Sunday, May 13, 2012

Masonic Character Assassination in Arizona

The Freemason blog Masonic Leaks just published information about corruption and character assassination in the Grand Lodge of Arizona. I'm not at all surprised. American Freemasons are surrendering freedom to dictatorships every day. The Morgan Affair of 2012 is well under way.

According to Masonic Leaks "This was also the year we witnessed the Character Assassination of a duly elected Deputy Grand Master, Brother Mike Meier in order that the Grand Master circumvent the vote of the Grand Lodge and move his appointees into the top positions. By his own authority he illegally suspended the deputy Grand Master and with the help of the most recent PGM, illegally installed his new line, which brings me back to my dilemma. How do I vote at Grand Lodge for the good of the Order?"

To read more from Masonic Leaks about Arizona visit

Like a growing number of Masons I'm so happy to no longer be associated with mainstream American Freemasonry and its unethical actions. Every day I enjoy the freedoms and privileges of real Free-Masonry under the good ol' Grand Orient USA.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Morgan Affair of 2012

President John Quincy Adams, letters on the Masonic Morgan Affair
Pres. John Q. Adams
As I mentioned earlier Bro. Fred Milliken wrote an interesting and disturbing article entitled Is Mainstream Masonry Primed For Another Morgan Affair? I believe that American Masonry has already entered into the Morgan Affair of 2012. It could be argued that this began as early as 2005 but it has now reached a point where people's lives are being impacted.

In 1826 William Morgan was wrongfully arrested and then kidnapped by mainstream American Freemasons. It is believed that he was also murdered by them because he was never heard from again.

The cover-up by mainstream Freemasons that followed is well recorded by historians and President John Quincy Adams. According to Adams "corporate Freemasonry" used its power and influence to strike fear in the hearts of witnesses, buy off judges, and make a mockery of the American judicial system. His letters regarding the Morgan Affair are available free online.

In 2012 one Mason has died, and multiple other Masons have been expelled by state Grand Lodges in what appears to be a massive cover-up of real estate and financial fraud. A character assassination campaign has begun, led be Grand Lodge of Maine Freemason, Edward King, in attempt to cover-up the wrongful acts of the state Grand Lodges. All of this sounds eerily similar to the events of 1826.

The Grand Orient USA, a reform group of Freemasons, has been defamed by King and Christopher Hodapp, the author of Freemasons for Dummies. Misleading and false information is being published to discredit the reformers while others continue to loot the fraternity of its assets.

The above post to the Freemasons for Dummies blog, run by Mr. Hodapp. is example of the misinformation campaign. In the post Mr. Accuosti states that mainstream Freemasons are not interfering with the Grand Orient USA's attempts at reform, while at the same time he is well aware that Ed King is publishing massive character assassination and defamation web pages related to the group and its leadership. His statement is at best disingenuous and at worst indicates his own personal involvement in the affair.

What kind of reforms is the Grand Orient bringing to American Freemasonry?
  1. Financial accountability
  2. The recognition of women as Freemasons
  3. The creation of mixed-gender and all female lodges in addition to the existing male only lodges
  4. Abolished blood curdling oaths and fanatical obligations
  5. Returning Freemasonry to a moral, responsible civic organization
Who would be opposed to these reforms and why? 

Good men and Freemasons are being attacked for speaking out about the corruption in mainstream American Freemasonry. Character assassination and misinformation are being used in an attempted cover-up. Will American Freemasonry survive the Morgan Affair of 2012?

Correction: Knights of the North

In an attempt to keep the information provided here as accurate as possible I need to issue a correction.

In two articles below I stated that Eric Schmitz had been expelled. This appears to have been incorrect, and I have edited the materials to reflect this change in understanding of the facts.

Also, due to a misreading of an email there was a slight error regarding the origins of the Freemasons for Dummies book. This has been corrected.

I will continue to update the articles to reflect the facts as best I can.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Halcyon Temple Comes to Life!

After years of restoration Halcyon Temple returned to its former glory for the City of Cleveland at the fabulous Bal Ingenieux. The event was sold out, with some tickets going for as much as $1,000. It showcased the temple and restored the vital connection between Freemasonry and the arts.

