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Friday, June 29, 2007

Freemason Underground of Philadelphia

Did anyone else try and watch the Cities of the Underworld this last week on the History Channel about the “Freemason Underground of Philadelphia”?

The blurb on the show said:
It goes without saying that the most secretive organization in the world would produce some awesome hidden lairs.
Boston and Philadelphia are renowned for their part in America's revolutionary saga, but these cities harbor an unseen connection: the Freemasons.[insert sinister music here] From the whispers of hidden tunnels and tombs beneath Boston's North End, to the incredible water world still intact under Philadelphia, the legendary secret society has left behind many hints to their role in America's rise.
Ok, I’m all about a good show on Freemasonry and its roots in the development of history, heck even Vanished had some potential in telling a good story, but weren’t the connections drawn in Cities just a little to stretched and over drawn?

We all know that Freemasons run the world, but did the show need to ask us at each intro and commercial break the question “was this a tunnel the Freemasons used when they prepared for the coming British Army” and then roll a mysterious square and compass across the screen? And did you notice the Thomas Paine illustration every time they started saying our American forefathers who were Freemasons. I know Paine wrote a treatise on the Freemasons, a good one too, but from everything I’ve read, he wasn’t a Freemason.

I’ve watched this show since it came on, and the show is interesting, as far as shows about old caves and undergrounds go, but I thought it was a little much to try and tie some old smugglers caves, a fort, some carved beam in the basement of the underground railroad, and a water works built by a Freemason together with grand idea the fraternity. Maybe 50 minutes isn’t enough time to make the connections fit, if they even fit at all. The shows host even went and paid a visit to the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania (which was beautiful by the way) to ask him about the fraternity back in the day and their role in the revolution. How that related to tunnels and catacombs that pirates used, I didn’t quite get either.

I think with the growing buzz of Freemasonry, as the publishing world awaits the next Brown bestseller, we can expect a lot more programs like this. I just wish they’d ask us before they start to link all these things together.