"If you think about it
seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise
and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of
ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father
to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement."
When one compares Famous Freemasons with Famous Anti-Masons, it's no match whatsoever! One thing is quite clear: Freemasonry has survived the test of time, while most of the organizations who have attacked it (including some of the so-called religious organizations of today) have not.
Some well-Known Evil Doers who also opposed Freemasonry include:
Hungary's Béla Kun who, in 1919, proclaimed the dictatorship of the proletariat in Hungary. One of his first decrees ordered the dissolution of the Masonic lodges.
Spain's General Primo deRivera, their first dictator of this generation, ordered the abolition of Freemasonry in his country.
Benito Mussolini was more methodical than some of the others and in 1924 decreed that every member of his Fascist Party who was a Mason must abandon one or the other organization. In 1925, he dissolved Freemasonry.
Hermann Goering who in his capacity as Prime Minister of Prussia, when the Nazis took over power in 1933 wrote that "... in National Socialist Germany, there is no place for Freemasonry."
Dr. Joseph Goebbels as Reichsminister for propaganda and national enlightenment under Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime, he inaugurated in 1937 an "Anti-Masonic Exposition" to display the booty seized by the Gestapo.
Dr. Alfred Rosenberg, another Nazi apostle who attempted to demonstrate the racial superiority of the Germans over all other peoples, wrote openly and virulently against Freemasonry, indicting Freemasonry for the idea of equality! He was convicted of war crimes by the trial at Nürnberg and executed in 1946.
General Francisco Franco (pictured at right) dictator of Spain from 1939 until 1975 in 1940 sentenced all Freemasons in his country automatically to ten years in prison. By the 1950s, even elements of the Catholic Church were opposing his totalitarian rule.
Francisco Xavier Mier E. Campello, Bishop of Almeria and Inquisitor-General of Spain who in 1815 suppressed Freemasonry and denounced the Masonic lodges as "societies which lead to sedition, to independence, and to all errors and crimes." He then instituted a series of persecutions which caused many of the most distinguished persons of Spain to be arrested and imprisoned in the dungeons of the Inquisition on the charge of being "suspected of Freemasonry".(1)
to name just a few of the tyrants and oppressors....
For those who remember and/or are interested in persecution of Freemasons during World War II in particular, we call your attention to some fascinating documents put together on the Pietré-Stones website which recount some of the atrocities.
Compare the lives of these villains and/or the lives of virtually all anti-Masons to see how their conduct compares with that of members of the Masonic Fraternity!
Freemasons have, over the years, attempted to ignore their detractors feeling that silence was the best weapon. Regrettably, that silence has sometimes been used against the Fraternity. Nevertheless, Masons have continued to meet despite enormous odds. For example, during World War II, as Nazi troops occupied Belgium, they would loot lodges and destroy what they could not steal. Among the hostages taken in the towns, 15%, on the average, were Masons, which was an enormous proportion considering that there was only one Mason to every one thousand inhabitants in Belgium! (2)
(1) Denslow's "10,000 Famous Freemasons"
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