"I was done with
Freemasonry a long time ago but was asked to make some introductions to the
brothers in Paris. I did what I was asked and helped put things together. I'm
done. I did what I promised I would do.
I don't have any interest in being a part of any form of Freemasonry. It's
devolved into a political quagmire that focuses on administration and not
knowledge or brotherhood."
Jeff Peace posting using his pseudonym of Antoninus9 in December,
2007 - and yet, not long after this, he's identified as the
GOOFUS Grand Junior
Warden. Go figure!
"Pretending with the intention to deceive."
"The act of deceiving."
"Not your Grandfather's Masonry"
...so claims the self-styled Grand Orient of the United States.
Actually, it's really not Masonry at all, in the eyes of most of the world but
putting that argument aside, would you really want THAT? I mean, after
all: they list 'famous Freemasons' who were part of 'your Grandfather's
Freemasonry', they talk about historical events that were part and parcel of
Grandfather's Masonry' and some of them were even members of 'your Grandfather's
Freemasonry' - but decided that they knew a better way than the ten plus million
members over the world across three centuries. Good to know everyone has options
And as part of their 'new idea', their lodges have 'sprung up' (on the
internet at least) and then - in the blink of an eye - have vanished. One pundit
suggested you need a scorecard to keep track of the many machinations they've
gone though. Well, here it is, folks: the Grand Orient Of The United States
LODGE SCORECARD, comments and personal opinion from Ed King, this site's
author and the person who has - as everyone will agree - 'called it right' from
the start of the several predecessor organizations which did things like
recruiting online in Holocaust denier newsgroups - and SO much more!
This page is provided because, it would seem, their own list of
their constantly changing "lodges" was becoming too much of an embarrassment -
as you can see below. From now on, it'll apparently be secret so
that they can better obfuscate what's going on. Is this what you want to get
involved with? Have at it if you do - but when you've been 'ridden hard and put away
wet', do drop us a note and let us know how that worked out for you, OK?
indicates that the lodge is now 'missing in action'.
Aqua Coloring indicates that the Lodge doesn't have a website and
exists/existed in name only.
Yellow coloring indicates that the lodge is/was claimed to exist and
has a website but it hasn't been updated in a year or more - perhaps a sign that
it too is 'going, going, gone!'. No coloring indicates an active group (although
'group' probably means a 'one-man band') based on what their website shows.
many 'no color' lines can you spot below? (PS: This test
counts only if you're not color blind!)
||Lodge Name and Number
||Red Cross of Gold #1
||A Starbucks near Atlanta
||Gone and forgotten - or perhaps now
a semi-private motorcycle club? (No, we're not joking!)
||This was once the whole
||Abandoned as a lodge so as to
||Lodge des Neuf Soeurs #1
||Supposedly at Washington, DC
||Probably created so Jeff
claim the name of a 'prestige lodge' to come from
- even though it was at DC and he was in Georgia. Makes sense, huh?
||The Second #1 lodge for GOOFUS also
referred to by themselves as GOUSA.
||Nobody else except Jeff Peace
ever claimed membership in this one. Why is that, do you suppose?
||Founded in 1875, this lodge was
(some would say) 'stolen' from the Grand Lodge of Ohio by a small group
of unhappy members.
||Having won their pyrrhic victory in
court (each side having to pay their own legal fees), the new 'owners'
of the lodge seem now seem to only be sporadically
active. It has now been declared the GOOFUS national headquarters
because it's a real building, unlike the fantasies of Sirius etc.
||The 'Pied Piper' began a revolution
- but what's the long-term result? Time will tell!
Sporadic announcements when the half-dozen members in Cleveland happen
to think about it. The building was
supposed to lead a 'community Renaissance' in Cleveland but seems to
have fallen flat in its goals and has essentially no one hiring the
||G. David Cooksey
||Begun by the first - and soon
thereafter removed or resigned - Grand Secretary of the predecessor to
||Mr. Cooksey now seems, at times, to
desperately trying to reconnect with GOOFUS and had created a 'holding' website
sans specifics, apparently designed to cozy up to
despite his claims of eternal independence.
