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64 * FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
 ____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
W.M. David Tamayo
(dtamayo@Arauco.com) November 11, 2008 Page 1 of 10
A Conversation with a Friend
The lodge program that can only be delivered once in a regular lodge
64 * FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
 ____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
W.M. David Tamayo
(dtamayo@Arauco.com) November 11, 2008 Page 2 of 10
Brethren, today I guarantee you a program you will only see delivered once in a lifetime bya Worshipful Master and one that you will not easily forget. First, I’ll start with a disclaimer:
This presentation only represents my personal views and not those of myBrothers, friends, neighbors, or family.
Also, when you leave today, there will becopies of this presentation that you can take with you for future thought. My e-mailaddress is also at the bottom, in case you may want to ask me questions about it.Today, I am going to talk about history, philosophy, knowledge, reason, Freemasonry,love, loyalty to the Craft, truth, enlightenment and integrity. You may hear some citationsof the undesired topics of “politics” or “religion,” but they are only mentioned in a historicalcontext to bring forth my point. I will also present some things that initially may look disjointed, but I promise to bring them all together at the end.First, let me start by giving you, brethren, a quick history of my journey in Freemasonryand how I’ve learned to love and respect this fraternity as well as each one of you. Over10 years ago, I noticed that one of the people I supervised at work had a gold ring withsome symbols on it. After I inquired, he explained what Masonry was all about, and Ibecame very interested. I investigated further and found out that many well-respectedhistorical men, including my all-time hero Benjamin Franklin, had been members of theFraternity. In the process, I also found out that my Church, the Catholic Church,prohibited me from becoming a Freemason under the penalty of excommunication andeternal damnation. In fact, through the anonymity of the Internet, I spoke with a priest in Alexandria who explained to me that the Church was against Masonic oaths andFreemasonry’s secrecy; and that, furthermore, I was not to question the Church’s wisdomon this matter. So after a long discussion, I told the priest that I was still going to join theCraft because I couldn’t obey a Church rule without logical and clear reasons. He warnedme that if he ever found out who I was, he would make sure that I would beexcommunicated by Rome. I assured him that I would leave Freemasonry if I ever saw init anything of anti-moral or anti-Catholic character. Well, in the decade I’ve been amember, I have never seen anything but good will and great friendship from every brotherin this and every lodge; I’ve also had the honor and privilege to twice serve as WorshipfulMaster of this lodge.To give you an idea of the seriousness of my decision to join the Masons, a decision I’venever regretted, I quote from several encyclopedias that explain Masonic history in the 18
 century: For instance, from historical writings I quote “The church maintained that divineinspiration and revelation were sufficient to lead the kind of life desired for man by God,pope, and king and thus no need for Freemasonry. One's time on earth was allotted onlyfor preparation in dying and being reborn in a supernatural kingdom”.
By the end of the 1700s, the stigma attached to Freemasonry by clerical and civil authorities had takenhold. Pope Clement XII issued his infamous papal bull,
In Eminenti,
banning Masonry andforbidding lodge membership for all Catholics under any king. He wrongly and unjustlydeclared: “For the sake of the peace and safety of civil governments, and spiritual safety of souls, and to prevent these men from plundering the House like thieves, laying waste the Vineyard like wolves, perverting the minds of the incautious and shooting down innocent
64 * FALLS CHURCH, VA 22046
 ____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
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,

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