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By Douglas V. Gibbs; AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

Someone asked me today what I thought of Representative Steve Scalise, Republican Congressman from Louisiana.  I said, “He’s better than Keven McCarthy, but he’s still a part of the establishment.”  The person asked me my opinion because he believed Scalise was a shoe-in.  I was not so sure.

Earlier tonight, Scalise decided to withdraw from the race for Speaker of the House, a position I hope goes to Jim Jordan, though the outside idea of Trump as Speaker would be extremely pleasing.  And yes, the Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a member of Congress, though if the position went to an outsider, they would have no voting power.

Scalise read the writing on the wall, I suppose.  According to Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky in a conversation with reporters, Scalise didn’t have the 217 votes needed to prevail.  At least twenty Republicans refused to give Scalise their votes.  Scalise edged out Jim Jordan during the nomination battle, the latter favored by the more conservative members of the House of Representatives.  A number of Republicans have switched their allegiance to Jordan, which raises the question if in a new nomination vote would Jordan eek out a victory and have a chance to face a final vote.

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By Douglas V. Gibbs; AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

If you look up “Israel’s Right to Exist” online, even through alleged “conservative” search engines, a whole list of articles will appear claiming that Israel has no right to exist, or its claim that it has a right to exist is a myth.  Without going deep into the woods about the different types of Jewish groups and the battle within that Israel experiences that is no different than the ones the rest of the world are also in the midst of enduring, the answer is, “If ever there was a country that has the right to exist, Israel is it.”

With the recent war launched against Israel by Hamas, and Hezbollah, with Iranian backing and worldwide Islamic approval, the question regarding Israel’s right to exist has been raised again; and the truth of the matter is, while Israel may have a “right” to exist, it’s ability to endure as a Jewish state will only continue if it can be defended.  

The question over the legitimacy of a Jewish state spans eons and includes more factors than religion.  Those who denies Israel’s right to exist views Israel as simply an expression of Judaism, with no right to national self-expression.  And the number of people who repudiates Israel’s right to exist has increased over my lifetime, arguing that unless Israel sheds its distinctive Jewish character, there is no justification to its existence.

Unfortunately, there are even many Jews, including among those in Israel, who agree with the view that stands against Israel’s existence.  Like those who oppose Israel’s existence, those people fail to understand the broad reality of Israel’s historical and godly roots.  The establishment of Israel in modern times was not some minor creation of a new country.  It was the restoration of an ancient civilization promised to exist at that location by God.  Preserving the Jewish character of the State is necessary because of the original nature of Israel’s existence thousands of years ago.  The Jewish right to a state flows from Israel’s faith, history, and relationship with God.

Since the land was given by God, and Israel’s existence was established by the Almighty, the long exile of Jews from the land, nor the fact that other peoples settled in the areas where the Jewish kingdom was originally laid out, does not legitimately undermine the Jewish claim of statehood.  Israel’s right to exist from a Biblical standpoint is absolute and unquestionable.

Some of those who argue against the justification of a Jewish state claim they don’t need to abide by any arguments I might be making because they do not believe in the same God, or share the same religious beliefs as Jews and Christians; therefore, why should they be required to recognize a godly imperative as justification for Israel’s existence?  Others might also claim that the “sins” of Zionists committed to bring about a Jewish empire of sorts, or that Israel is allegedly run by Jews who are not committed to biblical principles or the original teachings of Mosaic Law nullifies any biblically based claims or the right to claim the lands based on claims of historical ownership.  Each of those arguments, to be honest, fall on deaf ears for those of us who recognize the legitimacy of the existence of Israel. 

Regardless of justification, or lack thereof, Israel exists and the future of Israel, or the future of any country, should be upheld.  Allowing a group of countries or people to overthrow or destroy the existence of a country is unacceptable.  The world rallied around an effort to stop the Axis Powers after they conquered targets and killed groups they believed to stand against them, so why would allowing any group, much less one based on a violent ideology such as Islam, to destroy Israel be acceptable in any way, shape, or form?  

The argument is not even valid.  They claim Israel should not exist because it has a Jewish nature to it.  Really?  The truth is, Israel’s language is Hebrew.  It’s day of rest is Saturday.  Its public holidays are Jewish religious festivals.  While not a theocracy, Israel’s culture and very nature is Jewish, and therefore the truth is that Israel is indeed a Jewish State.  Should its neighbors be justified to attack and seek to destroy it for simply that reason?  Would America be justified if it decided to wipe out the Muslim countries in the Middle East for the sole reason that they were Islamic?  To destroy any country for the reason of its ethnic or religious identity would be wrong in any other case, therefore, Israel’s right to exist and right to self-determination must stand.

