"Personally, I feel that we all have some responsibility to see that
such gross information does not go entirely unchallenged..." -- Jason
Letter of the month: February 2005 -- Reply
From: "Jason Orton" <email@example.com>
Subject: February 14th Letter of the Month Philippe Peynsaert
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 09:35:48 -0800
Dear Brother Dryfoos,
In regards to the letter from Philippe
Peynsaert, I do not think there is anything that you could offer in
response to this individual that would convince him that there was no
Masonic conspiracy on the dollar bill. This gentleman has obviously
been reading too much Davinci Code and other Dan Brown novels.
Nearly every part of the dollar bill he brings up has historical
significance for the U.S. The number 13 is not pagan but is in
reference to the original 13 colonies that came together. Had Benedict
Arnold (before becoming a traitor) succeeded in conquering Canada during
the American Revolution the number 14 would probably be on the dollar
bill. MDCCLXXVI is 1776 in reference to the year 1776 which is of some
historical significance to the history of the U.S.
E Pluribus Unum Latin for "One out of Many" has nothing to do with
some secretive new world order but has everything to do with 13 (50
today) sovereign states united together into one nation, the U.S. I
have tried to explain to my contacts from Europe that the individual
states were originally conceived as sovereign entities and that the
Federal Government had little power or influence in early American
history. Aside from those powers granted in the Constitution along with
a very liberal interpretation of the Interstate Commerce clause, the
Federal government has very little say in what an individual state does.
Generally, what power the Federal Government has over states is in the
form of tying money allocations to certain behaviors by the
This concept is difficult for many in the U.S. to understand and even
harder for those not living here. The "many" in E Pluribus Unum are the
states and the "one" are the states coming together and resulting in The
United States of America. Nothing, once again, sinister here but great
fodder for a Dan Brown novel.
I could go on but Mr. Peynsaert is bound and determined to see some
great conspiracy where there is none. Most freemasons can barely
organize a Saturday BBQ for the lodge members and families let alone be
a part of some world wide conspiracy or new world order. Heck, I've
gotten lost riding in the car with 32 degree masons just trying to find
the lodge building in a neighboring town!
This sort of hysteria is not just limited to Mr. Peynsaert and his
views of the dollar bill. One need only look to the wackos who see the
cartoon character of Spongebob as some promotion of the homosexual
agenda in a kids' cartoon. Maybe you could suggest that he take a visit
to Area 51 while he is at it or the new Denver Airport which is
purportedly some secret meeting place for aliens and the New World
I thoroughly enjoy your web site and usually get a kick out of
reading some of the letters. In this case I think the Mr. Peynsaert may
be baiting you and the readers of your web site in which case, I bit.
The letter writer seems to have acquired all of his talking points from
an anti-Masonic web site. You could go through his letter and refute
his assertions point by point but it would probably not make any
difference. There is some interesting information refuting the
conspiracy garbage in the Great Seal at Ed King's Anti-Masonry Points of
View web site (http://www.masonicinfo.com/greatseal.htm).
I really enjoy your web site and check it out often. You have posted
a lot of good information. Keep up the good work.
Welcome Lodge No. 255
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