Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Temple of Man: Freemasonry, Civil Religion, and Education

By Terry Melanson

Freemasonry is...interested in and concerned for "the education of all the children of all the people." The "Temple" which the Craft is building is nothing other than the human family living happily together.--- H. L. Haywood, Great Teachings of Masonry(Kessinger Publishing, 1942), p. 152

A fairly recent Lew Rockwell blog post by Christopher Manion highlights the efforts of the state and anti-Catholics to control the educational apparatus:

Few Americans today realize that the public school movement began 150 years ago as part of an attack on the Catholic Church.

In the mid-nineteenth century, Protestant "Know-Nothings" railed against the millions of newly-arrived Catholic immigrants — "criminals" who had a lot of kids and were starting their own schools, complete with armies of foreign nuns and papist priests. According to Rousas Rushdoony's history, Horace Mann, the founder of the public school movement in Massachusetts, believed that "the [public] schools are the means, instruments, vehicles, and true church by which salvation is given to society." Given that goal, Mann "changed the function of education from `mere learning' or religiously-oriented education to `social efficiency, civic virtue, and character" (by the twentieth century, character "ceased to be a concern" in the public schools, Rushdoony notes). Mann also demanded that control of community schools be transferred into state hands.

A decade later and a continent away, another pioneer took up the cause. John Swett was responsible for "framing the basic legislation of the state system" as California's Superintendent of Public Instruction during the 1860s. Swett made his goals perfectly clear: "Children arrived at the age of maturity belong not to the parents but to the State, to society, and to the country," he insisted — so children should be educated not according to the beliefs of their parents, but those of the government. The "civil religion" taught in government schools was designed to neutralize the papist heresies taught in the parochial schools. For the Know-Nothings, Catholic families were not only the competition: they were the enemy. Catholics were inferiors that had to be raised to the level of civic virtue expected of everyone else.

Although I'm not comfortable with Manion utilizing Rushdoony as his main source, the facts are essentially sound. Not mentioned though, was that Masonic affiliation was probably a factor. According to 10,000 Famous Freemasons, John Swett was a Mason; while Horace Mann is claimed as such—perhaps by his wife—in Paul Fisher's Behind the Lodge Door.

In Europe and North America, "culture war" was the socio-political preoccupation of the mid- to late-19th Century. However, the struggle for control of the educational establishment actually began a hundred years earlier during the Enlightenment.

Opening Salvo

The opening salvo was the dissolution of Jesuit schools and colleges (1763/4) and the subsequent suppression of the Order in France (1764)...Read it all

---> The Bavarian Illuminati were the antagonists of the Jesuits, and vice versa. ---by the same author

Bad ideas have a long pedigree...but they are seldom discussed today in polite company, though the Popes did not fail to trace and discuss them for centuries.

--->At West Point, Obama talks up national security strategy and peace even as he conducts and expands two foreign wars...The trick here is to proclaim the gospel of democracy which is the rule of the always more or less hidden oligarchy and plutonomy which each spends its capital "manufacturing consent" to make us think that what they want is what we want. It is in essence easily manipulated by sundry powers because it is based on evolving, not stable law.

A Republic, on the other hand, has a very different purpose and an entirely different form, or system, of government. Its purpose is primarily to protect the Individual’s God-given, unalienable rights and obligations and therefore for the protection of the rights of the minority, of all minorities, and the liberties of people in general as defined by stable (not ever-evolving) law. The definition of a Republic is: a constitutionally limited government of the representative type, created by a written Constitution--adopted by the people and changeable (from its original meaning) by them only by its amendment--with its powers divided between three separate Branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

---> Exasperation to understanding. Q: How do we decrease buffer time for YouTube videos?

Blood Money: the Film
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--->Power is power. But which is more effective, force (power) or persuasion (authority)? And what about the ends for which any kind of power is exercised, as when global hegemony, morals and abortion is the goal? What is power for culture and lifestyle like in the US and China? Click the BBC audio clip