On this page, we provide a 'running commentary' of the changes both large
and small which we make relative to anti-Masonry, Masonry
(Freemasonry), bogus Masonry,
and all of the related items on this site. Because sometimes there are changes 'on the fly' (a
spelling error, perhaps, or a very minor rewording), not every
noted in this summary. We do try, however, to comment on changes
that might be helpful to our guests in finding
items of specific interest.
Our current website
version is dated May 21, 2014
January 8, 2014 update to
Spamming emails to various Grand Lodge addresses along with
several sent to us caused us to review a book titled
"If" by Sébastien Peretti. Long
story short: save your money!
- Added more places/things on our page on where to buy
Masonic books (and pins, rings, and more);
- We discovered that our page on the group calling themselves the
World Egyptian Rite Masons wasn't
complete when it went live on January 8th. We've fixed that now. Sorry!
- Is the so-called Grand Orient of the
United States (GOOFUS) completely defunct? Sure looks like it based on their
web activity - or lack thereof....
- Should have mentioned earlier our thanks to Grand Lodge representatives who
supply us with address, phone number and/or website changes. There are only a
couple of sites on the web that have world-wide listings that are kept
up-to-date so we appreciate the input. Thanks, Brothers (and other Grand Lodge
November 24, 2012 update to January 8, 2014
WHOA! How did over a year slip away without an update to this site? Well, there
are a couple of excuses but no real reasons. Masonic activity locally has been
fun, fulfilling, and intense while anti-Masons and the bogus crowd have been
very low key during the past few months. Being part of things at both a local
and Grand Lodge level has left precious little free time - and discovering new
opportunities to serve the Craft has been much more exciting than chronicling
the aberrant behavior of those who deserve mention on this website. Looking
around, you'll see that only 1-2 'fake Masonry' sites ever added anything during
2013 and some have fallen away when their domain ownership expired without
renewal - a testimony to their lack of actual existence as we've noted all
along. A few new anti-Masons have appeared but by now, their shrill and puerile
attacks are easily seen for what they are: attempts to garner attention. It's
easier for them to tear down others than to get followers on their own merit
(which is often sorely lacking). Yep, masonicinfo.com is still alive and still
getting 30,000-40,000 or more page views each month. We continue to 'pay the
rent' from our own pocket and keep it alive. It's still a labor of love, but as
the years pass and the influx of new applicants seem to 'see through' the
stupidity often found on the web, it has sometimes seemed like adding 'just one
more' anti-Mason to the list is really 'piling on'. In any event, sorry it's
been so long, but we've got a few interesting tidbits for you now:
Added another little story to our page on why you shouldn't wear Masonic
jewelry pretending to be something you're not:
- And it wouldn't be an update if we didn't add to our page of phony/bogus
organizations pretending to be 'real' Freemasonry;
- We added a page on a disturbed Toronto citizen - and found that he was
actually a close neighbor of our perpetual source of comedy, Mike Restivo. Then,
as the antics and bizarre behavior of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was making
headlines on news broadcasts and comedy programs everywhere, we realized that
all three of these men had something in common - and not just their place of
residence. Read the story here.
- Updated the story on Conrad Murray,
who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of rock star
- Along with that, we added a whole page on the so-called
World Egyptian Rite Masons which, it
would seem, is a group of just a couple at the most; they're funny!
- Made some changes to the GOOFUS and
Dissembling Lodges pages as well. We continue to hear from
ex-members (although it's only a trickle since they've probably never had more
than 30 people at any time) and it seems, based on tax records and a moribund
website, that their Cleveland building, swiped from the Grand Lodge of Ohio,
might cause them to completely disappear in the not-too-distant future -
although when you've got someone who can't admit he bollixed things all up, that
might not be as likely as it would otherwise be expected.
- We've also revisited a number of pages from our recent 'interesting specimens'
to note that the websites about which they'd crowed so loudly a year or two ago
are now nowhere to be found. Patience and perseverance doesn't seem to be part
of the lexicon for them - but since they were flat-out wrong to begin with, it's
October 21, 2012 update to
- It was brought to our attention today that an erroneous picture appeared
on our page about the demise of G. David
Cooksey. This has been rectified;
- Added a page about the wearing of a
Masonic ring of a deceased relative;
- Included a link to the history of the Texas Longhorns 'hook 'em horns' sign
fancied by some ultra-neurotic people as a means by which Masons signal to each
other on our page about Masonic
- Called to task for not having updated our information relative to Pierre
L'Enfant's supposed Masonic membership, some comments have been added on the
Famous NON-Masons page about
January 3, 2012 update to
The more you get involved in Freemasonry on a local level,
the less time you have to be creating web pages. What has been clearly observed,
though, are two things:
1. That the vast majority of
anti-Masonic stuff that's thrown onto the web (or any part thereof including
social networking sites) generally represents a bout of self-aggrandizement. Those who lash
out don't have a clue and their interest in condemning Freemasonry and/or its
members flitters away quickly. Wimps or idiots: hard to tell sometimes but it's
interesting that Freemasons are generally proud to proclaim their membership
even unto death via
obituaries and on their gravestones while anti-Masons never, ever do.
2. Freemasonry as a whole isn't very
good about presenting themselves online. A media consultant (usually NOT a Mason
<sigh>) here and a web page kept up-to-date for a year or two there don't really
have a lot of 'push' in terms of making the organization more well known. Thus,
we provide here ongoing information that stands the test of time and which can
be relied upon.
Now if ONLY those who are so frantic about joining (from
Africa and other developing countries) could just stop emailing me when the
fully explained with links from the home
- Added some information about Masonic suppliers of books and jewelry on our
- Moe Bedard,
creator of the WebmasterMasons site has taken considerable umbrage over our
disclosure of him and his activities, although we're not the
only ones. Read his email and more
- Updated some Grand Lodge addresses on our page here.
Thanks to those who've sent corrections. If we missed any, please email us
- Added commentary about those with a
criminal past seeking information relating to joining Freemasonry. It's a
- The so-called Halcyon Lodge, part (or maybe not - depends on what day of the
week it is apparently) of the so-called Grand Orient of the United States (GOOFUS), several months ago took great umbrage at
what we'd written about them (see the page
Halcyon Hogwash) and responded - at least for two days before they
apparently realized both the libel and stupidity of what they
had written about
yours truly. That's ok: just as they'd bragged that they had copies of what I'd
written so they could point out if changes were made, so too are there copies
with me. <chuckle> The poor dears: they apparently think somebody might care.
- And along the same lines, the so-called Grand Orient of the
United States had an announcement about the passing of G. David Cooksey, a
long-time antagonist of this site and its creator. Read the 'spin' (and lies) on this event
- The page about their many fantasy lodges has
also been updated with some new information which shows
the shuck and jive process progressing still. Oh, and did we mention that one of
their "lodges" claims that author Dan Brown is a Mason? Perhaps they should get
in touch with Mr. Brown and let him know - or maybe they got him confused with
their apparently former Grand Master whose name they seemed afraid to mention,
- And while the GOOFUS boys have been creating more online fantasies,
perennially reality-challenged Brad Cofield seems to have lost all of his lodges
as their domain names have expired and he's been battling the evil forces of the
man he fawned over for the past couple of years, another one who's created
fantasy pseudo-Masonic groups. Completely bizarre. See
here for the latest.
- Plus in addition to all of the above, we've added small
pieces to a number of pages including those in our
book review section, our list of
bogus lodges, a couple of more
names to our people page, and more.
February 4, 2011 update to
Sorry to have
been SO long in making this update. I've been deep into several Masonic
activities that have just been SO much fun and so fulfilling as well. It's been
a delightful change from dealing with the folks that are written about on this site.
- Added links to a news story about the bogus
"The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of South Carolina"
- and THIS is why we are so adamant about making sure that those who use
the trappings and words of Freemasonry actually do represent Freemasonry. This
guy and other bogus groups do not!
- Added pages about a couple of more bizarre 'fake Masonry' outfits including
the Moe Bedard and his "WebmasterMasons"
and the deliberately elusive
- We were amused to find that the so-called Grand Orient of
the United States (GOOFUS as we refer to them but GOUSA as they like to fashion
themselves) announced in June (2011) that they were
moving forward into 2011. Glad they caught up with the rest of the world
which did that several months earlier. We've updated the ongoing saga of
and added information about their once
proudly proclaimed relationship with the Grand Orient of France from which they
loudly and defiantly proclaimed their legitimacy. Rewriting
history once again, however, they now pretend it never mattered at all and the <10 members
seek some other hook on which to hang their reason for being. We've also probably finalized the page
about their former Praxis Lodge
in Idaho although pushing the atheistic agenda, the one-man
band (perhaps 2) has already hooked up with another
irregular and unrecognized body which will likely be to that
organization's detriment also.
We've also documented some of the
Halcyon Lodge hogwash since they're SO obnoxiously vocal about their
rightful place in the Masonic universe
but seem to be failing fast when even their touted 'venue' of a building was
seemingly unable to secure winter holiday bookings.
information about the Masonic Knights
Templar Eye Foundation, a truly great charity;
Added information about the
Norway assassin, Behring, who was a member of Freemasonry in Norway;
- Clarified some misinformation spread around the web
defaming Ken Mitchell, an avid
Masonophobe from the past;
- Added a number of names to our list of
irregular bodies and expanded
information on some of them;
- Added a number of 'tiny factoids' throughout including the death of anti-Mason
- Managed to get a couple of more
book reviews done finally;
- Updated information about
Carroll O'Connor's wearing
of a Masonic ring in the popular "In the Heat of the Night" television series.
February 3, 2011 update to
- We've said
MANY times since Mr. Peace was removed from Freemasonry in 2004 that a house
built from spite along cannot long stand. Less than 24 hours after our last
update which included a page about
their imaginary lodges, the
last 'apparently functioning' lodge of the so-called Grand Orient of the United
States (whom we have given the acronym of GOOFUS while they call themselves
GOUSA), has left their fold. What other grandiose schemes will emerge for this
bizarre situation? We hear that their newsletter editor, Mr. Quest, is forming
an alliance with a disaffected Mason who loves to meddle whenever/wherever he
can. What a pitiful situation. These people don't want to be involved with
regular/recognized Freemasonry yet they do everything in their power, it seems,
to create organizations 'just like' it. How stupid is that?
December 17, 2010 update to
- Unmentioned in news of our last update was our entirely new revision of our
page about the so-called Grand Orient of the United States which followed
closely on the heels of a new website of theirs. Having been roundly defeated in
his political aspirations, Dale Brown is back in evidence again there as well.
Our new page, though, was because the MANY metamorphoses and knee-jerk changes
in direction had left the old story a tortured mess (just like the reality of
this group, it seems). So do enjoy the newly updated (and, temporarily, less
confusing) GOOFUS page while the former
page remains for record purposes
here. In light of recent events threatening to rip the organization (such as
it is) apart, we've also added a page with the status of their so-called lodges,
nearly all of which are fantasy creations while the others are jumping ship
rapidly. Check it out here.
It'll be out of date within a couple of days of going online, we're pretty sure.
- Added some more information about the claims of the apparently sole
We've got a BUNCH of other things that we wanted to add but other commitments
have kept us from doing so. We'll keep working on it though.
August 11, 2010 update to
There's SO much more to add on so many different topics and the changing face of
'fake Masonry' means what they're doing one day isn't what they're doing the
- Received some interesting commentary about
our page on
President Obama. Did you watch the swearing in of his staff? If you're a Mason
and you had, you'd KNOW he wasn't a Mason. Thanks to Brother Chris Robbins for
his insight on this;
- We continue to add various places to our
listing of Grand Lodges but become
increasingly distressed that we'll get a dozen or more messages daily asking "How do I join?".
Aren't the three links on the home page enough to point to the section which
contains a dozen pages of instructions enough? Do we need a flashing neon sign?
