> Members of the Freemasons, Skull and Bones Society, Scottish
> Rite, or whatever no longer have any reason to use the
> obfuscatory symbols, rites, and arcane language that were
> developed in the Middle Ages and made even more complex in
> the Renaissance as the Church, the monarchs, and the
> nobility became more power hungry and avaricious.
The use of secret handshakes, arcane rituals and esoteric occult symbols are still as prevelant in Freemasonry as they ever were.
> As monarchies and the aristocracy declined, along with the
> power and wealth of the Church, so did the chicanery and
> obfuscation of the secret societies: no more real need for
> alchemy, secret bloodlines, rites, or ancient
> science/geometry that informs city planning, art, and
> architecture. The scientists and heretics no longer needed
> protecting and safe-havening.
You should bear in mind that our present "democracy" is an illusion designed by the same people who brought us the feudalism of the aristocracy, which was the system of government that most of the world lived under until recent history.
This feudal system has also survived to our present day, in a literal sense, through the occult and alchemical secret societies such as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons whose top ranks have always been drawn from the aristocracy and proof of an unbroken bloodline from father to son is always demanded. The Grand Lodge of London, the White House of international Freemasonry, has always had British royalty at its head and still does!
If you're interested in the new struggle of the democracy you should endeavour to discover exactly how the feudalist Secret Societies infiltrate and manipulate the ideals of modern democracy!
> Now these societies seem to exist as good ole boys networks
> to promote the acquisition and hoarding of wealth among
> members, and even to keep a kind of corporate lock on the
> expression of ideas and belief systems... thus the trend
> towards the demonization of science and scientists and the
> promotion of Christian fundie principles and policies. This
> is just the opposite of what the societies were founded to
> protect and try to keep alive.
Freemasonry is not promoting fundamentalist Christian principles and policies, quite the opposite in fact and that's why so many Christians are fleeing from the fraternity! Many fundamentalist Christians are against the establishment of a world government and banking system.