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W.M. David Tamayo
(dtamayo@Arauco.com) November 11, 2008 Page 3 of 10
people from their hiding places.... no Catholic is to be a Freemason”.
Eleven other popeswould condemn Freemasonry in the most vitriolic language possible. As for progress, thehierarchical arrangement of God in heaven, and kings and popes on earth as His "lawfulrepresentatives" demanded conformity, stability, and obedience, instead of development,experimentation, and, in their words, blasphemy, which were considered products of Freemasonry during the enlightenment years.***It has been said that Europe conceptualized the Enlightenment, whereas America, with theestablishment of an "enlightened republic", realized it. As such, Freemasonry came tocolonial America on or about 1730, and the bulk of the evidence suggests that most lodgeswere politically neutral "in the English tradition," although "...outstanding individuals...made a definite link between Freemasonry, the new political ideas, and the struggle forindependence”
all this according to our history books. In 1737, Louis XV ordered thatloyal subjects could not belong to the Masonic order. The mere secrecy of the society, withits lore and awesome symbolism, was considered fertile soil for imaginative criticism.
No one represented these enlightenment ideals better than Bro. Benjamin Franklin whowas a signer of the Declaration of Independence, an early opponent of slavery, anadvocate of the philosophy of progress, and a founder of the American PhilosophicalSociety. He was a deist who did not like structured religion and, in fact, in 1758 Franklinwrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac, "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
Bro. George Washington became Charter Master of the Alexandria lodge, the first presidentof the United States, and a vociferous advocate of fundamental Enlightenment ideas,including separation of church and state.Thomas Jefferson was not a Mason and as our 3
president is a man I greatly admire. Amidst the hysteria that swept Europe and America concerning Freemasonry and the Orderof the Illuminati, he publically defended, on several occasions, the Order and its founder, Adam Weishaupt. Jefferson was also a deist who despised organized religion. In a letterto Alexander von Humboldt in 1813, Jefferson wrote, "History, I believe, furnishes noexample of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks thelowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always availthemselves for their own purposes." As you can imagine, this statement, when it came tolight, did not sit well with men of the cloth of all denominations.Patriot Thomas Paine, often thought to be a Freemason (although he wasn’t), was thepamphleteer of the American Revolution and an associate of many radical EuropeanFreemasons, including Nicholas Bonneville. Bonneville was a radical republican and headof a neo-Masonic group known as "Friends of Truth," which were very active during theFrench Revolution
. Paine's booklet, “Common Sense,” published in January 1776, echoedthe Masonic notion that "we have it in our power to begin the world over again...." throughreason and truth.So, this brings us to truth. Since the days of the Greek philosophers, much has been saidand pondered about truth. Henry David Thoreau said, “Rather than love, than money,