World Egyptian Rite Masons 97

World Egyptian Rite Masons 97 - Michigan and doubtful anywhere else.
 
Oh, GEE! That $150,000 Homestead website (WHAT? See below!) has been taken down but that's ok because you can see most of it at archive.org. They've got another FAR less comical site at http://worldegyptianritemasons.michiganwebpro.com/index.asp - but based on the domain, it may only be a matter of time and they'll be booted off there as well. You'd think that a worldwide organization with 96,000 members might be able to come up with $15 for a real domain name, particularly since the head of US operations (or, perhaps more likely, the creator of the fantasy world) says he's a multi-millionaire. It's odd that their 'primary' site seemed to disappear just a couple of days after this page went live. It came back for a brief time as we documented even more absurdities but then the domain name was lost and they've apparently convinced some poor unsuspecting soul that there'd be a huge payout for the new site which requires a login that doesn't go anywhere. Hard to prance and prattle when you've got just three repetitive pages on the web - and what about all of their members? Well.... 

But do enjoy the claims of supremacy and righteousness - as well as the multiple spelling and grammatical errors. It truly is to laugh.

Here's their claim:

THE WORLD EGYPTIAN RITE MASONS OF THE 97 DEGREE are a secret Masonic order run by Warren Rodgers 33/97 based out of Pontiac,mi.and EGYPT and in 37 states , 16 country's.

{The above was written by their leader, Warren Rodgers himself (as you can see if you follow the link here - you'll need to expand the answer of "Jeff" <ROFL>) with grammatical and spelling errors left intact.}

They also claim:

THE WORLD EGYPTIAN RITE MASONS ( WERM ) IS A SUPER SECRET FRATERNAL ORDER BASED ON A SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS CALLED THE " MYSTERY SYSTEM ".  (Note for later reference: NO claim is made that they're a religion!)

On this page there was the claim that they have 96,000 members worldwide. Pretty amazing, isn't it? Of course, this was even more amazing since they claimed to take in 7 new members each year - and from another page, there was a claim of only 800 members. Of course, they also claim that they've been around since long before the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 (they're supposedly Egyptian, after all!!!). They can also be seen bragging that "WE ARE NOT FREEMASONS, WE ARE MASONS. FREEMASONRY CAME FROM THE TEACHINGS OF OUR ORDER. WE ARE THE FATHERS OF FREEMASONRY. WERM MASONRY HAS ALL THE SECRETS OF THEIR ORDERS,THEY HAVE NONE OF OURS." Yeah, right! Thousands of historians have just missed this: amazing! And that's ok - because this section is about "Fake Masonry" in all its many permutations!

There was also an article on their now gone website ostensibly written by an "Alan Scott" (who, surely coincidentally, has the same spelling and capitalization problems as Mr. Rodgers) which talks of an amazing good fortune which fell on him. Obviously, any new millionaire would want to be circumspect about his new-found wealth, particularly when he was on the brink of financial disaster - according to the story. Needless to say, this story wasn't reported anywhere else.... However, this is just wonderful for the WERMs: because of Mr. Rodgers' largess, ostensibly, the WERMs claim that they don't ever charge anyone dues or membership fees. Of course, they've got a website set up to have people pay dues (and, it would seem, there have actually been people putting money in there - though one might assume that the anonymous dues payers aren't really anything but the site owner trying to 'prime the pump'....). You'll note too that there's a donation of $75 from Martin MacLorrain and not long after, he was named a "Grand Master" for the Southeastern United States. In fact, several mentions of him were made on their now defunct website and his name was spelled differently in almost every one! He must be SO proud....

Further, there's no explanation for how the WERMs funded themselves before May of 2013 when this remarkable event took place. Did they just get the 96,000 members AFTER that - at the rate of 7 per year? Must be my math isn't too good and surely there's an explanation somewhere, eh? 14 Attorneys too: heck, did you EVER hear of 14 attorneys coming from all parts of the country to sit in a room waiting to meet with someone who they didn't even know was available for an appointment??? <shrug>

The WERM website talks about delivering food to a (perhaps conveniently unnamed) African country and then go there armed to supposedly force some warlord to release it to the people under threat of harm to himself and family - oh, and ostensibly carrying a letter from 'our government' (presumably US) but not knowing what was in it. Yeah, right! Read "WHAT WERM EXSPECT'S  WHEN WERM SENDS FOOD TO AFRICA ?" for a hearty laugh (starting with the misspelled title, of course!). It was removed from the site (before the site was removed) but the Internet Archive can regale you with their bragging about arming themselves and staring down warlords. I wonder if anyone can produce a passport showing travel for this - or if they'll just claim that it was some sort of 'secret mission' that didn't need such things. Yeah, right!

