CNN recently reported on Freemasons in the U.S. Congress, with the anchor noting that “getting someone to chat about it can sometimes be tricky”. Featured in the story are four freemasons; two Republicans and two Democrats.
“In town meetings with Iowans, Grassley hears deeply held concerns about the loss of life and cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some genuinely feel the sacrifice isn’t worth it. Senator Grassley is concerned America would pay an even heavier price and put future generations at even greater risk if the United States would surrender to freedom-hating terrorists, insurgents and Islamic extremists who want to wipe America and Western Civilization off the face of the Earth.”
Democrat Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia is an admitted, 33rd degree Mason, a fact disclosed in the CNN broadcast as well as on his official Congressional website:
“A 33rd degree Mason, Rahall is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Elks, Moose, and the NAACP, and was made an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America in 2003. Before his election to the Congress, Rahall served as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and as a businessman”.
Paul Fisher, in his book BEHIND THE LODGE DOOR, included information on Specter in his chapterMasons and the media, citing a 1987 Wall Street Journal article which noted Specter is a member of ‘Pa. E. Coppe Mitchell Lodge No. 605’. Mark Hatfield, a Republican from Oregon, served in the U.S. Senate from 1967-97 and is also mentioned in the 1987 article as being a member of ‘Oregon Pacific Lodge No. 50’.
The Catholic Church has always been opposed to freemasonry .Pope Leo XIII in his 1884 EncyclicalHUMANUM GENUS stated “We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry and to let it be seen as it really is.” He wrote “Filled with the spirit of Satan, who knows how to transform himself into an angel of light, Freemasonry puts forward as its pretended aim the good of humanity. Paying a lip service to the authority of law, and even to the obligations of religion, it aims at the destruction of civil authority and the Christian priesthood, both of which it regards as the foes of human liberty.”
Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the Church’s prohibition on Catholics membership in the freemasonic sect as recently as 1983, in the DECLARATION ON MASONIC ASSOCIATIONS. This is outlined in my previous article Freemasonry: THEIR GOD IS THE DEVIL: Catholic Opposition to Freemasonry . Pope Pius VIII, speaking of the masons, said “Their Law is Untruth: Their God is the Devil and their Cult is Turpitude.”
Also covered in that article are the some of the founders own cautionary writings, including the following:
John Quincy Adams, The Sixth President of The United States said: “I am prepared to complete the demonstration before God and man, that the Masonic oaths, obligations and penalties, cannot, by any possibility, be reconciled to the laws of morality, of Christianity, or of the land.”
Samuel Adams, The Father of the Revolution said: “I am decidedly opposed to all secret societies whatever!”
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress said: “I am opposed to all secret societies.”
James Madison, The Fourth President of the United States said: “From the number and character of those who now support the charges against Freemasonry, I cannot doubt that it is at least susceptible of abuse, outweighing any advantages promised by its patrons.”
Albert Pike, notorious 33rd degree freemason, wrote in Morals and Dogma the following lines: “Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the son of the morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with it’s splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!”