The Freemasons Friendly Fraternity or Fiendish Fellows?

The Freemasons Friendly Fraternity or Fiendish Fellows?

They meet behind closed doors but are not
a secret society. Gatherings take place around an altar but
it is not a church. So, to quote Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid, “who the hell are those guys?” The answer to this riddle is found inside
the whispered halls of Freemasonry, an organization that remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue
— and for some of its members, that’s exactly the point. Ostensibly, they’re one of the world’s
oldest and largest fraternal orders with over five million Masons (including about two million
in the U.S.) and are known for their philanthropy, charitable acts, and community outreach. They’re also really, really good at keeping
secrets. Fortunately, we can shed some light on this
enigmatic crew without anyone having to pledge obedience in a spooky candle-lit room. In the Beginning… The origins of Freemasonry began as a guild
for the stonecutters who built the castles and cathedrals of Medieval Europe. In 1717, a group in London established its
first Grand Lodge and increased the overall scope to include other professions. Apparently, chatting about chopping rocks
got a little tiresome before they decided to inject some more lively topics and activities. As interest grew along the Thames, its popularity
eventually spread throughout Europe and fell under the auspice of two main branches: the
Regular, guided by the United Grand Lodge of England; and the Liberal, represented by
the Grand Orient of France. Later, membership expanded throughout North
America, peaking with nearly four million participants in the U.S. in the late 1950s. Today, a Masonic “lodge” refers to only
the specific congregation and not the name of a building. Each lodge is granted a charter from a “Grand
Lodge” but is typically autonomous, featuring a byzantine set of customs and rituals that
usually infuses religious elements. But at its foundation, they all espouse three
basic core principles: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Rich and Famous The society boasts an impressive who’s who
that includes 14 American Presidents, 13 Founding Fathers, and 8 signers of the Declaration
of Independence. However, many early American leaders had no
time for secret handshakes, gestures, and passwords. Men such as Samuel Adams, James Madison and
Thomas Jefferson chose to spend their energies elsewhere — namely, brewing beer, writing
the constitution and inventing the United States. But countless other historical figures are
part of the brotherhood, including Mozart, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Charles Darwin,
and Henry Ford. The same goes for Mercury astronauts “Wally”
Shirra, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper, “Gus” Grissom, and even moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin. In fact, when Aldrin went to the moon during
the Apollo 11 Mission, he carried a Masonic flag with him and claimed the celestial body
as part of the territorial jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Masonic Myths Almost from its inception, Masons have been
linked to a host of sinister conspiracies theories, ranging from the Illuminati to the
assassination of JFK. Not surprisingly, with a gaggle of space travelers
in its ranks, the fraternity has been linked to faking the moon landing as well. However, the most common myth attributed to
the organization are the symbols on the back of the U.S. dollar bill. According to Margaret Jacob, Professor Emeritus
at UCLA, the unfinished pyramid with an eye on top of it are icons that have been used
by numerous groups throughout history — including Freemasonry. Brent Morris, the managing editor of the Scottish
Rite Journal, explains it this way: “The Eye of God is a common icon for God looking
over the affairs of man,” Morris said. “It’s an icon that appears in cultures
across the centuries. The uncompleted pyramid represented that our
country was not yet completed, that we were continuing to grow.” Symbols The joined square and compasses is the most
recognizable emblem of Freemasonry. As tools of architecture, the instruments
symbolize the philosophical building of morality, faith, and friendship. Staying congruent with the geometrical and
architectural themes, the trowel and gavel are also frequently used. The letter “G” is typically found in the
center of the display and carries a multitude ofl meanings. The most common interpretation is that it
stands for “Geometry” — the discipline Masons revere as the noblest of the sciences. Another explanation has the letter referring
to God — AKA the “Great Architect of the Universe” — a concept associated with
well-known Christian figures such as Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. Additionally, every Lodge features the replica
pillars of Boaz and Jachin as part of its Masonic decor. The ornate columns which stood in front of
Solomon’s Temple are meant to signify establishment (of God) and strength. Rules Are Rules To become a Mason, an initiate must be of
good character, believe in a Supreme Being, and be of lawful age (usually 18 to 25 depending
on the Grand Lodge). Participation requires being recommended by
someone who is already a member and that the candidate has come on their own free will. And one more thing: he must be a man. Although not quite as transparent as the “He-Man
Woman Haters Club” from the beloved Our Gang/Little Rascals comedies, Freemasonry
is almost entirely a male-only society. Some exceptions apply, but even though booze
may flow freely at gatherings, you probably won’t find a “Ladies Nite” at this old