See here for more.
||Read about the Vulcans and Mr.
Cooksey's blog creation du jour
here. Because this so-called lodge is now simply a fantasy dream, it's
listing is pink. They had perhaps left GOOFUS but seemed to want to go
back but then wanted to.... it's just TOO confusing! We'll change it to another color when (IF, actually)
proof of activity shows up.
||Grand Rapids, Michigan
||Anthony S. (Tony) Melton
||The lodge of the second - and soon
removed - Grand Secretary
||They became "independent" from
GOUSA and were soon thereafter gone
||Last blog post in 2009
||Los Angeles, California
||This lodge seemed to have
'appeared' with the announcement of Mr. Slifko as the GOOFUS Grand
||It suddenly disappeared from
discussion when Mr. Slifko was bounced out as Grand Master after he
served his purpose a few brief months as
Grand Master. More here.
||Los Angeles apparently wasn't big
enough to sustain this group.... or, more accurately, it was one person
and when they booted him, it was gone.
||This one was a
fantasy, start to finish and, curiously, has been
completely dropped from their lists.
||NOTHING seems to have
ever appeared online about this, save its mention on 1-2 GOOFUS
||Creating fantasy lodges
is something very much in vogue. See the fantasy
1613 Nation for other
(A Starbucks or Hooters - although pictures of an office space of the
employer of Mr. Peace was claimed to be their physical location)
||The physical address shown on their
doesn't exist on Google or Mapquest. Wonder what THAT tells us, eh? Shortly after the fall from Grand
Mastership of Mr. Peace, the site was trashed for several weeks. In
December 2011, it was ostensibly in
WordPress Maintenance mode
to return in 60 minutes. Over 2 years and we're still
||Remember the pictures of their 'new
building'? (Well, they were both the Rite of
the Rose Croix of Gold AND Sirus which was its incarnation after the
RRCG became such a joke). In reality, they were of Jeff's employer's new offices. And
as of May, 2011, the site was gone completely - after all these
(couple of) years. Pictures are gone from that link so we've put them
||But they do claim to head to
(the restaurant known for its... well, check
the website) on a weekly basis. Great for esoteric thinking
And there's also the motorcycle thing
to add to the excitement though they were never part of the Masonic
Widow's Sons Motorcycle Association - so even more 'renegade behavior'.
||Stuart Evan McGee
||He quit GOOFUS and took his 0-2
followers with him
||Became a "Blue Sky Lodge"
illusionary concept - after an apparent dust-up with the GOOFUS founder.
is now gone too - another failure of fake Masonry.
||Their last blog post in October,
2008 indicated that the light was starting to brighten for Regulus in
Mobile. Really? It's almost 2012 and we ain't seen nothin' yet!
||And then the light just seemed to
bad. How sad. Wonder why - although after failing in bid for elective
office, Mr. Brown is still hustling for GOOFUS....
||Shall we also soon sing, "That's the
night when the lights went out in Georgia"?
||Their website was gone a few months
after its creation.
||Mr. Quest now flaps
around with various new online imitations of real Freemasonry built with
a coterie of disaffected whiners who can do nothing but complain
about regular/recognized Freemasonry but don't have the moral courage of
their convictions to leave it! He's published a one-issue newsletter
which includes copyrighted material
from our site without permission - but lawbreaking seems to be 'no
big deal' to these guys....
||New York, New York
||Never seemed to have more than one
||It's creator likened the Grand
Master of (REAL Freemasonry) in New York to Stalin - and defaulted on a
||Greece (Location undisclosed - but
it's a small country so maybe everybody knows, eh?)
||This - like the other Greek lodge
listed above - seems to have been a total and complete fantasy. It's not
listed on their lodge list any more.
||See comments above for Deucalion.
