Saturday, December 29, 2007

Freemasonry opens its book of secrets

Timed to correspond to last week's opening of National Treasure: Book of Secrets, the Washington Post published a surprisingly balanced piece on Freemasonry on Christmas Eve.

The article is peppered with quotes from Jon Turteltaub, director of the National Treasure films, as well as Masonic research historian Margaret Jacob of UCLA, George Seghers, executive director of the Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, and various D.C.-area Masons.

While they did trot out the "motto" about making good men better, we were spared the now-trite "We're not a secret society; we're a society with secrets" claim.

Worth a read.

Image: Diane (pronounced "Dee-on") Kruger, who plays Abigail Chase in the "National Treasure" films. What? You didn't think I'd waste this space with a photo of Nicolas Cage, did you?

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1 comment:

  1. It is a good article.
    I understand the feeling that we want the public to understand we aren't a "dark force", but I don't understand the need to open up so much that Freemasonry only looks like a philanthropic civic group. A bigger part of what makes it what it is, though, is the tiny shroud of secrecy-or privacy-and the esoteric teachings. Is it a good thing to hope that people will see these movies and want to petition? What kind of people will we get? Will they be disappointed when they find out there's no treasure? I don't know-am I wrong?


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