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THE LEARNING PAGE

MASONRY

It has been written that Freemasonry is honesty in business; that it is fairness in work; courtesy in society; compassion for the sick and unfortunate; forgiveness for the penitent; love for our fellowman and reverence for God.


What Masonry is:

It is a voluntary association
  of men
It is a system of moral conduct
It is a way of life
It is a fraternal society
It is religious in its character
It teaches the Golden Rule
It seeks to make good men
  better men
It teaches morality through
  symbolism
It uses rites and ceremonies
  to instruct its members
It is based on a firm belief in
  the Fatherhood of God, The
  Brotherhood of Man, and
  the immortality of the Soul.

- From The Grand Lodge of Texas -

What Masonry is not:

It does not solicit members
It is not an insurance or
   benefit society
It is neither a religion nor a
   creed nor a religious order
It is not a charity organization,
   but makes charity a duty
It is not organized for profit
It dictates to no man as to his
   beliefs, either religious or
   secular
It seeks no advantages for its
   member through business or
   politics
It is not a forum for discussion
   of religion, politics or other
   partisan affairs
It is not a secret society, as it
   does not conceal its existence
   or purposes


Many malicious stories

have been told against the Masons over the last couple of hundBLACK years. 98% of these "Professional Anti-Masons" such as Pat Robertson (Whose father was a dedicated Mason) and Dr. James L. Holly, who are preaching the evils of Masonry have never been Masons and do not personally, know anything about the Masonic Lodge. The term, professional means that they sell Anti-Masonic books and pamphlets for profit. What better motive could they have for condemning the Masonic Lodge then to increase the sales of their inflammatory written books and booklets, thereby increasing their profits.

The only people in the world who know the truth are men who have worked their way through the degrees. This means these men swore 3 oaths to God with their right hand on the Bible that they would never reveal any thing learned in the lodge.

WHAT DOES REVEALING ANY "FACTS" AFTER SWEARING THESE OATHS SAY FOR THEIR CHARACTER AND THE VALUE OF THEIR WORDS.
In truth, many of the so called "experts" were rejected by the thorough character screening that all applicants must pass or were voted against by enough members of the lodge who had reason to reject him. A large part of this harassment is a form of revenge for this rejection. Then there is another group who went through 1 or more of the Masonic degrees and later dropped out because of some imagined slight by a member or members of the lodge.

Think about this, if the Masons really had evil intentions, why would they require 3 recommendations from men of the lodge (that are thoroughly checked), 5 character references from friends and neighbors (that are thoroughly checked), and after being checked, they must pass a vote by every member present at the meeting before anyone petitioning for membership is allowed to join the lodge. If the Masonic Lodge really had evil intentions, wouldn't it be better served by recruiting less scrupulous people.???

To point out Dr. Holly's mentality, here is an excerpt from one of his letters.

"Ninety nine percent of Masons have no concept about what they are involved in . . . They see it as a good ol' boy way of doing charitable works and getting away from the wife awhile, but they don't see how anti-Christian it is."
Does this mean that 99 out of every 100 Church going Mason who are trying to do good works and live up to the Christian faith are wrong and God will say "Sorry, you have to go to Hell for living and doing like I instructed you to."

I guess we would have to compare the 1 evil Mason out of the 100 to the 1 crooked preacher out of 100 who gets on the radio or TV and swindles the poor and elderly, out of a percentage of their Social Security and pension checks, in the name of God, to maintain their mansions, limousines and extravagant life style. Using Dr. Holly's reasoning all supporters of that preacher's faith are doing the devil's work no matter how good they were in life.


CONTENTS

    1. A Sad Story, The Disruption Of A Community
    2. The Beginnings Of Modern Freemasonry
    3. Nazis and Fascists And the Masonic Lodge
    4. Famous Masons From All Walks Of Life
    5. Consider This, Things To Ponder About Masonry
    6. Dear Dad, A Personal Story






I am going to start with a very sad story.

