The Masonic Temple, Washington, DC
“America was founded by Masons” is a statement peddled in past and recent debates. If you travel to Philadelphia or Washington this statement is solidly documented in monuments and buildings and for sure in archives. George Washington was a Mason of the Blue Lodge and out of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence only about 1/5 of them are not documented to be Masons. For the ones who want to skew the discussion toward a more white and Christian nation the original American Masonic Fathers were the guarantors of stability, enlightened founding fathers who created a nation without conflicts only because all were Christians. A doubtful statement for anybody who knows anything about the Masons’ philosophy.
“Fiat Lux” and “Ordo ab Chao”
The Masons history is complicated, its heritage to the Solomon Temple debatable, its numerous schisms confusing, its humanitarian goals questioned but for sure their role in the society remained influential along centuries.
A half hour walk from the White House is located the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. But probably I would never have gone to visit the Masonic Temple in Washington without its detailed entanglement in the Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” best seller book. Till I read the book I did not even know about the temple, in a city where is impossible to visit all its plethora of monuments and museums.
George Washington Masonic Monument sits in the middle of the Mall in Washington, DC
And what better symbol of Masonic heritage can exist than the famous needle from the center of the Washington Mall whose official name is George Washington Masonic Monument.