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The Book That Breaks Masonic Silence
by Richard P. Thorn
|As the religious right spreads its influence throughout
the U.S., it is inevitable that some of its more provocative speakers should tread on the
toes of other groups, both religious and nonreligious. In Thorn's case, the
fundamentalists have met their match. Thorn attacks the critics of Masonry,
showing where they err in their assumptions and providing some good insights into the
nature of the Masons' "secret" society. He also draws on his own
fundamentalist background to explain the theology behind the fundamentalist statements.
Thorn acknowledges that he may not change anyone's mind, but he feels that
Masonry stands at a crucial point and that its future may depend on how it meets the
fundamentalist attack. This book is recommended for those interested in the
influence and place of religion in the world. Mary Deeley
Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved
Masonic tradition opposes discussion of religious issues in the Lodge and asks members to
avoid argument with those who attack the Order. Here, a Mason rebuts the five
charges of Southern Baptist fundamentalists against Freemasonry. Dr. Thorn,
who has a fundamentalist background, refutes all accusations and reveals a justifiable
secret society dedicated to brotherhood, relief, and truth.
While history reveals numerous attacks against Freemasonry since its founding, some of the
most potentially damning assaults in this century have been launched in the last two or
three years. Religious leaders, such as Ron Carlson and Pat Robertson, have
singled out the Order for attack. Basing his premise on a misrepresentation of
Masonic texts, Carlson has convinced many of his followers that Freemasonry is rooted in
heresy. Masons, who have traditionally chosen to remain silent in the face of
criticism - no matter who the detractors were, what their motives were, or the stakes
involved - have generally proved to be an easy target. In The Boy Who Cried
Wolf Richard P. Thorn, M.D., shows that the current charges against Masonry come not from
ignorance but deliberate misrepresentation. And he is convinced that it is the
duty of Freemasons not to turn the other cheek this time but to set the record straight.
Using the same texts on which Carlson bases his accusations, Dr. Thorn
demonstrates, point by point, how the material has been deliberately manipulated and
misquoted to denounce the Order. Thorn proves that conflicts between
Freemasonry and religious beliefs are pure fabrication. He unequivocally
refutes such nonsensical and fraudulant charges (which have unjustly garnered attention in
recent times) as Freemasonry was instituted as a religion; it has its origin in the
Mystery cults, and its members are taught to practice sun worship, nature worship, and
astrology; it is a secret society; and Freemasons believe that good works are a substitute
for faith in a Supreme Deity. Dr. Thorn ably demonstrates through his
compassionate defense that Freemasons are commanded to act in a spirit of reconciliation
rather than division, following the Masonic principles of Brotherhood, Relief, and Truth.
Secrets of the Eastern Star
by Cathy Burns
|You will learn about their secret passwords, symbols,
colors, flowers, gems, and a Goddess connection. Also included is a special
chapter on the Rainbow Girls and the hidden meaning behind the lambskin apron.
A reader from Texas , February 22, 1999
Excellent book gets right to the grind stones
this is a great book I'm a Mason and this is explained in great detail I love
it keep on writing those great books I give it 10 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A reader from Houston, Texas , June 16, 1998
This book is sensationalism at it's worst! While this book may be well
researched, the author's deductions are based on her own religious bias and have
absolutely nothing to do with fact. She seems unable to distinguish between
symbolism and Satanism and is obviously under the impression that anything not taught
directly from the Bible must, therefore, be Satanic in origin. This book
ultimately is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to justify the author's pre-determined
conclusions, as is another of her books wherein she concludes that Alcoholics Anon is also
occult-based and Satanic. Don't waste your money on this book.
A reader from Tom Connors, Boston, Mass , January 8, 1998
Well researched but conclusions have agenda.
This book is extensively researched and well documented with exacting footnotes and a
through bibliography. It is factual in that the details of Eastern Star and
other organizations are quite well presented. However, the conclusions drawn
are not accurate and misleading. The author make great leaps to connect Eastern Star with
occultism and Satan worship obviously with a preordained agenda to discredit
Eastern Star and the Masonic family as anti-Christian. An example is the
White Light symbol represented by the Bible from the International Order of
Rainbow for Girls ritual (which is also covered in this book.). Ms. Burns
immediately links it to White Magic and other occult references. She fails to
accept that all symbolism is not necessarily linked, that moral value can be taught by
non-Biblical allusions, and that secrecy can not mean only privacy. This book
is for fundamentalists who want reinforcement of their existing beliefs or for the Masonic
family reader who wants a rounded library, a better understanding of fundamentalist
anti-Masonic thinking, or information on non-Masonic symbolism through the ages.
|John Ankerberg and John Weldon discuss the influence of
the powerful, centuries-old fraternal order known as the Masonic Lodge.
