. Thank you.
Author's Note-- My thanks to Allen E. Roberts, and
Wallace E. McLeod for allowing me to use some of their material in this