Letter of the month: December 2003
From: "Ashley Allen" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 22:30:18 -0500
I have heard many people say that Freemasonry is a Satanic cult and
everyone is being decieved. I read a book by Jack Harris who says he is
a former Worshipful Master. In it he explains things about Freemasonry
and how they can be related to Santanic rituals. I didn't really see his
point on some things. He would provide his evidence on certain points
but I didn't see how it proved Freemasonry had anything to do with
worshiping Satan. I also do not want to believe Freemasonry is a Satanic
cult since my Grandfather, Uncle, preacher, and youth leader are all
On your website, I read an article about the letter G. The article
said the letter G stood for God. Jack Harris says it stands for Geometry
and Diety. It also says the "pagan god of Freemasonry represented by
the letter "G" is not the God of the Bible, and so Masonry has
desecrated the name of God by its pagan rituals."
Now it would be up to me to decide for myself which story is truth,
and which was false. I'm sure either side would come up with good
arguments. So I'm not sure which one to believe. Of course, my initial
inclination would be to believe that Freemasonry is not a Satanic
cult. When I first heard mention that Freemasonry was a Satanic cult two
years ago when I was fifteen I got angry because, as I have mentioned
before, my Grandfather was a Freemason. I say "was" a Freemason because
he died last January. He was given a Masonic funeral.
Some of the things I have read in this book by Jack Harris have
worried me a little, to the point where I am determined to discover the
My research thus far have indicated to me that Freemasonry is not a
My research has also begun to indicate an interest in joining the
Order of the Eastern Star or some group of Freemasonry for women.
Now for my questions: Where can I find more information to help me
determine without a doubt whether or not Freemasonry is a Satanic Cult?
Can you tell me some qualifications I must meet to join the Order of the
Eastern Star, such as age, because I'm only seventeen?
Thank you for any answer you can give me.
Dear Ms Allen,
Thanks for writing. I'm thinking about your question, what can I
tell you to prove that Masonry is not "Satanic" (whatever that's
supposed to be anyway).
It puts me in a funny position, because if Masonry were some kind of
evil thing, then whatever I told you could be a lie -- and then you'd
still have to decide whether to believe whatever I told
So instead of me arguing one way or the other, here's something you
can do for yourself. Go and talk to as many Masons as you can find in
your area. Since you know several Masons already, relatives and
community leaders, you should be able to start with them, then ask each
one you meet with to refer you further.
You don't have to start off asking them about "satanism". You can
ask them about beinug a Mason:
- What does being a Mason mean to them? Why did they decide to join
in the first place? How long have they been a member? Why have they
- How does it affect their lives, their families, their
- What is the religious affiliation of each Mason you talk with? Are
they all the same, or are they spread out among the various religious
bodies in your community? What do they do to support their religious
community? How many of them are involved in charitable or volunteer
work with their church, temple, mosque, chapel, etc?
- Do the ceremonies and activities within the Masonic lodge have any
conflict with their religion?
- You will probably think of other questions as you go along.
They may not have an understanding of why other people say Masonry is
"satanic" but that's not the point of your questions. You're trying to
get to know what kind of person each one is.
They won't all be "experts" in the Masonic symbols, philosophy, or
history, but they'll know how Masonry has affected them personally, what
part it has played in their lives. You can judge these men for
yourself: what kind of people do they seem to be?
You can ask yourself: are all these men really hiding some kind of
"satanic cult secret"? Would men like this stay in Masonry if
they found out it was actually "satanic"?
You don't need any argument or persuasion from me. Just take the
time to sit and talk with all the Masons you can find, and then use your
own good sense and judgement about people.
(You know, if you take good notes or record the interviews, you could
end up with a terrific feature article for your local paper, too.)
Meanwhile, if you want to read more about what Masonry is, you can
get a little book called "The Craft and Its Symbols" by Allen Roberts.
(Just go to Google.com and put in "the craft and its symbols" --
including the quotation marks -- and you'll get links to places that
sell it.) The book describes the symbols that Masonry uses to teach its
fraternal and spiritual lessons. You can see for yourself what we're
And for information about anti-Masons and their accusations, go to
MasonicInfo.com -- it's a terrific web-site with plenty of good material
well laid-out. You can look up all kinds of things, and find out the
truth behind whatever fearful claims the anti-Masons make, along with
some discussion about why people might say things like
Finally, I don't know if 17 is old enough for Order of Eastern Star.
If not, there are two youth groups with a Masonic basis for young women:
Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls. You should be able to find out from
the local Masons if there is a chapter of either near you, and they can
also put you in touch with someone from the local Eastern Star
Well, that's about it. I'd be interested to know what you find, and
what you decide.
best wishes for a great holiday season,
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