Turn The Other Cheek
By Worshipful Brother
Frederic L. Milliken
A Brother E-Mailed me a response
to Greg Stewart’s
article on the Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Ad which I had sent him.
“So we go
online and speak out against this atrocity and in doing so we link ourselves
to the myth. How many years had masonry survived with this type of public
outcry? Unless we begin to teach masons to live the lives taught by our
fraternity and stop trying to be a social icon, Masonry will continue to be
ridiculed. It is only when you can show that the myth is in fact a myth and
that we prove it every day by the way we live our lives, that Freemasonry
will regain it honored reputation. The more we bend to clamor in public, the
more the critics come after us. If we disregarded the critics they have no
one to argue with, thus the argument dies for want of a debate. Sadly you
and others do not understand this. But I urge you to really reflect on it. A
well spent life is mightier than the sword or any media response.”
I guess I just don’t get it. At
least he thinks I just don’t get it. But I would say that he doesn’t get it.
This is the attitude of
Freemasons of 50 and 100 years ago – never talk about the fraternity, never
mention to anyone that you are even a Freemason. Everything about Freemasonry
is secret. Not one word about the Craft should escape a Mason’s lips.
This is one of the reasons
Freemasonry missed many good candidates back then. A guy 50 years old would
finally say to his buddy, “I have been waiting 20 years for you to invite me
to join Freemasonry. How come you never asked me?”
Old time Masons never asked
another to join. Those who desired to join Freemasonry had to ask a Mason.
Some Masons would demand that they ask three times before they would consider
Anti Masons that spread lies
about Freemasonry are not to be answered. Leo Taxil’s Masonic hoax, even after
he recanted and admitted he made the whole thing up, was still believed by
many people because Freemasons never would refute it.
“Turn The Other Cheek
Freemasons” do not believe that disputing or refuting lies about the Craft are
a productive use of Masonic resources. They do not believe that Masons should
stoop to the level of their detractors. Masons are above all that, they say.
What Masons need to do is lead by example and all these crazy charges will
just die the death of untruth all by themselves.
And problems within the
Fraternity, well we don’t talk about them either. The refusal of some Masons
to allow African Americans in their Lodges, their constant black balling of
any applicant who isn’t Christian, Grand Masters expelling Master Masons
without a Masonic Trial, Grand Masters closing Lodges and pulling charters
without reason or recourse, are all problems that Brethren must solve without
discussing these problems in public. “Airing dirty laundry” is definitely a
no-no with “Turn The Other Cheek Freemasons.”
And if these problems emanate
from other jurisdictions, well sticking one’s Masonic nose into other people’s
business is a double no-no. That’s their business, that’s their problem.
And so stand “The Turn The Other
Cheek Freemasons.” Withdraw from society, have nothing to do with it, let
people do what they may but Freemasonry will live on, no matter what.
But it won’t. The younger
generation will never join an organization that refuses admittance to non
Whites and non Christians. It just ain’t going to happen. And who would join
an organization that is in league with the Devil? And someday soon Malecraft
Freemasonry will have to change its policy on women. The fact is Mainstream
Masonry is dying a slow, agonizing death.
MERCEDES-BENZ HOAX IS A 21st CENTURY REMAKE OF THE
LEO TAXIL HOAX.
Freemasonry was never designed
to be a Monastic Brotherhood or a Cloistered Sect. Paul Revere is rolling over
in his grave right about now. So is
Joseph Warren who died at the battle of Bunker Hill fighting for liberty
in America. As a Grand Master he used Freemasons to transmit anti British
communications among the Patriots.
Not answering your critics is
naïve and very detrimental to your cause. The big lie repeated over and over
again without refutation will gradually stick. No one knew this better than
Goebbels, Hitler’s Propagandist Minister.
“If you tell a lie big
enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The
lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people
from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It
thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to
repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by
extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”- Goebbels
The fact is turning the other
cheek doesn’t work. This is the real world where the truth doesn’t always
become self evident. Sometimes we must help the truth be known. Failure to do
so only empowers our enemies. And the big lie is believed because it must be
true if no one will stand up for the truth and dispute it. People interpret
silence as acceptance of guilt. If you were unjustly charged with sexually
molesting a child, would you remain silent in hopes the truth will win out or
would you deny the charges and do everything you could to refute them?
“Turn The Other Cheek
Freemasons” are hurting this beloved fraternity and are hastening the demise
of the Craft.