Israel’s entire modern history is made up of the tiny Jewish state constantly needing to defend itself against assaults against it by its Islamic neighbors.  Upon the creation of the modern state of Israel many of the countries surrounding Israel attacked.  In 1949 a set of agreements were signed to end the initial war against the creation of Israel.  then, beginning in the 1950s, surrounding peoples calling themselves “Palestinians” began carrying out attacks and terrorist operations, and the Israel Defense Force responded in kind.  Syria, Egypt, and Jordan infiltrated Israel and carried out Arab guerrilla attacks within Israel’s borders.  In October of 1956 the Suez Crisis, which followed Egypt’s decision to take full control of the Suez Canal, led to an Israeli invasion of the Sinai Peninsula.  In June of 1967 Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, with assistance from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria and other Islamic countries.  The “Six Day War” was won by Israel, and as a result the West Bank (which includes East Jerusalem), the Golan Heights, Gaza, and the Sinai were all added to Israel’s sphere of influence.  The War of Attrition immediately followed, pitting the Israeli military against forces representing Egypt, the Soviet Union, Jordan, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).  The conflict was initiated by the Egyptians seeking to recapture the Sinai.  In October 1973 a coalition of Islamic states led by Egypt and Syria launched another surprise attack against Israel, claiming the purpose was to regain the territories lost in the Six Day War.  That war became known as the Yom Kippur War since it was launched on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.  Israel again defeated the aggressors, but this time there were no significant territorial changes.  The PLO relocated to South Lebanon from Jordan, and then began to stage terrorist attacks between 1971 to 1982.  In 1982 the conflict escalated to a full scale “Lebanon War,” with the invasion of southern Lebanon by Israeli forces.  Throughout the 80s and 90s warfare between Israel and its Lebanese Christian allies against Lebanese Muslim forces and Iranian-backed Hezbollah continued.  In 2006 Hezbollah abducted Israeli reserve soldiers and in response Israel launched a military operation that eventually expanded into a full-blown war.  The war resulted in a stalemate, and ended as the result of a United Nations-brokered ceasefire.  A conflict between Israel and Hamas, launched in 2008 by rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip ended in 2009 after an intense response by Israel.  Gaza continued to be a staging ground for terror attacks by Hamas in 2012, and 2014.  Iran and Israel battled as a part of the Syrian Civil War, becoming a direct confrontation in 2021, during which time Palestinian uprisings also intensified.  Hamas, during the conflict, also sent numerous military rockets into Israel, with the “Iron Dome” intercepting most of the incoming rockets.  Now, in October of 2023, a new attack has been launched against Israel by Hamas, with Hezbollah joining in, and with Iran’s hand behind the whole ordeal.  A number of Muslim countries have shown restraint during this latest challenge against Israel’s right to exist only as a result of President Trump’s Abraham Accords (and other agreements) which were signed between Israel and a number of neighboring Muslim countries in 2020.

In 2022 President Donald Trump criticized the Biden Administration, and warned American Jews, as tensions began to rise again with the United States failing to stand behind Israel.  Biden’s White House attacked Trump for his comments, calling them “antisemitic and insulting.”  Nonetheless, Israel successfully destroyed an Iranian air defense system in transit in northern Syria, halting attacks deployed from Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group for the time being.  Israel stopped a similar deployment of an Iranian air defense system in Syria four years earlier, as well.

Earlier this year Israel was having their own internal difficulties when former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak promoted a strategy for bringing down the Netanyahu government in the Jewish state.  He claimed that in any system the persistent and tenacious protesting by 3.5% of the population, or roughly 8% of the adult population, has proven to successfully historically take down governments.  Last April, Iran claimed they didn’t need persistent protests to bring down Israel.  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi claimed “any tiny action” could lead to the destruction of Israeli cities.

Enemies of Israel in America have been calling for “intifada,” a demise of Israel, and the “murder of all Jews.”  One such protest occurred at the University of Michigan in mid-January of this year.  Protesters called for a violent overthrow of the Jewish state, with one marcher chanting, “There is only one solution” as she held a sign with the same words on it; words that echoed the NAZI call for the annihilation of Jews with his “final solution”.  Senator Ted Cruz called the news of the protest, “Terrifying.”  

Now, in October of 2023, Hamas has launched a new war against Israel, launching thousands of rockets into Israel, and infiltrating Israel with Hamas militants at several locations near the Gaza border in southern Israel.  Netanyahu’s government has formally declared war, with an immediate goal of restoring security and quiet to the communities affected.  This is the first time Israel has formally declared war since 1973.  A massive ground invasion as a response by Israel is expected.  A report from Israel National News indicated a few days ago that at least 1,200 had been killed and over 2,000 injured, at the time, with over a hundred soldiers and civilians held in Gaza.  An update indicated nearly 5,000 rockets had been launched, with Israel striking 2,329 targets in Gaza in response.  Hezbollah said in a statement it has also been attacking from the north, “using large numbers of rockets and shells” in solidarity with the “Palestinian resistance.”

In related news, it has been reported that paragliders have been used by the attackers to target large crowds such as in one case, a large group of concert-goers at a music festival, and in Egypt policemen have gunned down two Israeli tourists in cold blood.  The Taliban has sent out a message to all Muslim countries in the Middle East to launch attacks against Israel.

There is no doubt Iran’s fingerprints are all over the attacks against Israel, and Iran is not only behind the attacks, but helped plan it for weeks.  Muslims from all over the Islamic world have been celebrating the slaughter of Israeli women and children.  Government sources have also indicated Americans have been killed during the early days of this newest war, and the Biden administration has been content with abandoning Americans behind enemy lines.  Another report has revealed the beheading of babies by Muslim attackers.

Only a week ago the Democrats claimed the Middle East is more stable than it has been in a long time.  The Biden administration is under fire by conservatives, who claim the attacks are a direct result of his policies (or lack, thereof), and that Biden’s administration has been directly working with those behind the attacks.   Those policies have made the world a much more dangerous place than it was under President Trump.  While some observers have not only shown support for Israel, but claim the only way to stop the madness is a complete eradication of Hamas, the reality is that the U.S. has become a prime target for Muslim terror as well, thanks to Biden’s “open border” policies.