About 45 miles west of Houston, Texas, there is a small community named Pine Island. The Pine Island Baptist Church has been there since the late 1800's. The area was settled by and the church was founded by families who left Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi during the troubled times following the Civil War

A few years ago (in Nov. 1998) one of the members was to be ordained as a deacon. The preacher found out that the man was a Mason and refused to ordain him. There was a meeting of the congregation and they ordered the preacher to ordain the man.

The preacher refused and that Sunday he preached a hellfire sermon about the devil worshiping Masons . The congregation held another meeting and ask him to please reconsider. He refused and the congregation held a vote. The preacher lost by a large majority and was informed that he was fired.

The preacher had taken this position because he had read a book that said Masons were devil worshipers. It wasn't something he actually found or even interpreted from something in the Bible, but a modern book written by a man with a vendetta against a mason or some particular lodge. He decided to believe the words of an unknown fanatic author over that of the men of his congregation who he had known as righteous, upstanding Christians until he discovered they were Masons.

To me this is a very sad story where everyone looses and there are no winners. The preacher lost a congregation and church where he was generally well liked. His wife lost her neighbors and friends and her projects. His children lost their friends and schoolmates and the stability of their home. The congregation lost a young dynamic preacher that fought for his beliefs (right or wrong). The congregation also lost a few of it's members, even causing a split in a family or two. And, because of the preacher's beliefs, the masons lost a little standing with a few members. I can think of a lot of ways for a man to prove his foolishness, but taking everything you read in any individual's book as the gospel truth has to be one of the most foolish, Then to condemn a large part of our male population with no other evidence then another modern man's conjectures or desire to get revenge for rejection is unbelievable to me.

An Interesting Footnote;
The preacher informed the church that he was due to receive 2 months pay if he was fired. Almost all of the congregation was opposed to making the payment and stated that he would never get an extra 2 months pay from their church. Three members of the church stood up and tried to convince the other members that the money was really owed and should be paid. After the congregation refused to pay the extra money, the 3 men made up the full amount from "their own pockets" and gave the preacher the money. The preacher took the 2 months pay without hesitation even though it was made up by 3 well known Masons.

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The Beginnings Of The
Present Day Masonic Lodge

Some of the less critically-minded Masons like to trace the origins of the Order back to ancient Egypt. But in its present form, Freemasonry originated in England, probably in the seventeenth Century, while the first Grand Lodge was founded in London in 1717 and the regulations, by-laws and constitutions of Masonry were laid down in what is known as Anderson's Constitutions in 1722-23. The spiritual elements underlying these precepts were decidedly "advanced" for their time, emphasizing as they did tolerance for other men's religions and the brotherhood of all human beings.

Many Masonic scholars and historians believe the Masons may have been formed from the remains of The Knights Templar. The Knights Templar were originally a monastic order of the Catholic Church as the guardians of the Temple of Solomon site and the routes used by the pilgrims going to and from the Holy Land. Although all of the Knights took a vow of poverty, the Order itself grew very wealthy. The Order had it's headquarters in France and the King of France grew very jealous because by 1308 the Knights Templar had grown much richer then he was. He made an agreement with the Pope to discredit the order and they would divide the Templar's riches between themselves.

Every known official of the order and many of the individual members were arrested on the night the Pope outlawed the order. They were thrown in prison and all of their property was confiscated. A major problem arose when the kings men couldn't find the reported riches anywhere in France. The King finally resorted to torturing the prisoners, even burning 54 of them alive at the stake trying to discover where the treasure was hidden. The Pope did the worse thing he could, he excommunicated all Templar anywhere and demanded they be arrested by the country where they were living. The King of England found other things to do and ignored the order. The Pope was furious and demanded that the king arrest the Templar in England under the threat of excommunicating the king himself. Bowing to the threat, the English king ordered the arrest of the Templars. However the order to arrest was given 3 days after he announced that the Templars were going to be arrested. Strangely enough, none of the Templars were found. They had all disappeared. Most had gone to Scotland where the Scottish king said the Pope could do what he wanted to, but not in Scotland.
Then the Masons publicly "Came out of the closet" so to speak, in 1717. Secret signs, secret passwords, secret handshakes and oaths with severe penalties for revealing the secrets and the identity of brother members wouldn't hardly come from a brand new organization that was making itself "public". But, how about one that had been in hiding for a couple of hundred years under threat of death for being a member???