Halcyon Lodge is the premier Masonic lodge in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. It is also one of the most famous and popular lodges in the world. Since 1875 it has set the standard for Masonic progress and innovation. At Halcyon we're building the future of American Freemasonry today.

Follow this link to see some of the amazing  photos from the event. An HD video is also in the works, thanks to dadada Media.

Sunday, May 06, 2012 Twitter

Mr. King has provided new evidence of his inability to publish any accurate information on his website. Even after having been provided factual information from the Cuyahoga County Courts, and information about Halcyon Lodge's military veterans he Tweeted the following:

Twitter user @mashsixMold inquires "Is it true what Masonicinfo says?" King Tweets back " is factual - especially about the bogus Halcyon Lodge!"

He then goes on to link back to his website,, and says "Oh, you poor children. How mature of your "lodge" to be provoking people like this. Is this what you imagine Masonry to be?"

No, we imagined it to be a brotherhood of honorable men dedicated to Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. What we discovered was a bunch of bitter old men, and Ed King engaged in cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying. It was nothing like we imaged at all.

Perhaps in Mr. King's mind his "facts" are very real, at least to him. To the rest of the world, including the courts, government and normal people they represent nothing more than the sadistic rants of a cyber-bully. used to Attack Cancer Victim's Family

Ed King, the author of, posted a vicious character assassination page about Master Mason David Cooksie, painfully taunting him about his elderly mother's battle with terminal breast cancer. Mr. King continued to cyber-stalk and cyber-bully Bro. Cooksie until his death in April 2012.

What kind of man and Mason was David Cooksie? He was the kind of person that cared about people. He was one of the kindest and most gentle people I've ever met. He loved Freemasonry and committed much of his life to his lodge and the other Masonic bodies in Birmingham. His work with the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, led to the city's breast cancer awareness campaign. He was an active member of the Scottish Rite (32' KCCH), York Rite and Shrine.

Bro. Cooksie's frail health situation continued to decline as the cyber-attacks from Mr. King increased in their vitriol and viciousness. Before his untimely death Bro. Cooksie contacted the Grand Lodge of Maine seeking relief from the constant emotional bombardment issuing from King's website. Sadly, little assistance came. The Grand Secretary of Maine made King remove the sentences discussing his mother's battle with breast cancer, but that was all.

Those of us who knew Bro. David are convinced that the cyber-bullying by Ed King played a role in his deteriorating health, and eventual death. No one should have to go through what this brother suffered at the hands of a sadistic cyber-bully.

What does this say about King? Perhaps more importantly, what does is say about the Grand Lodge of Maine and mainstream Freemasonry? Why didn't the champions of mainstream Freemasonry such as Chris Hodapp do something to stop this before it was too late? Did they care? Were they in agreement with King?

Men of good moral character don't sit idly by and allow these events to happen. This should cause every good and decent Freemason in the country to hang their heads in shame.

Freemasonry Franchise

When representatives of Halcyon Lodge met with officials from the Grand Lodge of Ohio, just prior to the lodge leaving the system, they were told some very interesting things. Before the meeting they were notified to bring the lodge's Charter along with them. At the meeting they were asked to read the Charter. It was then explained to them that Freemasonry is a "franchise" just like Burger King or McDonalds, and that the Charter was our franchisee agreement.

We had never thought about Freemasonry as a franchise because to us it was a fraternity dedicated to brotherly love, relief and truth, but maybe they were right? If so, we were becoming more convinced by the day that our lodge would be much better off as a franchisee of another company.

As it turned out we left the franchise Freemasonry of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and became a real Masonic lodge under the Grand Orient USA. More importantly, we're glad we did because our lodge has been more successful since leaving the Grand Lodge franchise than it had been since the 1960's.

Grand Orient USA, Victim of Cyber-Bullies

The Grand Orient USA has become the victim of noted Masonic cyber-bullies Ed King and Christopher Hodapp (author of Freemasons for Dummies). Mr. King uses his Masonic website,, for the purpose of cyber-bullying and character assassination of other Masons and persons.