Democrat politicians, like “The Squad,” have been responding to the Muslim murder spree against Israel in a supportive manner, with Ihan Omar warning against any actions by the United States in support of Israel.  Anti-war groups like Code Pink have been endorsing Hamas’ actions against Israel.  In Sydney, hundreds of pro-Muslim protestors chanted “gas the Jews.”  Pro-Israel and Pro-Hamas protesters clashed in Washington.  Hamas has declared it plans to execute hostages live on television.

Some reports have indicated that Israel’s intelligence had been warned something big like the recent Hamas attacks might be on the horizon, but it is claimed Israel ignored the warnings.  Despite any warnings that might have been present, the fact is Islam has launched a full-scale war against Israel, and this kind of conflict not only did not happen during Trump’s watch, but President Trump actually brokered temporary peace in the region during his presidency.  Speaking in Iowa, Trump indicated that the attacks against Israel are a direct result of Biden’s policies, and the former President criticized the Biden administration for its lack of support for Israel, and stated the current administration has “betrayed Israel.”

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By Douglas V. Gibbs; AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

Matt Gaetz, a Congressman from Florida who supports Donald J. Trump, pulled off something that Republicans don’t often do.  He made sure something got done.  The GOP has become famous for talking the talk, but rarely walking the walk.  I’ve been known to call the Republicans in office a bunch of jellyfish … you know … spineless.  Gaetz, however, with seven other Republicans, pulled off a big move, imposing his will on a party that would rather put more feed in the “big government trough” than stand firm on constitutional principles.

The House of Representatives has been in the hands of the Republican Party since January after the last election, and despite a lot of boos from the not-so-establishment wing of the GOP, Keven McCarthy was voted in as Speaker of the House — after 15 rounds of voting.  The Freedom Caucus had a list of demands, and McCarthy promised to abide by it.  Now, ten months later, he has proven to be just another cockroach in Washington who has no spine, no will, and no fight for what’s right in him.  So, Matt Gaetz led a movement to remove McCarthy from his leadership role, characterizing the latter as a “liar.”  On the floor last Tuesday, Gaetz proclaimed after being accused to causing chaos, “Chaos is Speaker McCarthy.  Chaos is somebody we cannot trust with their words.”

McCarthy lied, and capitulated to the hard left Democrats.  Like many of the squirmy spineless creatures in Washington he constantly falls for the ridiculous rhetoric put out there by the Democrat Political War Machine.  The Democrats have been calling Trump a “fascist,” even though the definition of fascism better fits the hard left donkey-people.  In an interview with the PBS News Hour Hillary Clinton was asked by Geoff Bennett if Biden was correct calling Republicans who support Donald J. Trump “extremists,” and “semi-fascists” who are a part of a “growing authoritarian strain in the Republican Party.”  Hillary responded, “How could we be growing a kind of authoritarian political force inside our country?…promoting lies and being incredibly divisive and, frankly being loyal to a wannabe dictator.”

People like McCarthy, and pretty much all of the squishy Republicans from States like California, quiver under such rhetoric.  Rather than seeing it as the projection that it is by the true authoritarians of this country, they fear that enough people might think that what the Democrats say is true, so they quiver in their boots and slip under a rock somewhere.  In the process, they become weak, and easily toppled by the dictator-wannabes of the Democratic Party.  Like McCarthy, the squeamish GOP jellyfish refuse to stand firm on the principles of the Republican Party, they give in to the overspending by the federal government worried that the Democrats will blame them for a government shutdown, and frightened that the GOP’s own spending priorities might get hacked in the process.  They concede to idiotic moves by Democrats like the draconian Inflation Reduction Act.  As Speaker of the House McCarthy either did not understand that his position was to stand against such lunacy, or he’s a part of the problem and is feeding from the same big-government trough that the Democrats feed from.

Matt Gaetz said “no” to the madness, and openly ridiculed his fellow Republicans that the GOP had been giving concessions to the Democrats that they had claimed they would not give; in the name of averting shutdowns.  Then, the Republican leadership would claim they received something out of it when in reality they gave in to the Democrats on every level, giving them exactly what they wanted without even a acting like they were putting up a fight.  Last time I checked, the Republicans should have nothing to fear from the Democrats in the House of Representatives.  Remember, the GOP holds a majority.  Or, so we thought.

The problem is, McCarthy fears the Democrats more than he fears conservatives; and as I insinuated earlier in this article, in a way he’s in league with the Democrats, sitting at the table with them, giving them what they want, out of spineless fear.

As a result, inflation is up, prices are way up, and we have a $33 trillion mountain of debt that our great grandchildren will never be able to grapple with, much less any other future generations.  

So, Gaetz got seven Republicans and a Democrat Party caucus who couldn’t recognize a “be careful what you wish for” situation if it was an exploding minefield, to vote McCarthy out of the Speaker’s chair.  The lefty Democrats rejoiced.  “See how disjointed the GOP is” they screamed.  It’s not chaos.  It’s not a problem of loyalty or proper management not being properly applied.  It’s the beginning of house cleaning.  I am rejoicing that finally a cleaning crew has shown up, and they are working on taking out the establishment trash.