The intellectual and spiritual foundations of modern democracy, including the American Revolution and the American Constitution, are to be found in large part in the teachings of Jean Jacques Rousseau and in the ideas cemented into the great first Encyclopedia. And it is a fact that most of the authors of that epoch-making Encyclopedia -- Diderot, D'Alembert, Condorcet, the famous Swiss philosopher Helvetius, etc. -- were Freemasons. The envoy to France from the rebellious American colonies, Benjamin Franklin, also was an ardent Freemason. So were George Washington, sixty among his generals, John Hancock and a great many of his co-signers of the Declaration of Independence. Both Washington and Franklin long held the post of Grand Master.

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Nazis And Fascists And The Masonic Lodge

Nazi and Fascist publications leave no doubt of their belief that all evil in the world, from the high mortality rate among the dinner guests of the Borgias down to the Versailles Treaty, has been the work of Freemasons, alone or with the help of Israel. In "Mein Kampf", Hitler merges his twin phobias:
"The general pacifistic paralyzation of the national instinct of self-preservation, introduced into the circles of the so-called `intelligentsia' by Freemasonry, is transmitted to the great masses, but above all to the bourgeoisie, by the activity of the great press, which today is always Jewish."

In 1917, as one of their acts, the Bolsheviks dissolved all lodges in Russia. In 1919, when Bela Kun proclaimed the dictatorship of the proletariat in Hungary, one of his first decrees ordered the dissolution of Masonic lodges. In 1925, Spain's first dictator of this generation, General Primo de Rivera, ordered the abolition of Freemasonry in his country.Benito Mussolini went about the same business more methodically. Having established his regime, Il Duce proceeded step by step to exterminate the lodges and the influence of Italian Freemasonry. In the summer of 1925 Mussolini got around to dissolving Italian Freemasonry. The Nazis acted more swiftly. Immediately on Hitler's rise to power, the ten Grand Lodges of Germany were dissolved. Many among the prominent dignitaries and members of the Order were sent to concentration camps.

Why does this implacable and fanatic hatred of the Order obsess the totalitarian mind? The answer is in the whole history and temper of Freemasonry. For more than two centuries its leaders have been consistently on the side of political freedom and human dignity, reaping a harvest of persecution at the hands of tyrants.

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Famous Masons

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A

Abbott, William "Bud" - Actor (Abbott and Costello)
Abbott, Sir John J.C. - Prime Minister of Canada 1891-92
Abbott, Robert Sengstacke - Founder/publisher "Chicago Defender"
Acuff, Roy - Musician
Aldrin, Edwin E. "Buzz" - Astronaut - Second man to walk on the moon
Allen, Richard - Founder/first bishop AME Church
Allende, Salvador - President of Chile, overthrown in 1970
Armstrong, Louis - Jazz Musician
Arnold, Eddie - Actor
Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - Commander of the Army Air Force
Astor, John Jacob - Fur trader and financier
Atkins, Chet - Musician
Austin, Stephen F. - Father of Texas
Autry, Gene - Actor

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B

Baldwin, Henry - Supreme Court Justice
Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - Designed the Statue of Liberty
Basie, William "Count" - Orchestra leader/composer
Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder Baylor University
Beard, Daniel Carter - Founder Boy Scouts
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellamy, Rev. Francis - Authored U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
Bennett, Viscount R.B. - Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
Berlin, Irving - Entertainer
red, Hugo L. - Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John - Supreme Court Justice
Blake, James Herbert "Eubie" - Composer/pianist
Blanc, Mel - Cartoonist (Bugs Bunny and others)
Blatchford, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice
Bolivar, Simon - South American freedom fighter
Booth, Rev. William - Founder of the Salvation Army
Borden, Sir Robert L. - Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln - Father and Son who carved Mt. Rushmore
Borgnine, Ernest - Actor
Botha, Pik - Former Foreign Minister of South Africa
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - Prime Minister of Canada 1894-96
Bowie, James - Alamo
Bradley, Omar N. - Military leader
Bradley, Thomas - Former mayor of Los Angeles, California
Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807
Brown, Joe E. - Entertainer
Brundage, Avery - Olympic Committee
Bryan, Richard - U.S. Senator
Buchanan, James - President of the U.S.
Burbank, Luther - Pioneering botanist
Burnett, David G. - 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Burns, Conrad - U.S. Senator
Burns, Robert - The National Poet of Scotland
Burton, Harold H. - Supreme Court Justice
Byrd, Robert - U.S. Senator
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. - Flew over North Pole
Byrnes, James F. - Supreme Court Justice