boy’s club. Another major rule stipulates not discussing
politics or religion during official gatherings. Outside the lodge, however, is a different
story. They can also openly tell people they belong
to the brotherhood but just can’t divulge any details without risking never being seen
alive again (more on that later). The 3rd Degree Freemasonry adheres to the old world traditions
of using three workman grades to earn degrees in Craft (aka Blue Lodge): Apprentice, Journeyman
(now called Fellowcraft) and Master Mason. Once these prerequisites are completed, members
can pursue higher degrees in other bodies such as Scottish Rite. But first, initiates are taught a series of
life lessons centered around the construction of the Temple of Solomon and its chief architect,
Hiram Abiff. While learning all about the legendary temple
in Jerusalem and the man who built it, candidates are Initiated, Passed, and Raised. The process also involves a blindfolding ceremony,
representing the metaphorical transformation from darkness into light. These consecrated affairs are conducted by
the Worshipful Master and feature liturgical-type apparel, regalia, and decorative aprons that
even Liberace would find over the top. A Papal Decree The Masons have managed to make a lot of enemies
through the years — which seems a bit ironic for an outfit dedicated to promoting tolerance
and brotherly love. The Catholic Church tops this long list of
haters with a grievance dating back to the early 18th century that continues to this
day. The Vatican didn’t appreciate these upstarts
having secret meetings and wielding power — after all, that’s kinda their thing. So in 1738, Pope Clement XII condemned Freemasonry
— a decree that has since been issued about 20 times. Pope Leo XIII later went as far as labeling
the group “the kingdom of Satan” with his famous encyclical in 1884. The pontiff known for social reform condemned
their ilk as an evil force that undermined religion, weakened marriage, and leads to
paganism. Furthermore, he added: “Let no man think
that he may for any reason whatsoever join the Masonic sect.” Anti-Masons Animosity towards Freemasonry gained considerable
traction during the U.S. Elections of 1828. Concerned citizens saw the organization’s
growing political clout — as well as its secrecy and exclusivity — as being undemocratic
in character. The backlash not only marked the beginning
of the Two-Party System in America but saw the Anti-Masonic Party become the first third
party to gain representation in Congress. Two years earlier, a major scandal unfolded
over the disappearance of William Morgan, a former Mason who planned to publish an exposé
about the brotherhood. Speculation ran high that Morgan had been
kidnapped and murdered to keep from revealing juicy secrets about the group. Although the whereabouts of Morgan’s body
remained unsolved, the book was later published and became a bestseller. The 1832 Presidential Election featured the
Anti-Mason faction as the first political party to hold a national nominating convention. They chose William Wirt as their candidate
to take on the incumbent and proud Mason, Andrew Jackson. Wirt, a former U.S. Attorney General, received
7.8% of the popular vote and carried only one state (Vermont). Running as a new Democrat, Jackson won easily
in a race against his main rival, the perennial Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay. By the late 1830s, Mason bashing had run out
of steam. Several of the party’s most prominent politicians,
including William H. Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, and future President Millard Fillmore would
eventually join the newly formed Whig Party as the divisive issue of slavery became a
far more important campaign platform. Shriners With their tiny cars and red fez hats, it’s
hard not to notice this rowdy bunch during a parade. However, despite their fun-loving ways, the
troop is serious about its nationwide network of children’s hospitals, where all patients
receive treatment free of charge. And yes, Shriners are Masons. As the story goes, it all started back in
1870 when some brothers would meet for lunch at the Knickerbocker Cottage in New York City. There, the men partied hearty while discussing
hopes of someday forming an offshoot fraternity that was more fun and less formal. One of the revelers, an actor named William
J. “Billy” Florence, came up with an idea to create a new assembly based on an Arabian-themed
party he attended while on tour in France. The thespian collaborated with fellow brother,
Dr. Walter Fleming to found the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine — or
Shriners for short. And word puzzle fans will appreciate that
A.A.O.N.M.S. is a clever anagram for A MASON. Today the charity is headquartered in Tampa,
Florida with nearly 200 temples (chapters) worldwide. Masonic Built Question: Which of the following buildings
in Washington D.C. were designed by Masons? A) White House
B) Capitol Building
C) Washington Monument D) All of the Above If you chose “D” — pat yourself on the
back. They also built scores of other well-known
structures, including the George Washington Masonic Memorial that overlooks the Old Town
section of Alexandria, Virginia. The massive structure, built to resemble the
ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt, is dedicated to the memory of the cherished first
U.S. President, Revolutionary War hero and virtuous non-liar, and who just happened to
be a Mason, too. Moreover, it’s worth noting there’s a
direct brotherly connection to another famous American landmark: The Statue of Liberty. Frederic Bartholdi, the French sculptor who
designed the masterpiece, belonged to the Lodge Alsace-Lorraine in Paris.

