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The One Day University undertook the Knights Templar about the same time we took up Freemasonry, so there was some repetition with Hiram Abiv-Solomon. But not completely, so we reprint a review here.

For a secret Society, the Freemasons and the Knights Templar are pretty broad in their claims, tracing their beginnings to Solomon"s Temple, and who is to argue with a secret society? It gets them Jewish members, who don't outnumbhorer the offended Catholic non-members, but it helps. The more likely legend is the Knights Templar had their beginnings in the Crusades and the Freemasons took over the abandoned Temples when the French King suddenly assassinated the Knights. For their money or power, we presume, and the Masons moved in. But that's just conjecture. They both believe in equality, and geometry is the route to God. They believe in democratic freedom, and the Knights are (now?) a member of the Masons. In the 16th Century they turned away from religion, and Isaac Newton, though a determined alchemist, took over. In the 19th Century, maybe it was the 13th, they fell out with the Pope and he said he would excommunicate anyone who joined. Somewhere the Scottish rite at Rosslyne took over, adding some ritual, and Sir William St. Clare assumed leadership. Thousands visit Rosslyne every year, and membership is in the millions, world-wide. But as Nancy Pelosi said of Obamacare, you have to join, to find out what's in it.

Ben Franklin joined in 1731, John Hancock, Paul Revere and Joseph Warren were members, meeting regularly with George Washington at the Green Dragon Tavern in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later on, Franklin substituted "self evident" for Jefferson's "sacred honor", and being a good Mason, Jefferson complied. Since Voltaire, Hume, and 40 percent of the Revolutionary officers were Masons, there is little doubt the Masons were central to the Revolution, maybe even started it.

That isn't the end of it. The square is the symbol of Masonry, and Washington was keen on having Enfant lay out the capital in Masonic design. The cornerstone of the capitol building was dedicated in Masonic ritual. And have you looked at the back of a dollar bill, lately?


Originally published: Tuesday, September 22, 2020; most-recently modified: Tuesday, September 22, 2020


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