Funny how they never talk about their 'Greek connection'.... Maybe the
Google translator isn't working too well?
||You'd think that IF they had lodges
on foreign soil, they'd be talking about them all the time, wouldn't
you? They'll probably say it's because of the civil unrest... Yeah,mmmmm,
(A one-person Triangle)
||You can read more about this one
||All about atheism; only tangentially related to the
irregular form of
Freemasonry. Want to bet how long this one will last now that nobody's
paying attention to Krispen's whining?
||A self-created 'lodge' which found GOOFUS a
convenient hook. Seems to have led the way to wholesale abandonment of
belief in deity by them. Quit or tossed out 2/2011 - as predicted!
||New York, New York
(but in their PDF list of lodges, listed as Detroit, Michigan)
||Seems to have been another 'name
||Put down a name and maybe no one
will ever question it. That's the idea, it seems.
||Apparently this entity was
||This one got left off of our
||Appeared in the online PDF of
lodges but nowhere else. How curious....
(Another one-person 'lodge' or whatever)
|Los Angeles then Claremont,
||An aspiring actor who set up a nice
Joomla! website in mid-2010 but put it in 'maintenance' mode very shortly
thereafter - and forever after!
||Website inaccessible and no further
information about their existence. Their Facebook page only had one post
in July, 2010. Another dispute with the founder or just reality set in
||If you've read this far and haven't
seen a pattern here, you're obviously not reading for comprehension!
||Sir Francis Bacon Lodge of Research
||How appropriate that
they'd name a lodge of "Research" after a figure proven to be totally
unrelated to Freemasonry.
||Another 'fantasy' created for
effect, it would appear.
|Palm Coast, Florida
showed no meetings and no changes from 5/2010 to 12/15/2010.
||Following Christmas 2010, even the
graphics on their website were gone. Guess this one didn't work out
either.... As of 2/4/2011, it's a 'link farm', completely
||Another fantasy creation?
||Greece (Location unidentified)
||What connection do ANY of the
GOOFUS boys have with Greece? Answer "none whatsoever" and you'd be SO
||Did someone take a cruise there one
summer perhaps and decide they should list a bunch of places there as
||Astute readers will note that this
is chronologically #20 (or 19 or 18 or 17, depending on what you leave
in and/or take out). What's that all about?
||Benjamin Franklin #11
||Washington, DC and more recently as Falls Church,
Virginia (but actual meeting location was a big secret! Why??)
(for a a couple of fortnights their 'Grand Secretary of External Affairs)
|Fifteen days after I began creating this
page, this "lodge" decided to part ways with
GOOFUS and for a few weeks was on his own but
supposedly was going to connect with yet another bogus group. This is
the way it goes with these things - invariably!
||Formerly a regular/recognized Mason,
Tamayo became an
atheist and made a big pronouncement
at the close of his term as Master of a regular,
Apparently he didn't get enough attention from that and he couldn't work
with Jeff so this group's now out of the stable too.
||They won't do any better
independently but at least there won't be the foolishness of GOOFUS to
deal with.... Comically, we're told that Tamayo is still with them,
apparently having his cake and eating it too?
||Just a name, as far as is known
||A website appeared on 12 June 2010
proudly proclaiming this 'Triangle''s website had "gone live".
||It was just one gasp at life, it
would appear as nothing has appeared there since. Nothing. Zero. Nada!
||Just a listing, as far as is known
||Claremont, California (See above
||Not to be confused with Universelle
from 2009 - or maybe it should! Why create new lodges when you can
just 'rebrand' an old one - if the one person involved doesn't mind?
||But regardless, the website has
been in 'maintenance mode' since October, 2010 so Mr. Travis seems to
have given up on it all.
||Just three lodges after Lodge #11.
