Jack Straw Changes Law on Judicial Freemasons

How convenient!

Courtesy of The Telegraph

'Since 1998 those becoming judges or magistrates have been required to say if they are a Mason after the then Home Secretary – Mr Straw – said membership of "secret societies such as freemasonry" could raise suspicions of impartiality and objectivity (Err...Yep! You betcha! Like the Grand Lodge thinks this, so lets do this...).

But, now Justice Secretary, Mr Straw has abandoned the requirement after the United Grand Lodge of England threatened legal action following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (As the Masons would know, money talks!) In 2007, the court ruled in favour of Italian Masons that making an official declare their membership breached their rights to free association and was discriminatory.(This is the same European Court of Human Rights that's banning Crucifixes in Italian Schools...Uh-huh, it's all starting to add up now...).

Mr Straw yesterday said a review had shown no evidence of "impropriety or malpractice" as a result of a judge being a Freemason and that it would be "disproportionate" to continue with the practice. The move sparked a furious backlash in 1998 and attempts to make a similar requirement for police officers was dropped in favour of voluntary declarations (Is that because men kind of rise through the ranks of the police as they rise through the 'degrees' in the Scottish Rite?) John Hamill, spokesman for the United Grand Union, said: "We are very happy the right thing has been done at long last." (Yeah, I bet you are, mate! I can just hear nearly every High Court Judge wiping his brow and muttering, "Phew! Nice one Jack! You got me out of a fix there!")

Dum, de, dum, de, dum...So...What are all you Freemason judges and, I might add, police, afraid of?! Why all the secrecy guys? I mean, I thought, according to the modern CCTV surveillance society, ID cards, terror threat, global warming, swine flu pandemic state of fear, that we, the people, should not be afraid of being monitored or having our information on a gigantic database even though we haven't been convicted of a crime, because if we did, that we 'obviously something to hide.' Come on Masons, especially Masonic judges and police, MPs, Lords and media moguls...Don't be so coy!

'Discrimination!', they cry! 'Discrimination!!?' Try it in the Church for a while and get a job for a Local Authority wearing a Crucifix and expressing your Catholic views for a while, and we'll see whether you know the meaning of the word discrimination! How odd that the media didn't report this law change, made on a whim, without consulting Parliament, by Jack Straw, because he felt like it, a bit more...I haven't seen any comment or columnists socking it to the Masons. How odd!

Perhaps it is because the Masons, still, are just as Pope Leo XIII described them in Humanum Genus and still hold a pernicious influence in all of those high-ranking positions in Government, media and society.

6. For as soon as the constitution and the spirit of the masonic sect were clearly discovered by manifest signs of its actions, by the investigation of its causes, by publication of its laws, and of its rites and commentaries, with the addition often of the personal testimony of those who were in the secret, this apostolic see denounced the sect of the Freemasons, and publicly declared its constitution, as contrary to law and right, to be pernicious no less to Christiandom than to the State; and it forbade any one to enter the society, under the penalties which the Church is wont to inflict upon exceptionally guilty persons.

The sectaries, indignant at this, thinking to elude or to weaken the force of these decrees, partly by contempt of them, and partly by calumny, accused the sovereign Pontiffs who had passed them either of exceeding the bounds of moderation in their decrees or of decreeing what was not just. This was the manner in which they endeavoured to elude the authority and the weight of the apostolic constitutions of Clement XII and Benedict XIV, as well as of Pius VII and Pius IX.(10) Yet, in the very society itself, there were to be found men who unwillingly acknowledged that the Roman Pontiffs had acted within their right, according to the Catholic doctrine and discipline. The Pontiffs received the same assent, and in strong terms, from many princes and heads of governments, who made it their business either to delate the masonic society to the apostolic see, or of their own accord by special enactments to brand it as pernicious, as, for example, in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Bavaria, Savoy, and other parts of Italy.


shadowlands said…
Well if the Judges are wiping their brows, it might mean that they are Masons, because, to them, wiping of the brow in court means "Mason in distress". It's a hidden signal usually given by the one in the dock, asking for help from his fellow masons.(Or so I heard anyway,being a woman, what would I know?).
Really! I didn't know that! Weird coincidence!
Patricius said…
Perhaps you should check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybIXiIL50bw
ever read Malachi Martin's "Vatican"?
if you haven't - you should
Anonymous said…
@ shadowlands: That would be incorrect.
If you speak to any mason they would tell you that if they knew of any member breaking the law they'd be the first to turn them in. It is always amazing to me how someone who is not part of an organization will purport to know more than the people who are part of it.
Would it occur to any of the religious intolerants that Freemasonry attracts so many influential people because is is a good organization?
Most intolerants cannot understand the Freemasons tolerance of others. And it seems that which they cannot understood is to be hated.
I bet that nobody would ask a member of NAMBLA to proclaim his/her membership in that organization.
But an organization that attempts to raise tolerance and morals is to be feared? Please! You'll have to do better than that. Relying on centuries old misunderstandings and old hatreds is what keeps people apart. Let go of your hate and bigotry. Oh and for the YouTube poster, if you believe everything posted on YouTube to be true, I have a nice bridge for sale, cheap!
Hestor said…
Prayer for the conversion of Freemasons

O Lord Jesus Christ, who showest forth thy omnipotence most manifestly when Thou sparest and hast compassion; Thou who didst say, "Pray for those who persecute and calumniate you," we implore the clemency of thy Sacred Heart on behalf of souls, made in the image of God, but most miserably deceived by the treacherous snares of Freemasons, and going more and more astray in the way of perdition. Let not the Church thy spouse, any longer be oppressed by them; but, appeased by the intercession of the blessed Virgin thy Mother and the prayers of the just, be mindful of thy infinite mercy; and, disregarding their perversity, cause these very men to return to Thee, that they may bring consolation to the Church by a most abundant penance, make reparation for their misdeeds, and secure for themselves a glorious eternity; who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

100 days, once a day. ( Partial indulgence )

Leo XIII, Br. August 16, 1898.
Crux Fidelis said…
Anonymous (funny that!) said "Most intolerants cannot understand the Freemasons tolerance of others"

I cannot speak for other parts of the world but here in Scotland freemasonry is a club for bigots and a means of excluding Catholics. Any freemason I have known has been an anti-Catholic, anti-Irish (and anti-just about anyone else who is not white and protestant) bigot.
Crux Fidelis said…
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Yes, it is ironic that the freemason comes in as 'anonymous'.

Don't be so shy, Bro, we're not judging individuals, just re-presenting Church teaching!
Crux Fidelis said…
Two masonic lodges were playing football against each other. A bystander asked the score. Came the reply "Can't tell you - it's a secret."
viterbo said…
with pepperings of masonry on one side my family I can state a few things. 1st invite 'worthy' kin or comrade into the lodge. 2nd, the lodges send invitations to male graduates with influential degrees - politics, finance. the no body neophytes know nothing, and therefore can still be quite nice.

but if you've a Catholic mother tied into the 'lodge' by an indifferent Protestant. All I can say is the higher they get, the colder they get. An uncle by marriage, a 'master Mason'...had the most uncelluloided nazi stare I've ever seen. they are cold and secretive. family members die and the funerals are long past before your Christmas card with a terse eulogy of the person you thought was alive. More than once this happened. Masons don't share with the filth; except for publicity purposes. of the family units I've known with a Freemason at the head of the family - the weird unfruitful family tragidies seem beyond the norm. Freemasonry carries a poison that's not just personal...it will affect everyone you love. the 'brotherhood' carries some sort of spiritual infection. to be avoided.