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C

Cain, Michael - Actor
Calvo, Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Campbell, Sir Malcolm - Land speed record holder
Carlson, Curtis L. - Entrepreneur
Carnahan, Melvin - Governor of Missouri
Carson, Christopher "Kit" - Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Catton, John - Supreme Court Justice
Chagall, Marc - Artist
Chrysler, Walter P. - Automotive fame
Churchill, Sir Winston - British Leader
Citroen, Andre - French Engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Roy - Country Western Star
Clark, Thomas C. - Supreme Court Justice
Clark, William - Explorer
Clarke, John H. - Supreme Court Justice
Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark Twain - writer
Cobb, Ty - Baseball Player
Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William - Indian fighter, Wild West Show
Cohan, George M. - Broadway star
Cole, Nat "King" - Great ballad singer
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of Pinocchio
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooper, Gordon - Astronaut
Crockett, David - American Frontiersman and Alamo fame
Cushing, William - Supreme Court Justice

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D

Dempsey, Jack - Sports
DeMille, Cecil B. - Movie director
Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium
Devanter, Willis Van - Supreme Court Justice
Diefenbaker, John G. - Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Disney, Walt - Cartoonist/movies
Dole, Robert - U.S. Senator
Doolittle, General James - Famous Army Air Corps Pilot
Douglas, William O. - Supreme Court Justice
Dow, William H. - Dow Chemical Co.
Doyle, Sir Author Conan - Writer - Sherlock Holmes
Drake, Edwin L - American Pioneer of the Oil industry
DuBois, W.E.B. - Educator/scholar
Dunant, Jean Henri - Founder of the red Cross

 

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E

Ebbets, Charles - Baseball Owner, Ebbets Field
Edward VII - King of England
Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year
Ellery, William - 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Ellington, Duke - Composer, Arranger and Stylist
Ellsworth, Oliver - Supreme Court Justice
Evers, Medger Wiley - Civil rights leader
Ervin Jr, Samual J. - U. S. Senator - headed "Watergate" committee

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F

Faber, Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company
Fairbanks, Douglas - Silent film actor
Field, Stephen J. - Supreme Court Justice
Fields, W.C. - Actor
Fisher, Geoffrey - Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 - 1961
Fitch, John - Inventor of the Steamboat
Fleming, Sir Alexander - Discovered Penicillin
Ford, Gerald R. - President of the U.S.
Ford, Henry - Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer
Forten, James - Abolitionist/manufacturer
Fortune, Timothy Thomas - Journalist
Franklin, Benjamin - 1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the U.S.
Freeman, Orville - Former governor of Minnesota and secretary of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

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G

Gable, Clark - Actor
Garfield, James A. - President of the U.S.
Garibaldi, Giuseppe - Italian freedom fighter
Gatling, Richard J. - Built the "Gatling Gun"
George VI - King of England during W.W. II
Gibbon, Edward - Writer - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Gilbert, Sir William S. - Was the libretis for "Pirates of Penzance"
Gillette, King C. - Gillette Razor Co.
Glenn, John H. - First American to orbit the earth/U.S. Senator
Godfrey, Arthur - Radio and early televison personality
Goldwater, Barry - Former U.S. Senator
Gompers, Samuel - Founder American Federation of Labor
Grassley, Charles - U.S. Senator
Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Griffeth, David W. - Movie Director
Gris, Juan - Spanish artist- Synthetic Cubism
Grissom, Virgil - Astronaut
Grock - Swiss Circus Clown
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - Inventor of the "Guillotin"

