The recent surge in interest in the Knights Templar and topics relating to them is nothing new. For centuries, people have had a curiosity about these knights and the Freemasons. Those interested hold a wide range of opinions about the Freemasons. Those opinions can run the gamut from the idea that Freemasons are a secretive world-wide organization responsible for the state of world politics and that the Masons count numerous world leaders as members and seek to control the world to the Masons are nothing but a group of men with funny handshakes, funny hats, and who drive funny little cars in parades. The last two are prominent features of the Shriners, a smaller group within the Masons.
The Masonic Lodge is one of the most influential and controversial organizations in the world. Established as a way for men of honor to meet with one another, join bonds of brotherhood and do good works for the world at large, the private nature of many of the rites of the Lodge have led many people to assume that Masons have something to hide. In truth, the “secrecy” of the Lodge has been overblown, and in general Masons are open and are always honest about their work. The Lodge is NOT a secret society, but rather a society that has secrets. Here’s what you should know about Masons and secrecy.
The Masonic Lodge has evoked a great deal of interest and speculation over the years from people who have seen its symbols, known of its prominence or heard conspiracy theories surrounding our organization. The best way to introduce this organization and to dispel the slanders against it is to lay out our beliefs, values and theology. Here’s a look at what Masons believe.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial was erected in 1932 in Alexandria, Virginia, taking almost a decade to complete. The George Washington is supported by all 52 grand lodges of the United States which is not the usual practice of the Masonic lodges. It is common Masonic practice for the Grand Lodges to support only those buildings in the state of the particular lodge. Monies used for the construction of the memorial were provided by on-hand funds of the Freemasons and donations, making it one of few buildings that were built without any loans whatsoever.