Some of the more fanatical anti-Masons claim the Washington Monument - an obelisk - is really a secret phallic symbol that is worshipped by Freemasons and/or Freemasonry. Others make unsupportable claims that Masons have obelisks on their graves because of some type of worship of Osiris or some other Egyptian deity. The charges are ludicrous and easily refuted by a simple stroll through essentially ANY cemetery.
From the web site of The Association of Gravestone Studies, we find this particularly relevant quote:
When the charges made by anti-Masons reach the ears of Masons from the Western United States, they look in wonder since - as stated above - the heavy use of obelisks was more a fad of the times - just as the US now sees a great usage of headstones with photographs and laser engravings.
While the facts are hardly likely to stop frothing anti-Masons from continuing their foolish blather (and absent of ANY evidence that ANY Mason has ever been found in a cemetery worshipping a grave marker), we believe a rational person can recognize the truth in such matters.
Just as an example:
The above picture is from an older cemetery in Middle Granville, New York, USA and clearly shows many obelisks. It is not unlike MANY cemeteries found in many places, particularly in the Northeast United States. A bit hard to accept the ludicrous charge that all of these folks were Osiris-worshipping heathens, isn't it?
We've also got a number of pictures of
graves which mark the final resting place of those who were proud that their
Masonic membership be known - well after all other things about them were
forgotten! Just click here.
Food for Fantasy
And one further note: a particularly disturbed individual named Samuel Moser regularly posts to newsgroups and websites making lewd and incendiary comments about Masons and their supposed fixation with obelisks, often citing the Washington Monument as the example.
Let's be clear: while Masons did contribute stones to assist in the completion of the Washington Monument, they were not alone in doing so. Businesses, schools, and organizations throughout America did so - as Washington was so dearly beloved even well after his death, a concept foreign and unknown to the majority today. It is also natural to understand why Masons would have wanted to honor a member of their own organization.
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