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.