Glenn Beck Masonry
Chris Hodapp over on Freemasons for Dummies does a terrific job of capturing the exchange of Glenn Beck and David Barton, from the Wallbuilders ministry organization, on the Fox News Channel in an exchange over the Founding Fathers and Freemasonry.
Glenn Beck masonry
The Illuminati has a similar history. The supposedly all-powerful, shadow group is said to include everyone from Alan Greenspan to Lady Gaga. In fact, the Illuminati have not existed for more than two centuries. The group was born in the early ferment of the revolutionary period in America and France. Founded by Bavarian philosopher and jurist Adam Weishaupt in 1776, the Illuminati advocated for then-radical ideals such as separation of church and state, free assembly, and democratic elections. The group employed occult symbols to indicate its sense of attachment to ancient civilizations, its embrace of radical ecumenism, and its affinity for Freemasonry, which Weishaupt, a friend of Mozart and Goethe, hoped could be transformed into a political vehicle for Enlightenment values. Weishaupt conducted his activities in secret partly because he wanted to infiltrate traditional Masonic lodges, which were not overtly political, and partly because the Bavarian government would have executed him for organizing against the aristocracy.
Some months ago, a Tennessean named Glenn Beck reached out to me regarding my research into and publications about the unbiblical nature of the cult of Freemasonry. Glenn is a Southern Baptist Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is also, perhaps, the most decorated Freemason ever to leave the craft and speak out against it. A few weeks ago, I traveled to East Tennessee and sat down with Glenn for an in-depth interview about his experience as a Freemason. That interview is included below:
Jim's tireless energy has renewed the industry through his fundraising efforts allowing for these promotional dollars to be set aside to create general awareness for masonry and expand the industries efforts through education (architects, engineers, contractors, building officials, etc.), free technical support, conversion of projects to masonry, promotion, and ordinance work. He's a pretty decent golfer if the wind direction is good on that particular day. In fact, he is one of the few people that doesn't waste an opportunity to subliminally carry out his masonry work message on the golf course. I'm proud to not only call him my friend but to have had the honor to work alongside him for the past 21 years.
My first book, "Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition," was published by Cornell University Press in 2001. (A revised, paperback edition was brought out by Cornell in 2008.) The thesis of the book is that Hegel was influenced by the Hermetic "counter-tradition" in intellectual history, which has its roots in the "Corpus Hermeticum," a collection of anonymous philosophical and mystical texts originating in Alexandrian Egypt. Over the course of the centuries, and especially in the Renaissance, Hermeticism became fused with such "esoteric" currents of thought as alchemy, Kabbalism, magic, millenarianism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry and Christian mysticism.
Micah Johnson trained and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a carpentry and masonry specialist, defense officials said. A private first class, he was deployed to Afghanistan from Nov. 2013 to July 2014, according to his service record. He served as an Army reservist until April 2015. A military lawyer says Johnson was accused of sexual harassment while overseas, but according to The AP, he was honorably discharged. 041b061a72