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H

Hall, Prince - First red American Freemason
Haley, Alex - Author of "Roots"
Hampton, Lionel - Orchestra leader/composer
Hancock, John - 1 of 9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independance
Handel, George Fredrick - Composer
Handy, William C. - Composer "Father of the Blues"
Harding, Warren G. - President of the U.S.
Hardy, Oliver - Actor - Comedian
Harlan, John M. - Supreme Court Justice
Harvey, Paul - Radio personality
Hatfield, Mark - U.S. Senator
Hawkins, Augustus F. - U.S. Congressman California
Haydn, Franz Joseph F. - Composer and Musician
Hedges, Cornelius - "Father" of Yellowstone National Park
Helms, Jesse - U.S. Senator
Henson, Josiah - Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Henson, Matthew - Explorer
Hilton, Charles C. - American Hotelier
Hoban, James - Architect for the U.S. White House
Hoe, Richard M. - Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing
Hollings, Ernest - U.S. Senator
Hooks, Benjamin L. - Former Executive Director NAACP
Hoover, Frank - Vacuum cleaner fame
Hoover, J. Edgar - Director of FBI
Hope, Bob - Comedian
Hornsby, Rogers - An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Houdini, Harry - Magician
Houston, Sam - 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas
Humphrey, Hubert H. - Vice President of the U.S.

 

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I

Irwin, Jim - Astronaut
Ives, Burl - Musician

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J

Jackson, Andrew - President of the U.S.
Jackson, Rev. Jesse - Minister/politician
Jackson, Robert H. - Supreme Court Justice
James, Daniel "Chappie" - General U.S. Air Force
Jenner, Edward - Inventor - Vaccination for Small Pox
Johnson, Andrew - President of the U.S.
Johnson, John A 'Jack' - Heavyweight boxing tiltle holder, 1908-1915
Johnson, John H. - Publisher EBONY and Jet magazines
Johnston, Jr. , J. Bennett - U.S. Senator
Jolson, Al - Acted in the first 'talking picture,' The Jazz Singer
Jones, Anson - 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, John Paul - Naval Commander
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International

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K

Keaton, Buster - Movie pioneer
Kemp, Jack - Former U.S. Congressman/sports hero
Kern, Jerome - Composer
Key, Francis Scott - Wrote U.S. National Anthem
Kipling, Rudyard - Writer
Knox, Henry - Revolutionary War General

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L

Lafayette, Marquis de - Supporter of American Freedom
LaGuardia, Fiorello H. - Diplomat and 3-time New York City Mayor
Lake, Simon - Built first submarine successful in open sea
Lamar, Joseph E. - Supreme Court Justice
Lamar, Mirabeau B. - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas
Land, Frank S. - Founder Order of DeMolay
Lemon, Mark - Founder of Punch, humorous British magazine
Lewis, Meriwether - Explorer
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Lindbergh, Charles - Aviator
Lipton, Sir Thomas - Tea
Livingston, Robert - Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer
Lott, Trent - U.S. Senator

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M

MacArthur, General Douglas - Commander of Armed Forces in Philipines
MacDonald, Sir John A. - Prime Minister of Canada 1867-73 & 1878-91
Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
Marshall, John - Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835
Marshall, Thurgood - Supreme Court Justice
Mathews, Stanley - Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer - formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Mayo, Dr. William and Charles - Began Mayo Clinic
Mays, Benjamin - Educator/former president Atlanta University
Maytag, Fredrick - Maytag
McKinley, William - President of the U.S.
Menninger, Karl A. - Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness
Mellon, Andrew - American industrialis, banker and philanthropist

Mesmer, Franz Anton - Practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism
Metcalfe, Ralph H. - Olympic champion
Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Miller, Glenn - Musician
Minton, Sherman - Supreme Court Justice
Mix, Tom - U.S. Marshal turned actor - Starred in over 400 western films
Monroe, James - President of the U.S.
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Montgolfier, Joseph Michel - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Moody, William H. - Supreme Court Justice
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Composer
Murphy, Audie - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII, Actor

