Freemasonry: The Infiltration, Downfall, and Revival – Part 4

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

(Continued from Part 3)

The Anti-Masonic Party: The United States’ First Third Party

Surprisingly, these meetings, conventions and hearings on the dangers of Freemasonry led to the formation of the first third party in the United States: The Anti-Masonic party.

Did you know that our first third party had anything to do with Freemasons? I didn’t, because again, none of this important information is covered in history class (or if it is, it’s brief).

William A. Palmer won governor for the state of Vermont on the Anti-Masonic ticket and held his office for five years. Joeseph Ritner would serve as governor of Pennsylvania for three years, having run on the Anti-Masonic ticket.

William Wirt ran for president on this ticket in 1832 and did pretty well, particularly in Vermont. When he lost the campaign, the Anti-Masonic party merged with the Whig party.

Freemasonry Is Worldwide

David credits a lot of his knowledge on Freemasonry to the book New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies by William T. Still. His book contains a lot of information on the subject, including what we’ve learned so far.

I’d like to share one of the quotes from the book that David shared in Financial Tyranny¸ because it reminds us that Freemasonry is a worldwide organization. When it was disbanded in the United States in the 1800s, it also suffered significant losses in Europe.

118: The furor over the murder of William Morgan in 1826 had caused American Masonry to almost cease to exist, and European Masonry was in turmoil as well.

Bavaria had forbidden Masonry as a danger to the state in 1784, then again in 1845.

In 1814, the Regency of Milan and the Governor of Venice had acted in a similar manner.

King John VI of Portugal prohibited Freemasonry in 1816, and renewed it in 1824.

In 1820 several lodges were closed in Prussia for political intrigues, and in the same year Alexander I banished the order from the whole Russian empire. A similar occurrence took place four years later in Spain….

Laws Targeting Masons

The book also mentions some laws that were enacted to target Freemasonry, as well as the significant reduction in members in New York.

“Rhode Island and Vermont passed laws against blood oaths. Thousands of Masons burned their aprons. In a few years’ time, membership in the New York lodges dropped from 30,000 to 300 as a direct result of the Morgan incident.”

Duncan’s Monitor Published by Remaining Masons

In 1866, by the time the facts on every degree were published and Masonry was almost completely abandoned, the remaining Mason “establishment” responded by publishing their own description of the degrees, rules and rituals, titled Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor.

Keep in mind that those who’d already published or testified on the secrets by this time were Masons who defected, and the ones who stayed true to the movement eventually revived it through tactics like publishing their own material on it and attempting to downplay its more sinister aspects.

Take this section for example, where the authors boast about Freemasonry’s revival.

3: [Freemasonry] has, at various times and in several countries, incurred the ill-will of political parties and of religious bodies – in consequence of a belief, on their part, that the organization was not so purely benevolent and philanthropic as its members proclaimed it to be.

In the State of New York, many years ago, it was supposed, but we think unjustly, to wield a powerful political influence, and to employ it unscrupulously for sinister ends.

The war between Masonry and Anti-Masonry which convulsed the State at that period is still fresh in the remembrance of many a party veteran.

The Order, however, has long since recovered from the obloquy then heaped upon it, and is now in a flourishing condition in most parts of the civilized world.

The Seventh-Degree Oath

As David writes, it’s revealed in Finney’s book that one of the main reasons people hated Freemasons at the time was the seventh degree oath members had to take. Duncan’s Monitor apparently published an edited version of the oath, leaving out the part about politically supporting a ‘brother’ in the order.

The unedited oath is shared in a quote below from Bernard’s Light on Masonry.

 130: “I will promote a companion Royal Arch Mason’s political preferment in preference to another of equal qualifications. [Some lodges also include ‘I will vote for a companion Royal Arch Mason, before any other of equal qualifications.’]

“Furthermore, do I promise and swear, that a companion Royal Arch Mason’s secrets, given me in charge as such, and I knowing them to be such, shall remain as secure and inviolable in my breast as in his own, murder and treason not excepted.

The Duncan’s Monitor version below is a little different, but admittedly, most of the oath – including the grittiness – was kept intact. Notice how the word ‘political’ is taken out of the first line.

230: I furthermore promise and swear, that I will employ a Companion Royal Arch Mason in preference to any other person of equal qualifications.

I furthermore promise and swear, that I will assist a Companion Royal Arch Mason when I see him engaged in any difficulty, and will espouse his cause so far as to extricate him from the same, whether he be right or wrong.

I furthermore promise and swear, that I will keep all the secrets of a Companion Royal Arch Mason (when communicated so me as such, or I knowing them to be such), without exceptions….

To all which I do most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same, without any equivocation, mental reservation, or self-evasion of mind in me whatever;

binding myself under no less penalty, than to have my skull smote off, and my brains exposed to the scorching rays of the meridian sun, should I knowingly or willfully violate or transgress any part of this my solemn oath or obligation of a Royal Arch Mason.

So help me God….

(Continued in Part 5 tomorrow.)

Source: Financial Tyranny: Defeating the Greatest Cover-Up of All Time by David Wilcock, Divine Cosmos (other sources embedded in article)

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