- Email scams are on the rise. Be
careful out there;
- We've been alerted to yet more instances of G. David Cooksey, creator of the
pseudo-Masonic Vulcan Lodge in Birmingham, Alabama 'going spare' yet again. There's a link
you're up for a giggle (because this saga is SO absurdly funny);
- And we've also added some information on the "Praxis
Prattle" by somebody who's craving their 15 minutes of fame but not likely
to get TOO much with the GOOFUS Grand Master around; and a new page on the whole
concept of why no atheists are
allowed in Freemasonry;
- The elections of 2010 in the US provided some bizarre moments but some of our
attention was on Ward 29 in Toronto, Canada where the person who claimed using
your computer's backspace key was illegal was this year running for public office. Welcoming back to the
spotlight: Mike Restivo, now a public
figure - who nearly lost his pants in a pathetic showing;
- The bogus Grand Lodge of All England's
"Grand Secretary" continues to amuse while he continues, sans website,
to lie about having hundreds of members world-wide. It's amazing how all of
these bogus groups delude themselves;
- Not that they're all important, but perhaps the "True Catholic" website
discovered that our page ranked higher in Google than their own - and so became
truecatholic.us. We've changed
our links accordingly;
- From time to time we get a question about why atheists are not eligible for
Masonic membership. Our explanation is
- Added yet another person to our "Black
Sheep" page as a reminder that Freemasonry - like all of society - is not
immune from bad behavior;
- And, of course, the usual 'touch up' things including some spelling errors,
internal links added, and more. For next time, coming soon, we've planned a
chronology of the constantly disappearing 'lodges' (perhaps they should be
called "dodges"?) of the GOOFUS crowd, added essays, some book reviews, an update on the CHIPS
program page among other things.
April 7, 2010 update to
August 11, 2010
- Not a good
time for fake Masonry it would seem, despite their internet imaginativeness: Bad
acting and/or a bad actor (literally!) may have ruined
the Grand Lodge of All England after not even five years by blowing away the
fantasy 900 year old tradition he spent so many
hours creating on their website. See here for more information.
Meanwhile the Vulcans seem to have
vulcanized (except for one non-member who remains fossilized
in the past and has revised a long-outdated blog suddenly
realizing nobody whatsoever gave a whit about him perhaps) while a pseudonym writes to us privately that Rui Gabbiro is "creating havoc" with
his so-called Masonic High Council of the so-called
Regular Grand Lodge of
England including sucking in men in Lebanon desperate for affiliation with
Freemasonry. We've also been thinking about buying stock in
United Parcel Service based on the many
UPS store boxes John Gilbert of the so-called "Esoteric
Masons" is using in order to avoid the connection of his many
organizations with the warnings given here - because they're at a
different address. The Grand Orient of the
United States (GOOFUS) has seemed to pick up a new lodge (apparently they've
given up the charade of a 'triangle' consisting of three people before they
formed a lodge with seven and now just one person is enough!) but
adding one "lodge" doesn't seem to make up for
having lost several
as they continue their downward spiral. Guess their Supreme Leader isn't finding
it as easy to rule as he thought it would be. And, as usual,
Mr. Cofield continues desperately and
pathetically seeking attention. Lost money to any of these folks or others? Drop a note and
let us know!
We've added a
couple of more names to our list of famous non-Masons. A tip of the hat to all
those who've written about this page both now and in the past;
- Added some more Grand Lodges to
our listing and fixed a couple of addresses;
- A very special and important note: Over
the years, there have been a couple of sites which tried to address the
embarrassment and strife that fake/bogus groups pretending to be Freemasons can
cause. Most of these were one-offs, created on the basis of 'let's run it up the
flagpole and see who salutes.' They soon thereafter were abandoned. Now, though,
a VERY promising website has arisen to address the issue of rampant
irregular/unrecognized groups calling themselves Freemasons in Lebanon.
The site is modern appearing and promises to reveal the names and details of the
many bogus groups operating there.
Click here for
their site. Although the creator(s) have chosen to remain anonymous, that
would be quite understandable considering the political situation in that
country and although we've long railed against sites with no identified authors,
we can understand the need for privacy in this case. Best wishes with this
needed work, Brothers!
- Found yet another scam involving the supposed giving away
of money - oh, and membership too if you want it! Scams are everywhere: don't be
foolish! Read more about this scholarship (a "foundation laying grant"
they call it) scam
- A small group of rabid 'traditionalist' Catholics has
decided that "Freemasonry" is all against them because of what I'd written on
the page I added in the last update. Ignoring what I've written about
comparative wrongs, they've chosen to portray themselves as the victims
of some great persecution because I dared mention how the
Catholic Church seems to have spent far more time in the last couple of decades
condemning the imagined evils of Freemasonry while ignoring abuse of children by
their priests. The page has been
updated with additional commentary.
February 2, 2010 update to
April 7, 2010
- The Catholic Church is rocked by more, and more intense,
scandals. Yes, that Catholic Church which has declared that Freemasonry is bad.
We've done a write-up on the
'comparative outrage' here;
- Whenever we shine a little light into the closet that is
Modern Rite of Memphis
errr... United Grand Lodge of
America errrr... Grand
Orient of the United States, we always get a reaction. Within
only hours of uploading our last update, there was a flurry of e-mails nearly
all of which were self-congratulatory rationalizations for past behavior. The saga continues but by now, it's clear that those pursuing the path
laid out by the self-anointed Grand Master are simply living in a fantasy world
which has ZERO relationship to Freemasonry and ZERO relevance. One must wonder
how grown men can continue to deceive themselves but throughout history it has been
thus. Fortunately it hasn't yet gotten to the 'People's Temple' or 'Heaven's Gate' stage
though from the rabid behavior of some of those who were supporters in the past,
we had that fear. Sanity now appears to be returning to almost all
former members, they having slinked off into the darkness from whence they came but the self-delusion in a handful remains evident.
See the latest here. Oh, and
one of their only adherents left is running around
stealing copyright material -
from me! Typical: thieves and liars all, it seems.
- After 7 years, we've updated our page about 'Religious
Intolerants' and Freemasonry. Just an elaboration but it includes comments
on a broader approach to hatred. We've also added a page on
Catholics in light of the recent sex
scandal revelations which seem to show high church authorities looking the other
way. It seems that their time spent railing against Freemasonry might have been
better spent addressing the evils within their own organization.
- Every now and then someone will quote the Sacred-Texts website to 'prove' that
there really was such a thing as Palladium Masonry. More about that
- Updated our Jack Chick page with newer
links. It's been a long time since we did that and most were broken. Sorry.
- With the arrest of Doctor Conrad Murray, a number of folks have been visiting
our site to understand that his picture in Masonic regalia does NOT mean that
the is a part of regular/recognized Freemasonry. Read more - and see pictures of
his so-called Grand Lodge - here.
- Brad Cofield continues his pestiferous
behavior and has now created a dozen or so websites which create the illusion
that there is such a thing as "Post-Modern Freemasonry". If you've had encounters
with Brad, do let us know so we can keep others from falling into his web of
- And, as usual, added a
few names to our list of anti-Masons. We haven't bothered to document any of
them directly as their whines, rants and stupidity is simply 'more of the same'.
There's little new and the arguments all seem to be simple repetition, most
geared to garner attention and nothing more.
October 28, 2009 update to February 2, 2010
- "Free Masonrie" is apparently the new 'what we do du-jour' for the self-created
"Grand Lodge of All England". In the past two
months of 2009, their erstwhile Mr. Clatworthy has apparently concocted this new
means of obfuscation. It's hysterical!
- And the so-called "Regular Grand
Lodge of North Carolina" (under the bogus "Regular
Grand Lodge of England") now has one of their "Senior Officers" in Iraq
passing out degrees.
(Not a senior officer in the military, mind you, but a Senior Officer in their
little canoe club.) Be
careful out there!
- The Grand Orient of the United States (referred to by us and many others with
the acronym GOOFUS) seems to have 'lost' their fearless leader. Say it ain't so,
Jeff.... The tantalizing bits here.
- Karen Trenouth continues to amaze
and astound with her sloppy scholarship and absolutely absurd conclusions which
reveal FAR more than she appreciates;
- Added book reviews including
Debunked!, a great read for those who think the world's gone mad with
conspiracies sprouting from every crack in the sidewalk and two about the death
of William Morgan. Also added several
books about the Knights Templar books on
this page including some fiction that you might enjoy;
- Added yet more information about more schemes by the internet gadfly,
Brad Cofield who's now haunting Facebook
and other locales, scaring people and enjoying it apparently;
- Found that 'Doctor' John Gilbert of the so-called 'Esoteric
Freemasons' is even more busy than we'd thought. Now he's got a charity for
single women supported by - who'd have guessed - all of his other pseudo-groups.
Read about Infinity Point here.
- Added a piece of information about
invitations to Masonic
- And yes, perennial foot-in-mouther Pat Robertson is at it again, proclaiming that the
Haitian earthquake was all because the Haitians made a pact with the devil some
200 years ago. Despite this, he's STILL influential. Amazing what simple minds
September 19, 2009 update to October 28, 2009
some details on some Masonophobes including
Eliza Earsman who's
convinced the "Scottish Ritual Masons" are plotting World War III;
- And more earth shattering news this update: the
often pernicious blogger who has hidden behind the moniker of "Widow's Son"
on the "Burning Taper" blog, never missing a chance to denigrate Freemasons
and Freemasonry while presenting a hygienized view of the antics of the GOOFUS
crew (but never seeming to have the intestinal fortitude
to leave the Grand Lodge of Georgia to join them) has
now self-identified as John "David" Ross (something that came as no secret to
most), for a very special purpose. No, it's not so the "Doctor"
can sell you some
homeopathic stuff to change your life but rather to
try and capitalize on his
oft-disdained Masonic ties to get you
and your lodge into a
multi-level marketing program. If he isn't a millionaire in
three weeks, it'll all be my fault - just as everything that happens involving these characters
seems to be. (Just FYI: the Federal Trade Commission's page on Multi-Level Marketing is
here for those who might consider this path to freedom from want. Another
great site regarding MLM is
- Spurred on by world-wide inquiries, we continue to add and
elaborate on our listing of Grand Lodges throughout the world. Sadly, some bogus
organizations have planted their (internet) flag in more repressive parts of the
world, attempting to secure money and membership from those who dearly crave
more freedom and personal liberties. Be careful of scams!!!
- Updated our page about Masonic
scholarships where we also warn of internet scams.
our September 13, 2009 update to September 19, 2009
world was all a-buzz with Dan Brown's book and although a trending topic on
Twitter for the morning of 9/15, it was gone by afternoon. Fame is a fleeting
thing - especially compared with the 300 years Freemasonry has been around.
While Catholics were up in arms about their portrayal in
Brown's earlier work (The DaVinci Code),
Freemasons were treated quite respectfully. We believe there's a large reservoir of goodwill towards
Freemasonry which seems to have gone unnoticed by most Masons prior to now
and it's bubbling up with the essentially positive works of recent years. See
our further review of The Lost Symbol
- The earth-shattering announcement on 9/15 wasn't Dan Brown's book though: it
was that the so-called "Euclid Lodge" in Michigan has severed its ties with the
Grand Orient of the United States (GOOFUS).
- And that's it for now....
our August 31, 2009 update to September 13, 2009
Freemasonry Watch website has been jumping with glee over a picture of Dr.
Conrad Murray, suspect in the Michael Jackson death, in a Masonic collar. What
the WHOLE story? Not one you'd EVER find at his site but we've got it here.
- Added a listing of books about
Pike and books about the
Illuminati which might be of interest to some visitors including a review of
a book about the REAL Illuminati,
- Also added information about Pike and the supposed connection to the
Knights of the Golden Circle
including commentary on the book Rebel Gold.
- Book review of a brand new work by Jay Kinney published on 8 September
2009 just in advance of The
Lost Symbol and designed to be information supplemental to what it's
presumed to be about, titled The
Masonic Myth. Highly recommended!
- And, as is customary, added a couple of new names to our list of anti-Masons.
Every turn through Amazon now reveals more self-published crap with more
opportunities for people to pretend they actually have something worth writing
- Added world championship motorcyclist Joey Dunlap of Ireland to our list of
Famous Freemasons thanks to Bro.