100 thoughts on “The Freemasons Friendly Fraternity or Fiendish Fellows?

  1. My dad was a Freemason, and at one point was Lodge Master. When he passed (1998) a couple – three of his fellow Masons came to his grave site and performed the Past Masters burial. Touching that his boys remembered him and honored him at the end. I never joined and probably won't this late in my life, but I always respected a group who holds the idea that what they do is nobody's business but theirs

  2. As a Mason, who has served as Master of a Lodge, as well as other ancillary bodies, I was pleased with your video on Freemasonry. It was fair and did NOT encourage the various conspiracy theories that make people think we are some sort of evil cult. Your facts were, for the most part, accurate. (Some you would not know unless you were a Brother.)

    The reason that there is there is so much confusion. While the Rituals are, at the core, the same, but each Grand Lodge has jurisdiction over their own Lodges.

    You mentioned that there are some Lodges that admit women. This is known as "Co-Masonry" and are not recognized by "regular" Masons, and any Brother who joins such a Lodge will be expelled from Masonry. We are a Fraternity, not a Sorority.

    As for us being a "Secret Society, a more accurate description is that we are a "Society with some secrets." (The Elks, Moose, and other Lodges and groups actually have more secrets than we do.) Our Temples are predominately marked (At least in most Countries, anyway) and we proudly display the Square and Compasses. Even on our persons, mostly by rings, clothing, and some of us by our tattoos.

    Well done.

  3. Freemasons have a “ladies ball” every year in October. In England at least, they also have multiple events for the wives and women in the masons lives including when the men have their gatherings in their chambers the ladies will be in the bar area until they are finished

  4. does Simon intentionally mispronounce words/names and get dates wrong (divisive ,Thomas Aquinas,1828/1928) or is he a bit thick.

  5. I can basically disagree with the description of temples as 'spooky candle-lit room'. We usually have a great natural light…

  6. Since there's so many masons here why is there a masonic plaque at denver airport?

    Why is there a spooky horse with red eyes and all those apocalyptic murals throughout the airport?

  7. Not mentioned is that the Nazi’s strangely believed the Masons were part of the “International Jewish Conspiracy” – making it somewhat ironic that anti-Semite Henry Ford was a Mason.

  8. 9:15: Multiple Choice 101: If "all of the above" is an option in a multiple-choice test, it is probably the correct one.

  9. I'm a Freemason, and we are having a "Ladies of the Table" night next month, so, you'd be wrong in saying we don't have our ladies night in our "boys club."

  10. If Simon was a Mason he'd be a Journeyman of Whistling. With apprentices all over the world watching him learning the art via his secret channel Freemasonographics.

  11. One would do well to look at the symbolism on the East German/GDR flag if you want to know who was behind that nightmare experiment.

  12. George Washington only attended a few Freemason meetings. After he learned what they were all about, he stopped going. Freemasonry is a club of deceit and destruction. But the lower level members are not told that. Only the higher levels know the real meaning of their symbols, as per Albert Pike. Before the Illuminati was outlawed, they infiltrated Freemasonry.

