A recent post on AboveTopSecret.com has stirred up the debate on whether or not Freemasonry is the modern identity of the Knights Templar. The gentleman (remember, all American Masons are men) writes from Italy:
During my stay here I was invited to go with a few interpreters to a Scottish Rite Lounge in a small town near Ancona… The first thing I learned shortly after walking through the doors is that the true Freemasons are, in fact the Knights Templar! This meeting was a meeting of the Templar Knights under the guise of the Freemasons…
Now this is difficult for me but I can not mention who was there or what we talked about. But as far as the American Delegates that were there, that I stood right next to, I couldn’t believe who I was seeing. The most appropriate thing I can mention is that everyone I saw, you definitely know exactly who they are… No Barack Obama was not there.
Take his post with a grain (or more) of salt, but it has certainly stirred up the message boards at ATS. For me, it was very interesting timing as well-known Freemason and author Tim Wallace-Murphy arrives in New York this week for the launch of his new book, Hidden Wisdom: Secrets of the Western Esoteric Tradition, which describes the genealogy of the Freemasons from the Knights Templar in great detail. However, I had not previously heard of such an explicit modern display of Templar ritual within Freemasonry as this one in Italy. If any Masons are reading this, please let us know if you have ever witnessed something similar.