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Italian Government Attempting Anti-Masonic Actions... Again English Featured 

Italian Government Attempting Anti-Masonic Actions… Again

In recent weeks, there has been an increasing concern across Europe within the fraternity about anti-Masonic government activity in Italy. The Italians keep at it by abusing anti-Mafia laws against Freemasonry, in much the same way RICO laws in the U.S. designed to fight organized crime get contorted and exploited to prevent anti-abortion protesters from marching in front of Planned Parenthood clinics. This kind of institutionalized anti-Masonry has briefly succeeded before in Italy after the P2 scandal in the 1980s, and in England under then-Home Secretary Jack Straw.

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What If Freemasonry Disappeared Tomorrow? Events 

What If Freemasonry Disappeared Tomorrow?

Kansas brethren, take note. On Saturday, February 11th, the appropriately named Justice Lodge 457 meeting in Alta Vista, KS will present a special, thought-provoking program entitled, “What if Freemasonry Disappeared Tomorrow?” Certainly a fascinating topic for us all to contemplate, and one that needs to be discussed on occasion in any jurisdiction or lodge, for the sake of periodically examining our own roles in our communities and the world at large.  How we are perceived – by the public, as well as by our own members and potential petitioners –…

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Italian Hacking Scandal involves Bank and Freemasons English Featured 

Italian Hacking Scandal involves Bank and Freemasons

On the heels of the hot national and international news being about computer hacking, which lately seems to erupt in one revelation or another with increasing frequency, there should probably be no surprise that there’s a new one in Italy. But what is of interest are the players involved and the European headlines that will doubtless begin flooding the airwaves any second now.

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A Tale of a Temple English 

A Tale of a Temple

Regular readers here know that while I fully understand that Masons can certainly meet in high hills and low vales, or pup tents, for that matter, if given a choice, I prefer the places we built when we dreamed bigger. I have never made a secret of my devotion to protecting and preserving our Masonic architectural history and its place in our communities, large and small, all over the country and the world. Over and over, we see the proud Temples of our past lost or voluntarily given up, out of…

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BBC: Scottish Origins of Freemasonry English 

BBC: Scottish Origins of Freemasonry

A truly well written article about Scottish Freemasonry and the fraternity’s true origins long before London’s longstanding boasts of 1717 just appeared as part of BBC Britain’s website series. Check out The Lost History of the Freemasons by Amanda Ruggeri. It features Bro. Robert Cooper,  who is the longtime curator for the Grand Lodge of Scotland’s library, museum, and archives:

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Illus. Brother John H. Glenn, Jr. English Featured 

Illus. Brother John H. Glenn, Jr.

As reported late in the week, former astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. passed away Thursday at the age of 95. His career as a Navy and Marine aviator, test pilot, space explorer, and politician was widely reported on upon his death. Less reported was his distinguished and courageous career before his journeying into space as a fighter pilot in two wars, and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross an astonishing six times.

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House of the Temple in Lego English 

House of the Temple in Lego

Illus. Brent Morris passed along the news that the Scottish Rite SJ’s Washington DC headquarters, the House of the Temple, has now been immortalized as a Lego project. Designed and constructed by a hobbyist known online as “Plandscape88,” it is being featured on the official Lego Ideas website. Given the obvious limitations of the medium, there is a remarkable amount of detail on the model, right down to a removable roof to display the sooper-secret Temple Room. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol fans finally get to sort of see the…

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Oklahoma Edict on Arkansas Lapses: Amity Restored English 

Oklahoma Edict on Arkansas Lapses: Amity Restored

The edict issued on October 31, 2016 by the now immediate Past Grand Master of Oklahoma suspending Masonic amity with the Grand Lodge of Arkansas has turned out to be short lived. The assembled voting members at the MW Grand Lodge of AF&AM of Oklahoma’s annual communication last weekend, November 11-12,  failed to affirm PGM Dudley “Ridge” Smith’s Decision No. 3, and so it has been rescinded with the election of MW Richard Allison as their new Grand Master.

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Custom Book Restoration and Conservation English 

Custom Book Restoration and Conservation

If you are anything like me, you trawl the web, Ebay, Abebooks, and other sites constantly on the lookout for that rare volume of Masonic writing, or just one more you don’t already own. I’ll say right up front that I despise ebooks as a format for actually reading. Alice owns two versions of Kindles, a Nook, and a Surface, and I never use them.

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