The counting is just amazing.... but this lodge ceased to be visible
after just a few weeks on the internet. Not surprising....
||Lodge of Three Luminaries
||Grand Rapids, Michigan
||(Not a one of those luminaries has
been publicly identified! <G>)
||This "lodge" only appeared on the
Praxis website. Tail wagging the
dog and imminent fall from grace for Mr. Hartung perhaps?
||Amazing how the parent group
wouldn't list one of their own lodges, isn't it - or
crow about its formation? Well, not so much since it just adds to
the attrition rate when it's gone in a couple of months (or weeks)....
||Does this seem to show what we
meant about 'smoke and mirrors'?
||Mercury Lodge #8
||Los Angeles, California
||Jef Travis (again!) &
Andrew Perry (sycophant in training)
||Created apparently just after the Founder (Peace) was
removed as Grand Master in late May, 2011.
Not a thing on their blog since April 2012. Guess they lost interest....
only person known to be associated with lodge #18, now has Lodge #8
created afterwards - along with one other person. But hey, with all the
ads on the website, maybe GOOFUS will make some money now. Will Brian
Roper still be the Treasurer? Who knows? UPDATE: Sensibility has
prevailed and the two men involved have now realized just exactly what
sort of shell game they were conned into. They've moved on and we wish
them both well. Unfortunate....
||Bigelow Lodge #243
||A Halcyon Lodge announcement which
||Just a fantasy, as far as anyone
can see. It's been "resurrected" without members or anything else!
||The Grand Orient
themselves haven't acknowledged this but their one "functioning" lodge
announced that they and the Grand Orient have "resurrected" a lodge
which was consolidated with Halycon many years ago. "...during the
period of Masonic decline (1963-2005)." Why the governing body
made even a mention of this anywhere (despite multiple daily postings to
their Facebook page at the time of Halcyon's announcement) reflects the fact that everything that's done
amongst these internet creations is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
identified - as is the norm now and nothing posted since April, 2012
just another website designed to sucker in the gullible and increase
their search engine ratings. Claimed as the lodge of
their 2013 Grand Master but the last post was April, 2012.
connection to Benedict Spinoza Lodge from above? None stated - but then
again, if I write there is none, they'll whine that I've "lied". On the
other hand, that one was in Miami and this one is in Ft. Lauderdale.
That's NOT the same place, kiddies, so it's going to be hard to claim
the connection - or do you create two lodges in the same state just to
Atlantis Lodge or maybe Atlantis Lodge #13 based on
their domain name
|OFFLINE as of
identified - of course. (Richard Holt is the domain applicant)
website - but this one with a 'twist' - although since there's nothing
on their site since April, 2012, it's hard to believe this is real
Appealing to those who imagine that they can become Masons and
participate in Masonic meetings online, this "lodge" claims to have
started in 2011 although their domain name wasn't registered until
1-16-2012. It's hard to figure out how an online lodge existed without a
domain but that's hardly the least of the shuck and jive that these boys
use to deceive. In their FAQ, they claim the author Dan Brown is a
Mason. Of course, that's pure fallacy!
|| What next?
||They come and go - often in name
only. Stay tuned.
||We'll be here to cover this
When GOOFUS revised their primary website in
December 2010, "Triangles"
morphed into "Chapters" of what appears to be a
politically-oriented "charity" which, like the anti-Masons,
seems to use US tax laws to
further their agenda. This change certainly sounds less child-like and,
after all, there are "Chapters" in other parts of regular/recognized Freemasonry
- the better to confuse the unwary. It eliminates the distinction that most of
their organization consists of short-lived interest by a single individual who
seemed to soon become aware of a larger picture that isn't as pretty as the Pied
Piper painted it. (Notice the predominant pink above? That should be a clue....)
Of course, why these 'hip' guys didn't do a Google search and wind up here to
check things out first is also pretty telling, isn't it?
We began this page the day after Christmas 2010. At that time there
were two so-called 'lodges' that appeared active. Less than three weeks later,
there was one. A day after we posted a page with that information, there were
NONE. Four months later there was one ad-ridden website being flogged by the
FOURTH new Grand Master on their Facebook page. It continues to be SO comical....
