Allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Bill Maddox - a Master Mason since 1985, having been Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason at Perfect Union Lodge #10, AF&AM Grand Lodge of Texas. Since then I have joined the Southern California Research Lodge, Royal Arch and Cryptic Masons, the Knight's Templar, and the Shrine.

Alt.freemasonry is an unmoderated newsgroup for the discussion of freemasonry.

Alt.freemasonry provides for the general public to ask questions of members of the fraternal organizations that make up Masonry. It also facilitates communications and research among Masons. And then there are times when you can see the sense of humor of those who call one another brother.

Since Freemasonry consists of activities for the entire family, (DeMolay for boys, Rainbow Girls and Job’s Daughters for girls, Order of the Eastern Star for wives, and other organizations), we need to remember that this is a group where children will be reading the discussions, and conduct ourselves accordingly.

While Alt.freemasonry is unmoderated, that does not give license to speak without reproof. Please review the AUP {appropriate use policy) of at and
the AUP section of the FAQ at:  

Things to consider in your postings here should include:
1. Some Children read this group, use proper and clean language.
2. Respect the other participants, their religions, nationalities, races and creeds.
3. Respect and follow the rules of usenet while posting.
4. Don't denigrate Freemasonry or any other group or organization.
5. Don't insult anyone or call people improper names.
6. Use responsible criticism, with courteous questions for courteous answers.
7. When in doubt, assume the question is valid, and not an attempt to bait.

Like many parts of the USENET, complaints about specific users should be e-mailed to the postmaster of the ISP or remailer from whence the mail came. Be sure and include full headers.

Other places for the discussion of Masonic topics are: (a moderated group), 
alt.masonic.member (an unmoderated group), 
alt.masonic.youth (unmoderated), and
alt.masonic.demolay (unmoderated). 

Graphics can sometimes be found in alt.binaries.freemasonry. 
Also remember, all these newsgroups are completely untyled, so restrict your Masonic communications and only put into writing what is proper to be written. Brethren, take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly.

For the visitor, again I say welcome. Sometimes, you are looking for more information on Masons.

I will give you a short list of places to search: (Yes, I know there are many others, but this can only be so long to fit in my e-mail.)

Some Masonic Sites on the World Wide Web

Masonic FAQ Web Page
Freemasonry on the Internet
Quick Index to Masonic information
Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry
Grand Lodge of Texas
Grand Lodge of California
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons
General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons
Grand Encampment, Knights Templar USA
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Southern Jurisdiction)
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Northern Jurisdiction)
York Rite Freem@sonry
Welcome to the Shrine and Shriner's Hospitals
The Order of International Co-Freemasonry
Southern California Research Lodge
International Order of Jobs Daughters
Masonic Service Assoc of N. America / Masonic Info Center

Finally, (anti’s need not look) Brother Ed King’s Page on Anti-Masonry

And, of course, there is the other side:

Some of my favorite World Wide Web Sites 
with Anti-masonic Information:

Ephesians 5-11
Chick Publications - Publishers of cartoon, gospel tracts
Inside The Scroll - Should A Christian Become A Mason?
Saint Benedict Center
The Cutting Edge
Balaam's Ass Speaks- Controversial Journal
Evangelical Outreach
Saints Alive In Jesus
Watcher's Paranoid Conspiracy Files
Clarification Concerning Catholics Becoming Freemasons

Some Masonic Books I have read:

A Pilgrim's Path: Freemasonry & the Religious Right
John J. Robinson

Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, Vol. 1
John J. Robinson

The Boy Who Cried Wolf: The Book That Breaks Masonic Silence
Richard P Thorn

Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual & Symbol
W. Macnulty

Fundamentalism & Freemasonry: 
The Southern Baptist Investigation of the Fraternal Order
Gary Leazer

The Craft and its Symbols
Allen E. Roberts

House Undivided: The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War
Allen E. Roberts

The Builders
Joseph Fort Newton

Some anti-Masonic Books I have read:

The Brotherhood: The Secret World of the Freemasons
Stephen Knight

The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed by One of Its Top Leaders
(might want to read IS IT TRUE What They Say ??? above)
Tom McKenney

If any of the links has changed or stopped working - please email me
at so I can update this list.

To my Brethren - Have fun with your Masonry.

To all - from a letter called Texas Wisdom: 
Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Sincerely, and to some Fraternally - Bill Maddox

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