I want to be a flapper!
The flappers wanted to show that their freedom was not to be infringed. The idea of flapping your arms was an expression of their freedom, that they were not to be oppressed by others. That’s why the flapper is called a liberty woman.
The other flappers didn’t want all flappers to be freemasons. They also didn’t want all freemasons to be freemasonic. So flappers started to form associations. And they were able to get themselves in the center of the society. So at that time there was only one association of flappers: the Union of Flappers of America. That was the first association.
One of the most important historical events was the founding of Freemasonry by John Mason Smith in Maryland, who was the founder of the Knights Templar in England. He was a freemason. He was actually a member of the Royal Arch of the Scottish (Freemasonry), not of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem.
But he took this oath that he had to take—no one knew that that would be necessary. I was really puzzled when I found out about that oath. I still am.
And John Mason was a member of the Knights of Malta. He was a Freemason. That was his real Masonic degree—the knight of Malta. But he didn’t go to London and take an oath of secrecy, and he only joined Freemasonry the day he met the Master Mason. That’s the second reason. It was this second reason that we can’t deny; it’s quite simple. It was this second reason that makes Freemasonry today become a freemasonic society.
You have to understand that when Freemasonry existed—and it existed in England for a long time—it wasn’t a religion. Freemasonry was a religion. That is why it’s called freemasonry. You had to have the Masonic degree to become a member of Freemasonry. We all had to sign a certain oath; we had to sign certain documents.
Because these were not religious oaths. They were not a religious oath, you know. The Masonic system was an open-minded society, an open-minded system. You don’t have to take these religious oaths anymore. In the early 1800s these religious oaths were abolished.
This is also why I’ve always said this: that Masonry is totally voluntary and has no membership dues. It
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