Looking back, it seems as if ANYONE contacting them could get
themselves set up as a lodge in the blink of an eye - and it gave the impression
to onlookers that the so-called Grand Orient of the United States was really
going places fast. This was apparently the information given to the gullible Grand Orient of
France in order to get their 'sharing of rituals' and 'treaty of amity'. Based on reports of emails
filled with profanities should anyone dare to question 'authority', it should
have been enough to make even the blind see - but it wasn't. (There's a long history of THAT stuff as the graphic
below shows. Wonder what it said BEFORE the editing thirty seconds later....
<chuckle> Great way to start a work day, huh?) Nope: it's sure
Good ol' Ben Franklin: we hardly knew ye....
Talk about a 'fall from grace': here was their Lodge #11 with a well
designed website (albeit with all sorts of material cribbed from
regular/recognized sources and bastardized to meet their atheistic agenda), a
multi-lingual leader who immediately became their 'Grand Secretary for External
Affairs' (proud to be seen wearing a Masonic tie with the letter 'G' quite
prominent - apparently to mean 'Gnostic' as their rituals claim). He spoke a
foreign language which no one else did (it must have been like heaven
to give up on the Google translators), plus a great physical location close to
the imaginary other lodge that Jeff claimed to belong to in Washington, DC. And yet, within the blink of an eye, it was over and the #11
was gone with AFM and then a day or two later AYM replacing it. Hey, wait!
Weren't these guys supposed to be MODERN and not ANCIENT??? (Maybe it meant
'Atheists For Masonry' or 'A Fine Mess'....) And then they were gone from the
web altogether except for a couple of fleeting appearances in blog comments made
by him trying to distance himself from the bizarre behavior of Halcyon. We
waited for a dueling
contest of domains since Mr. Tamayo owned the web address of grandorientusa.org
but it didn't happen.
So we hope that not too many of you
tied your dreams to that star. We received one message saying there were 10-12
members and the pictures on their website showed a party of men and women,
milling around together but we suspect the latter had nothing at all to do with
anything Masonic and the information from our correspondent had been gleaned
from GOOFUS directly, something no one wanting facts should have ever done. It's all
just TOO comical for words - but it's a potent reminder that if you want to be a
Mason, you need to be part of a regular/recognized lodge. Those who thought they
knew better are now out in the cold!
This is but one example of many showing the VERY fleeting nature
of this 'make-believe' Masonry: using the trappings and rituals of a three
hundred year old organization but having no more permanence than a set of
underwear. Actually, based on their past performance and that of other
similarly-situated groups, you'd probably find your underwear to last longer
than they do.
We should know better than to make changes on
this page even within hours of publishing it because SOMETHING even more crazy
will occur. They removed their e-mail contact requiring a written letter for a
while and now have returned to use a web form for communications. Apparently Mr.
Brown has lots of time on his hands to deal with this. It's is all pretty
strange thing for a group that tried SO hard to appeal to young, upwardly-mobile
and internet-engaged professionals, isn't it? Of course, we realize that every
organization is entitled to a certain amount of privacy so you could, perhaps,
argue that it's none of our business what goes on. It seems terribly strange,
though, if they ARE a vibrant and growing organization that they'd be doing/not
doing things like this - at least the way we see it. Oh, and their touted
relationship with the Grand Orient of France is apparently so significant that
the French site doesn't even link to these folks any longer despite links to other
irregular US bodies such as the George Washington Union.
vigorously denied by one GOOFUS member who seems incapable of high school
level spelling ('We've still got this here plate from their gift store so obviously they're in
fraternal relations....' is his logic), there are NO refutations from the Grand
Master thus once more leading to speculation as to whether one member is grossly
(perhaps deliberately) uninformed and/or is dissembling.
Just for clarification....
We'd previously mentioned that on every
GOOFUS lodge website there were different listings of their sister lodges. Now,
with nearly all of these sites gone, it's impossible for you to see that for
yourself. Their once highly-touted
but barely used discussion board at tracingboard.com became simply an 'ad farm'
for a few weeks but then was back up only not as a forum but
rather a place for rants and fabrications. It's now being used by the
defrocked creator and former "Grand Master" for dissertations on how smart he is
with long essays pretending to be research papers. (The difference? No footnotes
whatsoever. It's easier to claim things when you don't have to prove them.) But
there are no 'discussion groups'
any longer because it's like the sound of one hand clapping.... We thought that
the site might finally be transferred to our ownership
as promised in 2005.<GRIN> Guess they missed that memo....
