Saturday, August 11, 2007

Philistine Pig Ignorance

One thing I will say about scouring the internet for information about Freemasonry: It certainly opens your eyes to a whole lot of ignorant people who like to shoot their mouths off.

Not the tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, nor the right wing evangelicals... just folks who, for whatever reason, will tell you that Freemasonry is bad, for no particular reason other than that that's what they think.

For example, this comment on a harmless enough photo of the square and compass:

"I am hoping and wishing to see that sign crumble to the ground. F--- secret societies"


Um, okay. All secret societies, or just the ones that prominently display their symbols on the outsides of their buildings, and have listings in the yellow pages?

For more fun, read the comments of pretty much any video tagged with 'freemason' on YouTube.

It's one thing if, after learning a bit about the fraternity, you decide that the whole business is a little bit weird, or at odds with your religion, or something... but these comments on Flickr and YouTube seem to be wholly uninformed by anything. The bad spelling, grammar, and punctuation in most them don't help either.

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