Dermott Lawless. His lodge said that "Joey was a dedicated Mason, and visited
Lodges throughout the world when he was on his travels, be it races or charity
work." - of which there was much and for which he was honored with an OBE.
our July 9, 2009 update to August 31, 2009
We continue to
expand and enhance listings of Famous
Freemasons as well as Famous
Non-Masons etc. These pages are always very popular despite the disdain we
see expressed online from time to time about 'a bunch of old, dead guys';
- Masonic hand signs (handsigns as they're sometimes referred to) seem to be the
big thing on the internet these days. Some folks with more time than sense spend
endless hours looking for that quarter-second video clip showing some world
leader making a sign so everyone will know he's a 'big deal Mason' - although he
(or she!) won't just come right out and say so. You can read
more about this phenomena and the fantasy of it all here;
- Because we're always getting e-mails about the
eye in the pyramid, we've added a bit more
information (and done some visual enhancements) to that particular page and
we've expanded one of our most visited pages -
the Illuminati! We've also added a
page about the supposed letter from Mazzini to Pike about the
Three World Wars.
- We've also done a bit of 'touch-up' work on the
USENET Freemasonry FAQ. With
major ISPs now dropping these streams, this may soon become a relic of the past.
- Perhaps the biggest change of all on this update was the complete revision of
our Site Map. We hope you like it.
- Added a new page about appraisals
of Masonic items. It's something you'll want to read.
- We've spend a fair amount of time going through the site and picking
up on places where we've had some inconsistencies arising from not fully
re-reading pieces after they were changed slightly. No big deal, and anyone
reading those sentences would immediately recognize that it was just a matter of
brain moving faster than fingers. Nonetheless, we've caught several and have
tidied them up;
- Added a few more names and biographies of anti-Masons to the
'shame on them' listing including
Daniel Hopkinson who has
managed to find a seach-engine darling site on which to proselytize,
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee who
was convicted of terrorism and faces a sixty year prison sentence,
Scott Roeder who is accused
of brutally murdering a doctor in Kansas, and
the absurd near-child
who desperately wants to be a darling of the internet conspiracy set;
- Included information about the upcoming book by Dan Brown, "The
Lost Symbol". We'll have much more after we've read the book. We've also
added some info about a book titled
Code by Stephen Brown (no relation to Dan but written along the same
lines) which uses masonicinfo.com as part of the plot. Buy a copy!!! <grin>
- Made changes and additions to our
Grand Lodges address/website listing page (with thanks to those who've sent
messages to keep us current!;
- Brad Cofield under the cover of yet another of his alter egos - Raum Sariel -
is at it again, creating
more fantasy pseudo-Masonic organizations. What's more hilarious, though, is
that his prior use of a stolen photograph to perpetuate his lies seems to have
resulted in a happy outcome. Read the story
our June 20, 2009 update to July 9,
- Have you been directed to this website to sign up as part
of receiving millions of dollars from the Freemason society? Sadly, this is a
FRAUD! You can read more here
about the absurd lie which has used this web site as part of its ruse.
- Added a couple of more men to our Famous
Freemasons section including the 'father of surfing', Duke Kahanamoku
(Thanks, Bro. Ron Swan who tells us that this is the first time Bro. Duke been
included on such a list!), and fixed up a couple of typos found along the way.
- Ah, those kiddies from the so-called Vulcan Lodge are practicing their brand
of 'Masonic behavior' again so - as promised - the make-believe 'Masons' from
Birmingham, Alabama have had some updated commentary added to
this page about them - and
simultaneously we tidied up the page about the so-called Grand Masters of the GOOFUS (Grand Orient of the United States) group to which Vulcan appears to
desperately want to affiliate but can't because of <no, we don't mention that
name around here - but insiders will 'get it'>.
- Added just a bit more to our Contact Us
page. Every now and then there's that e-mail from someone who feels threatened
about writing. Trust me: only people who are doing things they shouldn't ever
- And added a couple of more folks to our anti-Masons listing including such
'gems' as Shella Roma, the 29
year old UK woman who thinks Freemasonry was responsible for 9/11 and encourages
readers of her pamphlet to start a holy war in support of Osama bin Laden.
our February 11, 2009 update to
June 20, 2009
- An announcement of a new blog I've started about the iPhone.
If you're a Mason and want to know what the fuss is all about (or are already an
iPhone enthusiast), drop by
and see what you think.
- All Black people are the same, right? In the mind of Canadian
racist 'Freemasonry Watch' also
formerly known as "St. John, the Sublime
Reformer", apparently so as he vainly attempts to prove that US President
Barack Obama is a Mason by citing an
anonymous 2007 post on a conspiracy web site. Replete with his rant are pictures
of Senator Roland Burris. It's pitiful - and it's at the bottom of
this page which, sadly, he'll gain from
if you go to see it due to his many ads. <sigh>
- New Hampshire tax evader and Masonophobe
Ed Brown and his wife still sit in prison cells trying to convince the world
that Freemasonry is the root of all their problems. It would be laughable if it
weren't so darn tragic. His phobia could have cost many, many lives!
- Convicted Mason-hater and murderer Rene
Sonny Stermole's attempts at freedom continue as he tries to prove that he's
- The ever-resourceful Karen Trenouth has, it appears, mastered the art of 'cut
and paste' although she's still completely oblivious to the concept of 'making
sense'. She's even taken us to task claiming that - by simply so stating - she's
proven something. Hey, Karen: I'm the most handsome guy in the world! What? You
don't believe it? I've PROVEN it. FULL STOP. Read more about her ongoing
- The self-created so-called "Grand Orient
of the United States" (GOOFUS) has, yet again, shaken the Masonic world with
their antics. Of course, the shaking comes from the belly laughs everyone seems
to be having as a result of their continued absurdities. What's new now?
A new Grand Master - yet again! But
this time, it's the one you knew was running the organization (such as it is)
all along and more degrees - to fleece/opiate the masses. It must be SO much fun
having degrees done by 1-2 people. But it was a requirement for their so-called
'recognition' so sure: their leader will be willing to accept a ton more titles;
- Oh, and nothing new about you know whom! He'll be SO disappointed. We do have
some more silliness to report from those
Due to my long-time web host apparently dying, we've moved to a new hosting site. Sorry for any
inconvenience if you've been looking for us for the last few days. There
are several other new updates but until we've re-verified the data, we won't
mention them just yet. We'll have another update within 2-3 weeks if all goes
well. If you see anything that looks like it's 'mid-stream', give a shout so we
won't overlook it. Thanks.
our January 31, 2009 update to February 11, 2009
A quick addendum to address just two things from the last
will do simply ANYTHING for attention. Anti-Masons and, now - regularly - those who want to pretend
they're Masons by starting so-called 'Lodges' epitomize this perfectly. To that
end, we've added a disclaimer for Mr. Cooksey's benefit at the bottom of our
page about the silliness of the self-created Vulcan
- Once again we've heard cries from a supporter of the various self-created 'bogus'
Masons - anonymously, so as to avoid responsibility for his smears - to rail
against this site, arguing that I haven't "proven" that these groups
formed within the past 1-2 years are bogus and aren't really Freemasonry. Buy a
Duncan's Ritual at your grocery store and proclaim yourself a Mason and,
suggests the logic of at least one pseudonymous blogger, that will make you a Mason. WHEE! Despite
ongoing opportunities to those identified on this site to provide even the most
meager refutation, all they can seem to muster is rants and threats. They whine about how mean (or mean-spirited) I am. Boo-hoo!
One person (a pseudonym, of course) has argued that I call people stupid.
Really? A site search reveals that in over 350 pages on this site the word
"stupid" occurs 24 times, at least half of those being specific quotes not of my
creation. Several years ago we wrote a page about a then-active anti-Mason, Ken Mitchell,
and referred to "stupid tricks" on that page. Because it was written at a time when David Letterman's major Late Night television program 'hook' was
"stupid pet tricks", it was very much in vogue. In only one instance have I ASKED (hinting in the
affirmative) that a person was stupid - and, frankly, it's darn well justified!
(That statement has been on the site for about four years.) This is all a ruse,
folks: they want to divert your attention from the fact that there are a handful
people pretending to be Masons when they aren't. It's just that simple. We've
had it explained on this page titled
Fake Masonry for quite some time.
our October 27, 2008 update to
January 31, 2009
- Was the California father who committed suicide after
killing his wife and five children a Mason? Not very likely - and our
explanation is here.
- Is President Obama a Mason? We say to those who argue that
he is, PROVE IT! Read our analysis on this
- Can it really be? Yet ANOTHER Grand Master now leading the
so-called Grand Orient of the United States (also known as GOOFUS)??? Whoever would have
guessed THAT, eh? (Perhaps anyone who knows or knows of the founder....) And
guess who it is? Don't feel badly if this doesn't surprise the socks off. Read more
here. Oh, and then there's the part about their website
being hacked or stolen or something. It gets funnier every day!
- The one-man (2 maybe?) band at the so-called Vulcan Lodge
apparently has nothing better to do than watch our site - and react. Read the
story about their missing blog post within 24 hours of our 'outing' the feeble
attempt to obfuscate - along with some comments about teacups in lodge - here.
- We've found that John Gilbert has been busy creating
even MORE groups to augment his bogus "Ancient, Accepted and Esoteric
Freemasons" organization. Get out your wallet and head
- Poor Brad Cofield. Out in the cold yet again. Even the GOOFUS crowd can't bear
to have him around. And just a few months ago, he was going to help grow their
organization in the Northwest United States. Don't blink, folks: something will
change yet again. Meanwhile, you can read all about Brad
-Karen Trenouth's blog posts are always good for a laugh but none more so than
the post in which she has provided irrefutable proof that her theories about the
Jack the Ripper murders can easily be validated by virtue of the 'evidence'
she's seen in a 100 year old grainy photo. We've even got the picture-proof
here. SCREEN ALERT WARNING: We will not be
responsible for computer screens damaged by the expulsion of any liquid or solid
matter in your mouth when reading this.
This particular update has been a bit rushed due to personal priorities. More
will be coming soon.
our August 29, 2008 update to
October 27, 2008
- We had given a newly-started Masonic publication a listing on
our site but the Editor was apparently miffed so we've simply deleted it. You
may want to take note of his comparison of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of New York to Stalin here.
- It was a pleasure to delete the 'Not recognized by their mainstream
counterpart' note from our listing
of the MW Grand Lodge of North Carolina, PHA based on the actions taken by the
GLNC on September 19, 2008. There are now 10 state Grand Lodges who do not
recognize their Prince Hall counterpart, all in the Southeastern US which many
have noted smacks of apparent racism.
- Hey, those crazy Vulcanites are either living in a time warp or they're
double-dipping, take your pick. And they're also using some pretty phony
photographs to mislead. Read more about it here.
- And finally, made a number of corrections thanks to the sharp eyes of several
readers who noted typos and fractured sentences. The feedback is much
appreciated even though rarely answered on a timely basis.
From our August 27, 2008 update to August 29, 2008
- So you don't think there's anything wrong with people
starting groups and calling themselves Masons? Try
THIS story on for size. It comes just a
couple of days after a well-respected Mason used
his blog to implore those of us who refer to 'Fake Masonry' to quit doing
it. "Ignore them and tend to your own temple." - and let criminals and frauds
steal Freemasonry's good name. Interesting....
- And it's hard to believe but Brad Cofield, after being caught in the act of
stealing photographs, then lies about it. Read 'the rest of the story'
- The Grand Lodge of All England apparently is getting
twitchy about the
attention they've received from others who don't agree that
Masons should simply ignore those who steal
Freemasonry's name and trappings. Read about their
Don't Link On Me activities here.
From our August 2, 2008 update to August 27, 2008
- Added book reviews for
The Freemasons Key and
Quips, Squibs and Some Curiosities,
both of which I think any Mason would enjoy;
continues to make misleading accusations about comments we'd previously made.