Whoever replaces McCarthy, whether that person is a constitutional conservative, or not, one message this sends is crystal clear — you better think twice before making one-sided deals that give the Democrats everything they want when it comes to spending.

RINOs, I am hoping, will soon become an endangered species in the Republican Party.  My hopes are that the establishment-wing republicans either straighten up, or flip over to the Democratic Party where their leftist ideological leanings will be more welcomed.

But, I am not holding my breath on that.

The good-ol’-boy Republican GOP party of Bush/Romney/Boehner/McCarthy will not go down without a fight, and fade away so that the MAGA Republican wing can finally make some sense out of the chaos.  Yes, they’ve been hurt by this latest shift in the tale of everchanging political winds, but they will lick their wounds and do like the Democrats do … come back harder than ever before.  They will lash out at Gaetz’s “anti-McCarthy eight,” seeking to make an example of them.  How dare they stand against the machine.  How dare they hope for brighter days.  The swamp will not be drained, swears these creatures from the dark waters of the cesspool.  The swamp-handlers will live to terrorize the villagers again in the future.  Swamp-monster havens like the deep state, mainstream media, and all of the other swamp-creature minions, will make sure of it.

Just as a side note, the final vote for McCarthy’s removal as Speaker of the House was 216 to 210; the Democrats are calling it, in the words of House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a “House Republican Civil War.”  In a side shot at Trump’s supporters, however, he also claimed the Democrats “encourage our Republican colleagues who claim to be more traditional to break from the extremists, end the chaos, end the dysfunction, end the extremism.”

McCarthy lashed out about his removal from the Speaker’s Chair, “It concerns me as a Republican.”  McCarthy also suggested that he was partly responsible for the election of the eight Republicans that stood against him, and that it had been a mistake to help them.  “They held up every appropriation bill in the summer because they wouldn’t let it come through.  After the debt ceiling, they stopped us from doing anything on the floor.”  McCarthy claims the Republicans who ousted him “are not conservatives…They don’t get to say their conservative because they’re angry and they’re chaotic. That’s not the party I belong to.”

Gaetz responded, “Kevin McCarthy couldn’t keep his word.  He made an agreement in January regarding the way Washington would work, and he violated that agreement.  We are $33 trillion in debt.  We are facing $2.2 trillion annual deficits.”

In the end, the truth is clear.  When nobody else was willing to stand up to the Republican Establishment, Matt Gaetz was not only willing to take a stand against RINOs like McCarthy, but he took a stand against the entire swamp.  The question now is, will we get just another Republican that will compromise on everything, or actually stand firm like Matt Gaetz and his team of anti-McCarthy peeps were willing to do?  The vote to remove McCarthy may have marked a change in the corps of Republicans in the House of Representatives, but we won’t know for sure until we see who the new Speaker is, and if the GOP begins to stand firm on constitutional principals, or if they remain the same squishy, spineless jellyfish they’ve been under the leadership of folks like deposed Kevin McCarthy.

Gaetz made the right decision.  We must hold these people accountable.  We must send a message to the D.C. swamp.  No more games.  No more anti-constitutional shenanigans.  Be who we expect you to be, stand firm on American principles, or be removed from power.

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― Freemasonry ― 

A Mason might tell you the very beginning of Freemasonry occurred with the Knights Templar.  The Order of Solomon’s Temple was a Catholic military order.  The members accompanied pilgrims to the Holy Land, charged with protecting the travelers from bandits and marauders along their journey.  The men of God were humble and steeped in poverty at first, until nobles and church leaders began to put their support behind the figures.  The Pope also exempted the order from obedience to local laws, allowing them to pass freely across all borders, and making them exempt from any taxation.  The order grew rapidly, eventually accepting valuables and issuing “letters of credit.”  Upon arrival in the Holy Land the funds could be retrieved with the letter.  The arrangement was akin to banking, and the early use of what would become cheques.  The system eased the fears of the travelers, making them less attractive to thieves.

The Templars became very wealthy in time through the system of banking they used, and they built a network of commanderies and fortifications throughout the Holy Land, and Europe.  Their power and wealth, however, was viewed as a threat by the leaders of the church and governments, so accusations of unholy rituals and deceptive practices began to emerge.  Eventually, they were proclaimed to be enemies of the church, and many were rounded up and executed for their alleged crimes of financial corruption, fraud, heresy, idolatry, and homosexual practices.  Some even confessed to some of the charges under torture.  The scandals led to all Christian monarchs arresting all Templars and seizing their assets, forcing those who escaped to hide in the shadows, and gather in the deepest of secrecy.  

The Knights Templar were dismantled in the Rolls of the Catholic Church in 1309.  Freemasonry incorporated the symbols and some of the rituals of several medieval military orders including the Knights Templar, with some stories claiming that Freemasonry is directly descended from the historical Knights Templar through its final members who allegedly took refuge in Scotland.  For the most part, the stories connecting Freemasonry to the Knights Templar are speculation at best, and not supported by Masonic historians, nor non-Masonic historians.

The impact of Freemasonry on American History is an often discussed topic.  Some Americans believe that the Founding Era was infested with Masonic influences, and that the Founding Fathers were largely members of the “Secret Society.”  If Freemasonry was a large part of the founding of the country and if a majority of the Founding Fathers were members of the secret fraternity, then it raises questions regarding whether or not Christianity was truly the foundation of the American System.