To us at least, it seems as if - with the overthrow of the
founder - the train has finally come off the rails
but, as with that type of accident, things continue to plunge ahead on inertia
for some distance and surely the new engineer - living a thousand miles away
from their 'headquarters' and unable to have ever formed a lodge in his own town
- probably thinks that somehow he'll achieve where the zealous founder didn't. All of this notwithstanding, we would again, however, remind readers that they are free to make their own
decisions about affiliations etc. and not let the facts we've presented bar you
from participation should you so desire.
NOT 'regular/recognized' Freemasonry - and proud of it!
Remember that NONE of the members of any of the so-called
'lodges' shown above would be welcomed to share fellowship with any of those
'local lodges' whose buildings you see in so many places (except for that one
building in Cleveland, Ohio 'taken' from a group of Masons who'd begun the lodge
and nurtured it from 1875 through 2008). Don't believe us and think there are
big groups around the world associated with this organization and just waiting to welcome you? OK. Enjoy then - and
let us know how that works out....
Their 'discussion forum' no longer exists: it's just too
embarrassing to have so few participants it would seem. The domain has gone up for sale.
The Halcyon Charities and Halcyon Lodge
website were non-functional at the end of 2011 while they scurried around to
find someone to pay the bill but they're up and running again. The GOOFUS Facebook page has
postings, sometimes simply a duplicate of what's on the Travis/Perry website for
the 2 person California contingent. And lately they've been creating more and
more websites that all mirror each other in several ways. Looks like somebody
has a lot of time on their hands....
Every now and then, they go through an explosion of "Ed King is
horrible" postings, whining about my having stated that something happened in
March when it really happened in February (according to them) and some of these
explosions were online for just a couple of days so it's hard to tell if
somebody's smoking something strange and then coming to their senses or what.
Moreover, doesn't it appear a bit unseemly to you that a LODGE - or a "GRAND
LODGE" - would take time out of their busy schedule to whine about postings on
the seventh or eighth level down in a website that they claim is completely
inaccurate anyway? One just has to wonder.
You know, for all the problems these kiddies
found in regular/recognized Freemasonry, we'd opine that they're NOTHING to the
mess they've created. Nothing at all!
The Sirius Building:
Yep: here was the building they claimed was going to be their
building but, comically, one of their leaders later admitted that these were
actually design pictures of the building the Grand Poo-Bah's employer was
building. So much for honesty and integrity, eh?
First uploaded February 3, 2011
-- and you might expect to see some wholesale updates to their websites soon
although when the parent organization refuses to list their entities, it's not a
very good sign. But never fret: we can prove what they had when this was written.
The information above may appear to some (especially if they have a grudge to
carry against regular/recognized Freemasonry) to be judgmental and defamatory.
However, sometimes facts don't paint a very rosy picture - and all of the above
Updated February 4, 2011 when Praxis Lodge
'hit the dust'.... Just one day in the life of GOOFUS.... and again on March
28th just after Ben Franklin Lodge disappeared from the web, as just another in
the long line of 'here today ~ gone tomorrow' creations by one person.
Updated May 15, 2011. A few minor changes
and typo fixes plus the notation about lack of Grand Orient of France linkage to
the GOOFUS website. Updated again on August 30, 2011 with the addition of another
their two person lodge in California and a fantasy lodge in Cleveland and a
couple of tweaks in December, 2011 as Dale loses interest and the golden boys
from California do likewise.
Updated May 25, 2012 with a couple more of
their 'website only' "lodges". Updated December, 2013, noting the
departure of yet more of the (very few) faithful and the lack of any meaningful
web engagement for nearly two years. Added the Sirius building pictures in