Focus September 2011
Baseball And Freemasonry
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie . . . and . . . Freemasonry?
Although that may not be the correct wording of a popularized phrase, there is much evidence to show its accuracy.
The Grand Lodge of Michigan is now in its sixth season of promoting Freemasonry through its radio sponsorship of Detroit Tigers baseball coverage. These broadcasts spread a Masonic message much farther than the Detroit area or even all of Michigan.
Thousands, maybe millions, of baseball fans throughout the country listen to their home teams' games on satellite radio. The satellite baseball broadcasts always feature the home team's play-by-play announcers -- and all of its commercials. So, when American League baseball fans in California, Washington, Texas, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, or elsewhere want to listen to their favorite team play in Detroit, they will receive a strong message about Freemasonry, compliments of the Michigan Masons.
The Detroit Tigers radio sponsorship includes Strikeouts for Charity where $25 for each strikeout by a starting pitcher is donated to a Michigan Masons' charitable program, and this donation is mentioned frequently during each game.
In Lakeland, Florida, Masons provide food and beverage service at Spring Training baseball games. Kathleen Lodge #338 has operated several vending booths under the grandstand for six years. According to Peter Merrill, Lodge Secretary, the income provided by the projects allows the 157-member Lodge to provide more than $10,000 a year for charity in the area. The activity creates participation as members and their families volunteer to work at the booths. Signs tell all those at the baseball games that the service is being provided by Masons.
Also at the Lakeland Spring Training facility, the Masters and Wardens Association of Florida's District 24 has a separate vending operation of its own, with proceeds being divided among seven other Lodges.
Masons in the Dayton, Ohio, area volunteer at Dayton Dragons baseball games to serve food to fans. The team is the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and has received national publicity this year for some 850 consecutive sell-out crowds, a record for any professional team in North America.
The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)
National Public Radio, through the reporting of Rachel Tabachnick, has done a program on a new movement calling itself the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The Masonic Information Center is absolutely in favor of and supports freedom of religion. However we also include toleration of other's beliefs as critical to true religious freedom. Some of the beliefs of this new group sound very much like those used by others in anti-Masonic tirades. We would like to caution our readers that the possibility exists of anti-Masonic feelings that may be exhibited by this organization. The following excerpts are taken from the website of NAR:
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