Read the facts
- We've also added a lot more information about the
behavior of Brad
Cofield including the theft of pictures and lies about
- Moving Brad to his own page gave us the opportunity to talk about the Grand Orient of the United
States current advertising slogan (Traditional
- We've also gotten a couple of e-mails from individuals begging to be included
as anti-Masons. How sad.... and No, children: you're simply a
fly-speck on the backside of life and don't warrant even a
modicum of attention;
- With our July 30th update, we added a page about The
Masonic Society, a new organization for Masonic scholars and those who are
interested in Masonic research. We wrote of the silly games that some were
playing because of it. Again, proving the reach of this site's comments, the
'bogus' discussion group created to disparage the Society's intent was modified
within two days and accordingly, in our August 2nd update, the page was removed. One individual, however, seems to want to continue
to harass The Masonic Society and accordingly, we've updated
and reinstated the
page. It's here;
- We've updated some of the information on our
Resources page to reflect new web
links, a new magazine, and more;
our August 1, 2008 update to August 2, 2008
- Mr. Cooksey is now
threatening violence. We've revised our page about Vulcan Lodge. So this is the
new Traditional Continental Freemasonry as practiced by members of the Grand Orient of the
our July 30, 2008 update to August
- Looks like some folks read our most recent update. As a
result, the self-designated "True" Masonic Society has closed their forum under
their old name and taken on a new name (Masonic Brothers). As the major
contention has been removed, we've removed our page about this as well.
- And then there's poor David who STILL refuses to provide substantive proof of
the issues involved. We've also removed a statement that he chose to
deliberately misinterpret and offer our apologies for any misunderstandings.
From our April 27, 2008 update to July 30, 2008
- Provided some information about the
Masonic status of those seeking election in the US Presidential election;
- An update to the trial of another person so
terrified by the demons in the world around him that he murdered his next door
neighbor. He's been identified on our site for the entire 10 years we've been
here! Sonny Rene Stermole will be
spending the rest of his life in psychiatric care;
- Added a bit more on the so-called
"Esoteric Freemasons" group from North Carolina. Gosh, this stuff is just SO
- Also added some additional commentary on the
Vulcanites whose couple of
members do their Don Quixote performance sans the pathos normally found in such
situations as well as some comments (not choking on my words
by any stretch of the imagination) relative to the so-called 'Treaty' the
GOOFUS boys have signed with the
troubled Grand Orient of France;
- Added expanded information of a couple of more
Masonophobes including one who's a VERY active
- Added a page on
embezzlement since this topic seems to draw the attention of those wanting
to goad Masons. This article also contains a bit of 'investigative journalism'
relative to the 'investigative journalist' who's been reporting on the Shrine
- Avoiding the shrillness of 'fake/sham
Masonry' has become increasingly difficult online causing some reactionary
activity by dedicated Masons including the creation of new discussion groups and
more. Check out our guide to the good, the bad and the just plain nasty
in our new page about The Masonic Society.... and friends....
- We're not sure why but several reports have recently surfaced about the demise
of anti-Mason James Larry Holly. Typical
of so much internet chatter, it seems to be completely false at this time.
- Added some information on our page titled "What About Women" including a link
to the Womens Masonic Lodge
of Los Angeles;
- Updated some wording on several pages, added a couple of names to our
People page which identifies
anti-Masons, and did some link clean-up.
From our February 10, 2008 update to April 27, 2008
- Based on a note from Bro. Cory
Sigler, we discovered that we had not fully completed an addition we'd begun
for the bogus group called the "Esoteric
Freemasons". We've done that now. Next week we've got to get organized! <sigh>
- Poor Mr.
Zagami Young Kahn
Zagami: he's back craving for attention yet again. He exhibits a remarkable
inability to differentiate between regular/recognized lodges and phoney-baloney
imitations. This absurdity should give you some clue as to how accurate the rest
of his claims about world domination etc. are Read more of his whining
- Have you been spammed by Knights Templar Quest - knightstemplarquest.com
? If not, you
don't run a Masonic website or one which mentions the Knights Templars. This site alone has
received around a hundred e-mail messages as they've scraped every address they could
find from the pages here. Give it a rest, folks! Their plan to
sell subscriptions to their website but it looks like they've paid more to paint
their van than.... We
would suggest that before they go on their continued flights of fantasy, they spend far less
and read "The Rosslyn Hoax" and "The Templar Code for Dummies", reviews of which
are right here. They could then learn about
the NON-connection with the Masons thereby making all of the breathless hype of
Classic Media Group nothing more than a lot of hot air. Perhaps if Mr. Walker
was a Mason and had read either/both, he might not have been so....
- We've been asked why we haven't kept up more on our book reviews and, frankly,
there's no good answer. If someone could just add a couple of days to the week.... That notwithstanding, we've added these
with more to come in future updates! Hopefully they will help you
make some good decisions in the spending of your reading dollars:
Symbols & History of the Secret Society by Mark Stavish (including
he and his surrogates' antics on Amazon!), and
The Rosslyn Hoax by
Robert L. D. Cooper (VERY highly recommended),
Things You Didn't Know about the Freemasons by Barb Karg and John K. Young,
Ph.D., and (earlier on our blog)
Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies by Christopher
Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon.
- And the FUNNIEST e-mail arrived from someone claiming to be the Grand Master
of the Grand Orient of the United States (which we've 'acronymized' as GOOFUS).
This is a fellow who not even two years ago was the Grand Master of the now
lost-in-space Grand Lodge of the United States.
Ain't it GRAND? We've also added a
page about Vulcan Lodge meeting in a
library in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Wear your Dr. Spock ears, folks!
- All this along with our usual collection of tweaks and the addition of a
couple of Famous Masons, Anti-Masons, and even some link changes.
From our November 26, 2007 update to February 10, 2008
- Added more information about the GOOFUS
group and updated some comments on our page about
women in Freemasonry.
- Included additional information about Leo Zygami who has yet another identity
- and more baloney.
- Updated our comments about the Grand Lodge of All England
who've done a 180 turn-around on the recognition issue now that we've called
attention to their 'status'.
- Updated information about alleged murderer
Sonny Rene Stermole.
- Several years ago we wrote of 'The Devil in Kenya'. News reports as we begin
this new year tell of the civil war and violence that has erupted there. We've
added a short paragraph tying the two together.
- Some time ago also, we'd written about the
Spear of Longinus - a query which had appeared in our review of things being
searched for on this site. At the time we had noted that we had no idea what
this was all about until an individual e-mailed us with a link to a website
page. We linked to it but never looked 'behind the curtain'. Now we've added
some new material on this subject - although it STILL doesn't relate to
Freemasonry in any way.
our November 12th update to
- Added a page on the conspiracist
Leo Zagami a/k/a Leo Young. This one is
SO unbelievable - and yet, so many buy right into it.
- Some very expanded information on another of the many bogus groups, the "Esoteric
Masons" - also known as 'post office box drop in North Carolina'.
- While we had written about this on our blog, we realized that we never updated
our website page about (alleged) murderer Sonny Rene Stermole who was convinced
that a neighbor was part of a Masonic conspiracy and simply shot him to death. A
tragic story indeed and sadly, not unremarkable amongst the actions of those we
have written about on this site.
- Finally - and we know you'll have a hard time believing this one - there have
been EVEN MORE developments with the United
Grand Lodge of America. They're out and there's now a
Grand Orient of the United States of America
of (Un)Accepted Freemasons. Who would have imagined that, eh?
our June 18th update to November 12
- First and foremost: many, many thanks to a new Mason (and
new Dad as well!), Bro. Jonathan
Horvath, who has taken the time and effort to go through a whole bunch of pages
on this site and point out non-functioning or changed links. Particularly with
the anti-Masonic and fake Masonry crowd, trying to keep up is quite a chore. Whenever they realize someone has them caught in the headlights, they move
quickly to hide their 'dirty deeds'. We certainly appreciate Bro. Horvath's
temerity in this! We haven't completed going through his list but we're working
- We've added several graphics to our pages of Famous Freemasons. Here's the
problem: we're CONSTANTLY adding names and information based on feedback from
readers. When someone STEALS (yes, that's what taking the work of one person and
using it as your own is called - and it's also known in legal terms as a
copyright violation!) this material and adds it to their website, it quickly
becomes out of date and is sometimes even inaccurate (see the next note!)
- Yet more names added to our Famous non-Masons page
including Gustave Eiffel and
Baruch Spinoza, another
darling of the 'fake Freemasons'
received a HUGE printed listing of Masonic members from Bro. Richard Gregory that we'll be adding soon.
- Sadly, we've also added yet another name to our 'Black
Sheep' page: that of a British child abuser.
- A particularly interesting new author, anti-Mason and Ripperologist wannabe,
Karen Trenouth, is added. She
was 'tricked' so it's all the fault of the Masons....
- Youtube is the rage for some and now Masons are taking action to counter some
of the more egregious junk that anti-Masons and/or the terminally ignorant have
created. Brother Jay Moody has created a great one to deal with the
- Either James Todd - of VOMIT 'fame' - has decided to give up decades of being
a total boor or he's passed to the greater beyond. His website is now only a
link-farm. Oh, well. A lot of the rabid anti-Masons from when this site began
are now completely missing from the internet scene, forgotten except for our
comments on their absurdities.
As with most efforts begotten of hatred, bigotry and negativism, they're now
forgotten except by our pages. All of their efforts was for naught and few (if
legitimately claim that they'd had any success in swaying ANY Mason away
from his membership - unless they were lying through their teeth about it. As
the saying goes, 'Freemasonry,
notwithstanding, still survives!'
- Another anti-Mason we'd
profiled in the past has repented, saying it was a childhood indulgence. He now
wants us to pretend it never happened and remove him from our site. Unringing
bells isn't that easy. Oh, and then there's the on-going saga of rain-barrel
obsessed Maurice Kellett, the Samurai
Swordsman, who has a web site that should be submitted for a bad design award.
- And say it ain't so: "Marta" - a/k/a a whole lot of other pseudonyms -
now deceased? Hmmmm....
- The self-styled Grand Lodge of All England has tried to claim legitimacy based
on an e-mail but more and contradictory detail is now available. Read the
November update here.
-Trying to keep up with current literature is difficult. We
couldn't miss, however, adding a review of the new book by Christopher Hodapp
and Alice Von Kannon titled "The
Templar Code for Dummies". Don't miss this one!
- We've added a new page addressing the question we're
frequently asked: How much does it cost to
join? (It also answers the other question: 'How expensive is it to be a
- We're embarrassed to say that VERY sporadically
we've been blogging. A couple of months ago we began a series of posts under the rubric of
"The Old Webmaster"
but sadly, other time commitments have
kept us from doing more.
our May 22nd update to June 18
- Some further updated information on the "What's New" page
about Scottish Rite Racing just to
clarify what we'd written previously.
- We've noticed a couple of new names attending the
to Masons" conference so we've added them to our anti-Masons list just so
they'll get the credit they deserve. As time allows, we'll learn more about
these folks and let you know what their stories are.
- It never ceases to amaze me: some people just don't 'get it'! Apparently Mr.
Rui Gabirro, creator of his own Grand Lodge, found our May 22nd update and was a tad bit upset about it. What did he do? Why, he wrote yet
another potty-mouthed e-mail to me.
Why do a few men in the United States and Europe want to support his games? It's
- WHOOPS! We inadvertently dropped the
link to our Blog from
the last update. Well, we took it out, decided to start blogging actively again,
but never put it back. In any event, we're blogging again now and hope you'll
find it of quasi-interest.
- Tried to re-word our 'Before you send
me an e-mail' page. The overtly paranoid always seem to think I'm making
threats after they've read that. Clueless!
- Added some additional grave headstone pictures to the gallery with many thanks
to new online friend Julie Scott.
- There's a new book about to hit the shelves dealing with the strange man from
another planet, Malachi York. Information is
- Added a few more names to the 'Famous Freemasons' section and added some
information about Voltaire
who seems to be the darling of a small segment of those blogging about
- And fixed the usual typos etc. with many thanks to our
our March 12th update to May 22
- As we were rambling through the piles and piles of unread
e-mails, we've come across several items sent to us months ago which have only
now seen the light of day. We sincerely apologize to those who've written and
thank you all for your contributions. Special thanks to Bro. Jeff Armstrong for
providing additional information about (NON-Mason)
Rev. Billy Graham.