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N

Naismith, James - Inventor of Basketball
Nash, Charles - Automobile industry
Nelson, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S. - Postmaster General who established Airmail
Newton, Joseph Fort - Christian Minister
Nunn, Sam - U.S. Senator

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O

Olds, Ransom E. - American automobile pioneer
Otis, James - Famous for "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"

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P

Palmer, Arnold - Golf Pro
Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"
Paterson, William - Supreme Court Justice
Peale, Norman Vincent - Founder of "Guidepost"
Peary, Robert E. - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
Penney, James C. - Retailer
Pershing, John Joseph - Decorated American Soldier
Pitney, Mahlon - Supreme Court Justice
Poinsett, Joel R. - U.S. Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia
Polk, James Knox - President of the U.S.
Pound, Roscoe - Former Dean, Harvard Law School
Pryor, Richard - Actor - Comedian
Pullman, George - Built first sleeping car for trains.
Pushkin, Aleksander - Russian Poet

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Q


R

Rangel, Charles B. - U.S. Congressman New York
Randolph, A. Phillip - Founder - first president, International Brotherhood Sleeping Car Porters
Retief, Piet - Afrikaans leader and and one of the founders of the South African nation
Reed, Stanley F. - Supreme Court Justice
Revere, Paul - Famous American
Rhodes, Cecil - "Rhodes Scholarship"
Rickenbacker, Eddie - Great American Army Air Corps "Ace"
Rickey, Branch - Baseball legend
Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.
Robinson, Sugar Ray - American Boxer
Rodgers, Jimmie - Entertainer
Rogers, Roy - American cowboy and screen star
Rogers, Will - Actor
Roosevelt, Franklin D. - President of the U.S.
Roosevelt, Theodore - President of the U.S.
Rush, Benjamin - 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Rutledge, Wiley B. - Supreme Court Chief Justice

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S

Salten, Felix - Creator of Bambi
Sanders, Harland "Colonel" - Founder Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants
Sarnoff, David - Father of T.V.
Sax, Antoine Joseph - Invented the Saxophone (1846)
Schoonover, George - Founder of "The Builder"
Schirra, Wally - Astronaut
Scott, Sir Walter - Writer
Sellers, Peter - Actor
Sexson, W. Mark - Founder of Rainbow Girls, Masonic historian/author/researcher
Sibelius, Jean - Composer (Finland)
Simpson, Alan - U.S. Senator
Skelton, red - Entertainer
Smith, John Stafford - Wrote the music that became the U.S. National Anthem.
Sousa, John Philip - Led the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 - 1892
Stanford, Leland - Railroads & Stanford University
Starr, Bart - Football legend
Stassen, Harold - Statesman, sole surviving signer of the United Nations Charter
Stewart, Potter - Supreme Court Justice
Still, Andrew T. - American Physician who devised osteopathy treatment
Stokes, Carl B. - Former mayor, Cleveland, OH
Stokes, Louis - U.S. Congressman Ohio
Stratton, Charles "Tom Thumb" - Entertainer
Swayne, Noah H. - Supreme Court Justice
Swift, Johathan - Wrote Gulliver's Travels

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T

Taft, William Howard - President of the U.S. & Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (only man to ever head these two branches of U.S. govenrment)
Teets, John W. - Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Tetau, Max - French Doctor who presides over Homoeopathia Universalis
Thomas, Craig - U.S. Senator
Thomas, Dave - Founder of Wendy's Restaurants
Thomas, Lowell - Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice
Thompson, Tommy - Governor of Wisconsin
Thurmond, Strom - U.S. Senator
Tillis, Mel - Musician
Tirpitz, Alfred Von - German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare
Todd, Thomas - Supreme Court Justice
Tolstoi, Leo - Author
Travis, Colonel William B. - Alamo
Trimble, Robert - Supreme Court Justice
Truman, Harry S. - President of the U.S.