Studies regarding Freemasonry shows that modern American Freemasonry is antithetical and hostile to Christian Biblical teachings.  Much of the data we have that assists us in coming to the conclusion that modern Freemasonry stands in opposition to Christian principles is largely available due to the testimony of high-ranking Masonic officials who renounced their Masonic membership after welcoming Jesus Christ into their lives.

A common belief is that an overwhelming majority of the Founding Fathers were active members, and even leaders, in Freemasonry.  Various sources proclaim that the governing documents, seals, symbols, and even the blueprint of Washington D.C., incorporated Masonic beliefs and symbols.

A study of history and the documents remaining from the founding era reveal that the United States was founded on a value system, and a belief in Natural Law, connected to Christianity.  The concept that our rights are divinely dispensated by God is at the heart of our founding.  No enduring hope for liberty and prosperity could be formed from a pagan foundation.

Modern Freemasonry has masked its true nature by involving itself in charitable endeavors.  Today most citizens only know the fraternal group for its good work in the community, and its symbol sometimes adorned on the back of a vehicle or on a ring on somebody’s finger.

American Freemasonry is a massive organization.  The infrastructure is rigidly organized, filled with a system of degree rituals and teachings that seem religious and philosophical.  As far as secret societies go, Freemasonry is America’s largest, and oldest.  A friend of mine, a level 33 Freemason, once told me that Freemasonry is not a secret society, it is simply a society with secrets. 

Freemasonry’s American origins date back to about 1730 in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  In today’s society Masons are frequently prominent and visible members of the community, with a disproportionately high percentage of them serving as high-ranking, powerful officials.  The fact that so many of them have worked their way to positions of power, yet they come from a relatively small secret organization, has launched many conspiracy theories.  If so many hold positions of power today, we might believe, then, that it must have been similar during the era of the birth of the United States.

Membership has been working its way downward in modern times.  Freemasonry’s popularity has waned.  One wonders if the downward spiral of the number of Masons in the United States is partly due to the fact that not much about Masonry is any longer completely secret.

As for the high percentage of political officials who are members of modern American Freemasonry, Masonry itself does not get involved in politics.  However, the organization does hold a couple strict political beliefs; separation of church and state as defined by modern establishment politicos, and replacing all religiously affiliated schools in America with secular public schools.

Rather than recognize God as He is presented and defined by biblical texts, Masonry recognizes whatever god any individual Mason might claim.  There is a great deity, Masonry provides, known as G.A.O.T.U.; the Great Architect of the Universe.

The history of American Freemasonry reaches back in time, finding its roots in Europe.  Craftsmen traveled across Europe more than a thousand years ago building cathedrals, abbeys, churches, castles, and other stone buildings.  They journeyed the continent performing physical stone-cutting and stone-laying.  Many of these craftsmen were members of Masonic lodges.

Traveling masons were known as free masons, and they devised a system of secret signs and handshakes that identified them to other free masons.  Non-traveling masons usually belonged to local Masonic guilds rather than lodges.  They lived and worked in their own region and all construction they participated in was local.  Often, local masons were employed by traveling free masons for their construction jobs in the area.

The Old Charges of 938 A.D. were early Masonic regulations that called for the following:

1.     God and religion is very important.

2.     Masonry is a professional craft.

3.     The Science of Geometry is an important part of the craft.

4.     Masonry is a regal duty.

The first charge to the mason that God and religion are very important was more than a mere belief.  The primary source of a mason’s work was cathedrals, and most of the countries in Europe had state established religions.  If God and religion were not an important part of masonry for the world to see, they might not get any work.

Considering masonry as being a professional craft demanded that the members follow strict regulations regarding conduct, behavior, and training.

Using the science of geometry meant that to be a mason one must understand the scientific and mathematical basis for architectural designs.

Instruction in royal protocol was required because much of the work that masons performed was at the request of monarchs, nobles, and governmental church officials.

The 926 A.D. Constitutions instructed that “Every mason shall cultivate brotherly love, and the love of God, and frequent holy church.”  It was required that at every meeting of masons the members would pray heartily for all Christians.

In 1583 masonic documents declared, “The might of the Father of heaven, and the wisdom of the glorious Son, through the grace and the goodness of the Holy Ghost, yet being three persons and one God, be with us at [our] beginning.”  In 1686 masons were demanded to “be true men to God and the holy church.”  In 1722 the charge required “A mason is obliged, by his tenure, to obey the moral law; and if he rightly understands the art, he will never be a stupid atheist nor an irreligious libertine.”

In short, the early masons were Christian, and were expected to follow the tenants of the Faith.  While it may be appropriate in today’s world to question if a practicing Freemason can also be a Christian, the question did not pertain to early American Freemasonry.  In fact, if early American Freemasonry had been incompatible with orthodox Christianity, and a massive number of Founding Fathers were members of such an organization, the lack of Christian values and principles would be evident in the writings and founding documents by the Founding Fathers. 

A change began to occur when in the late 1600s and early 1700s, as their numbers began to decline partly because edifices were being built primarily by carpenters rather than stone masons, masonry attempted to increase their numbers again by opening their ranks to those who had never before laid a single stone.  The Masonic regulation of 1703 provides, “The privileges of masonry should no longer be restricted to operative masons, but extended to men of various professions.”

