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Old 06-06-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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OK...little bit of a catchy title but why does Freemasonry have such a negative connotation to it to so many people? Although it is secretive, many high profile people are a part of this group and it's hard to believe they all have some kind of consistent hidden world agenda. I'll admit I don't much about it but what do you think? Is this a good organization based on what you know? Or not?

 
Old 06-07-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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I dont even know what they are for . One of my friends is in the Lamech lodge in Salisbury and he has all this masonic paraphernalia and goes dutifully to whatever things they do. I dont ask him about it because he acts so secretive about his life. Historically they have been gentlemen's clubs that helped the community and many still do. Ill just say they are. They are pretty useless now, their heyday was in he 20's.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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From what I have heard they are/were people that were trying to help the society around them.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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Is anything good or evil? It is all on how one uses whatever they are using be it a match stick or an organization.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:21 AM
 
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The Mason's around here spend time volunteering to help people, drinking massive amounts of beer, and reminiscing.

There's no giant evil conspiracy that controls the world. It gets silly with hundreds of ideas of one group that controls the world with exactly zero evidence, usually shouted from street corners by the mentally ill who cannot cope with the randomness of the world.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:38 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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why does Freemasonry have such a negative connotation to it to so many people?
Maybe that Dan Brown book? His first. Blanking on the title.

Unfortunately, it seems like A lot of people took that fictional book as fact.....
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:42 AM
 
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Freemasonry as an exclusive fraternal society existed in England in one form or another prior to the English colonization of North America. It naturally spread to the English Colonies and many of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons. As such, it was an established and respected organization in America.

But the secretive nature of the group contrasted against the emerging democratization of the United States in the early 19th century. Basically, as the nation expanded west of the Appalachian Mountains, as voting rights were extended to all white males without regard to property requirements, and as more men gained influence and wealth without being related directly to the original upper classes of the established eastern states, exclusive and secretive societies became seen as anti-democratic. Freemasonry came to bee seen as the Bilderberg Group of the nineteenth century.

If any one incident sparked the growing resentment of Freemasonry into outright opposition, it started with this:

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William Morgan was a resident of Batavia, New York, whose disappearance and presumed murder in 1826 ignited a powerful movement against the Freemasons, a fraternal society that had become influential in the United States. After Morgan announced his intention to publish a book exposing Freemasonry's secrets, he was arrested, allegedly kidnapped by Masons, and believed murdered.
William Morgan (anti-Mason) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Old 06-08-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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It's a secret society for old men to socialize.

About as evil as the Elks.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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OK...little bit of a catchy title but why does Freemasonry have such a negative connotation to it to so many people? Although it is secretive, many high profile people are a part of this group and it's hard to believe they all have some kind of consistent hidden world agenda. I'll admit I don't much about it but what do you think? Is this a good organization based on what you know? Or not?
It's a great story to read about, while hiding from the spooky world behind a tree.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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They're basically another social group like the Kiwanis or Lion's Club these days.
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