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Albert Pike, Statues, History and Hysteria English Featured 

Albert Pike, Statues, History and Hysteria

The current hysterics over the removal of public statuary seem to be continuing unabated across the U.S., and so it was inevitable that the decades-old controversies over the 11-foot tall bronze lump of Albert Pike on a pedestal in Washington D.C.’s Judiciary Square would once again capture the hearts and fury of the area scolds. One. More. Time. After all, it’s been a while, and society has the collective and institutional memory of a fruit bat these days. Seems like the 1990s when political hack, noted “Fascist demagogue,” and lunatic asylum escapee…

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'The Masonic Pub Crawl' by Robert Johnson English Featured 

‘The Masonic Pub Crawl’ by Robert Johnson

Many years ago when the Grand Lodge of Indiana was debating a resolution (which failed) to permit our lodges to allow alcohol in our buildings, accompanied by a raft of restrictions, limitations, qualifiers and requirements, all of the usual anti-hooch bromides poured forth from the floor of agitated delegates. One elderly brother angrily rose to his feet, wagged his finger in the air, and burst out, “If the founders of this fraternity ever discovered that this grand lodge is actually considering permitting alcohol anywhere near the inside of our Masonic…

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McMasons English 

‘McMasons’

I came across that damned word last night again in a conversation: McMason. It’s a derogatory term used in the fraternity by some to disparage their own Brother Masons who received the degrees of Masonry at a One Day Class event. Variations include One Day Wonders, Blue Lightnings, Fast Food Masons, Sidewalk To Shriners, and other not especially flattering labels. Curious: I never knew we have two classifications of Master Masons in this fraternity. I thought we were just one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers, who could…

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New Netflix Movie: 'Burning Sands' English 

New Netflix Movie: ‘Burning Sands’

You may have encountered these for sale online – wooden cricket bat-syle paddles with Masonic symbols, and even Prince Hall markings on them – and wondered why the heck someone would want such a thing. They are common items around college campuses, used in “Greek” fraternities, but certainly not something you should be finding in a Masonic lodge.

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Hidden Ladies Room Cameras Found in Louisville Scottish Rite English 

Hidden Ladies Room Cameras Found in Louisville Scottish Rite

Just what the fraternity needs – an ugly, salacious scandal hitting the nightly news. Media outlets in Louisville, Kentucky are reporting tonight that a lawsuit has just been filed there involving the Scottish Rite Valley of Louisville concerning the accidental discovery about six months ago of surveillance cameras hidden in three ladies’ rest rooms and locker room areas of the building.

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William Moore Speaking at Kansas City English 

William Moore Speaking at Kansas City

On Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be sponsoring a tour of the Valley of Kansas City’s Scottish Rite Temple. The tour will be followed by a prsentation by professor and author William Moore, entitled ‘Solomon’s Temple in America: Masonic Architecture, Popular Culture, and Biblical Imagery 1865-1930.’

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