Newly accepted members included aristocrats and members of royal families.  As word got out that important people were joining the ranks of the masons other politicians and prominent individuals began to join, too, hoping to rub shoulders with royalty and other important personages.  The newcomers, having no real knowledge of operative masonry, began to speculate and spiritualize the symbolism of operative masonry, interpreting the symbols and artifacts in an allegorical, moral, and religious manner.  What emerged was “speculative masonry.”

By 1723 the new Masons developed their own standards to replace the Old Charges that have previously governed operative masons.  The new teachings mixed and merged their new rituals with the old traditions of operative masonry, preserving the three degrees, secret methods of recognition, and the requirement of a belief in God.  Despite the foundation of its system of ethics being that of Christianity, unChristian doctrines began to emerge, and masonry eventually abandoned its Christian roots and instead embraced pluralistic and pagan philosophies.

Speculative Masons changed their calendar system from the time of Christ to the time of Adam, adding four thousand years to their calendar.  Adam was then considered the first Mason, and therefore the father of the organization.  The changes were popular, and in 1717 masonry began to grow rapidly.  By 1730 there were 100 speculative lodges in England.

By the time the Founding Fathers were around Freemasonry had grown into a very influential organization.  Therefore, many eyes into history have determined that Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, James Madison, Charles Carroll, John Jay, Samuel Adams, and a long list of other prominent Founding Fathers were all Masons.  Except, out of the list of names just provided, not one of them served as a member of Freemasonry. 

Contrary to popular opinion Freemasonry did not enjoy significant influence on the formation of the United States.  The truth is supported by historical documents, and the work of reputable Masonic historians, who have investigated actual records.

Freemasonry itself has done much of the research regarding any alleged connections between Freemasonry and the birth of the United States and has found that only a few of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons, and the ones who did have a brush with the society were largely not active members, and very Christian in their belief system. 

·       Neither John Adams or Samuel Adams were Masons, as argued by the authorities of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

·       No information has ever been located linking James Madison to any Masonic membership.

·       Thomas Jefferson was not a Freemason, either.  On page 91 of “Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers,” Ronald E. Heaton wrote regarding Thomas Jefferson, “No mention of the Fraternity appears in the millions of words he wrote and which are in print.  Strict search has uncovered no evidence.”

·       The same book by Ronald E. Heaton provides that there is “no evidence of [Alexander Hamilton’s] activity in or connection with the Masonic fraternity.”

·       Charles Carroll was not only not a Freemason, as suggested by the movie “National Treasure,” he was an active and devout practicing Catholic.  The Catholic Church, then and now, has been one of the fiercest opponents of Freemasonry, with over fifteen papal pronouncements having been issued against Freemasonry since 1738.

·       Researchers from The Masonic Services Association of North America, an organization that describes itself as “the servant of Freemasonry,” state that John Jay was never a Mason.

The list of Founding Fathers wrongly assumed to have been associated with Freemasonry is a long one.  However, that is not to say that none of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons.  Some were.  However, several of the few that were members of the fraternity had minimal contact or involvement with the society.

·       George Washington, Father of the Country, is probably the most recognizable Founding Father associated with Freemasonry.  According to Washington’s Writings, published in 1941, Volume 36, page 453, in a letter to G.W. Snyder, written September 25, 1798, Washington asserts that he wanted to “correct an error you have run into of my presiding over the English lodges in this country.  The fact is I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice within the last thirty years.”  Any Masonic activities performed by George Washington are very few.

·       Benjamin Franklin was probably the most active Mason of any of the Founding Fathers that were Masons, but his constant tendency to refer to Scripture, the fact that he recommended prayer before each session of the Constitutional Convention, and his proposition to the Great Seal that an image be provided of Moses lifting up his wand and dividing the Red Sea, and Pharaoh in his chariot overwhelmed with the waters, with a motto, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God,” is hardly the actions of an anti-Christian individual, much less an anti-Christian Mason.

·       John Hancock was a Freemason, and the son of a famous Gospel minister.  He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and twice served as President of the Continental Congress during the years the governmental body existed prior to the Constitution.  He was head of the militia in Massachusetts, and was elected the first Governor of that State, of which he would serve many times.  He was instrumental in writing Massachusetts’ first constitution, which includes an explicitly Christian declaration for those who would hold office in that State:

“I, ___________, do declare, that I believe the Christian religion, and have a firm persuasion of its truth.”

In his first Inaugural Address as Governor of Massachusetts in 1780, he announced, “Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement.”  Hancock also urged a “due observation of the Lord’s Day,” calling for a statewide day of prayer for “the knowledge of Christianity to spread over all the earth.”  The request for a day of prayer was a frequent request by the statesman.  His writings and actions were hardly those of a person who put his Freemason membership above God or country, or that of a person who believed Pagan teachings by a secret organization bent upon ruling the world.

·       John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution, and a person who helped draft the Declaration of Independence, became a Mason on January 11, 1780.  His membership was followed by a notation in the Masonic records, “Never since appeared in Lodge.”  He lived his life as a Christian, and during the revolutionary crisis he called out to his countrymen to “seek God.”  When he faced death, he reaffirmed his dedication to Christ.

“Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom, and for all His other kindnesses, to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.” 

