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Mon, 26 Apr 2004

# In most Grand Lodges with which I am familiar, the strong line between Freemasonry and politics is heavily emphasized and zealously maintained, which is why it surprised me to read an article talking about a Philippino Grand Master endorsing a presidential candidate. the article states,

In his welcome remarks, [Most Worshipful Roberto Q.] Pagotan said that the group "claims with pride a special kinship" with [President Arroyo] as her grandfather, Juan Macaraeg was a freemason.

Quite strange, isn't it? I would be quite interested in hearing how readers' grand lodges deal with external politics.

# Even stranger, of course, is to follow Freemasonry back in history, and to view its strong ties to various social and political movements. Freemasonry has been tied to the French Revolution, the American Revolution, and various South American revolutionary movements. In fact, in the United States the influence of Freemasonry on our political landscape can be seen in the Morgan Affair and the subsequent formation of the Anti-Mason Party. W:.B:. D. Beagley provides a great analysis of Freemasonry in social and political trends in his paper, Historiography and Revolutionary Freemasonry.

# In closing this journal entry, I thought I would mention a bit about what's going on in my own Masonic life. Currently I am serving as Junior Warden of my lodge, and it is a good deal of work. We've been having degree work this year, but of course not as much as we'd like.

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