Masonry claims that it is not a religion and that it does not conflict with any religion.
But is this true?.
A reader from Moreno Valley, California , June 15, 1999
Ankerberg, selling his own agenda
I started to read the book in hopes of finding out more about Freemasonry. I soon found
out that Mr. Ankergerg simply put Masonry on a hit list. He is not an expert
on Masonry and in fact makes up much of what he writes about the Fraternity.. I
wonder how someone who is so full of hate can consider himself a man of God? A
much better and factual book on Freemasonry would be "Born In Blood" by John J.
Sincerely & Respectfully Bro. Manny Blanco Moreno Valley Lodge # 804 Moreno Valley, CA
A reader from Texas , October 2, 1998
Ankerberg strikes again.
John Ankerberg is a master of destruction against virtually every institution except his
special outlook an Christianity. This book, like his whole series, takes ideas
and presents them completely out of context. If your a hate monger, this books
A reader from Michigan , July 4, 1998
This book is more fiction than anything. About the only thing from Ankerberg
that is not a lie is his name.
A reader from York PA USA , January 10, 1998
Masonry called to question
John Ankerberg would have a good book here if he did not overstate and dramatise.
Some of his teachings talk about the fringe of masonry that the main line
does not subscribe to. Thus this is not a good text for those who are trying
to liberate friends from the cult. Better texts are available, author Ed
Decker is one that I recommend.
|"A judicious investigation, and Short puts forward
a devastating case for the prosecution... He produces a persuasive testimony
that Freemasonry has become a scourge and a disease in jobs in the public
service. He cites some fascinating and entirely creditable examples of Masonic
skullduggery - and of Brother ranged viciously against Brother... It is
difficult to dispute Short's conclusion that disclosure of their Masonic membership by
those in positions of power should be obligatory"
"When the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee recently recommended that police
officers, magistrates, judges and crown officers should publicly register their Masonic
membership, it was very largely thanks to the ammunition provided by Martin Short's
investigative tour de force. His "Inside the Brotherhood" carried on
the pioneering work begun by Stephen Knight's explosive account "The
Approximately half a million men in the British Isles - another five million around the
world - are Freemasons. "Inside the Brotherhood" examines what kind
of men join the Craft - and why. It investigates the occult elements in
Masonry, whether its rituals should be seen as a religion - and, if so, what god is being
worshipped. And, relying on first-hand evidence wherever possible, the book
probes the extent to which the Masonic oaths of mutual aid and secrecy have contaminated
the fraternity, aroused mounting hostility from churches, politicians and public, and
provoked charges of corruption in key areas of British life, including the police force,
local government, the City, and the secret services."
A reader from Massachusetts , August 23, 1998
The book that is forcing the British House of Commons to act
The 1996-97 Session the Home Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons, published
"Freemasonry in the Police and the Judiciary: Volume I" with a recomendation
that, "police officers, magistrates, judges, and crown prosecutors should be required
to register membership of any secret society and that the record should be available
publicly." This first step to control Masonic corruption in government
can be credited in part to the Martin Short's book "Inside the Brotherhood" and
Stephen Knight's book "The Brotherhood".
Required reading for anyone interested in understanding the institutionalised
corruption of Freemasonry's good-old-boy network.
"Valuable testimony... impressively researched... He most certainly has not
been wasting his time"
Richard Kelly, The Guardian
"Top on the list of prohibited subjects is Freemasonry... A barrier of secrecy
surounds it. It has been breached in several places by Stephen Knight...
Some of my best friends are Freemasons. I wish they would read
this book... a revelation"
What does it mean to be 'On the Square'? 700,00 Freemasons, all male, probably
make the largest secret society in Britain today. What exactly are they?
Why are they so incredibly secretive? Is Freemasonry a positive,
charitable organization which incorporates a certain amount of harmless mumbo-jumbo, or
does it in fact represent something more sinister?
Stephen Knight's impartial - but highly controversial - investigation addresses these
vital questions and asks:
DOES FREEMASONRY INFLUENCE OUR POLICE AND JUDICIARY?
CAN A CHRISTIAN BE A FREEMASON?
HAVE THE KGB PENETRATED THE FREEMASONS?
DOES FREEMASONRY LEAD TO CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC LIFE
Freemasons are all bound to silence, but now some of them have felt impelled to break
ranks and reveal part of the truth...
From the Author
STEPHEN KNIGHT is a London-based journalist with books of fiction and nonfiction to his
credit. The Brotherhood created front-page headlines in Britain, where it was
a national bestseller.
A reader from Massachusetts , January 3, 1999
An investigative report on modern Freemasonry. A great introduction into Freemasonry
laying the foundation for works like "Inside the
Brotherhood" by Martin Short and "In God's Name" by David Yall.
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