·       William Hooper, signer of the Declaration of Independence, became a member of Freemasonry, and then shortly after the Lodge he was a member of ceased to exist.  No records exist of him ever attending another lodge.

·       James McHenry, signer of the Constitution, became a Freemason on May 21, 1806.  His entry in Masonic records is followed by the notation, “Struck off, 1809” after he was in the organization for only three years.  McHenry was also the founder of the Baltimore Bible Society, an organization that exists today, but under a different name; the “Maryland Bible Society.”  McHenry utilized his organization with the goal of putting a Bible in the hands of all people.

·       Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a Freemason.  Like the other signers of the July 4, 1776 document that declared America’s independence from the British Empire he pledged, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” his “life, fortune, and sacred honor” for the cause.  He did not survive the American Revolution.  After being captured by the British, he was tortured severely.  He was released through a prisoner exchange, but his health never recovered.  With the understanding that his death was imminent, he spent the time to get his affairs in order, penning his last will and testament, giving particular attention to his children who would never know their father, and giving strong attention to his Christian faith.  He died a strong Christian, and sacrificed his life for American Liberty.  Freemasonry was something he was a member of, but it was not the primary driving force of his life, nor did his membership to the organization have a negative influence upon his Christian Faith.

·       Robert Treat Paine was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was a Freemason.  As the first Attorney General of the State of Massachusetts and a Justice of the State Supreme Court of that State he left a clear written record of his beliefs and leanings. 

“I have for some time had a desire to attend upon the Lord’s Supper and to come to that Divine institution of a dying Redeemer, and I trust I’m now convinced that it is my duty to openly profess Him least He be ashamed to own me another day.”

Like his father, Robert Treat Paine became a minister, and during the American Revolution he was a military chaplain.  As an outspoken Christian and Patriot, though a member of Freemasonry, he was not one to chase after any tenants of the organization that might exist today, likely because the non-Christian, global and diabolical attributes that are assumed to be a part of the organization in modern times were not a part of Masonry during the time of the forging of the United States.

·       Gunning Bedford, Jr. was a signer of the Constitution, and served not only as a Freemason, but as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Delaware.  In his 1799 oration on the death of George Washington, he openly proclaimed the Christianity of Washington, as well as his own.  Bedford was unashamed of his belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and was vocal about it.

·       Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, identified as a Freemason.  In the fourth stanza of the song (originally a poem by him) are the words, “In God is our trust,” which may have been the inspiration for the motto “In God We Trust” which began appearing on coins after the War Between the States, and ultimately the phrase became the official motto of the United States in 1956, two years after “under God” was inserted into the Flag Salute. 

Freemasonry membership, during those times, did not deter any of the Founding Fathers from their Christian belief system, nor their duties as a patriot.  And, According to the book “Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers” by David Barton, “Most of the Founders were not Masons; and many who were, at best, were inactive.”  Barton provides that of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, a maximum of one in six could have been Freemasons (16%).  Among the delegates to the Constitutional Convention a maximum of one in four (25%) could have been Freemasons.  Those numbers represent the maximum number possible, including inactive members and those who were allegedly Masons, but only inconclusive evidence exists.  Those with indisputable evidence of having been Freemasons represents a much lower percentage.

Even if Founding Fathers were members of the fraternity the Freemasonry of their time period was vastly different from modern American Freemasonry.  The most radical changes Freemasonry has undergone occurred since their era.  To compare today’s Masonic beliefs and practices to those of two centuries ago is like comparing night to day.

A large part of the radical changes that occurred after the Founding Era during the nineteenth century can be attributed to influences by the Order of the Illuminati.  Founded by German Adam Weishaupt and aided by allies like the Jacobins, the Illuminati was behind much of the bloody French Revolution and its widespread anarchy.  Influence by the Illuminati and Jacobins did work its way across the Atlantic Ocean to America.  In 1798 Reverend Jedediah Morse delivered in Boston a sermon warning that European Illuminati had infiltrated America, and in 1799 Morse warned that the Illuminati had infiltrated European Masonic Lodges.  History demonstrates that the Illuminati never took hold in America, and the organization and its beliefs were actively opposed to the American Founding Fathers and the principles they inserted into America’s founding documents.

Some conspiracy theorists argue that Washington D.C. was designed based on Masonic influences, and that Freemason symbolism exists throughout the capital of the United States.  It is alleged that a Masonic Pentagram exists in the district that serves as the seat of government, centered near the White House.  The points of the pentagram, however, were neither planned nor built until almost a century after the Founding Fathers had the District of Columbia built.  For example, the Jefferson Memorial, a key to the imagined Masonic symbolism in the city, was not built until 1943, and it never appeared in any of the original 1791 plans of the city.  Even more interesting is the fact that the spot upon which the Jefferson Memorial was built was underwater in the middle of the Potomac River at the time of the original construction of the district.  The center of the alleged pentagram is the Masonic House of the Temple, a building that was not built until 1915.  The building also never appeared on any early plan of the city.

