Fabricated News Story
The ostensible news story ostensibly
involving the Des Moines Register, Iowa, USA, makes NO mention whatsoever of
Mr. Obama being a Mason. NONE. NADA. ZIP. You, like me, can - for only $2.95 USD
chargeable to your credit card - get the actual copy of the REAL article, not
the one being passed around in e-mails (albeit without the
photo taken by their photographer, Holly McQueen since none of their articles are stored
with the photos which they sell separately) by simply clicking this search link we created for the
Des Moines Register web site. In fact, NONE of that article written by the
Register's reporter Jayson Clayworth appears above. None of it!!!!! The CAPTION that appeared
with the photo taken by Ms. McQueen for that article is what's cited as "Holly
McQueen/The Register Barack Obama,
speaking at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Des Moines on Thursday,
criticized other Democrats� votes to authorize the war in Iraq."
Neither Mr. Clayworth
nor Ms. McQueen wrote the line about Mr. Obama being a Mason. That was simply a repetition
of the line that's explained later in this farce and comes from, of all things, an
online forum about Sarajevo, Serbia.
The Scottish Rite
Masonic Center in Des Moines, Iowa, was rented as a public facility for a political rally
for presidential candidate Obama. The building is
regularly rented for numerous functions including political announcements,
weddings, balls, Christmas events etc. It is one of the ways they pay their
more, nothing less. You don't have to have any connection with Freemasonry
whatsoever to rent the Center: there is no 'litmus' test of any kind. Pay your
money, sign the appropriate forms certifying insurance coverage and away you go.
The use of this facility for an Obama campaign stop had NOTHING to do with a contrived membership in
Freemasonry any more
than Mr. Obama talking to a group in a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall would make
him (and all of those attending) a foreign war vet and member of their organization or that his talking to people at a
state fair would make him a member of the Fair Committee (although most
presidential candidates can get to go sample the apple pie which we think is certainly a
From Bosnia with love....
On May 6, 2007, a post was made - in
English (activated link appears in the story above) - to a discussion forum
centered around Sarajevo, the capital city and largest urban center of Bosnia
and Herzegovina. It's that part above starting with the words "Written
by Dzenan Causevic". There were only four replies to
that post: three of
them were made in Bosnian that day and one the next, a simple link. It pointed to a web page
which was translated into English with a story about Mr. Obama's name and the difficulties it
had presented for
him in his attempt to become President of the United States. There have been NO
subsequent posts in over a year.
Who is Dzenan Causevic, the
ostensible author? Hard to tell and - since there are no facts to support the
claim - likely irrelevant. The most common Google hits point to a
'software web developer' in Syracuse, New York. E-mail sent to him has bounced
but searching for the poster's identity is simply a diversion.
What does the post say? Well, if you
read it starting BELOW Mr. Causevic's name, you'll note that it is a lengthy
discourse (with some poor English, unlike the other postings found on the web
from the literate Mr. Causevic from Syracuse). The very last line adds "One
of their most famous members, and also a 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason, became a
US presidential candidate for 2008. His name is Barack Hussein Obama."
Then, below that, there are four source books, NONE of which contain Mr. Obama's
name. In fact, two were written when he was 12 years old or under (hardly a
'voice of Black America' or a 'Black Presence' back then). Mr. Obama was born in
August, 1961. A third reference was written when he was 20 years old and had not even
graduated from college - and would have been ineligible for Masonic membership
in any Prince Hall jurisdiction due to his age. The fourth book, one might be tempted to conclude, was
where things were found about Mr. Obama, right? Not so! Published in 1998, it is
actually a compendium of items published in an earlier 5 volume set - and no,
he's not mentioned in it regardless. Thus, the so-called 'sources' are not
sources after all - except insofar as they provided information about Prince
Hall - irrelevant to this claim involving Mr. Obama.
he's Black, he must be a Prince Hall Mason, right?
WRONG! Take a look - critically - at
the story once again. Like all urban myths, it blends facts (that Mr. Obama
spoke at a building owned by Masons and a history of Prince Hall Freemasonry) in
a jumble of unrelated things: a news story that makes no mention of Mr. Obama
being a Mason along with a post in English on a Bosnian-language forum. Not
realizing that there just might be one or two Prince Hall Masons from Chicago
who would know about such things as well-known (then, locally) figures who were
members, the story continues around. However, a LONG-time friend and Brother who
has been active online for many years and who is a past Grand Lodge officer for
the Most Worshipful Prince
Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM, State of Illinois was asked - in 2008 - whether
Mr. Obama was or might have been a member of their organization. His answer? "No."
Deja Vu all over again
Just as has been done with all United
States Presidents during at least the past 30 years, assertions are made that
the man elected is a Mason - always without ANY evidence whatsoever.
Masonophobes (people who have an irrational fear of Freemasonry) - especially those whose political ideologies differ from the
person elected - roll out whatever thin thread of evidence they can to make the
gullible believe that Freemasonry is at the root of all evil. It was done with
Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and now President Obama. This time,
though, it's being accepted unquestioningly by many Masons including at least
one Canadian Grand Master who has - sadly - been stating this publicly. We hope
that someone will correct him in the very near future but frankly, the damage is
done and the story will continue to spread.
Seriously: do you think that the 51 Prince Hall
Grand Lodges and all of their members would completely ignore this if it were true?
Do you think they could HIDE it?
Do you really think that someone
posting to a Bosnian website is the ONLY person in the world who knew this - if
it were true? Or that every Mason who knew was so very sure that Mr. Obama - while he was
a US Senator or before - would some day become the first Black President of the
United States and so had to keep his membership a secret for some nefarious
Folks, if you
believe that Mr. Obama IS a Mason - Prince Hall or otherwise, can you PLEASE
provide ONE SINGLE SHRED OF EVIDENCE?
