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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Shriners

The Shriners Cover The Shriners are an organization of 32nd degree or York Rite Masons who are best known for their red fezzes, little motor cars and circus parades. The Shrine is also known for its hospitals and other philanthropic activities. Masons call the Shrine the "playground of Freemasonry." Most of the public is unaware of the fact that all Shriners are Master Masons (but not all Masons are Shriners).

Like the previous Masonic degrees, candidates for the Shrine are Initiated with a solemn Religious ceremony at the local Mosque (the Islamic gathering place of the Shrine). All candidates, including Christians, must swear an oath to Allah on the Koran declaring that they would be worthy of having their eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-inch blade, their feet flayed, and forced to walk the hot sands of the sterile shores of the Red Sea, where the flaming sun shall strike them with a livid plague, rather than to violate their Shriner Masonic oath.

Downloadable books (free):

Edward Smedley - The Occult Sciences
John Dee - The Rosie Crucian Secrets
Anonymous - The Urantia Papers
Leo Ruickbie - The Winter Sabbat
Tuesday Lobsang Rampa - The Hermit