It is also alleged that the Great Seal of the United States is fraught with Masonic symbolism.  The pyramid, with 13 levels, represents the 13 colonies that became the Original 13 States, not Egyptian and Babylonian mysticism.  As for the “All-Seeing Eye” above the pyramid, while it has been suggested that it is a symbol of the Illuminati, according to the Founding Fathers the presence of the symbol is to represent the All-Seeing Eye of God, or should we say as the Founders provided, “the eye of Providence.”  God is watching over His people both day and night, and intervening on their behalf to destroy their enemies.  Rather than a pagan or Illuminati symbol, the All-Seeing Eye on the Great Seal of the United States, which is also on the backside of the One Dollar Bill, is the vigilant all-seeing eye of Almighty God, watching over his people.  The principal designer of the Great Seal, by the way, was Charles Thomson, and Charles Thomson was definitely not a Mason.

On the Great Seal of the United States is the Latin phrase, “Novus Ordo Mundi.”  The phrase has been inaccurately translated as meaning, “A New World Order.”  Instead, what the true translation, and what was meant by the Founding Fathers, is “A New Order of the Ages.”  In a sense one might still argue that what they were saying they were introducing to the world was a new world order, and essentially, one would be correct in making that assumption.  Except, what a New World Order, or a New Order of the Ages, might mean today is not what they meant back then.

The Old Order was the system of monarchs, mercantilism, and ruling elites that existed in the Old World.  The New World, and more specifically, the United States, represented something different.  The Constitution of the United States introduced a new kind of system, and the Articles of Association and the Declaration of Independence began the building of that road to a government that would be unlike anything ever seen in the world.  America represented a new political line off of the mainstream by introducing a government limited in its authorities, and tasked with securing the Natural Rights of the people.  A republican form of government with a foundation based on biblical principles and values designed to allow self-government and numerous checks and balances against a potentially tyrannical government so that tyrants may not be able to entertain their despotic natures was something new, different, and not seen before on the main stage of global politics.  The new American System was indeed a new order for the ages; one that the Founding Fathers suspected would be emulated around the world, and one that would create a type of prosperity that would attract immigrants from all parts of the globe. 

Freemasonry membership did not run rampant through the population of the Founding Fathers, Freemasonry of their era was filled with Christian principles as opposed to today’s version of American Freemasonry, American Freemasonry was not a hotbed for the Illuminati, and the Founders established the American System not on Pagan Freemason principles but on the foundation of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” also known as God-given Rights based on a foundation of both Saxon and Christian influences.  To accept the fables presented by those convinced our country was founded upon the heavy influences of an organization that may exist today in a cultic form, but did not back then, would be folly, at best.

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bible and constitution

By Douglas V. Gibbs

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“If only there was an instruction manual,” asked Joe Rogan.  He goes on to talk about how auto mechanics have manuals on how to fix a car and make it run correctly, and then asks why don’t we have a manual to guide us on how to operate the complexities of human existence?

Completely oblivious to the existence of the Holy Bible and United States Constitution, Joe?

God gave us a full and complete manual filled with instructions, examples of bad and good behavior, and the consequences of that behavior in a massive collection of books called the Holy Bible.  Then, nearly two hundred and forty years ago, the Constitution of the United States was written, providing us with the instructions on how to maintain a proper government designed to hold back tyranny and promote liberty, which, interestingly enough, is based on biblical truths as the primary part of its foundation.  Both documents are typically hated by the enemies of God, or ignored.  But, in the case of Joe Rogan, the existence of either doesn’t even come to mind.

Hence, the foundation of our problems here in America.  We wonder why God’s moral standard has vanished, godly marriage is flailing as homosexual marriage claims a spot in society, some folks have been convinced that they are the wrong sex and should be chopped up by medical butchers to fix it, masculinity is rare and femininity can be found more often in prancing men than a well-adjusted female, men want porn and sex robots more than reality, we kill babies in the womb, we call people who stand for the godly foundation of liberty that this country was founded upon “fascists,” we don’t have enough of an attention span to use our critical thinking skills beyond the well-scripted words of a headline, and liberty and the free market are considered taboo as people scream against Christians and constitutionalists in “I’ve been offended” rage-filled temper tantrums.

Sarcasm-pump number one, full-speed ahead: If only there was a way to figure out what went wrong?

It amazed me when I saw the following video clip of Joe Rogan being completely oblivious.  That said, after viewing the clip, I wanted to give Joe Rogan a benefit of the doubt.  After all, the video is only a portion of what he said.  Perhaps, I thought to myself, there is more to his monologue than revealed by this video.  Maybe he was being sarcastic.  Maybe later in the diatribe that is not revealed by this video he exposes that he means the Bible.  If, however, the context of this video is as it seems, it reveals the exact problem we have across the wide-breadth of society.  People are searching, hoping to fill the void in their lives that only God can fill, and the Bible and the Constitution aren’t even in the realm of possibilities when it comes to their search for answers.

So, in search of trying to give Rogan a benefit of the doubt, considering it was possible the clip above might be misleading, I found the next clip about Rogan doubting the Bible is the inerrant word of God…

Then I find a clip about Rogan believing that the Bible has been manipulated by man…

It looks like Rogan was not being misquoted, nor misrepresented by clever editing.  The answer is obvious, but he can’t see it.  Perhaps Rogan simply needs a “God Moment,” an epiphany that sometimes can shake the foundations of our existence in ways we can’t explain.  

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Philippians 4:6–7 

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:3-10

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Matthew 6:30–33

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Proverbs 3:4–7

So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Romans 15:3-4, 13

For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Philippians 2:13–16

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Isaiah 41:12-13

Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

1 Peter 5:5–11

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

II Timothy Chapter 3

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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