Please: STOP THE STUPIDITY and either provide a factual
affirmation of membership or tell your friends that 'it just ain't so!'
Freemasonry Watch (a/k/a "Watchy") shows stupidity and more....
Wanting to garner more
page views for his pathetic web site and get back some of the fleeting attention
he once had (plus eke out a living from online ad commissions) , the individual in Canada hiding behind the 'Freemasonry Watch'
moniker continues to pound away with his typical brand of deceit and has been
particularly active in attempting to 'prove' that President Obama (as well as
every other world leader) is a Mason. How does he know all this? Sitting in
his house in Vancouver, Canada, he watches both television and YouTube videos to see how people shake
hands. (This is probably quite fascinating to him and it would point to an
absence of him ever doing it himself.) Everyone, in his view, uses a "Masonic handshake" and he'll happily provide
you with all sorts of clips with specific times etc. PROVING this. Ignoring all other
facts (including the thousands of handshakes he fails to see these folks making
the rest of any given day), he selects one very subjective incident and draws a
conclusion using his
assumption of how a Masonic handshake is given gained from his reading of various
century-old exposes. Everyone who comes to his attention, including the Pope who
has been very much against Freemasonry, is a Mason - at least in his mind. Although Canadian, he is
obsessed with American politics and this extends to Mr. Obama. While before he
had exhibited many strange tendencies, his obsessive compulsions over
Freemasonry are now moving in a more fevered pitch.
In his blog on February
19, 2009, for example, he points to a
2007 message from - yeah, nobody would have expected THIS, would they? - yet
ANOTHER anonymous poster to a hyper-conspiracy website's discussion board where
the hidden identity of "PrinceHall06" claims to have sat in lodge with Mr.
Obama. Curiously, this is the ONLY 'identity' (real or pseudonym) who has EVER made such a claim. In the
world of conspiracy theorists, however, the fact that dozens, perhaps hundreds
of individuals would have sat in lodge with any given Mason, particularly in a
large area like Chicago or Boston, just PROVES that
there is a secret that's being kept because those people aren't 'admitting to
it'. Not a Mason? Heck, that's inconceivable to those whose lives are so absent
any real meaning that they obsess over this stuff.
In fact, just a couple
of messages earlier in that same thread, another person proclaimed that Mr.
Obama was a Martinist (an organization that has some parallels with Freemasonry
but is far more religiously-oriented and far more secretive). Hey, it's SO easy
when you're an unknown pseudonym to make such a claim - and they've been made
for the previous eight years about George Bush, and before that about Bill
Clinton, and before that.... The list just goes on and on - all without proof.
Of course, the
particularly noxious - and stupid - part of Freemasonry Watch's attack - again,
likely motivated by his already proven
racist stance and irrelevant to him in Canada about which he rarely writes
because Americans likely wouldn't care and the Canadians already think him a
nut-case - contains three pictures, not one of which shows
President Obama. Instead, they all show the only Black US Senator, Roland Burris, whose ascent to
office came amidst political scandal in his home state of Illinois and who has
announced that he will not stand for reelection as a result. Apparently
to "Freemasonry Watch", all men of color are just the same. (He has
noted that about Asians previously.) That, and that alone,
should be sufficient to discredit his slimy attempt to garner attention. We were
going to suggest that he should stick to solving the Kennedy assassination but
then remembered that he had proudly proclaimed many, many times that he's already done
that - and denigrated anyone who laughed at his assumptions. Amazing how a loner in Canada with no apparent education or contacts can
be SO damn smart, isn't it? Our expose of his other bizarre behaviors is
We regularly get messages pointing out that
some famous person has used a "Masonic handshake" or a "Masonic handsign". To
the person sending the message - with no experience in giving or receiving such
things but merely having read about them in a centuries old ritual exposure -
there's a sure and steadfast believe that the person they saw is a Mason. We've
always said that this isn't proof at all since such physical movements are, even
if identical (which they never are), a fluke. No Mason would use something so
visible with cameras snapping - and besides: why bother with a handshake if you
and some other 'mover and shaker' are getting together. If they had a reason to
think the other person was a Mason, they'd ASK. No need to stand on one leg, rub
your belly, etc.
HOWEVER, in the case of President Obama, an
observant Mason has drawn some conclusions from what he saw in a video - and we
agree fully with his conclusion. He noted that the governmental swearing-in
ceremony is not unlike - in many ways - the ceremony that any Mason undergoes
THREE TIMES! Consider:
If you watched the " swearing in "
ceremonies of Mr. Obama's White House staff at the beginning of his
presidency it was painfully obvious that he was completely unfamiliar with
this kind of protocol.
Perhaps it's not a strong argument but I believe that people tend to do what
they know. If you look at the founding fathers, many of whom were
Freemasons, you can recognize how some of the Masonic structures & forms
carried over into this new form of government that they were creating. Some
of those forms have continued to this day.
That's not to say that an oath of office was unique to Freemasonry. It just
seems to me that it would be second nature for someone of presidential
stature, and familiar with the craft, to administer a governmental oath of
office to his staff.
It's true. Any Mason attending both his own
and 1-2 degrees done on others would feel VERY comfortable receiving or
administering an oath or obligation. Thanks to Brother Chris Robbins for this
insightful information. Makes a LOT of sense - particularly to this Mason!
How to tell if someone is a Freemason
There's a truly great piece
which will help you with this vexing problem. Check it out!
Got a question about someone else? Drop us a note and we'll do
our best to check it out for you....
This page created January 31, 2009 and
updated February 23, May 27, 2009 with a link added just above here on 6 April