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From: John Hall<>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Re: Masons
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 23:14:26 -0600
I have been getting a kick reading all of the mis-information about the Masons, and decided to put my 2 cents in the pot.
My ancestors have been prdominantly Masonic members going back as far as the 1600's or 1700's.
I was raised a Master Mason (3rd Degree) in 1955, became a Scotish Rite (32nd Degree) Mason in 1968, and a Shriner in 1975, and was one of the founders of the Kent Krazy Kops (Keystone Kops) in Akron, Ohio.
You are right in a few of your assumptions; You cannot be an athiest, you must believe in a supreme being (a singular God), you must live a staight life, and all of the rest of the boy scout oath (ha).
Catholics have never been barred from the Masons, and the Pope's never had an opinion one way or the other regarding Catholic membership, as the masons originated in France, mostly by Catholics.
The Cardinals of the United States barred them over an incident that took place during the American Revolution when a disgruntled Catholic Mason published the secrets of a Master Mason, then was never heard from after.
During the Crusades, the Knights Templar (Knight Templars) were a Masonic body of the York Right, and were English, French and German mostly.
There are many war stories about Masons on opposing sides aiding each other on the battlefield in almost ever war fought, be it the American Revolution, Civil War, WW1, WW2, etc.
Most of our Presidents, Statesmen, Generals as well as foreign leaders were and are Masons.
The secrets of Free Masonry are, simply put, the initiation cerimonies given every candidate choosing to become a Mason.
John C. Hall, Petaluma, California
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