  13. The Masons were a normal thing for my family. I still have my grandfather's Masonic ring. I tried to join when I was around 18 and even got my member recommendation but I never went through with initation. The application asks if you've ever tried to overthrow the US government. Pretty crazy.

  14. Just cause I know you LOVE it when people have a go about pronunciations.
    It's Hirrum Abiff (uh biff)
    And Jochin (jah kin)

  15. I wish people reporting on masonry had some kind of background with the fraternity. This video is like 70% correct. At least get the pronunciation correct. ??‍♂️

  16. The truth is mind boggling, life changing, and even somewhat scary.
    I'm not surprised anyone that found it doesn't want to make it made public.
    I wonder if they really found the truth?
    If they actually perform such sinful acts, i'm thinking not.

  17. Hey Simon. Some inaccuracies:
    1. the only Secrets are the modes of recognition. We can share anything else about the Craft. And nobody's lost his life for "divulging secrets" (there have been several exposes).
    2. We actually DO have Ladies Nights. These are usually a celebration in honor of our wives who put up with us being away from home for Lodge, and are done around June 21.
    3. Irregular Freemasonry includes Female, Co-ed, and Atheist (i.e. Grand Orient)
    4. As far as I know, the Shriners are not recognized as a mainstream side-order by the United Grand Lodge of England
    5. Aside from the Shriners, Grand Lodges throughout the world are some of the foremost charity foundations.
    6. Freemasonry has always been a middle-class institution, NOT aiming for the Financial Elite, but rather, the Spiritual. As we have had several affluent members, so have we had brothers in the lowest strata of poverty.
    7. Each symbol and myth has an interpretation that each mason is allowed to interpret in his own manner. Subjectivity and acceptance of diversity are the very reason the Papal Bulls were issued.
    just my two cents.

  18. if you are a mason and committed a crime (specially an economic one) and the judge is a friend mason as well…. you will walk out.
    I despise the masons, corrupt and dangerous.
    I think they all should be hunted down and hanged

  19. Too bad that it was Freemason judges that used the family court system to rob me and left me to watch the mother ruin our child by letting him not finish high school. Her own dad pointed out the judges at a wedding we both attended at the Freemason temple. They destroyed their credibility with me by interfering with me being a parent. They destroy the working man with their belief that giving money to someone that is lazy and don't want to work give them a bad name. If we can't form a group to protect ourselves against government, then the Freemasons should be disbanded.

  20. The Freemasons never wanted to be a secret society that's why everybody knows but you guys really should check out the Eastern Stars

  21. I think one of the aspects of the Freemasons that the Papacy hated the most was that while any are in a lodge, a Tyler is posted to keep others out. The church hated this aspect due to the idea that the Mason's place no barrier as to which beliefs you follow, and in the lodge prayers and religious ceremonies the church had banned may be performed. I have always believed that this meant in the early years of the trade craft, it mattered not your personal beliefs, only your skills. If a Jew, Muslim, or Christian wished to pray or such in peace, they could do so in a lodge and an armed guard was posted to maintain the peace.

  22. The Morgan Affair took place in the 1820s. This country has had a two party system since the time of Jefferson & Hamilton.

  23. Freemason juicy secrets you say? I might have to find my local and get sorted!

    Anything with an obelisk is a giveaway and there are loads of them around in most cities and the smaller ones are hidden extra on account of not being at eye level. Look up.

  24. The Masons is a wonderful organisation, charity work etc… There is a lot of rubbish thrown around about them, but the thing is you can look up what they do online.

  25. ironic thing is at the end he says "hit that thumbs up button" because it was masons that popularized the use of a thumbs up to signify approval.

  26. You tube is concerned that we don't know what "Freemoson" is, are we not capable of doing a simple web search? Simon, thank you for a lovely video, as always.

  27. "You probably won't find a ladies' night". The ladies' night is probably the biggest gala event for any given Lodge.

  28. Catholics are always welcome in Masonry. Masons are unfortunately now welcome in Catholicism. Popes issue Papal Bulls against Masons. Stalin and Hitler just imprisond and killed them. Some Kings were Masons. Some Kings persecuted them.