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U


V

Vinson, Frederick M. - Supreme Court Justice
Voltaire - French writer and philosopher

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W

Wadlow, Robert Pershing - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall
Wagner, Honus - Baseball legend
Wallace, George C. - Former Alabama governor and presidential candidate who was nearly assasinated
Wallace, Lewis - Wrote "Ben Hur"
Wallenda, Enrico - Circus legend
Waner, Lloyd - Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg
Waner, Paul - "Big Paul" Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg
Warner, Jack - Warner Brothers Fame
Warren, Earl - Supreme Court Justice
Warren, Joseph - Revolutionary War General - "Martyr of Bunker Hill"
Washington, Booker T. - Educator and author
Washington, George - First President of U.S.
Wayne, John - Actor
Webb, Matthew - First man to swim the English Channel (1875)
Wells, H. G. - Author
Whiteman, Paul - "King of Jazz"
Williams, Egbert Austin "Bert" - Actor/ comedian
Williamson, Harry A. - Author/Masonic historian
Woodbury, Levi - Supreme Court Justice
Woods, William B. - Supreme Court Justice
Wyler, William - Director of "Ben Hur"
Wynn, Ed - Actor

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Y

Young, Andrew - Former mayor of Atlanta, GA

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Z

Zanuck, Darryl F. - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933
Ziegfeld, Florenz - His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907

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Consider The Following Points

  1. The first requirement for becoming Mason is a belief in God
  2. There is a Supreme Being
    Who created the Universe,
    Who has established and revealed a moral law,
    And to Whom we must give account
    in a life after this.
  3. If you don't believe in God then your Masonic oath means nothing
  4. I wonder how the devil feels about (his suposed to be followers) taking an oath to God on the Bible
  5. The Bible teaches us that the devil is always among us trying to recruit as many followers as posable. But, no one will ever ask you to become a Mason.
  6. Masonic Secrets. There are fewer secrets to Freemasonry than most non-members imagine; even many Masons are not entirely clear on what is and is not secret in Masonry. The moral principles of Masonry are the same as those taught you in Sunday school or at your mother's knee (sometimes over it!); it is only the exact procedures and words by which those principles are taught in Masonry that are secret, for it is the knowledge of those that distinguishes a Mason from those who are not members. To be entitled to the fellowship peculiar to the Lodge, a Mason must be able to identify himself, and these secrets provide the means for doing so.
  7. My daughter went to the Shrine Hospital for 18 years, sometime 3 or 4 days a week, She had countless operations, braces, special shoes, walkers and crutches. In all that time, we were never ask for a single dime or for our insurance policy. This was long before I became a Mason . If you think Masons are evil, visit the Shrine Crippled Children's hospital in Houston, The Scottish Rite Hospital For Crippled Children in Dallas and the Shrine Burn Hospital in Galveston and see the thousands of children and burn victims being helped with out any request for payment. Whats that? You didn't know that all Shriners have to be a Mason first and for as long as they are a Shriner.
  8. Now for a really good one, many preachers use the above fact as evidence that Masons are trying to get to heaven by good works. Why would devil worshipers work so hard trying to get into to heaven???
  9. Masonary is not a religion, it teaches a way of life that was embraced by men such as, Presidents George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, James Munroe, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald Ford. It also includes many who lost likeThomas E. Dewey, Alf Landon, Hubert H. Humphrey, Robert Dole, George McGovern, Barry Goldwater, Estes Kefauver, George Wallace, Earl Warren, and John Sparkman as well as Wendell Wilke and Adlai Stevenson. Even heros like Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, and John Paul Jones. In other countries where true democracy is not a reality, even Royalty belongs to the Order. Both King George VI and the Duke of Kent are Freemasons; so is the Duke of Windsor. His grandfather, Edward VII, was the chief of British Masonry, and he was succeeded in the post by the aged Duke of Connaught. King Gustav V heads the Freemasons of Sweden.
  10. The United States, the greatest country in the world, was founded, formed and governed by these men.

