|Masonicinfo Note: On April 3, 1999 we
received an e-mail from Mr. Tsoukalas indicating that we had left out the fact that after
'hearing it on the radio', he then studied Masonry exhaustively for nine years. His study,
however, appears to have been far
less than objective because - as he states in his book - from the moment of hearing that
radio program, he determined that his father should not be a Mason. One
wonders why the nine years were really necessary since its outcome was
clearly predetermined.... We believe this his claim shows just another
example of the lengths some anti-Masons will go to when attempting to
prove that they're fair-minded and forthcoming. The truth shows something
far different. They lie to others as they lie to themselves it appears.
Mr. Tsoukalas has again written to us during the summer/fall of 2000 hoping to engage in a dialogue about his book - and Freemasonry. We feel that he has sufficient opportunities for this at the annual 'Mission to Masons' conference sponsored by Larry Kunk where he's regularly one of the primary participants. Frankly, we just don't have the time or interest to debate theology.
in 2001, such pleas to debate have continued, this time even offering to
pay our airfare to the laughably titled "Ministry
to Masons" Conference in 2002 * where anti-Masons hope to earn
their 'stripes'. We've tried to explain that we discuss Freemasonry, not
religion. The contrived hypothesis ("Is Freemasonry compatible with
Christianity") requires an agreement on religion before proceeding to
discussion of Freemasonry. Clearly, there would be no possibility that I
or millions of others would agree with Mr. Tsoukalas' definition of
Christianity so his bleating about not being given an opportunity to
'prove' his points fall on deaf ears. We find it curious too that we've
begun to receive e-mails from others (a supposed Belgian Theology
Student who writes that he and Steven are troubled by my page) and
referring ONLY on the comments
appearing on this page while ignoring the nearly three hundred other pages
on this site. Interestingly, those messages bear the exact same (and very
unique) formatting of messages we have received from Mr. Tsoukalas
himself. Peculiar, isn't it - but not atypical activity from anti-Masons
who wish to sell books. This 'other identity' has even begun to
contact other Masonic sites who link to us. Looks like somebody's really
trying to get some attention, eh?
*And Mr. Tsoukalas has written to us yet
again <sigh> encouraging us to acknowledge that we incorrectly
described this particular event as "Missions to Masons"
Conference when first mentioning it on this page. Mea culpa, mea culpa,
mea culpa.... Apparently he believes that this error negates any
further comments we've made regarding his work. You, gentle reader, may
decide for yourself.
January, 2002 - Yet again, Mr. Tsoukalas has taken exception to our comments about his "cherry picking" of quotations and indicates that he did use what he claims is Coil's opinion of religion via the quote he has used on pages 20-21 in his book which cites Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia's entry on page 512.
What he neglects to recognize, however, are two key factors: first, that Henry Wilson Coil's work was never his own exclusively. It was subject to the Editorship of three additional Masons - a 'committee' - which reviewed the work and exercised editorial control that, according to the subsequent editor Allen E. Roberts, impacted on much of the work. More importantly, however, is the quote at the end of the entry on religion which, we note, extends over 10 pages of this work:
"In closing this dissertation on an important subject, one on which opinions may differ widely, it must be concluded that no matter how filled we may be with religious fervor, we must give up any idea that Freemasonry was intended to be another religious sect and that, containing as it does a large proportion of men who have already espoused some church or denomination, any such career would be plagued by internal discord or submerged in the large number of existing sects. On the other hand, Freemasonry, as a universal moral society open to all men of good report and intentions, has performed and will continue to perform a valuable and necessary function in the world." - Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, 1961 (same edition as used by Mr. Tsoukalas), p. 522.
So does Mr. Tsoukalas agree that one must give up the idea that Freemasonry was intended to be another religious sect? Does he agree that Freemasonry has performed and will continue to perform a valuable and necessary function in the world? Frankly, we doubt it.... Accordingly, we stand behind our comment that "Masonic Rites and Wrongs" uses selective quotations, often out of context, to further their illogical argument.
We'd also note that Mr. Tsoukalas' surrogate, a Belgian Theology Student who indicates that he lives in Florida, is now writing angry messages demanding that all of their criticisms of these comments be listed on this site as well, threatening to advise others of our "shameful" behavior in severely editing them when we respond here. When we've looked around at other anti-Masonic websites we - strangely - couldn't find a single one which had 'rebuttal comments' from Masons. One wonders if the same complaints have been made to their associate Mr. Kunk who's received MANY messages from Masons demanding that he acknowledge violations of copyright law and other matters.
Mr. Tsoukalas and Mr. Dennis seem to feel, however, that they're uniquely entitled to such treatment. "What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.", we'd think. Apparently not so in the amazing world of anti-Masonry.
Should Mr. Tsoukalas and his knight in shining armor Mr. Dennis feel that they want to publicize their complaints about our opinion of this work, they're certainly free to do so. Everyone is entitled to opinions, after all. We aren't going to waste any further time on this unexceptional work simply because its author and his friend/associate/whatever have their 'knickers in a snit'....
And we aren't going to be updating this site every day based on your whining e-mails, fellas! Get over it!!!
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