- The one-time, <1 year Grand Secretary of the
United Grand Lodge of America has
written to tell us that the duties required of him in his "lodge" (the
self-created Temple of Regulus with his "Vulcan Lodge" <shaking head>) caused him to step down from his position. Oh,
and he also notes that the "lodge" is no longer a part of the UGLA. That,
coupled with the metamorphosis and disappearance of the Sirius Lodge website seem to
indicate additional dissention in the ranks. And then there's a newly-minted
"Masonic Historian" sending out press releases just a few months after
saying he was giving up Freemasonry.... It's just amazing to see the
bizarre claims made with such braggadocio and then watch the reality unfold.
Want to join the UGLA? They've even dropped the contact link on their website so
you may have missed your big chance.
- Nevertheless, you can also subject yourself to the erratic and sometimes
obscene behavior of the "Regular" Grand Lodges making their appearance almost
daily on the internet. We've got some more details on the antics of the leadership of the so-called
"Regular Grand Lodge of Virginia".
Lying? Not a problem: just call the other person a racist and it'll all go your
- Updated some comments about the
Scottish Rite Racing involvement with pictures and links. You'll want to
read this one!
- Began a 2007 entry on the 'marginals'
of the alt.freemasonry newsgroup.
- Added a bit more about Sam Moser whose
numeric obsession is now reaching frenzied proportions. He really does need
- Bilderberger boy
Tony Gosling has a 'secret friend' for whom he's fronting a website. You can
read about Joe Stirling here.
- Updated information on Ed Brown,
whom many now know as a tax protester but who is an attention seeker and
our February 11th update to March 12
- We've changed several links away from the freemasonry.org
website due to the loss of linked material with their recent 'face lift'. Sorry
for the inconvenience.
- Added a few more thoughts to our page titled "Should
I Wait?" including the amplification of a comment about D&D we'd made. No
offense to the gamers out there, HONEST!
- Although it's not always mentioned, there's rarely an update that we don't add
a couple of names to our "Famous Freemasons" listing. A wonderful article in the
March, 2007 Smithsonian Magazine about Civil War General George Henry Thomas
caused yet another addition.
- Did some more work on our listing of
Grand Lodges. It's slow but eventually we'll get there.
- Had a message from a Brother who questioned our use of the comment that a
Grand Lodge of the United States was never seriously considered after 1843. That
date was incorrect. We'd meant to write 1847. However, he noted that a
particular Grand Lodge supported the idea for some time after that. Accordingly,
we've changed that to 1840's. That appeared on our page about the self-styled
United Grand Lodge of America who,
apparently haven't managed to hold onto a Grand Secretary for an entire year.
Alas... And then there were (six???).... We also notice that one day they're
whining that they're not "expelled" and not long afterwards, they're using that
very same term. We've got to
check our insurance coverage for internet whiplash if we're going to keep
watching this group!
- Added some more information on our
What's New page about the Southern (US) Jurisdiction Scottish Rite's
involvement with NASCAR racing.
- And we're hoping to get some time back from other pursuits so we can go back
to blogging just a little again. For a couple of ex-Masons, it's their only 'real' life it
seems. Not here, thankfully.
our January 19th update to February 11
- Anti-Mason and Anti-Semite
Ed Brown and his wife have been
convicted of tax fraud. He's vowing that the government will not 'take him
- Did you know that Bill Schnoebelen
has now added yet another title to his resume? Yep, the guy's now saying he was
a VAMPIRE! What next, Bill?
- Here today, something else tomorrow: the Rose Croix Cross of Gold Lodge (which
used to be a separate organization) is now - wait for it! - SIRIUS Lodge. Are
you Serious? Change a website, change the world.... It's so comical! See the
story here where we also address the
whine about 'expelled' versus 'erased', a distinction without a difference.
- Did you wonder about the NASCAR sponsorship by the Scottish Rite? Check out
the information on our 'What's New'
- If you stumbled on our page titled "Should
I Wait?" and thought it was really fouled up, you were right. The page kinda
snuck up on the last update well before it was done. It's soup now: sorry for
our January 17th update to January 19
No, we're not in the 'update-a-day' mode. When we updated
our page about the organization
called the Grand Lodge of All England, we thought that their 'Grand Secretary'
had made a typing error and we had marked the word 'reponed' as <sic>,
assuming he'd meant
'reopened'. We were wrong and the term he used deliberately was, in fact, 'reponed'.
A definition has been added for those who might make the same assumption we had.
We also corrected a couple of errors on our 'Famous Masons' pages - with thanks to
some very alert readers!
our January 16th update to January 17 (Believe
it or not!)
- The "Grand Lodge of All England" has taken exception to things we've
written on this site about them, wanting us - apparently - to assure everyone
that they're 'regular'. Sorry! We can't do that as regularity is something
that's determined by other Grand Lodges, not by an individual. We've changed
some of the things on our
page about them as they're now howling. We trust this will make them
our September 17th update to January 16, 2007:
- With the unexpected removal of the lodge locator database at freemasonry.org,
we've gone ahead and set up our own
page to help you locate Grand Lodges. Most Grand Lodges now provide links to
their own lodges so you can 'drill down' for the information you need. We hope
you'll find this helpful. Please notify us of any discrepancy being sure to put
MASONICINFO in the subject line of your message! We're FAR from finished, having
only the US Grand Lodges but we'll get more there for the next update.
- Added an entry on comedian and Mason
Michael Richards whose
racist rant during a live performance has received an enormous amount of
- Updated information on several of the 'marginals'
for 2006 including the now-supposedly dead 'doctor Marta' and more;
- Because there have been a number of searches done on our site for 'Tony Blair'
we figured we'd tell you all about his Masonic membership
(Oh, and for the terminally clueless who will read that sentence and NOT click
on the link, we've placed the information on the Famous NON-Masons page. Does
that help you out a bit or do we need to be more specific?) Thanks to Bro. John
Karnes for making the suggestion for this inclusion;
- Book Review
Book of Fate which has a jacket that's hard to miss and more than the ten
words that we'd previously written about S. Brent Morris' book
Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry. We've also reviewed
Chris Hodapp's new book, Solomon's Builders, and we've
a 'real' review of
Freemasons for Dummies; Because of a groundswell of interest, we'll be adding
several more book reviews in the weeks and months to come: there's a LOT of
stuff being published now with Masonic references and about Freemasonry.
- We'd never mentioned the page added a couple of updates ago
about the 'name of deity' which
anti-Masons like to claim is used in the Scottish Rite and, now more recently,
the Royal Arch degree.
- And just before publishing this update, an e-mail was received from
(supposedly - although not provably as it's a commercial rather than domain
address) the "Grand Secretary" of the "Grand
Lodge of All England" whining about something ostensibly e-mailed to us that
we never received. In light of this, and because we really hadn't spent much
time on that page initially, we've gone back and made several changes. They
won't be happy because having you know that they're NOT recognized by anyone is an
anathema to their growth. As an adjunct, we've also created a page titled "How
To Tell" which might help sort out the problems currently arising from
blaring internet sites creating an allure.
our July 4th update to September 17th:
A new page
about the Emblems of Mortality has
been added to address the sometimes-asked question about the skull and
- Had a nice message a few weeks ago from a Denver Mason who'd seen our page
about the Airport there. He provided a
very cogent explanation for the 'technopad': would you believe raster Braille?
- Added a few lines of update on various folks like Sam Moser;
- Added some additional information about the various "Grand Lodges"
formed under the aegis of the so-called "Regular
Grand Lodge of England" along with a
brand new page detailing Rui's
whining about the exposure he gets on this website. We've also updated our page
about the self-styled "United Grand Lodge of America".
It's just amazing what these folks will do for attention;
- Got an e-mail message that stated "Something is rotten in Denmark" because we
hadn't listed radio personality Alex Jones as an anti-Mason. Problem fixed! Mr.
Jones doesn't have as much recognition in my world as in that of the anonymous
- It's really amazing some of the folks we hear from directly as a result of
this site. This time, it's "Patient A" (who provided a name and phone number for
verification) relative to the revocation of medical license for one of the folks
closely attached to Neil Brick who claims that there's such a thing as Masonic
Satanic Ritual Abuse. Check at the bottom of
this page for the update.
- A cult leader in Japan has been
sentenced to death as a result of his actions in a subway attack with sarin gas
in Tokyo in 1996 that killed 12 and injured about 5,500 - all because he thought
that the Masons might attack Japan.
our June 11th update to July 4th:
information on the National Masonic
Foundation for Children - a truly great program!
- Added a link to our new
Blog on the home page;
- Updated some wording and added a 'teaser' to our section about 'Director'
- Updated several links thanks to our alert readers!
- Added a nice poem for
those thinking about becoming Masons.
our May 23rd update to June 11th:
Somehow our navigation got fouled up on the last upload. I just LOVE the way
this thing works sometimes.... <SIGH> Sorry for the confusion!
our May 23rd update to June 4th:
- Added some additional information on a couple of
anti-Masons while fixing some awkward wording that was on those pages;
Put a couple
of more comments about self-claimed apparent record-holder for the leg press,
Rev. Pat Robertson;
- Just as our last update had been wrapped up, we found a truly fantastic essay
about perceived lack of fulfillment from Freemasonry vis-a-vis the proponent of
the so-called Grand Lodge of America. You'll surely want to
- Included a couple of thoughts deriving from e-mails we receive from supporters
of the apparently quite confused Mr.
- Received some very interesting information about yet another 'credential',
this time concerning Dr. Cathy Burns.
- Added some very curious information about the so-called Regular Grand Lodge
- Added another like on
The DaVinci Code
suspect there'll be lots more in time to come.
our February 21st update to May 23rd:
- Updated our page on anti-Mason Rev.
Pat Robertson adding his most recent
'statements' about assassination and more;
- In realizing that I don't often remember when I'm supposed to use "which" or
"that", made a bunch of little changes to several pages;
- Added the obligatory review on The DaVinci Code not because we had too very much to
say about it but because there is a bit of a connection in this NOVEL to
Freemasonry. Initial reviews of the movie sure don't seem to live up to the hype, however;
- Added a page about the five month old Grand Lodge of America, yet another
attempt by some to 'have it their way';
- Another anti-Mason has
appeared asking to be added to our site, apparently hoping for some credibility.
Heck, a six year old could do better than THAT!
our February 19th update to February 21st:
occasionally motivates a second one close on its heels as we realize omissions
and problems we thought were already fixed,
so here we go again!
- Sometimes we add things to our site and then forget to mention them here. One
item we were pleased to add included pages that involve issues of sharing
information with our wives along with
the removal of wedding rings etc. during the
'Rite of Destitution'. We
trust you'll find these interesting;
- Made some very slight changes to our page about the so-called
Ex-Masons for Jesus to clarify the
amount of time one FORMER Ex-Mason for Jesus has been attempting to get the
group to remove his 'testimony' now that he's returned to Masonic membership;
- Added a long-overdue book review about a MUST READ work:
- Made a couple of minor changes to our page about
Women and Freemasonry (we'd used the
word 'debate' when we probably should have chosen the word 'discussion');
- Added a note about the upheld conviction of
Malachi York who'll likely be spending the rest of his life in jail;
- Added the information about the sentencing of
Brad Bleidt, one of
Freemasonry's 'black sheep';
- Also added just a few additional words about "Masonic
Authority" on our page about the powers of the Master.
our January 29th update to February 19th:
anonymous reader called our attention to a comment about a reference we'd made
to a bizarre claim of Roger "El Gato"
Bullock, s/he asked, "Do you remember Viet Nam?" Roger had written that
"Occultists were given permission to encircle the Pentagon in order to levitate
it." In fact, we DO remember Vietnam - and because of that, don't recall much
about events in the US in 1967 when HIPPIES (NOT 'occultists") staged a protest
(they were not 'given permission' as Roger claimed) and tried to levitate the
Pentagon. We've adjusted our commentary accordingly.
