Freemasonry has been popularized negatively by many conspiracy type theorists in recent times. This is not a new occurrence. From accusations that the organization was involved in Satanic rituals during the middle ages, to the ideas of mind control and indecency modern conspiracy theorists "the masons have always been persecuted. This short article will clear up some of the misinformed slander often thrown at Freemasons.
The charge that Freemasonry is Satanic or heretical:
The image of the Pentagram is indeed significant to masons. The five pointed star is representative of the pattern of the planet Venus as it transits the night sky. This Lucifer " of Freemasonry is, in fact, an astrological and not wholly evil one. Conspiracy theorists point to the star shaped pattern in Washington D.C. and the Pentagon. Venus is the planet representative of love and war and is the planet of statecraft.
The charge that Freemasons are somehow linked to the Ku Klux Klan:
While it is true that in the early part of the 20th century there were Freemasons that were also part of the Ku Klux Klan, the two organizations share no common roots. One is an ancient preserved art of mysticism and belief in a Supreme Architect. The other is a hate group started by members of the defeated confederacy after the civil war. The reason why there was a crossover between the two groups in the early 19th century had to do with the large numbers the Ku Klux Klan had in these days. Today their numbers are but a mere fragment, an atavistic reminder of the past.
The New World Order charge:
If the Free Masons were some sort of NWO of global fascist intentions, they are certainly not new, nor are they of fascist intentions. Early supporters of Democracy, the Freemasons have a rich history of setting up Democratic governments opposed to autocracy in Europe and especially America. While it is true that all American presidents are made honorary 32 degree Freemasons, it cannot be said that every president followed pure Masonic philosophy.
As you can see, there is more to Freemasonry than meets the eye. At best it is a Fraternal society of preserving ancient knowledge, and at worst it is simply a misunderstood form of expression. Whatever the case, those that point fingers at Masonry for world calamity should look inside themselves and determine whether they have proof.
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