    They believe in the absolute freedom of religion. They believe in the sanctity of Mankind. They believe in the pursuit of knowledge. They believe in freedom.

    So of course despots hate them.

  29. "There the men partied …" Yup, that's the Shriners I remember 🙂 They used to ride horses in parades, but had to switch to scooters when every barn in the region threw them out for partying at their stables. Still do great work, though, especially for children's charities.

  30. I wonder if Mr. Whistler might be a member of the craft himself? I could see him attending meetings and other functions at the Grand Lodge of England.

  31. I don’t know what they used to be about, and the Shriners have truly done great things, but basically the masons just seem to be like an elks club membership. All the nefarious and conspiratorial things connected to them comes simply from the fact that just anyone can join if they want. And even they are secretly running the country or the world, things would still bead they are if they weren’t, it would just be by some other secret society.

  32. Morons on a sports video on here said that Freemasons kill sports figure's fathers because of them being successful

  33. Vote Whigs, They Couldn’t Possibly Be Worse.
    That was my favorite bit in the entire video, although I enjoyed the whole thing!

  34. I put in my application to become a Mason around a month ago. Hoping to get my interview date soon and if all goes well I will be initiated into a great group of men who I can call brothers.

  35. No. 10 Love, relief and truth… and in case of defecting: career termination and some death. You know, the usual.

  36. They're lowkey satanist that avoid the title. I'm huge into the occult and a lot of their practices are the same as satanic rituals. Sure they have different labels for their rituals and their beliefs but that aside once you study it from a psychology perspective you realise they're technically an evil cult that's very smart and they simply use different labels to hide their real beliefs. Ever think about why they call themselves a brotherhood? It's to come off as a fraternity to the general public but once you study the things their practice and talk about you realize it's no different than any other religion/cult. Just a different label that's all. Their initiation ritual is based off striking fear into their new members by literally stripping them down and putting a sharp point into their chest while blind folded and getting them to swear an oath of secrecy. Ask yourself why? Why is this necessary? Idk about yall but when ima have a get together with the boys that's the last thing on my mind. So much for a frat. More like a gang where you're checked if you're not loyal to them. I used to not believe in any of this but once I decided to be open minded and look up fact from fiction I saw it for what it really was.

  37. From my understanding Freemasons went secret because of persecution by Hitler in WW2. Correct me if I'm wrong!

  38. This video is not about Freemasonry in general, it is just about freemasonry in the USA. What about us Freemasons in the UK?

  39. I’m a Master Mason with San Jose Lodge no. 10 (established 1850) in the heart of Silicon Valley – as well as 32nd Degree Freemason in Scottish Rite. What I have seen from the inside is simply this: Freemasonry is fraternity dedicated to the support of what we would now call “positive masculinity” (as opposed to patriarchy/“toxic masculinity”) – a key component of which is seeing that there is something more important than oneself in the world (the catch-all phrase “Great Architect of the Universe” being the stand-in for whatever manifestation of this “greater-than-self” one holds in their heart). As a result of this mission, most of the men I have encountered amongst the fraternity are of a noticiably more kind, understanding, and gentle disposition than the average man I have met out in the world. Does this mean all Freemasons are saints? Hardly – as we are a community, and like all communities we have a normal distribution of behaviors within our ranks – the point is the midpoint of this distribution is shifted towards virtue and away from vice. As a final note – there are female and atheist masons in the world: in the US, they tend to be under the Grand Orient du France. From my discussions with my 3 friends who are members (we may not be allowed to attend each other’s lodges, we are free to associate with each other outside of lodge), I would describe the difference thus: the Orient du France Masons tend to focus on perfecting the expression of our common humanity within a secular context, whereas standard Freemasons focus on perfecting the expression of masculinity among men along gentlemanly ideals, assuming the presense of divinity in the world as the background context.

  40. This channel was probably paid to make this video. Either way, the Freemasons still run America and a majority of the world, and the masses are oblivious to this fact.

  41. Simon you talk way to fast about something you have little knowledge about. And remember a little knowledge is no  knowledge at all.W.B.V.L.E.

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