- We've also received a message from a person who remains listed on the
"Ex-Masons For Jesus" website of Duane Washum. He
indicates that he was mislead by others and about a year ago rejoined the Lodge.
- A reader wrote to say that the quote at the start of the page on the
Illuminati taken from the Microsoft Encarta
Encyclopedia was wrong. <Tongue in cheek> Microsoft wrong? Can you imagine?
</remove tongue from cheek>. We've added a note to fix
that matter right here.
November 12, 2005 update to January
- Debunked the rumor which sometimes surfaces in Usenet
newsgroups that actor
Leonardo DiCaprio is a
- Added the Shriner's Creed to our page about the
- Included a new page
addressing the concern about wives knowing ritual and removal of wedding rings;
- Did a status update on Sam Moser whose
problems just seem to multiply - all the fault of the Freemasons;
September 3, 2005 update to
November 12, 2005:
reader from the UK pointed out to us that placing former US President Clinton on
our 'infamous non-Masons' page along with killers etc. was really inappropriate.
He's right - and we've removed him from there leaving him on our 'famous
- Within a day or so of an update on our page to the so-called 'Regular Grand
Lodge of England', links to pages which show some of their machinations in a
less-than-flattering way are gone. Why? Well, we've added a bit more on them
here that may explain.
- In addition to the 'fake Masonry' con games, there are also 'fake Illuminati'
con games too. World domination for sale, folks - along with lies from Internet
trolls. Read about it
- Added a couple of names to our
anti-Masons list and also added some more information in our
Book Review section.
August 27, 2005 update to September
- Added information about
Masonic disaster relief and
provided a link for donations to be made for the Katrina disaster;
information about the Knights Templar Eye
Foundation thanks to Bo. Bill Orr of Texas;
- Added some
extraordinary cemetery pictures to our page
here; and several months ago we
added a page about a VERY unique gravestone in Scotland which we never noted
in this section. It's fascinating: take a look
- Elaborated a bit about the 'eye in the
pyramid' including some very basic information for the truly clueless....
- Greatly expanded our discussion of the so-called "Regular
Grand Lodge of England";
- Added - yet again <sigh> - some information about
Daryl Carstensen who has
returned to haunt the alt.freemasonry newsgroup
- Included some additional information on our page about
Famous Non-Masons which shows that
it's not just now that folks want to make such associations.
- Added just a single additional example of Masonic educational scholarships to
this page. There are thousands of
such programs out there and an entire website could be devoted just to them.
August 9, 2005 update to August 27th:
- "Plutonium" - now apparently preferring to be known as "Filmnoir"
- has written to us our characterization of him here. We've made
- We've apparently upset someone with our comments about the so-called "Regular
Grand Lodge of England" so we've added a couple of additional comments about
that on our page here.
- Added a couple of additional comments on our page about
women and Freemasonry.
January 8, 2005 update to August 9th:
- Seven months without an update! Where does the time go?
Sometimes getting information for this site
is more like playing "Whack-A-Mole" than
doing Masonic research. The
minute one objection is addressed, some anti-Mason will arrive on the scene with
yet another claim to be tracked down.
When it's revealed that their assertions are nothing but
make-believe, they then resort to interpretations even the most gullible
would find difficult to accept. Nevertheless, we've continued to try and define
the objections (and objectors) in an objective way. It just gets more difficult
every day in this 'whack-a-mole' world! (Want to play whack-a-mole online yourself? Go here!
Warning: you'll need Flash and there will be pop-up ads.... )
- Added just a few lines on our page about Genealogy;
- Added a page about bogus group: the self-styled "Regular
Grand Lodge of England";
- Updated the Yahoo groups address for those with an interest in esoteric
- Tried (and likely failed) to add all of the small 'fixes'
and fix all of the small typos that diligent readers have found. Sadly,
there are many too many to mention. <SIGH> Nevertheless, we appreciate your
bringing these to our attention and if we missed something, please do remind us!
- We've not had the opportunity to follow-up on a couple of sections on this
site that we'd hoped to have updated. Also, we've gotten a couple of e-mails
from folks whose names and/or organizations have been noted here. Strangely, though,
they don't really seem to want to share much other than their displeasure at
being 'seen'. We'll keep you posted....
- Made the switch (twice actually) to FrontPage2003. We were VERY unhappy with
the coding games that FP2002 played and returned to FP200. This time, though,
we've 'bitten the bullet' and are in it all the way. If this site looks badly
due to formatting changes in certain places, PLEASE let us know specifically
where it's happening and what's going on. There's LOTS of extraneous code being
added these days, all to enhance IE viewers' experience while diminishing
others, we suspect.
_ And no, Nicholas Cage is NOT a Mason. It's a MOVIE, folks! Sean Connery wasn't
a Mason either and, much to everyone's surprise no doubt, there really hasn't
been an interplanetary spaceship capable of going into warp drive named Enterprise built yet.
We've got a page on Famous non-Masons
but hoped we wouldn't have to add a whole list of names there. Maybe we will....
- We've also got a number of book reviews and some more gravestone pictures
ready but just haven't had a chance to get them on. They'll be added shortly.
Thanks to contributors!
Generally, though, we've been busy with other Masonic
endeavors. Since first becoming involved in 'online Masonry', we've watched the
inevitable: start doing something online because you've got the time and
inclination and as sure as heck, you'll get 'sucked into' doing something else
Masonic in real life. It's exciting - and VERY fulfilling!
November 28, 2004 update to January 8, 2005:
- In reviewing our page on the so-called "Modern Rite of Memphis", we
realized that we'd left out on of the several groups that were part of this
confusing 'package' but in an attempt to ensure a clear presentation, we've
removed our content hoping for
clarification of the many questions which arose;
- Added information about the sentencing of the Mason involved in the tragic NY
- Included information on a 'black sheep', Mason Brad
Bleidt, who has admitted multiple financial improprieties. The story is not
a pretty one and Bleidt stole from Masons as well!
- Fixed a couple of broken links and mistyped links - with THANKS to those who'd
- Added a couple of "Famous Freemasons"
and updated information about others.
November 25/26 updates to November 28, 2004:
Just a word of explanation: recently a Usenet poster indicated that he'd like
this site to be updated more often. Another suggested that some of the material
about certain online antis is a bit dated. In an attempt to be responsive, we're
going to attempt to address both of these issues. We'll keep you posted here as
to what's being changed as we go along. Truthfully, we may not be able to keep
up a more frequent update schedule (this website is, after all, the work of one
person who really does have some other things to do in life!) but we'll give it
- Added some comments on our page about Satanism;
- Con artist is Mason who scammed his own lodge as well. The story is here;
- Updated our page on the recently released movie National
- Added an EXCELLENT book review
by V.W. Bro. David Julian on Ron Rhodes' book "Reasoning from the
Scriptures with Masons";
October 31st update to November 25/26, 2004:
We've made a change on this page
unrelated to subject topic and done as a test.
We've also abbreviated our page on the now apparently defunct "Modern
Rite of Memphis". That's all folks...
October 25th update to October 31, 2004:
Each time we do an update, we invariably leave out things that we'd done but had
set aside. Here is one that should have been included before.
- Added a page on the the current crop
of strange posters on the alt.freemasonry usenet newsgroup;
- In addition, changed an erroneous reference (referring to 'the Colonies' as the
"United States") on our page about the movie "National
Treasure" thanks to the sharp eye of our
friend and Brother Ĺke Eldberg - and he's not even an American! We're embarrassed....
July 23rd update to October 25, 2004:
- Added a page on the soon-to-be released movie "National
- Updated our page on the 'Memphis
Munchkins' noting that the websites for both the so-called 'Modern Rite of
Memphis' and the 'Rite Cross of Gold' now no longer seem to have a web presence.
We had hoped to have more to add during this past three months but the press of
'life' has interfered. We still have much material pending, thanks to many
correspondents. We'll be getting it into place as soon as we can.
June 20th update to July 23, 2004:
- Realized that we had - like SO many other websites - listed Louis Armstrong as
a Mason. He was not and we've removed him from our 'Famous Freemasons' page but
added him to the 'Famous Non-Masons' page;
- Internet scams targeted to Freemasons: read one sent to this site's
- Updated our page on Sam Moser, now
masquerading online as Alex Kline;
- Some 'housekeeping' chores done, including more detailed instructions about
e-mail sent to this site.
From our May
22nd update to June 20, 2004:
- Added three pages of information about 'esoteric Freemasonry': one describes
the religious objections to the fraternity based on the charge that they study
esotericism, one involves a sham group with "Esoteric
Freemasons" in their name, and the third is an excellent FAQ on Masonic
Esotericism which should be read by all.
- Added a page explaining what goes
on at Masonic meetings - a perennial question in online venues.
- Enhanced our 'Famous Non-Masons' page a bit including the addition of Pierre
L'Enfant, designer of Washington, DC - the source of SO many claims about
Masonic manipulation in some secret plan for America to be run by Freemasons.
- Updated our links to Dan Hall's excellent CD "The
Songs of Freemasonry"
March 21st update to May 22, 2004:
- The Grand Lodge of Georgia - jurisdiction of the Mason who was/is the leader of
the so-called 'Modern Rite of Memphis' and the 'Rose Croix d'Or' - has dealt another blow to these
pretensions. Read about it here;
- A college student recently wrote to us as part of a school project designing a
web. He casually alluded to internet statements about mass murderer Timothy
McVeigh being a Mason. Just another reason why we've kept this website going
- Added an identity to the online nuisance known as "Librarian";
- Added some information to the section about convicted child-molester Malachi
update to March 21, 2004:
- We've changed our page on the 'Golden
Fleece' "Fake Masonry" yet again and added some additional commentary as well;
- Discovered that our page about the so-called Esoteric Freemasons group had
been fouled up. We'll fix that over the next few days;
- Fixed a typo in our page on the horrid New
York shootings thanks to friend and Bro. Harvey Silver.
update to March 19, 2004:
- Added an analysis of the events surrounding the horrid shooting
at a New York Masonic hall;
- Added a page on Masonry's initiations;
- Made some minor
corrections to pages updated on our last update;
- Added internet 'kook' Dore
Williamson to our repertoire;
update to March 7, 2004:
- Tried to get caught up with some of the 'Famous Masons'
names you've given us. We should reemphasize, though, that our listing is NOT designed
to be all-inclusive - by ANY stretch of the imagination. We wanted to simply
name some names you might recognize. It was never our plan to become a
repository of names of all Masons past and present. The continued "You
forgot...." e-mails have, we're sad to say, become tiring (and in some
cases, folks have been reacting quite angrily with us!). We did not "forget" anyone: we simply didn't
try to name EVERYONE! We trust you understand....
- Added a couple of interesting links to sites about conspiracy theorist David
- Added yet another "Fake
Masonry": a scam to make one an 'Esoteric
Mason' if you send in $35USD. Quite a deal, huh?
- Added a page describing "fraternity";
- Included some comments about online provocation by <name redacted 25 Nov
July 20, 2003
update to February 7, 2004:
We KNOW we've missed a number of things that folks have sent us. Life sometimes
intervenes and although we've tried to keep up, we sometimes fail. In our next
update we'll do our best to include things like gravestone pictures, famous
Mason additions, and other material you've been gracious enough to send along.
Meanwhile, we appreciate your continuing interest in our site. Here's what we HAVE
- Anti-Masonry presents some interesting characters: some recent examples found on the alt.freemasonry newsgroup
Brian Boggs along with the anonymous nuisance often using
"Nukleus" and/or "Librarian". It's too bad that folks like these just don't have a life!