Mr. Hodapp has allowed Mr. King to use his personal blog, Freemasons for Dummies, as a pulpit from which to harass, bully and provide purposefully misleading information that leads to the character assassination of other persons.

These tactic are being used by both King and Hodapp to discredit and defame the Grand Orient USA in an attempt to destroy the organization. As of late they have begun using the same tactics against Halcyon Lodge, one of the most popular and famous lodges in the United States.

Mr King is a Freemason under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Maine and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Neither Grand Lodge has taken any disciplinary action for the these illegal activities. Mr. Hodapp is a member under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Indiana. It has taken no disciplinary action against him.

Cyber-bullying is a crime, as is character assassination and other detestable forms of harassment. That Freemasons are openly enraged in this activity and their Grand Lodges allow for it to continue should cause the people of Maine, Massachusetts and Indiana to question the moral integrity of these Masonic institutions. Sued for Libel and Slander

Edward King, author of the noted Masonic cyber-bullying website, was successfully sued for defamation of character by a business competitor of the author.

Mr. King was sued for libel and slander by Gregory Perry, a Florida resident, and business competitor. Mr. King used his webiste (MasonicInfo) to attack a business competitor with the same type of cyber-bullying and charcter assassination tactics he uses on Masons. This time he was brought to justice. King was forced to remove the content about Mr. Perry and settled out of court for an undiclosed sum.

Mr. King is a Mason under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodges of Maine and Massachusetts. Neither have taken action to stop his illegal cyber-bullying of other Masons, nor have they acted to discipline him for using a Masonic website for Libeling and Slandering a business competitor for unfair advantage. What does this say about these Grand Lodges? Do they condone cyber-bullying, character assassination, and libel as a moral and ethical standard for Freemasonry?

Mr. King is a member of The Masonic Society, along with Christopher Hodapp. What type of Masonic organization condones behavior like the above. More about The Masonic Society to come.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Real Freemasonry - Real Masonic Reform

A few months back Bro. Fred Milliken wrote "Is Mainstream Freemasonry Primed for Another Morgan Affair?" It openly discusses the present fear-based Masonic system run by the state Grand Lodges, and how that it is in opposition to the much venerated Masonic principle of tolerance. One might say the present mainstream system is the opposite of Freemasonry.

Are you tried of the corruption in American Freemasonry? Do you believe that Freemasonry should be based on friendship instead of fear? Do you value personal liberties and freedom of speech? If so, real and meaningful Masonic reform and renewal has begun.

Bro. Rich Graeter's essay Reform Freemasonry is the cornerstone of a growing movement among Freemasons across the United States. It offers the hope of a bright future where Masons will no longer need to hide behind aliases on the Internet. You will be free to openly discuss the things that are important to you. No longer will you be threatened with your membership by District Deputies or told what to do by the fascist-like groups of Masonic fanatics that report your activities to their superiors.  You will finally have the opportunity to freely seek out the Light without fear of reprisal. It's the promise of real Freemasonry put into action.

The Grand Orient USA has adopted all the principles and ideas laid out in Bro. Graeter's essay, and he has established an Advisory Board to oversee the implementation of the new Masonic system. Teams of Masons from across the country are being formed to build-out the different parts of the new organization. Everyone from technology professionals to academics are being brought on board to help solve the problems faced by our fraternity today.

This is the first time since the Baltimore Convention of 1843 that American Masons have become determined to reform the Craft and ensure its survival.

In the coming days and weeks I will be exposing the lies and corruption of the present system, and discussing how the reform movement is making the changes necessary for the future of Freemasonry in America.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Knights of the North Masonic Scandal

It is now being brought to light that the Knights of the North was formed by EXPELLED Indiana Masons Christopher Hodapp and Jeffrey Naylor. The whole thing was a ploy to get sympathy while they secretly worked with Alain Bauer to try and convince the Grand Orient of France to help them start a new lodge in Indiana.

Many of you may not know that these guys were expelled a few years ago. If you're interested in more details about it, and how they entered into a cabal to defame other Masons in order to get reinstated, you can read my other post.

