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What do George Washington, Winston Churchill,* Benjamin Franklin, Peter Sellers, Rudyard Kipling and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have in common?
They were all remarkable men. True.
But there’s something else.
All shared the core values and beliefs characteristic of Freemasonry. In fact, all of these men were Freemasons.
Inside the Freemasons: The Grand Lodge Uncovered is an unusual and instructive film. Interviewer Karen Frandsen literally goes inside the United Grand Lodge of England to meet with John Hamill, its Head Officer.
The interview moves through several interior locations, to include the Memorial Casket Room, the Grand Temple, the Indian Temple and the Museum. Hamill provides a great deal of current and historical information about Freemasonry, stressing that it’s a fraternity concerned with Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
Hamill also says that Freemasonry has some secrets but is not a secret society. Nor is it a religion. While Freemasons must believe in God, the expression of that belief isn’t confined to any particular faith group.
I probably first took notice of Freemasonry while cutting grass one summer in a large Toronto cemetery. Just out of high school, all I knew about Freemasons was that my grandfather had been one.
While mowing endless acres of grass, the unmistakable emblem of the Square and Compasses would appear every now and then, inscribed on some of the tombstones. Even at that young age, I sensed this telltale sign represented some kind of mystery which only Freemasons could fully grasp.
Today, some of that riddle remains for outsiders. But this film helps to decode much of the enigma surrounding the fraternity by explaining its allegorical use of King Solomon’s Temple and the elusive pyramid symbol. In addition, it spells out the Freemasons’ dominant rules and moral standards while making no bones about its male-only membership.
The indoor footage is more than adequate, while Hamill’s proficient and diplomatic commentary is pretty much everything one would expect from a Head Officer belonging to a worldwide organization of some 5 million members.
Although we can read a lot about Freemasonry on the web, there’s no substitute for one of its high-ranking officers telling it like it is.
And that’s exactly what this eye-opening film does. Inside the Freemasons clarifies potentially confusing details without betraying the brotherhood’s innermost secrets.
Anyone interested in the Freemasons, be they conspiracy theorists, skeptics or those hoping to join, should find this film a mythbusting journey to the edge of a private fellowship that only true initiates can entirely understand.
*The Churchill Society says the English Prime Minister resigned from Freemasonry in 1912.