Monday, July 11, 2011

Brethren all,

I received this in the mail today. I have to admit that I'm curious which "religious cults" will be represented at this meeting!

On September 8th to 10th, 2011, the Foundation of the Supreme Council for Romania (Foundation SCR) will organize an international world event, aiming to underline the 130th year since the foundation of the Supreme Council for Romania. The reunion is open to both Freemasons and profanes. In the most historical Palace of the Romanian capital of Bucharest we shall host the outstanding international reunion titled World Conference on Civilizations and gathering international specialists from all over the continents together with international and national officials, cultural personalities, representatives of the religious cults, university professors, students, members of the diplomatic corp accredited to Bucharest etc. On the night of August 10th, 2011, the event will end with an official dinner gala, in the presence of prestigious guests arrived from all over the world.

The World Conference will be organized by our Foundation and under the High patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Culture.

If you are interested in attending what promises to be an interesting meeting in a fascinating location, please contact the Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Romania.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

GLNF Murkiness

A local brother from Germany muddies up the GLNF recognition issue.

An avid reader of this blog and resident of Thailand who is also a member of the United Grand Lodges of Germany sent a copy of the communique signed by the Grand Masters of five European Grand Lodges on 18th May 2011. The communique recaps the current controversy highlighting that due to the dispute with the Grand Master, the GLNF is being run by a court appointed administrator and that all of the internal problems are now widely covered in the press.

The document also expresses concern that because of this controversy, the GLNF will bring "regular Freemasonry itself into disrepute". The signing Grand Masters agreed to initiate procedures to suspend recognition of the GLNF.

However, as the brother points out, nothing firm has happened yet and inter-visitation can still occur... for now.

I am a huge admirer of the GLNF lodges in Thailand. Their work is beautiful and their hospitality is extraordinary. I take no joy in this situation and sincerely hope that the GLNF can soon resolve their issues and return to harmony.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GLNF Concerns

Bro.: Chris Hodapp covers the latest news about the apparent implosion of the GLNF.  The problem is an internal battle between the GLNF Grand Master Stifani and the members.  The primary issues seem to be the Grand Master's spending habits and openly dabbling in politics on behalf of the Grand Lodge.

According to the article, six European Grand Lodges (Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium) have already withdrawn recognition of the GLNF.  While no North American Grand Lodges have withdrawn recognition, it is rumoured that the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland may soon do so.  UGLE is scheduled to meet this month where this issue will likely be discussed as well.

This is a critical issue for Thailand.  GLNF has several lodges in Bangkok and Thailand with many members having joint membership in the Scottish, Irish, and English lodges in the country.  Removing recognition would be tragic for all of the members in Thailand.  The joint St. John meeting held by Lodge Tantawan, GLNF and Lodge St. John, SC is one of the best events on the Thai Masonic calendar.

We hope  the GLNF will soon resolve its issues and return to harmony quickly.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Archbishop Prompted Resignation

Brethren all,

As a follow-up to the story from 16th May, the Church Times provides a bit more background. Rev Baker was not only an ardent Freemason, he was according to the article, the Assistant Grand Chaplain for the UGLE (alas, I'm unable to confirm this).

In the article, Rev. Baker defends his membership in the Craft and denies that it is incompatible with Christianity. He said, "Had I ever encountered anything in Freemasonry incompatible with my Christian faith, I would, of course, have resigned at once."

However, the Archbishop felt differently.  According to the article, Dr. Williams invited Rev. Baker to a discussion to "reconsider" his membership in Masonry.  So we are left with the impression that Rev. Baker was strong-armed into leaving the Craft.

The article leaves us with the revelation from  2004, when it was discovered that Dr. Williams had repeatedly blocked the appointment of Freemasons to senior clerics while he was the Bishop of Monmouth.  Bigotry and ignorance rule the day once more.

There are two final points.  In a commentary on the article, Giles Fraser of the Church Times emphasized the point that the Church of England has a stance on Freemasonry...uneasiness.  While not officially banned, there have been numerous instances where Masons have been discriminated against or passed over for promotion.  This, despite having previously had Archbishops who were Freemasons.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Anti-Masons Don't Spell Real Good

The internet is a wild and wonderful place filled with amazing information.  Amazing for the depths of depravity and vile innuendo commonly seen on sites purporting to 'expose' the evil intentions of various groups.  This is especially true for most anti-Masonic web sites.  These sites are often filled with the same vile lies, exaggerations and half truths that have been around since Taxil.

