Richard Hoagland's "Enterprise Mission" seems to have been quite a profitable enterprise for him. Maybe it's just our 'sour grapes' that he can create a silk purse out of a sow's ear and that people like him continue to make money creating fear for the gullible.
Hoagland says there are monuments on Mars created by alien beings who (which?) came to Earth. He also claims that the Masons are inheritors of some secret knowledge from these Martian aliens! This alone may be all you need to know in order to decide that you need go no further into his bizarre theories.
As one whose 'enterprising' theories about Mars are now rapidly evaporating with each additional NASA mission to map the 'red planet', Mr. Hoagland - needing attention to keep his 'business of fear' going - has taken the horrid events of 9/11/2001 and used them to build yet another venue for book sales and public speaking fees.
Let's start with the 'Face on Mars' foolishness first: Mr. Hoagland has used the web as well as a great many talk-show venues to push his claim of a connection between Martians and Masons. His "Enterprise Mission" website is replete with explanations and amplifications of his bizarre theories. He charges that the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Agency (NASA) is a front for these secret Mars-Masonic connections. On what basis? Well, he says that the Agency is run by Masons and buttresses this claim with one single piece of evidence: the son of the head of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction is a Senior NASA administrator - not THE NASA Administrator, mind you, but just one of a dozen senior executives. Like all anti-Masons who claim that the Masons run this organization or that (government, police, judiciary, or whatever....), he fails to identify any others from which a statistically relevant conclusion could even be considered nor does he produce any other proof that Masons rule NASA! (Clearly the Masons run NASA, the CIA, and the local hotel chain but it's a secret - or so the claim is made....)
Responding, the Skeptical Inquirer magazine had a cover story on the claims of Hoagland (see below) and others who see 'faces' on a far-away planet. NASA has for years studiously ignored Hoagland's fantasies thereby further fueling his outlandish claims. In fact, NASA actually invited him to speak there once at one of their 'Meeting the Public' events designed to expose employees of all ranks to the questions, concerns and thoughts of private citizens. On that basis, Hoagland now often claims to be an 'Advisor' to NASA!
There's much we could write about Richard Hoagland's
bizarre 'men from Mars' theories. However,
others have done quite well debunking his various claims:
While the quantum physicist and the skeptic followed a strictly scientific
approach in debunking Hoagland, others have been less objective - and FAR less gracious. In fact,
there are several websites where folks have noted Mr. Hoagland's many
inaccuracies and errors with more than just a bit of derision.
On a page with the label "Hoaxland" there's a bunch of stuff and more links and on another page titled "Dick Hoaxland" there's even more. (Does anyone notice the repetition of the 'hoax' theme here?) Want more? There used to be some stuff on Talkboy (a now defunct dot-com victim) where they questioned whether it's a hoax or insanity and on one of their pages (named "lunatic.htm") they had a bunch of his more bizarre quotes.... and Straight Dope laughingly derides the concept of 'man-in-mars' here. Even the American Atheist sniffs at his claims in an article they have about Freemasonry here.
We could verge on sarcasm and note that their Martian heritage will surely come as a great surprise to a group of 70-year old Masons who spend more time discussing whether there should be potato salad or egg salad at the next picnic and whether a donation of $1,000 or $1,500 should be sent to some charity.
Mr. Hoagland - whom we have already seen as
a purveyor of laughable theories and cover-up of visitors from space building
ancient pyramids - has now created a screed which implicates Masons in the
Attack on America of September 11, 2001. With the Mars Lunar Lander daily
providing photos which will eliminate his Martian cash cow, this new tack has the
potential to propel his tape and book sales even further. Pitiful.
Mr. Hoagland quite enjoys numbers
and their ostensibly occult connections:
gematria. He's fascinated by a bunch
some specific ones in fact: 33, 19.5, 39, and
now (quite conveniently after the Attack on America, it would seem) 11! He - like so many internet denizens - used the number eleven to
begin his screed against the Martian-inspired Masons. Let's see how he's done in
Of course, it's inconvenient to not mention the attack on Washington which had only ten letters (twelve if you count the D and the C) or that time of the first plane or other things which have nothing to do with the number eleven.
He also missed several other relevant 'coincidences' which have been bandied about on the internet:
Now that all sounds VERY ominous, doesn't it? It does, of course, until you think about this internet response:
Dave Pawson's response: (from an unknown source on the net)
Oh my God! How worried should I be? There are 11 letters in the name "David Pawson!" I'm going into hiding NOW. See you in a few weeks. Wait a sec...just realized "YOU CAN'T HIDE" also has 11 letters! What am I gonna do? Help me!!! The terrorists are after me ME! I can't believe it! Oh crap, there must be someplace on the planet Earth I could hide! But no.... "PLANET EARTH" has 11 letters, too! Maybe Nostradamus can help me. But dare I trust him? There are 11 letters in "NOSTRADAMUS." I know, the Red Cross can help. No they can't...11 letters in "THE RED CROSS," can't trust them. I would rely on self defense, but "SELF DEFENSE" has 11 letters in it, too! Can someone help? Anyone? If so, send me email. No, don't..."SEND ME EMAIL" has 11 letters.... Will this never end? I'm going insane! "GOING INSANE???" Eleven letters!! Nooooooooooo!!!!!! I guess I'll die alone, even though "I'LL DIE ALONE" has 11 letters..... Oh my God, I just realized that America is doomed! Our Independence Day is July 4th ... 7/4 ... 7+4!
P.S. "IT'S BULLXXXX" has 11 letters also.
Of course, we also got to thinking about these strange coincidences involving numbers and letters:
You see, it's all so very foolish. And it's from thinking like this that Mr. Hoagland derives his theories about Freemasonry and the organization's supposed use of such numbers. In fact, there's even some information from another source talking about Hoagland's heart attack in relation to his foolish attempts at gematria right here. <link inoperative as of 2/2002, regrettably>
In November 2003, we found a truly gut-busting site which proves beyond any reasonable doubt that it's the AMISH who're responsible for that face. We think you'll find the entire 'Beaver County Militia' site a hilarious one and will get a real laugh out of the face they found!
We trust that the above will prove enlightening when you consider the merit of Hoagland's claims. While we commend anyone who discovers new and inventive (and legal) ways of making a living, we find it despicable that it should be done on the death of thousands of people and by scapegoating an organization like Freemasonry....
Last updated November 27, 2003
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