It's ironic that these same chumps now act so self-righteous about their oaths and obligations when just a few years ago they were plotting and scheming to get revenge on the Grand Master of Indiana that expelled them.

What about honesty? Integrity? Truth? Why not be real men and do what you believe is right? Why not openly stand up for what you believe? (Cowards!)

Instead they go and hide behind the veil of anonymity and openly attack brothers who have the courage to take action and try to bring an end to the corruption in Freemasonry.

This probably tells you all you need to know about the Knights of the North but...

Is it true that Chris Hodapp and his wife belong to the same lodge? How can that be? I thought... errr... never mind. Hodapp is above and beyond the rules that most Masons are told to abide by. He's an exception. So don't follow his lead or you will be expelled because you're not as "special" as he is.

We must work from within...

mainstream Masons loot the Masonic fraternity
"We must work from within mainstream Freemasonry to fix it" has been the plea of men such as Chris Hodapp and Edward King, and groups like the Knights of the North, while all along the looting of Masonic funds and real estate continues from within. The latest news from New York is that another Grand officer has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. This is just one in a long and growing list of similar events throughout mainstream Freemasonry.

Just a few years ago two Master Masons under the Grand Lodge of Kentucky were expelled by the Grand Master for questioning the finances at the Kentucky Masonic Home. The Boston Herald reported that up to $1.5 million dollars had been embezzled from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Multiple Arkansas Masons have been expelled in a purge by the Grand Lodge, after questioning financial and real estate dealings. (This issue is now in court.) The Orlando Sentinel reported financial misconduct at the headquarters of the Shrine in Tampa. Then there was the seizing of a lodge and all its assets in New Jersey reported by Bro. Fred Milliken. This is just a short list of some of the events that have been made public. How much else lies hidden away? How many other Masons have been expelled for asking questions, and then just left without saying a word?

The intelligent Mason might start to ask some reasonable questions at this point. "Are those who tell us to work from within a part of a larger cover-up of corruption?"

I have first hand experience dealing with the corruption. Our lodge was almost the victim of a corrupt real estate scheme by high ranking Masons. It's a very real and damaging problem for American Freemasonry.

If we objectively look at what's taking place in the Craft we see that there are a handful of Internet Masons that rail against those brothers who come forward to report the corruption. They use character assassination and mis-information to derail any meaningful discussion of the problem. We all know who they are but do we know and understand their motives? They claim to be working in the best interest of Masonry, but how is covering up fraud, collusion, extortion, and embezzlement helping preserve Freemasonry? How does silencing the discussion when good brothers are expelled for asking questions about the finances benefit American Freemasonry?

Have we allowed all the good moral men and Masons to be expelled or declared "clandestine" by those who are at the heart of the corruption?

It seems to me that following Ed King, Chris Hodapp and the Knights of the North has only accelerated the corruption. They try to stop us from asking the hard and necessary questions, and openly attack those who do.


"Well ain't it a shame 'bout our short little memory
We never seem to learn the lessons of history
We keep making the same mistakes - over and over and over and over again
And then we wonder why we're in the shape we're in"

- The Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Edward King: Master Character Assassin and Cyber-Bully

"He's SO Grand!" is a character assassination web page created by Edward King on his website Mr. King specilaizes in character assassination and serves the Masonic and financial interests of Chris Hodapp and S. Brent Morris. If you don't belive me - keep reading.  :-)

A PDF copy is provided as evidence.

The Knights of the North

Masonic Character Assassins
Where did the Knights of the North originate? They were formed when Christopher Hodapp and Jeffrey Naylor were all  unceremoniously expelled by edict of the Grand Master of Indiana. During the period when they were expelled they formed the anonymous "Knights of the North" as a means of revenge on the old foggies who had expelled them. They produced the paper "Laudable Pursuit" to make the group appear to have a noble cause and purpose. At the same time they were also secretly talking with Alain Bauer, Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France, about starting Grand Orient lodges here in the United States. They received copies of the French Modern Rite rituals and then began to share them with others.