But sometimes, just sometimes, you manage to find a gem among the feces.  Such was my delight to discover this site on Hub Pages.  This page has been around for awhile, but it treats anti-Masonic hysteria with a bit of tongue in cheek.  But more interesting than the page itself are the comments below.  Maybe I'm swayed by my built-in pro-Masonic leanings, but all of the anti-Masonic comments are horribly misspelled, grammatically challenged, logic-less streams of delirium   By contrast the comments from Masons are reasoned and logical.  Oh and they're spelled correctly too.

Take a look for yourself.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Archbishop Promotes Freemason to Bishop

The Telegraph reports today that Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Cantebury and head of the Church of England, named the Rev. Jonathan Baker as the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

Upon his appointment, Rev. Baker had been a Freemason for over 20 years and was very active in the organization. Dr. Williams has a long history opposing the Craft, so this appointment of an "out" Freemason seemed very out of character.  The article highlights Dr. Williams various public statements against Freemasonry including "Three S's" (Satanic, secretive and sexist).

While Masons might look at this as an indication that Rev. Williams may have opened his mind a bit (or perhaps been corrupted by our secretly Satanic world-wide organization), the other shoe hit shortly after the appointment.
"Last week, as news of Fr Baker’s membership of the Masons began to circulate through the Church, it provoked growing concern and criticism from clergy and members of the General Synod."
These nameless critics eventually forced Fr Baker to resign from his active membership.  So, fear and ignorance win the day once more.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

History of Lodge St. John

Brethren all,
We've added a new page. The complete history of Thailand's oldest lodge, Lodge St. John is now online.
Written by the dashing and prolific, W. Bro.: Jim Soutar, this is a gripping and at

times agonizing tale of how Masonry almost didn't get started in the kingdom. It covers the rocky beginning during the reign of Chulalongkorn, through the gravy years of the thirties and near extinction during the Japanese occupation in World War II.
You'll also learn about Bangkok's brief flirtation with Shriners too! In short, it is a must read. Please check it out.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Square Magazine

Brethren all,

I think I've mentioned this before, but our friends at have an online magazine. The Square Magazine is an independent magazine featuring articles on the Craft primarily from an English perspective.

The online magazine offers some blog posts and highlights from the print version of the magazine. It's well worth a look.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WA Lodge of Research July 2011

Brethren all,

Looks like the wonderful folks at the Western Australia Lodge of Research will be celebrating their 60th year of bringing light in Masonry by holding "The Great Debate" with brethren from Thailand.

Teams consisting of three speakers from each area will debate a Masonic subject provided them before the event. The fun is they won't know whether they are to debate 'for' or 'against' the subject ahead of time. And the organizers advise that there "is absolutely no truth whatsoever in the rumour that it will end in a TIE because they come from THAILAND." Oh. I can't believe I actually repeated that!

The event will be held on Thursday, 28 July 2011 at the Victoria Park Masonic Hall in Victoria Park, WA. Price is AUD20 per person and includes hors d'oeuvre, dinner, beers, wine and soft drinks. Price does not include air fare!

For further information, please contact our old friend, VW Bro.: Brian Haffenden OAM PGDC. If you're already sold on the idea and just need a ticket, please contact Lodge Secretary, VW Bro.: Alan Gale PGIWkgs (Victoria) PGIW (NSW/ACT). My, these Aussies have long names.

Act now to ensure your space!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Brave New Store

Brethren all,

We've made the jump to online shopping megaplex today with the launch of our new online store.  There you can find shirts, gifts and novelties bearing the beautifully crafted logo of The Thai Freemason website.  Go on over and show your support.

A (large) portion of every sale will go to support Masonic charities in Thailand.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Five Reasons NOT to Become a Freemason

Brethren all,

I highly recommend an article I ran across today from Port Elizabeth Freemason from South Africa.  It lists five very good reasons not to become a Freemason.  I have to admit, that I completely agree with the article. 


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Masonic Happiness

Brethren all,

I'm pleased to report that our old friend Hugh Young (former "everything" for the One More Time Please newsletter) is writing again. Or more accurately blogging.

Hugh started the "Masonic Happiness" blog this year with the intent to provide a venue for Masons to "...sit back and actually enjoy what we have. This is the purpose of my small venture into the world of blogging - to present positive and enjoyable items of interest for Freemasons about Freemasons and Freemasonry and about matters in general."

Check it out.


National Treasure Uncovered

This just in. A treasure trove of Masonic regalia has been found in the US.