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    Please read the following Letter

    To; Mr Wheeler Neil Daut
    C/O The Celestial Lodge

    Dear Dad,
    December 1, 1993

          I haven't talked to you in a long time. Let's see, it was on the 18 day of April 1982,the day before you died. I'm not sure if this way will work, but it's the only way I know that may work. I can only hope that you can read this letter over my shoulder as I type and know what I would love to tell you in person. Not an awful lot has changed in the 11 years since you passed on, except we are all older. There has been one major event in my life however that I wanted to share with you.
    I have finally learned the fundamental secret of Freemasonary. If the teachings of Christ had never reached these shores, living up to the Masonic teachings would be the best way to get to heaven.
          Do you remember how excited you were when you became a Freemason way back in the 1940's? I still do. Your enthusiasm for attending lodge meetings always let mom and I know how much you enjoyed your lodge and the fellowship of your brother Masons .
          I remember how excited you were when you were raised to the Master Mason's degree and how you rushed home that night with your white lambskin apron. Somehow, the idea of being excited about something for you to be buried with, escaped me at that time.       I remember how excited you were when you went into the Scottish Rite and came home to tell us that you were now a 32nd. degree Mason . You bought a 32nd. degree ring and wore it with pride. You even bought the 2 volume set of Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry to learn more about the craft.
          I guess I always knew that you wanted me to become a Mason , but somehow I always fought against the idea. People (non Masons ) always told me, "Hey, if you're one of them Masons , you got it made. You can really go up in the world, get promotions and everything." Somehow that always turned me off. I guess I was young and had ideals. I wanted to get ahead on my own, without someone giving it to me.
          In 1960, in the first job I had with the City of Houston, a new supervisor (a Mason ) reassigned me to work in his office and used my expertise about the department and my abilities to revise the operation of the department. After the work was finished and he had the credit for the increased efficiency, I was reassigned back to the streets and the supervisor brought the only Mason in the department to work on the inside. It not only hurt, but it proved to me that "those people" were right.
          By 1974, I had long since transferred to a different department and been promoted first to a foreman, then to the supervisor over 90% of the department. My supervisor, a Mason , had promoted me over the other Masons in the department. This changed my views on Masonry and I filled out a petition for the Mysteries of Freemasonry that year. As you probably know, for various reasons (including money) I kept delaying and never turned it in.
          After your oldest grandson, John Neil became a Mason , I could see the same excitement in his eyes that I used to see with you. His eyes seamed to ask, why aren't you a Mason dad? The answer was simple. Hey, I'm in sixty four years old, and it's to late for me to start something like that. But, I was still interested and read a number of books including "Born In Blood" by John J. Robinson. That book came after yor time. John is a history writer,widely respected in his field, specializing in Medieval Britain and the Crusades.and a non-Mason. He later wrote another book, " A Pilgrim's Path", where after 5 years of research at an advanced age, he became a Mason, . I was very impressed by what I read.
          Sometime afterward your youngest granddaughter, Becky, got married, In a conversation one day, I ask her husband Pete why he hadn't ever became a Mason . His answer was simple, "No one ever ask me to join".
          I did know enough to know that he would never be ask. For some reason I took it upon myself to convince him that he should think about becoming a Mason. That's when he pulled the big one on me. "I will if you'll go in with me," he said.
          What better way could I help my daughter and her husband through life then by saying OK . . .       John was overjoyed when I ask him to get petitions for Pete and I. I know now that you would have been also, if I had ask you.
          Anyway, that's what I wanted you to know, I was raised to a Master Mason in the Cedar Bayou Lodge #321 in December, 3 months before my 65 birthday. Then the next July, I went through the Scottish Rite and received the 32nd. degree. Not to long after that, I was initiated into the Shrine. And, not to long after that, I had a duel membership and was also in the Humble Lodge #979 close to home.
          I have to admit that when I started learning the work as an Entered Apprentice, it was just a bunch of words that I had to learn to get through the degrees. By the time I begin learning the master's work, it happened to me. Somehow, as we progressed, the words grew into sober-minded concepts and those concepts evolved into an inspiration for a new outlook on life.
          Now I wish it could have been at the Cade Rothwell lodge, with you, those many years ago, but somehow I think maybe you know that.

    Your Son and Belated Brother in masonry

    John


    The above letter is my story and it is one that came from the heart.

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