At the same time, Bro. Jeff Peace, was in Georgia pointing out Masonic corruption within the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite - Southern Jurisidction. S. Brent Morris, an employee of the Southern Jurisidction, went looking for allies within the young Mason community. He found ready allies in the expelled Hodapp, Naylor, and Schmitz. In a post to the Scottish Rite discussion forums Morris, Naylor and Hodapp talk about what to do with Peace. Morris replies "Don't worry about Peace, Ed King will take of him in his typical fashion."

What could Brent Morris mean when he says "typical fashion"? It almost sounds like a mafia-like hit being called for. Today, it is clear that Morris was referring to a character assassination campaign, and Hodapp and his co-conspirators were all too eager to participate.

So here we have the core of the Knights of the North conspiring with an employee of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite - Southern Jurisidction, to engage in a smear and character assassination campaign against a regular mainstream Master Mason in Georgia. Is that the "morality" taught by mainstream Freemasonry? Would you want to associate with people engaged in this type of nefarious activity?

Freemasons for Dummies and Idiots

Chris Hodapp wasn't a Masonic scholar, and to the educated Mason he still isn't. His writing of Freemasons for Dummies was a matter of circumstance, not qualification. At the time Hodapp was running an apartment complex in Indiana, and he jumped at the opportunity to write a book.

At about the same time Brent Morris began work on Freemasons for Idiots.

Edward King Sued for Libel and Slander

During this same period Mr. King was sued for libel and slander by Gregory Perry, a Florida resident, and business competitor. Mr. King used his webiste (MasonicInfo) to attack a business competitor with same type of charcter assassination tactics he uses on Masons. This time he was brought to justice. King was forced to remove the content about Mr. Perry and settled out of court for an undiclosed sum.

The Character Assassination Campaign Commences

Working with Morris, Hodapp and others King began an all-out character assassination campaign against Bro. Jeff Peace, which eventually led to him being unceremoniously expelled like Hodapp and his friends had been. Unfortunately, Peace would be used as a tool by their cabal to create an atmosphere of fear within American Freemasonry. It was the beginning of a dark period for the Craft. Freedom of speech was censured, along with freedom of association. It was as if Joseph Stalin had risen from the grave.

The "new" Freemasonry brought about by Hodapp, King, Morris, the Knights of the North, and others was a brotherhood cemented together by fear. No longer were Freemasons free to express their opinions openly, or question what was taking place in the fraternity. Anyone who opposed the cabal would face immediate character assassination.

Every Internet Mason knows what I'm talking about. They have seen it happen to their friends, or in some cases it may have happened to them personally. It's not a fraternity anymore but a cult of fear created to serve the interests of a few angry and hate-filled men.

Halcyon Lodge

Halcyon Lodge is a young and progressive group that admired both the Knights of the North and the Masonic Restoration Foundation. We were already doing the same things as other Traditional Observance Lodges. We wanted to join forces with them until we were told the "rules". First we had to sell our souls to the devil and agree to destroy Jeff Peace. (At the time none of us had even heard of him.) Secondly, we had to take our marching orders from the Knights of the North.

We were appalled by what we had been asked to do. So we contacted Peace to get some perspective. It was then that we realized just how vicious the Knights were, and we immediately backed away from having anything to do with them. Little did we know at the time but in the near future King, Hodapp and the Knights of the North would be attacking Halcyon.

He's SO Grand

Take a good long hard look at this web page and think about its true purpose. Is it providing useful factual information, or is it just a smear campaign?

FACTS: The dates of Grand Masters service is wrong, except for Slifko. He was expelled for violating a treaty. The Grand Orient USA was founded in December of 2005 as the United Grand Lodge of America.

Peace served out the remainder of Slifko's term and then was re-elected to two full terms. Grand Orient USA elections have always been held in either April or May.

Dale Brown was elected at the normal time.

Jeff Peace didn't resign or leave the Grand Orient USA. He began working on the Constitutions for 2012 and helping to get Halcyon Charities better organized.

The Grand Orient of France holds annual elections each September for Grand Officers and the voting members of the Council of the Order. The election is open to all Master Masons, and is one of the most democratic in the modern Masonic world.

The whole page is nothing but propaganda interlaced with character assassinations of good men and Masons.

Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth

Real Freemasonry is about Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. All of these are missing from the website of Mr. King and the actions of Chris Hodapp and the Knights of the North.

At Halcyon we cherish these concepts and will forever fight to preserve them.

To learn more about the real Bro. Jeff Peace visit his personal Masonic blog: Tracing Board.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Halcyon Hogwash: Facts Revealed

The following exposes Edward King for lying and mis-information on his website

Page Title "Halcyon Hogwash"

A PDF copy of King's page as evidence.

Ed King grinding up young Masons
King says: "The story of Halcyon Lodge in Cleveland, Ohio is one of a Pied Piper, sycophantic and egotistic followers..."

FACTS: There never was a "Pied Piper". Halcyon Lodge broke away from the Grand Lodge of Ohio because they tried to take our property. Mr. King uses Bro. Peace as a boogeyman and defames his person and character every chance he gets.

King says: "Sadly, it's also (at least to this observer and many others) a tale of lies, deceit, unrealistic expectations merged with idealism, egotism, and hope."

FACTS: The Cuyahoga County Courts found that Halcyon Lodge was truthful and honest in all their dealings with the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

King says: "It was - from our perspective, the story of big plans, some readily available cash, and a group of impetuous 20 to nearly-40 year olds who never learned the Masonic lessons of temperance and justice pitted against "a bunch of 'old fogies'" who were seen to be standing in the way of great plans and dreams."

FACTS: King uses "from our perspective" to avoid being sued for defamation and slander. Some of the brothers present when Halcyon Lodge left the Grand Lodge of Ohio were in their 50's and 60's. They voted to leave was unanimous. We learned from our parents, not Freemasonry, that it is wrong to steal what belongs to others, or to allow others to do the same.

King says: "From one angle, it was high-minded ideals battling against the atrophy and stupidity which had allowed a cherished monument to decay - but the rest of the Masonic world didn't seem to see it that way, particularly with the already tainted activities of the person who came to be their spiritual mentor."

FACTS: King again tries to introduce the boogeyman into his rant. Only one person at Halcyon Lodge actually knew Bro. Peace at the time, and a few others had met him once. He was not our spiritual leader nor did he ever say anything that caused us to leave the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

King says: "It all began with a fabrication. Halcyon Lodge BLAZED (and that's no exaggeration!) onto the Masonic Internet scene with their announcement that the founder of the then-embryonic United Grand Lodge of America would be coming to Cleveland (Ohio, USA) to present a program in which remarkable new material related to the history of Freemasonry would be revealed. Like everything else concerning that organization, its predecessors and its successors, this was soon shown to be pure hype/tripe. Reading between the lines subsequently, it would appear that the presentation was probably little more than ONE (a little-used one) of the theories conjectured over the years and presented by the speaker's darling, author Margaret C. Jacob."

FACTS: I was at the presentation, which lasted about two hours. Margaret Jacob was never mentioned. It covered the history of Freemasonry from 1680 through 1850. Margaret Jacob only deals with Enlightenment era history.

King says: "When Mr. Peace "quit Freemasonry" (one of the couple of times....), a fawning Toronto gadfly (generally ignored for his pomposity by the rest of the Masonic online world) wrote "Jeff Peace has been described as one of the brightest living masonic scholars." In truth, NO ONE who is recognized as a Masonic scholar, researcher or educator has ever made such a preposterous and exaggerated claim."

FACTS: Peace is a university educated and trained historian, and his papers have broke new ground in Masonic research, especially the early history of Freemasonry in England and the Netherlands.

Kings says: "Jeff apparently had such a good time with those at Halcyon who were in the process of fermenting revolution within the moribund lodge that his message of 'join with me' resonated and next we heard, they were about to make Jeff - who had by then been expelled by regular/recognized Freemasonry in Georgia - an Honorary Member of their lodge, asserting that the Code of the Grand Lodge of Ohio permitted such actions."

