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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Television Documentaries Feed Conspiracy Theories about "The Masons"

Grand Masonic Hall in Savannah
Lately, it seems that television is showing from documentaries on The Masons, even connecting them to the Knights Templar. It is amazing how screen writers can distort historical facts simply to get a story.  Between those types of conspiracies and the alien junk, I just had to add some history here. When General Oglethorpe came to Georgia in 1733, he established The Free Masons on the West bank of the Savannah River.  General Oglethorpe was a man of enterprise and spirit.  He communicated with a number of charitable organizations who wished to resettle their congregations.  Also, he arranged for the Masons in England to send their poor to Georgia.  The Grand Lodge of England at its Quarterly Communication in London adopted a resolution to "collect the Charity of this Society towards enabling the Trustees (of Georgia) to send distressed Brethren to Georgia...."  A study of the Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler reflects interviews given to thousands of persons by the Trustees of the undertaking to settle Georgia and of the persecuted societies and congregations who traveled all over Europe seeking a safe haven for their religious beliefs.  The very least that one could say about the Masons is that they are a charitable organization with European roots and that decent God-fearing people were members.  Oglethorpe, in his quest as a colonizer, was aware of the need for such an organization.  I have personally been inside this building (as a guest) and was shown a large oil painting of Oglethorpe, dating from the 1730s.  Doubtless to say, this rare photograph remains unavailable gfor public viewing.  I don't know, perhaps someone else has a better perspective.


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