We've also added Ezra Cook and Charles T. Powner - a
'blast from the past' - and Glen Kealey, the
Canadian citizen who bemoans the way things are falling apart in the US;
- Updated information in our Fake Masonry section including
information on Dwight/Malachi
York who's just been found guilty on multiple criminal charges and on the
"Memphis Munchkins' newest group, replete with gripping claims about its
- Updated information on Fritz Springmeier who'll be spending the next nine
years in Federal Prison thanks to the Illuminati who didn't appreciate his
attempts at robbing banks and having pipe bombs and on Bill
Schnoebelen who's now really into nature - and apparently still enjoying the
shading of his biography;
- Some amended commentary on British
comedian Jim Davidson;
- Included some comments on Albert Pike's
- Changed our page name on Sam Moser since he's
apparently stopped using the pseudonym of Jerry Newport - and note that he's pleaded guilty to the criminal stalking of his ex-wife and awaits
sentencing on that charge;
- Updated our page on the internet stalker Kansan1225
providing a primer for those encountering this gadfly for the first time;
From our March 16
update to July 20, 2003:
- GREATLY expanded our section
on 'Fake Freemasonry' with information about many bogus groups in the Black
community and some information about the "Modern Rite of Memphis". Do check this
- Added a couple of more
Masonic charities including Tennessee's excellent Vision
2013's work with Habitat for Humanity and updated the information about the
- Added information about NON-Mason Martin Luther
King, Jr. and former US President Bill Clinton;
- Added pages on how Masons have preserved history for future generations
including a page on the DeWint House and the George
- Cleaned up (we hope) a number of erroneous titling errors which had crept into
our writing about Scottish Rite jurisdiction in the United States. The Northern
Jurisdiction is styled "Northern Masonic Jurisdiction" while the
Southern is styled simply "Southern Jurisdiction". We've known that,
having held membership in both, but we lapsed into the all-too-common error of
referring to the "Southern Masonic Jurisdiction". We apologize for our
sloppiness and have made the dozen corrections.
From our February 8th
update to March 16, 2003:
- A lengthy review of the book
"Cult Ritual and Abuse". Would you believe that the Taxil Hoax is used
to link Freemasonry to Satanism?
- A number of 'bits and bobs' which involved adding a
paragraph here and there on some pages and correcting the graphic at the top of
the home page to point to the CORRECT usenet FAQ page! <sigh>
- Added several more 'Famous Masons'
- Added a page about email spoofing. It's not us sending you a virus, honest!
From our February 4th
update to February 8, 2003:
- Added a bit more information
on the sword siege by Maurice
Kellett, anti-Masonic gadfly and now homeless indigent;
- Fixed an erroneous link that we'd added at the last minute. Thanks for
suggesting the link, Lisa, and thanks for spotting the error so quickly Paul!
Haste makes waste - as proven yet again;
- Added some additional comments on a couple of Infamous
Non-Masons and, based on e-mail, have changed our description of Lawrence
- Updated a bit of our page on Jack the Ripper;
- And finally, were SUPER thrilled to find that one of precious few television
programs we watch each week - The West
Wing on NBC - had a link to our page on Famous Freemasons in their "Hot
Topics" section this past week. We were truly giddy! .
From our September 29,
update to February 4, 2003:
- We've become the FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions) Maintainer for the alt.freemasonry FAQ. You can
find that here.
- Included late-breaking and disturbing information about Maurice
- Added some additional information about the endeavors of Texe
Marrs and added a link to the court system where our acerbic anti-Mason Sam
Moser is going through a number of tribulations.
- Provided some very interesting information about the Catholic Church's
objections to Freemasonry. You know: the Catholic Church whose Pope is in
Kalispell, Montana! It's right here: be prepared
for a chuckle.
- Added yet more names to the Famous Freemasons list -
which seems never-ending! and made some comments about another "Fake
Masonry" (the Alharam Club) which has STOLEN our work to use on their
website and have now moved it to a 'members only' section to avoid addressing my
complaints! We've commented on these frauds in our What's
New page as well.
- Added some interesting information about actor Carroll
- And, of course, changed the Copyright date.
It's sad to find that others are
so enamored with our list of Famous Freemasons
that they would literally steal it to put on their website. It's a sad
thing when Masons don't ask other Masons if they can use their efforts - or
pretend that something is their own work when it isn't. Certainly NOT the mark
of a Craftsman!
From our September 16th
update to September 29, 2002:
- Added an a truly wonderful
assessment of one of the current anti-Masonic speakers. Attending a meeting at
his church was an emotional experience - and an eye-opener from many different
perspectives. Read about Bro. David Julian's experience with Selwyn Stevens here.
- Updated Public Eye's essay on the Illuminati. An
- Added a short commentary on 'Director' David Bay of the self-imagined 'Cutting
Edge Ministries' seemingly sudden departure to South Carolina. We think it's all
about Lies and Videotape!
From our September 15th
update to September 16, 2002:
Again and again, there's always
something that doesn't make it to press. We've added a graphic to the Spear
of Longinus page, attached the page titled 'Have
you considered becoming a Mason?' which seemed to have fallen off the earth,
and - finally - had a chance to correct the website version date on this
From our August 31th
update to September 15, 2002:
It never fails: within moments
of uploading an update to the site, we remember several things which we were
supposed to have added. Here they are - this time!:
- Finished our Reading List page. We'd only gotten a
part of it done on vacation and forgot to finish it before the last upload;
- Added information about Famous Freemasons that we'd promised to do a while
back and in addition, added more Famous Non-Mason: US Vice President
Dick Cheney and US Revolutionary War instigator Thomas Paine;
- Added a page about the Pike Statue in Washington,
- Added another example of Freemasonry's 'caring concerns': organ
- And finally, we added a separate page for the 'Spear of
Longinus' which has nothing at all to do with the subject of this site. So
why a page? It's a long story folks....
From our July 10
update to August 31, 2002:
- Added information about U.
S. News & World's report on Hoaxes and how Freemasonry figures so predominantly
in them. We were not particularly surprised to see some of those we've
chronicled on this site referenced in the article!
- Added a Reading List for Masons and others who want
to educate themselves further. We hope you'll find this useful.
- Added a super gravestone
picture from Scotland which predates current Freemasonry. Check this
page for something very unique!
- Added another dozen
or more 'Famous
Freemasons' which, we believe, makes this the largest list on the internet -
by far! Ironically, we've barely scratched the surface. - We've also added to our
'Black Sheep' page information about UK comedian Jim
Davidson's recent row with Freemasonry...
- Finally finished a book review on "The
Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital", a book anti-Masons claim
proves that the Masons were embedding anti-religious, new world order emblems
into Washington, DC's design. You'll be surprised at what the author says
about this (Hint: it was the CHRISTIANS!)....
From our July 4 update to
July 10, 2002:
- Added a description of the
Scottish Rite 14th Degree ring and removed
some information about a particular individual due to a belief that his problems
with Freemasonry derive from a medical problem rather than a hatred of the
From our June 2 update to
July 4, 2002:
- Added a page to respond to
some of the searches that folks have made on our site;
- A book review of "The
Freemasons" by Jasper Ridley. You'll want to buy this book!
- Put in a couple of truly great Famous Freemasons
including Joshua L. Chamberlain, Jack "The Hack" Dym - NYC Cabbie, and
more. This section just grows like topsy.
- Moved most of the material about Mike Restivo to its own, separate site. We pride
ourselves on keeping this site as a family resource. Chronicling here
From May 9
update to June 2, 2002:
- Some minor grammatical
changes here and there along with a few web link updates:
- Added a new page on Satanism: when you read it you'll see
- Made changes to remove Mike
Restivo's most egregious filth from this site;
- And added several more names to our 'Famous Masons' section which is extremely
From our April 9
update to May 9, 2002:
- Some minor grammatical
changes here and there along with a few web link updates and a few additional
comments in our 'Restivo FAQ' as
well as the details of a couple of more 'minor' anti-Masons.
- Thanks to an alert reader, we've gotten back the text that was dropped on
our page titled: "Pike's
- Based on a visitor's suggestion, we've researched some information on 'the
Butcher of the Alamo' and have included a relevant quote about General
Santa Anna's presumed Masonic membership;
- Thanks to Bro. Jack Hickey, we've now added yet another Gravestone
From our January 12 update to
April 9, 2002:
- Thanks to a Professor of
Mathematics from University of Washington, we've added even more debunking of
the fear-monger and Masonic-Martian connection proselytizer,
Richard Hoagland. Read our updated page here.
- The supposed expertise of anti-Masons seems to know no bounds. Bill
Schnoebelen, who seems to be the world's most gullible
individual based on the many organizations he's joined, has now become an expert
on nuclear weapons and terrorism. Read all about yet another of Bill's claimed
- FINALLY we've taken the step to break up our 'Famous Masons' web page. It had
gotten so large that it took over a minute to load with a 56K modem. Now there
are two separate pieces and we expect to go to more as we continue to expand
this portion of the site which is one of the most highly visited;
- Added links on our page about Nazis
to a couple of interesting Atlantic Monthly online articles;
- Added an "Outstanding" Website
Award from Pietre-Stones, in our opinion one of the best Masonic sites on
- Inexorably, the web loses more free services daily. Now we find that the
web rings in which we previously participated have replaced their formerly
sedate banners for huge ones lacking any Masonic symbols and that
the friends and Brothers who'd brought them into existence no longer maintain
them. A recent trip starting at the hub of one of the most popular revealed that a high percentage
(well over half) of those
sites listed on the ring were out of existence or hadn't been updated in years.
We must conclude then that such web navigation elements have outlived their
usefulness and won't be of benefit to those who visit us but will instead cause
only wonderment at our poor choice of page elements! As a result, we've said
goodbye to these old friends. If you feel we've acted rashly, do let us know.
From our December 25, 2001 update to
January 12, 2002:
- The HitBox counter
formerly on our home page is now gone. We had received an e-mail from that
company that our version required an update. While attempting to do so, we
found that they also provided counters for porn sites and accordingly,
the product was removed immediately. For a time, there were many legitimate free
services available for web sites but with the collapse of so many dot-com
businesses, most of these have either disappeared or changed in ways that now
prove - again - the age-old adage "There ain't no free lunch!".
The fact that HitBox also provides services to pornography sites is a business
decision for their company; we simply do not choose to affiliate with
organizations who do such things. Due to another change, the Masonic Webring has
also been updated and we've added the "Pingalink" service to our site
ensuring that we're online all the time!
- Added some additional commentary relative to Stephen Tsoukalas's book "Masonic
Rites and Wrongs" for which the author and a surrogate seem to have an insatiable
desire for attention if the on-going whining e-mails received from them are indicative;
- Added a couple of more names to our anti-Mason
- Did a few cosmetic things we've been meaning on doing and updated the
From our October 13,
2001 update to December 25, 2001:
- Added a page on Pike's
Philosophy which may be of interest to the scholar;
- Added some bits on various folks including Mike
Restivo, Dr. Cathy Burns, Nick
Kaffes (a/k/a Kansan 1225), and others;
- Added a page on Richard Hoagland
and his Martian-Mason connection claims;
- Added a page about the diversions of the
Freemasonry Watch website creator;
- Added a page titled "Before You Enter"
from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts;
From our September 14,
2001 update to October 13, 2001:
- Added a page relating to the
horrific events of September 11th;
- Added a page on Shrine Soccer,
a wonderful program for young children;
- Added an explanatory
paragraph so that people will not confuse anti-Mason Skip
Sampson with a very nice person from Tampa, Florida who shares the same
- In light of Mike Restivo's spamming of both newsgroups and the private e-mails
of various Grand Lodge officials, we've added his complaints to a new
page - along with our comments. We're not sure how much more attention Mike
wants for his misguided and aberrant behavior but
it seems to be unquenchable.
From our September 3,
2001 update to September 14, 2001:
- Some small fixes here and
there (as usual), some additional comments about the aberrant
egocentrism of Mike Restivo, and some additional information about a couple of
those we've had named on our site.
- Added a 'position statement' relative to the events of September 11, 2001 here.
