Saturday, February 28, 2009

ANZ Masonic Research Conference

For those who like to plan ahead, the Australia New Zealand Masonic Research Council will have their annual conference in lovely Mandurah, West Australia. The conference will be held from 3rd to 6th September, 2010. Yes, 2010.

The keynote speaker will be the well known W. Bro. Yasha Beresiner. His credits include Grand ranks from the UGLE, Israel and Italy. He is Past Master of the legendary, research lodge Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076 EC and a Kellerman Lecturer in 2000.

We're trying to get a large delegation to head out from Thailand. So start saving your pennies and get ready for the flight to Oz. This should be a great time. Additional information may be found here.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

AASR Video on Masonry

Well, this was a pleasant discovery. The Scottish Rite (SJ) have created a neat little video on Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite. Check it out at:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1012594313207&oid=25735398312


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Islam, Freemasonry and Senegal

Scaremongering in the press continues with this article in the Daily Nation, a newspaper from Kenya. The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade admitted to being a former Freemason after being outed as such by the French weekly l'Express. The article discusses the constant rumors that various African heads of state are Masons and then highlights President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.

The article seems to stoke up concern over the supposed Satanic and western influences from Freemasonry. The implication being that he is not qualified to be President nor should be considered a religious man if he's a Freemason.

President Wade has since had a news conference where he admitted his membership; declared that he had been "dormant" for many years; and was a devout Muslim.

The article in the Daily Nation is then followed by various comments from readers damning him for being a stooge of western empires or a Satan (probably the same thing from their point of view).

The obviously damning tone of the article is disappointing. Nothing good about Freemasonry is shown, only ghosts and rumors. It should remind us that being a Freemason is a very dangerous thing in some parts of the world.

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Aussie Brethren in Need!

Reprinted from the Monthly Bulletin of the Grand Lodge of West Australia

The Flames from Hell

Victorian Bush Fire Relief Appeal

Our Victorian brethren are in shock! The full horror of the burning fury, which may have been
created by twisted human minds, is yet to be revealed. Even so, we know more than enough. We
know that many have lost their lives, many are seriously injured, and more yet have lost
everything they own.

It is simply not possible to provide meaningful comfort to those who suffer the loss of loved ones,
but it is possible to provide relief for the care and future wellbeing of the survivors. Money is
desperately needed and, regardless of how much is raised, you may be assured that every last cent will be utilised.

Unless one has had the tragic experience of losing a home, and all it contains, it is very hard to
imagine the number of years it takes to replace the material possessions that we regard as being the essentials of everyday life. The irreplaceable, personal treasures really are irreplaceable. The
photos, the lock of baby’s hair, the wedding veil and the love letters, are never to be returned, no
matter how hard one works in the years that lie ahead.

As the days unfold, we will hear more horror stories of despair and misery, and many of these
stories will involve our Victorian brethren. We are still awaiting a complete account from the
Grand Lodge of Victoria but we were fully aware that the Western Australian brethren would not wish to wait. We have therefore already pledged our fullest support to give them all the help that we in the West can muster.

Brethren, send whatever amount of money you can afford to the appeal, and please send it as soon as you possibly can! You can also be assured that it will be administered with great love and care for the relief of our distressed Masonic brethren and their families.

Please make cheques payable to: The Grand Lodge
and mark on the back ‘Bush Fire Appeal’

Post to: Grand Lodge, PO Box 691, Victoria Park 6979.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Online Poll Closed!

Brethren all,

Thanks very much for your help with our first online poll. We had 269 respondents from 30 different countries and 70 different Grand Lodges. The results are being tabulated and will be posted here in the very near future.


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

News from the Neighborhood

Just when things feel like they're settling down, we see news articles like this.

The Jakarta Globe published the article on 1 Feb which is effectively a press release from a radical Islamic group demanding that Indonesians leave Rotary and Lions Clubs. Seems as though these clubs are "linked to the Zionist and the Freemasonry movements and secretly supported Israel."

Though we do have both Rotarians and Lions among our members, I don't recall any funds flowing from their clubs into our coffers. Better check with our Treasurer again!

Seriously though, this article (and the fact that it was published as news in Jakarta) remind us to be cautious. We need to promote Masonry in Thailand, but need to be aware that not everyone feels as warmly about Masonry as we do. Take care and govern yourself accordingly!


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