Oh, and with their adding only 7 members a year and their under $1,300 online fundraising, they're ostensibly building a USD $9 MILLION dollar building. Curiously, no mention of this can be found in any of the Pontiac newspapers that we could locate. Perhaps they'll be good enough to provide some proof somewhere - if the project isn't similar to the building that Sirius Lodge claimed they were building.... It's supposedly on hold at the moment: wonder why???

We'd be remiss if we didn't note that Mr. Rodgers was also at one time apparently involved with the Frank Ripel organization and has been disowned by them. (Read WAY down on the page here.) He's even created a full web page to castigate Mr. Ripel - in an interesting case of the pot calling the kettle....

Oh, and Mr. Rodgers ALSO claims "...so the person who wrote i was was connected to a bunch of non main stream freemasonry groups was right and that i was connected to 16 other non main stream groups and just two main stream groups." (and will sell you his book so you can learn more). He also writes "I WAS A 33RD  DEGREE IN MAINSTREAM FREEMASONRY WORKING FOR THE SUPREME COUNCIL AND DIDN'T KNOW ALL THIS  ?" We would LOVE to see some proof of this ludicrous claim since Mr. Rodgers' name doesn't seem to appear ANYWHERE in the records of EITHER the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (in whose jurisdiction he seems to have resided all his life - pictures of the Proceedings in which all 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Masons are shown) or the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite. (He never mentions this in his work history on Linkedin, not that he would have to, of course - but we wonder what a fellow who's seeming entire career has been as a builder was doing as work for them....) In looking through 'class pictures' for a couple of decades, he's simply not shown so perhaps he'll put copies of the pages in which his name and photo appears (or even cite the year and page number) for his being nominated and then, in the following year, receiving his recognition on his website??? That would be a GREAT place for him to show how we've misjudged him. (And just for the uninformed: there are NO 'secret' 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Masons made - PERIOD!)

And, if you clicked on the links above, perhaps you'll wonder about that claim that it cost them $150,000. "our webesite  cost $150 k" - down there under the 27th of 36 rules you're supposed to know and follow. (Of course, this is some super-duper spying website you would have been visiting since it claims it knew your computer ID number - whatever that is!) But wait! Maybe the website was free (it IS a Homestead site, after all - where even their most expensive site with all the add-ons is less than $100/month) and something Mr. Rodgers has called a webesite was $150,000. Who knows, eh? And even more curious is that Mr. Rodgers claims that HE designed it.... Odder and odder! Then again, bogus Masonic leaders are not foreign to the concept of paying themselves exorbitant sums of money for essentially nothing....

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ - As we've noted in describing other groups on this site which use the name 'Mason/Masonry' or the trappings of the regular/recognized world of Masonry/Freemasonry, there is nothing in the world to keep you from joining whatever group you want. If you feel you'd like to be part of this organization with a leader who can't spell and whose claims are - to us at least - laughable, knock yourself out. Just don't EVER expect that you'll be acknowledged by the millions of other Masons (or Freemasons, certainly) worldwide. Then again, according to Mr. Rodgers, you shouldn't want to!

And we doubt you'll find more than a handful (if that many) of the ninety-six thousand other members of this group - but don't let us stop you from trying! We're not being cyber-bullies here, folks (a common whine when someone doesn't have a leg to stand on): we're simply pointing out the FACTS. This is a group that claims to be "Masons" - and they're not talking about the kind that'll build you a fireplace 'cause those men and women don't have/use numerical degrees after their names or dress up in colored robes, bizarre headgear, and fancy bejeweled aprons  - so if they're not 'fake (free)masons', then what the heck do you suppose they are??? Can anybody name a religion (outside of WERM in some of their more bizarre claims, of course) that has a numerical degree system? Anyone???

and don't forget:

7/14/13 to all masons :  priest training info.  the temple jewel must be washed  once per day held over your head into sun light for three seconds.  as a priest in training you must say this : " may the rays from the sun protect me and my family and the order of  brothers of light "
(Link now broken with site being lost due to non-payment of domain name renewal fee. Sorry....)

Careful: don't look up and get soap in your eyes while doing this.

One final warning too: if you want to join the group's priest training, you must be circumcised. (Sorry: that link's gone also - thankfully!) Be forewarned.... <chuckle> See the entry under 1/11/2014 for more exciting expectations.

April 2, 2014 and updated with links from Archive.org in June, 2014. Updated noting more proclivities in October, 2014.

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