FACTS: Another character assassination attack against Bro. Peace. Ed isn't being honest when he claims "who had by then been expelled by regular/recognized Freemasonry in Georgia ". Peace was never expelled or provided with any form of due process by the Grand Lodge of Georgia. They simply said he had been "erased" in a letter they sent to him. No Masonic charges were ever filed in any lodge against Bro. Peace. This is similar to what happened to Bro. Frank Haas in West Virginia. Your Grand Lodge simply says your expelled and you are left with no recourse.

Kings says: "Questions raised by regular/recognized Freemasons (re: Halcyon leaving the GLO) online were met with various degrees of avoidance or belligerence and while many sought to fully understand things in which they were not involved and had no specific stake, the heat increased.

FACTS: Mr. King and other supposed Masons attempted the same character assassination tactics they use against Bro. Peace against Halcyon and its members. There was no attempt by them "to fully understand things," instead they claimed that we were criminals and should be arrested. Ironically, the only one that faced criminal charges was on the side of the Grand Lodge. Further, we could not discuss the details of the lawsuit because we were advised by counsel not to. This was not "obfuscation" or "avoidance" but following the advice of our legal counsel.

Kings says: "The bitterness began to grow, fueled by pseudonym-postings..."

FACTS: Looking back at many of these postings Halcyon and Bro. Peace posted under their real names, whereas Mr. King's associates used a variety of aliases to hide their identity as they took pot shots at the members of Halcyon. (Cowards!)

King says: "Breaking away from a Grand Lodge had happened hundreds of times in the past: many never realized that - and most never expected such a thing would happen with a lodge under the aegis of the staid and stable Grand Lodge of Ohio."

FACTS: Obfuscation of the facts. His statement is purposefully unclear and misleading. By introducing Prince Hall into his rant he creates a way where he can play down the importance of what Halcyon had done. "Breaking away from a Grand Lodge had happened hundreds of times" is only true in Prince Hall. When Halcyon broke away it established a legal precedent that all lodges were sovereign entities that formed an association termed "Grand Lodge," and that all were free to leave said association taking their assets with them.

King says: "The charity fund of the lodge was taken by the defectors and they began the hard work of renovating a building that was suffering from decades of neglect according to all reports."

FACTS: There wasn't a "charity fund". Halcyon Lodge created Halcyon Charities, a legal 505(c)(3) charity while still under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, and the courts found that Halcyon followed all the rules of the Grand Lodge of Ohio while doing so. The charity is registered with both the IRS and the State of Ohio.

Kings says: "The Grand Lodge surely must have thought that their 'proprietary' ownership of lodges would have caused this aberration to be quickly ended but the actual paper on which the court would decide matters was created in a time long ago and far removed from the present situation. Who would have, in 1875, thought that a group would even consider 'taking ownership' of a lodge?"

FACTS: Its hogwash alright! The Westside Masonic Temple Association wasn't created in 1875. It was first created in 1905 but didn't really take its present form until 1930. It issued shares of stock which were purchased, not only by lodges and Masonic organizations, but by the public. It was setup so that anyone who had the funds could eventually acquire all the stock. Halcyon Lodge owned all of the stock through a previous legal battle with the Grand Lodge of Ohio where it was discovered that Halcyon was owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Halcyon defeated the Grand Lodge of Ohio in the lawsuit of 2008 with a summary judgement being handed down from the judge. The judgement is based on simple real estate law. We owned the real property and the court could not award said property to another entity that had no financial stake in said property.

King says: "Slogging through court proceedings for more than a year seemed to have left everyone at a disadvantage."

FACTS: It didn't even slow Halcyon down. We continued to renovate the building and enhance the charity as is evident today.

King says: "Living off of the history of a Masonic lodge founded in the late 1800's, the current 'owners' of this organization consistently pretend that they and their predecessors are one and the same. Simply put, they're NOT. It's a bald-faced lie to claim that they are! The original lodge was under the Grand Lodge of Ohio. This group belongs to an entirely different organization which has no connection with (not now nor ever) that Grand Lodge. While the current handful of members which remain joined when the lodge was under that jurisdiction, they severed all ties with them and even engaged in a lawsuit to separate themselves."

"That they now wrap themselves in the history of the lodge they destroyed is, at best, shameful."

