FOOD FOR THOUGHT—HISTORY OF THE SHRINERS

From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel

 

HISTORY OF THE SHRINERS

Ever wonder why the Shriners have an Arabian theme, their temples have Arabian names, and why they all wear a fez, which, by the way, is named after the city of Fez, Morocco?

In 1870 there were several thousand Freemasons in Manhattan, many of whom lunched at the Knickerbocker Cottage at a special table on the second floor. There, the idea of a new fraternity for Masons, stressing fun and fellowship, was discussed. Walter M. Fleming, M.D., and William J. Florence took the idea seriously enough to act upon it. Florence, a world-renowned actor, while on tour in Marseille, was invited to a party given by an Arab diplomat. The entertainment was something in the nature of an elaborately staged musical comedy. At its conclusion, the guests became members of a secret society. Florence took copious notes and drawings at his initial viewing on two other occasions, once in Algiers and once in Cairo. When he returned to New York in 1870, he showed his material to Fleming. Fleming created the ritual, emblem and costumes. Florence and Fleming were initiated August 13, 1870, and they initiated 11 other men on June 16, 1871.

The group adopted a Middle Eastern theme and soon established Temples. The first Temple established was Mecca Temple (now known as Mecca Shriners), established at the New York City Masonic Hall on September 26, 1872. Fleming was the first potentate.

In1875, there were only 43 Shriners in the organization. In an effort to encourage membership, at the June 6, 1876 meeting of Mecca Temple, the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America was created. Fleming was elected the first Imperial Potentate. After some other reworking, by 1878 there were 425 members in 13 temples in eight states, and by 1888, there were 7,210 members in 48 temples in the United States and Canada. By the Imperial Session held in Washington, D.C. in 1900, there were 55,000 members and 82 Temples.

The Shriner’s charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of Twenty-two hospitals in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In June 1920, the Imperial Council Session voted to establish a “Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children,” The purpose of this hospital was to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions, diseases, burns, spinal cord injuries, and birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate, in children.

This past week, the PGA Tour was at the Medinah Country Club just outside of Chicago. The club is named after Medinah, Saudi Arabia. It was founded in !924 by the Medinah Shriners. Carved out of 640 acres of farmland in the early 1920s, Medinah was designed to be a country retreat for the Shriners – a fun-loving branch of the Masons best known for their charitable work, red fezzes and parade units .When it opened, only Shriners were allowed to become members, even though the organization never owned the club. The centerpiece is the massive clubhouse largely inspired by Byzantine-style temples. A sand trap on one of Medinah’s three courses is shaped like a two-humped camel, and when you drive out of Medinah, a sign in green, Arabic-style lettering says: “Allah Be With You.”

There have been three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, one U.S. Senior Open, and a Ryder Cup held at Medinah’s Course No. 3.

 

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”

-Walter Williams-

 

AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL

We all know the protocol by now:

  1. This does not have anything with Islam.
  2. The guy was a mentally ill lone wolf.
  3. Those who object to points 1 & 2 are racist bigots.
  4. Light some candles, hold a vigil and go to a peace march.
  5. Wait for the next slaughter to happen.
  6. Repeat

A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its boots, but at least modern technology gives the truth a decent pair of sneakers.

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