Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Here Come Those Radical Freemasons Again

Well, it seems that us terrible Freemasons are out to force an anti-Christian Union on Europe, the poor old thing.
News that the European Union could soon open an investigation into tax breaks that the Italian Church enjoys in the property market sparked a fierce political debate in Italy Tuesday.

"It's good news that the European Commission is gathering information on competition violations," Green party senator Natale Ripamonti told ANSA agency.

"Hopefully our pro-European country will dispense with these privileges," he added. The Green party forms part of the radical wing of the current ruling coalition.

But the Christian Democrat UDC party dismissed the Brussels initiative, suggesting it was the product of "radical Freemason" circles.

There's nothing like a panicked politician when cornered. But he had to reach awfully deep to find a Masonic bogeyman. And here I thought our numbers were shrinking and that Freemasonry wasn't relevant to anybody anymore. Yet here we are snatching the Vatican's tax free status from them? Incredible!

Has anyone but me noticed a general uptick in anti-Masonic messages out of Europe? Or is it just that the web makes them easier to run across these days...


But of course, nothing beats the U.K. press' standard gigglesome anti-Masonic swipe. It's in a good 85% of all news articles that come out in the U.K. that mention Freemasons. As in this otherwise benign description of Norwich's "Heritage Open Days," during which Norwichers (Norwicheans? Norwichii?) are allowed into buildings normally closed to the public:
Find out why you don't need to roll up your trouser legs to get into Norwich's Masonic Hall on St Giles Street. Free tours of the intriguing 17th century hall run all day on Saturday and Sunday.
They just can't stop themselves from that hilarious "rolled up trouser leg" gag.

Yuk-yuk-yuk. It's a knee-slapper.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

These people make me laugh. My father who was a Mason (Raised back in 74 and then joined the Scottish Rite) on the 17th. My uncle opened up with a prayer and then they had Masonic rights which were beautiful. My boss and another manager from the company were there, they took me out to lunch last Thursday and the questions started flying. They had been watching TV and asked if there was really a Tyler with a weapon guarding the door. I told them sure is. That is the only question that I really answered besides telling them they could find out more by petitioning. Those who don't understand will always sling mud. They need someone to blame and we are easy targets, oh well. Then I told them I was a Fellowcraft and would be raised to Master Mason soon. My boss says, "Master something anyway!". I let it roll off. Kinda reminds me of that Monty Python skit on Youtube. It's so stupid it makes me laugh. Thanks for listening brother! Sorry for the ranting! I will find out tomorrow for sure but it looks like I will be raised Sept 5.

Fraternally Yours,
William Howe Jr.
Fellowcraft
Horeb Lodge 363 - Elmwood, IL
williehowe@gmail.com

Chris Hodapp said...

Best of luck to you, my Brother.

Chris said...

Do remember that Freemasonry in Italy is radically different from Freemasonry in the US or the UK. There are lodges that are not in Masonic communication with UGLE or US Grand Lodges because these Italian lodges mix politics, religion, and Masonry. You have to be quite careful when visiting Lodges in Italy to avoid these lodges. Take a look at
this reference to Roberto Calvi's murder
and to the "secret lodge"
P2
.

All that being said, I think it's unlikely that regular Freemasonry is spurring these "attacks" on the Roman Catholic Church's tax breaks.

It's always amusing to US Masons to read stories blaming Masonry for all sorts os funny business here in Europe, as regular Freemasonry is never involved in politics in this way.

Chris Hansen
MM
Goliath Lodge #5595, UGLE
Philanthropic Lodge F&AM, GL Mass.

Chris Hodapp said...

Brother Hansen,
Oh I'm quite aware that there are what we term irregular European Grand Lodges (the Grand Orient de France, a primary example) that regularly issue public statements of their position on political and religious issues. And more than a few Grand Lodges that US lodges are not in amity with are, indeed, publicly at odds with the Catholic Church. The Grand Orient de France was also one of the noisiest groups denouncing Muslim women wearing head scarves in public.

Even in the US, the AASR-Southern Jurisdiction's old magazine, The New Age, rarely let a month go by without an article or editorial criticizing Catholics, Catholic schools, or the Pope, for about 50 years. Words like popery, monkery and similar swipes were part of the everyday lexicon of some Protestant Masons for a very long time in the US, up until the election of JFK, the first Catholic president. After that, the sniping seemed to die off, once bigoted Protestants decided that maybe Kennedy wasn't going to cede the Louisiana Purchase states to the Pope to build a new US Vatican.

It should also be pointed out, just for the sake of also pointing it out, that the irregular Grand Orients in France and Italy, even though we don't recognize them, are the most popular GLs in their respective countries.

Michael said...

Youtube is your friend.

Part of the Monty Python skit: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JdO9NzPdTuk

Sealab 2021 episode on Secret Societies: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3l86ugOGv6o

Gilbert said...

I have noticed an uptick in anti-freemason sentiment everywhere. Groups like "ephesians5-11" and "ex masons for jesus" seem to be kicking up their efforts big time. With guys like Bill Schnoebelen telling churches to root out their masonic parishioners I'm starting to wonder why the sudden increased interest? Well, I'm sure masons in the 1820s said the same thing when the anti-mason party founded.

Fraternally Yours,
Gilbert Cleveland
Master Mason
Vegas Lodge 32 - Las Vegas, NV
dgcleveland@gmail.com