Letter of the month: March 1997
Subject: Re: Masonic Visitors Guest Book
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 18 Mar 1997 16:46:07 EST."
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 1997 20:12:33 EST
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} >} Name:: Pat Cooper
} >} E-mail:: firstname.lastname@example.org
} >} Location:: Brooklyn, NY
} >} Lodge::
} >} Lodge Loc'n::
} >} Office::
} >} RQFC?: No
} >} RQFC-topic:
} >} Message:: Is it true that you guys killed Kennedy??
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} >} sent by: email@example.com
} >Who? Me personally? Yes.
} I heard that the masons had something to do with the death of Kennedy. JFK
} was the only president that was not a mason.
} Pat Cooper
Dear Mr. Cooper,
First of all, on this "only president not a Mason" stuff:
I'll bet you $500 American that JFK was not the only president who
wasn't a Mason. In fact I'll bet you YOUR $500 APIECE for each
president who WAS NOT a Mason, against MY $500 EACH for every president
It's not a bet you want to take. There were maybe a dozen or so
presidents who were, and I'll even throw in William McKinley (records
not conclusive) and Lyndon Johnson (made an Entered Apprentice, but
never came back for the 2nd and 3rd degrees).
Can't include Reagan (made an honorary 33rd Degree Mason by the
Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite, but that was strictly
honorary -- he never took a Masonic degree, never joined a lodge, never
learned a thing about Masonry). (Unless you're the kind of person who
gets an honorary degree from a college somewhere and then insists on
having everyone address you as "Doctor" from then on. I'm guessing
you're not, and that's the same situation with an honorary 33rd.)
Can't include Bill Clinton, who joined a boy's auxilliary
organization called DeMolay.
Here's the list of Presidents who were Masons:
01) George Washington
02) James Monroe
03) Andrew Jackson
04) James Polk
05) James Buchanan
06) Andrew Johnson
07) James Garfield
08) William McKinley (?)
09) Theodore Roosevelt
10) William Howard Taft
11) Warren G. Harding
12) Franklin D. Roosevelt
13) Harry S. Truman
14) (Lyndon B. Johnson)
15) Gerald R. Ford
That's 15 out of what? 42? 43? I make that out to about $13k in my
So you want to be careful about that "only president" stuff, eh?
Next, if you're the kind of person who believes that "the Masons"
secretly had something to do with the Kennedy assassination, why in
God's name would you believe anything a Mason said regarding the truth
or falsehood of the assertion?
Also, I don't really know who killed Kennedy, but even if whoever did
it was a Mason, would that be the same to you as "the Masons did it"?
In other words, suppose the guy who shot Lincoln was a Baptist. Would
that mean that "the Baptists" had it in for him?
Or if you think that the Kennedy assassination was ordered by some
authoritative group of superiors within "the Masons", then what makes
you think that the rest of us Masons would even know that such an order
had been given. Of course this last assumes that there are secret
hierarchies within Freemasonry that can or would give orders like that.
Speaking from my own experience, lodge masters often aren't even
successful at getting their members to pay their dues on time, and Grand
Lodge Grand Masters can't even send out letters about the proper white
shirt to go with an officer's tuxedo without getting arguments about it.
In short, there just isn't anything going on in Masonry like you're
...Well, in Italy, a criminal gang with influence in finance and the
Church (RC) decided to disguise themselves as a "Masonic" order, but I
should point out that they weren't really Masons at all, and none of the
actual Masons believed them to be so. They did manage to steal a bunch
of money and kill a few bankers and maybe a Pope, but that's about par
for the rare well-organized bunch of crooks in Italy. (Compare, say,
the Borgias, Medicis, Sforzas, the Mafia, the Lombard Kings, and the
Fascists. For a look at a more typical bunch of dis-organized Italian
crooks, I highly recommend the charming movie _Big Deal on Madonna
Street_ (1958) with a small appearance by the delightful Neapolitan
Does that help any?
P.S. Are you the Pat Cooper who recorded the comedy album "Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights"?
| Gary L. Dryfoos | http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/
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| or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."
Maybe he has us confused with The
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