From our August 21 update to
September 3, 2001:
- In response to increased
questions, both public and private, we've added pages which explain the Masonic interview
and have made some additional comments about recognition
as well as providing an example of 'fake masonry';
- Recognizing a concern by an online Mason that we might have
inappropriately 'labeled' an anti-Mason who suffers from mental illnesses,
we've added some introductory material to our page about Jerry
From our August 10, 2001 update to
August 21, 2001:
- Added a page about
"Freemasonry Watch". You'll be amazed at what we've found;
- Updated our "Bloody Oaths" page with a very interesting retort by
using the US military's oath of enlistment;
- Added the Winnipeg, Canada Shrine Motor Patrol to our "Black
Sheep" page for their egregious activity in January, 2001;
- Added considerable material to our page on Jack the
Ripper in light of the previews now being seen for the upcoming movie
"To Hell" with Johnny Depp.
From our July 15, 2001 update to
August 10, 2001:
- Added a new page about the truly outstanding
Michigan Beacon Project. You MUST
see this charity! We were overwhelmed by its ambitious goals and know that it
will serve Michigan residents well. Page removed
- Added some more information about Mike Restivo.... <sigh> Enough is
enough, though, and we think we'll leave things where they are until something
else truly egregious happens, probably soon....
- Rewrote some material here and there: nothing too spectacular and - as always
- added several more names to our Famous Freemasons
list including a link to the grave of Brother Darryl Zanuck.
- Provided some guidance for those seeking Masonic-related scholarships.
- Changed some broken links and removed some links which now lead to porn sites
<sigh>. We don't understand why so many anti-Masonic sites now do
this but presume that it was a result of the formerly free host trying to scrape
up every bit of traffic they can as so many free sites try to change to a
financially sound model and so few anti-Masons are willing (or able?) to defend
their ideas with cash.
From our June 28,
2001 update to
July 15, 2001:
- Corrected a minor error about
Richard Vizzutti's proximity to
- Added information about yet another "Illuminati" scam;
- Added a bunch of information to our Restivo FAQ
From our June 6,
2001 update to June 28, 2001:
- Made some changes on our page about conspiracy theorist
Marrs based on an e-mail from him;
- Added a page about "Being
Restivo". Enough said.... <chuckle>
- From an sharp-eyed Mason, we've now seen an example
of the Eye In The Pyramid actually having been used by
Masons (not enough that it matters, of course, but nevertheless....)
From our March 26, 2001 update to June 6, 2001:
- Added several more Famous Freemasons
(this page is taking on a life of its own, it seems!) including quite a few with
Masonic markers on their graves and also added a couple of
folks to our Famous Non-Masons and Black
Sheep pages; In addition, we've added a couple of more names to the
anti-Mason list including that of John C. Salvi,
III who went on a murder rampage in Boston in December, 1994. Finally,
we've made some cosmetic changes to our PDF of Famous Freemasons for the many
who wanted it in printable form and have included the additional related pages
- Added some information about the wild and wacky misinterpretations by David
Bay and Roger Bullock;
- Having been notified that we correctly attributed a connection of Acacia
Press with a person having no relation to them, we've revised our material
on their page (and, in fact, uploaded it between regular updates). At one point, we had messages from Acacia which bragged of such a
connection but due to the passage of years and the change of computers, it's irretrievable
without an extraordinary
expenditure of time. We certainly apologize for any misconnection made.
- Updated our review of the book
about Mozart's Magic
Flute opera thanks to reader input!;
- Moved our material about Mike Restivo back to its
own pages in order to provide clarification to his absurd charges made on the
From our November 5, 2000 update to March 26, 2001:
- Having been pretty busy with the other parts of our '24 inch gauge'
(a reference Masons will understand and appreciate), it's been far too long
since we last updated our site. We thank the many folks who've found broken
links, misspelled words, or other items that needed attention. We think we've
gotten all that you've sent us but if we missed, message us yet again!
- Added several more names to our list of people who oppose Freemasonry; most of
them are true 'second tier' players, repeating the same tired rhetoric that
others have done for some time;
- Added some information on our Famous Non-Masons
page and added a printable PDF format which will make downloading and printing
easier (we hope!).
From our July 18-21, 2000 update to November 5, 2000:
- We've redesigned our 'Books' section (twice! -
The fancy one proved unworkable and wasted a lot of our time) and
added some reviews as well. Hope you'll find things of
interest in our new, simplified format;
- Added information on a wonderful Masonic charity in Vermont called C.A.R.E.
- Added some material on Neil Brick whose claims of
Masonic Satanic Ritual Abuse have taken an even more bizarre turn;
- Began a new section showing the strong feelings Masons and their survivors
have for the fraternity. Welcome to 'Gravestones'
where we invite additional submissions;
- Added a page about the conspiracy theorist John Robison;
- Added a number of folks to our 'Famous Non-Masons'
page so as to help avoid spurious claims and/or perpetuated myths;
- Moved our description of Nick Kaffes / Kansan1225
to a separate page so we may more fully elaborate on his anti-Semitism and
other aberrant behavior;
- Added some commentary about the claim that Freemasonry is anti-Catholic;
- Added some information about David Bay and his 'The
Cutting Edge'. Apparently the pastor has now decided that in addition to the
New World Order and Freemasonry being evil and controlling the world's weather, Harry Potter is
the work of the Devil! <sigh>
From our July 13, 2000 update to July 18, 2000:
- Added an explanation of that little
statement on the bottom of each page about e-mailing us. Some were
troubled by it (although they were generally the ones who didn't understand why
we'd be upset with their profanity while they insulted us);
- Because of problems with extensions (whatever they are! <g> at our ISP, these frequent uploads became
necessary (and you might have gotten an 'access forbidden' for a short period of
time too). We crave your indulgence.
Following our July 11, 2000 update to July 13, 2000:
-Had a LOT of problems with our search engine so we've added a new one
with hopes you'll find it a LOT more useful (and easier for us to manage);
-Discovered that Bob Hope was erroneously listed as a Mason. We've fixed that
-Fixed a couple of other 'cosmetic' things
Following our July 5, 2000 update to July 11, 2000:
-Added a page on the 'Strange Doings' of
anti-Masons over the centuries. Hope you find it interesting;
-Upon reading a recent issue of 'The Philatelic
Freemason' we realized that our
Famous Freemasons page excluded other members of the Masonic family.
Accordingly, we've added a couple of names there along with other names and
information provided by generous site readers;
-Added a page on the eschatology of Freemasonry;
-Changed the bold line above so it appears without automatically updating daily
Following our June 25, 2000 update to July 5, 2000:
text from what is believed to be the world's oldest
-Added (finally) a listing for Rev. Billy Graham on our Famous
-We wouldn't want the "Missions to Masons" Conference to think we were
ignoring them so we've highlighted them on our What's
New page. This year, it's not only the Masons but the VFW, American Legion,
Lions, Elk, Moose and more who're going to come under fire!
we follow the activities of US so-called "militia" groups, we find more and more anti-Masons
among these imagined 'patriots'. We've added a couple of more to our
-Added several Prince Hall Masons to our 'Famous Freemasons'
list, compliments of Bro. Bryan Dowtin, PM, Secretary of Jonathan Lodge #112
-We forgot to note that in our last update, we'd also added a tribute to an
extraordinarily fine Mason, Bro. Preston Burner, who passed away not long ago.
Rest well, Brother: you've opened the doors of online activities to Freemasons
Following our May 11, 2000 update to June 25, 2000:
12: fixed up a couple of links which got lost/changed as a result redesign;
-Added some Famous Masons as well as some infamous anti-Masons like Gordon
Winrod now being held on US federal charges of kidnapping;
-We also put back the names of a number of
antis who were somehow dropped as we moved from a table to straight text during
our web enhancements;
-Added material in our What's New section about "Morgan"
who's started an E-groups mailing list and has subscribed hundreds of Masons
to it without their permission.
Following our January 4, 2000 update to May 11, 2000:
former visitors can see, we've changed our not only our navigation bars but our
entire navigation methodology. We hope that this will enhance your ability to find
things more readily. Let us know what you think. It was a long time between
early January and mid-May; we're sorry but our cable-tow was being tugged in
other directions! <grin>
-Added more Famous Masons, information about the P.
2. Lodge, and more;
-Provided our thoughts on Masonic online pioneer Preston Burner's death;
-Included a number of additional online and other Masonic resources here;
-Added gorgeous awards from Belt Lodge in Kerby, Oregon (we were
selected as their 'site of the month' for January) and from the Scottish Rite Bodies of
Following the December 20, 1999 update to January 4, 2000:
added a more direct link to a page which provides an outstanding point-by-point
refutation of the charges made by Duane Washum and his
"Ex-Masons for Jesus". Bro. Ĺke Eldberg has a
great site We think you'll agree that it's one of the most sensible and
definitive there is - and written from a very unique perspective!
awards page became just too slow in loading due to the many recognitions we've
received. <Blush> We've broken that section into three, one each for new,
Masonic, and Other
awards. We were particularly honored too to be named E-Mason of the Year and to
have received the WML (West Milton Lodge) Site of the Year Award.
-We've decided to change our format on book reviews
to "mini-reviews" which, we hope, will enable us to mention more works
faster without compromising our efforts on other parts of the site - or our
Following the October 18, 1999 update to December 20, 1999:
got SEVERAL things that we've promised to put in this time but due to work -Added more names to our "Famous Freemasons" page
including Michael Richards ("Kramer" of Seinfeld fame);
-Enhanced material about specific individuals including additional information about the self-created "Saint
John" including his
condemnation of Canada's immigration policies and
some additional material about his 'sublime diversions',
adding of Ken Mitchell's newest "hidden" identity <sigh>,
elaborated our description of "Kansan1225", an anti-Semitic fanatic
and added a page on a recently active poster Roger "El Gato"
Bullock; and minimized our coverage of "Masonic critic" Mike
Restivo in a gesture of good will.
Following the September 26, 1999 update to October 18, 1999:
has been added about anti-Masonic rhetoric in Kenya, Africa, Masonic
author Joseph Fort Newton, and a couple of anti-Masons.
-Material was added to the pages on Mormons and we've added more
details about the alt.freemasonry foolishness of the self-created "Saint
John The Sublime Reformer".
technical problems plagued this update between Sept. 22 and 26 as our ISP
updated their stats program. If you visited during that period and experienced
difficulty in navigation or not being able to reach certain pages, we apologize.
Following the July 26, 1999 update to September 26, 1999:
We took some time off during August. Hope you didn't miss the updates
Finally, a page on The Great Seal of
the US as well as The Eye in the Pyramid;
A new page
describing the 'Lucifer' quote from Albert Pike in great detail;
A full new page on "The Baphomet" and a
'touch up' of our
page on the Taxil hoax;
More Book reviews including the "Adept" series by
Kurtz & Harris, "Two Crowns for America" by Katherine Kurtz, and
"Unholy Worship" by Stephen Dafoe;
A new page describing the duties and responsibilities of a lodge's Master;
Some small 'touch-up' corrections (spelling errors, etc.). We thank attentive
readers for calling these to our attention;
Addition of another anti-Mason or two as well as some more famous
Following the July 7, 1999 update to July 26, 1999:
A new page on Mormons which
hopefully will explain the (non) connection;
A new page which compares Freemasonry with cults;
A new page on a quite peculiar anti-Mason (Neil Brick)
who alleges he and others are the victims of Masonic ritual abuse;
Some more famous Freemasons like San
Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos, Actor Telly Savalas, Navy Adm. William Crowe,
country singer Charlie Walker, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and others;
Yet another award for Masonic Excellence.
It's great to receive the recognition of those for whom this site was begun.
Addresses for the Masonic Stamp Club of New York and The Philatelic Freemason on
our page showing the anti-Masonic stamps issued in
1942 by Nazi-controlled Serbia.
Following the June 20, 1999 update to July 7, 1999:
Another award, this time for simplicity and content! We love
these (and don't find them on the anti-Masonic sites!) <grin>;
of an 'Echos' page listing a the fake identities used by
some of the really strange folks posting on the internet today;
And this diary page begun at the encouragement of several who wanted a different
means of finding new material - beyond our site map
which shows 'new' on changed pages.
Following the June 6, 1999 update to June 20,1999:
Addition of a page addressing Women in Freemasonry;
Added a page on a wonderful but little-known charity, the National
Masonic Foundation for Children. You should become familiar with this
And other things which I can't quite remember now.... <sigh>