Sunday, January 30
Wow. 316 mason halls in Cuba. Wild stuff.
The Scottish Rite Journal: "The number of Cuban Masons has more than doubled since the 1980s, up to 29,000 members in more than 316 Lodges across the island. In the last two years, there has been a dramatic increase in members in Havana. Earlier this year, the Cuban government gave permission to establish two new Lodges, the first allowed since 1967.
'There's a very intimate connection between Masonry and the independence movement,' according to Ill. Elias. 'Many Cuban revolutionaries were Masons. This has influenced Cubans' image of the fraternal order. In many parks and town squares, you will find a Square and Compass, and many Lodges are prominent buildings in town.'"
In related news, a prominent historian has gone on record as stating that Freemasonry is incompatible with religion.
Incompatible With Christian Religion, Says Historian
MADRID, Spain, JAN. 30, 2005 (Zenit.org).- To understand what is happening in Europe, the phenomenon of Masonry must be taken into account, says Protestant historian César Vidal.
The director of the program "La Linterna" of the Spanish bishops' COPE radio network, Vidal has just written a book, "Los Masones: La Historia de la Sociedad Secreta Más Poderosa" (The Freemasons: History of the Most Powerful Secret Society), published by Planeta.
Among other things, the book addresses the Masonic influence in the most important events of recent Spanish history, especially since the election last March of the Spanish Socialist Labor Party (PSOE).
Vidal says that "the secularist current promoted by the government headed by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero shares more than enough Masonry's rank anti-clericalism."
The author explains that the Freemasons have an enormous role in the European Union and, by way of example, says that "the project of the European Constitution has been driven by a Freemason," Valéry Giscard D'Estaing, "who has excluded mention of the continent's Christian roots and, in addition, has insisted on the inclusion of an article that subjects the churches of the different nations but frees 'philosophical organizations' from that obligation."