"If you think this is the Masonic lodge that's been around since the 1870s, you're flat out WRONG!"

FACTS: Halcyon Lodge No. 498 was and is the same registered corporation with both the IRS and state of Ohio that it was prior to the lawsuit. Halcyon Lodge No. 498 has retained its tax and business status. Proof of this can be found in the lawsuit. The new Halcyon Lodge created by the Grand Lodge of Ohio was not recognized as having a complaint in the case, nor were they award our tax ID or business registration. The Grand Lodge of Ohio was forced to close their newly created and bogus Halcyon Lodge. Halcyon Lodge No. 498 is the exact same entity that has existed since 1875, and both legally and morally has a right to claim everything associated with said entity.

Kings says: "ASK THEM: how many of your members are currently serving and/or veterans of the Armed Forces? You'll find, we suspect, only one: the Grand Master du jour - but NONE of those in Cleveland! So what would you call this type of tripe? Pandering? Perhaps...."

FACTS: This was the most bizarre of any of Kings rants. What this has to do with Freemasonry is unclear. But, he's wrong (lying?) again. Wor. Bro. Chris Snow, US Coast Guard; Wor. Bro. Eric Chipps, US Marines; and one Korean war veteran, and another from WWII. These are just the ones I can think of without asking around.

Halcyon Lodge and Ingenuity Cleveland "Bal Ingenieux"

Halcyon Lodge and Ingenuity Cleveland
Ed King keeps telling everyone Halcyon is dead, and we don't have any business partners, and none of our members were ever in the US military. Wise-up brothers! He's lying to you. We have members that served in all branches of the armed services, and we are intimately connected to our community and local business. King claims that we won the lawsuit based on a technicality from 1875. We did not win the lawsuit against the Grand Lodge of Ohio based on a legal technicality from 1875, as he claims. The Temple company wasn't even created until 1905, and wasn't formalized until 1930. We won the case in a summary judgement based on simple real estate law. The judge told the Grand Lodge Ohio that he couldn't take property that belonged to someone else and just give it to them because they wanted it. This is a matter of public record.

Fat Eddy and Hodapp the Dummy are playing you. Both Hodapp and King do not allow for any meaningful counter argument on their websites. I've tried and my posts that contain critical information are either deleted or ignored. Their claims are nonsense meant to mislead you. Their supposed facts are based on Photoshop altered documents. It's time someone came out and set the record straight.

Look at what's happening at Halcyon and judge for yourselves. The Grand Orient USA is far from dead, it's growing more every day. The French are still our allies, and we sign more treaties with each passing month. David Tamayo and Alain Fumaz formed a little cabal to try and destroy the Grand Orient USA. They got caught and their plan failed. Stop for a moment and think about it. You will begin to see that you are being deceived by people you think you can trust. Just like Halcyon Lodge was deceived by people we thought we could trust. They had us so fooled that we almost lost our building because of blind trust. Don't make the same mistake.

I've been looking closely at Fat Eddy on Google. Did you know that the majority of his Twitter posts are about the GOUSA? On his Masonic mis-information website he has published more words defaming the GOUSA than he has anti-Masons, yet supposedly his site is "Anti-Masonry Points of View". Does is make you wonder what's really going on? Why is a supposed Mason attacking other Masons instead of defending the Craft from anti-Masons? He has something to hide. He's afraid that you will see behind the curtain, and realize the truth.

We've asked to meet with us in front of a third party arbiter (retired judge) but he refused. If he's being honest then why not bring your proof and let the arbiter decide? Another question you might ask yourselves is "If Ed only posts the 'facts' then why is no one allowed to openly question the integrity of his statements?" He's got something to hide, and more importantly he wants you to fear him. Like all bullies and liars, when caught, they skulk away refusing to produce evidence in support of their claims.

Do we really look dead to you? And, for proof from Halcyon...

Ingenuity Cleveland and Halcyon Lodge is channeling the spirits of the Kokoon Arts Club with its first annual Bal Ingenieux.  This one night only masked ball takes the audience through an amazing journey of performances and interactive installations.

From 1913 to 1946, Cleveland’s Kokoon Arts Club held an annual Bal-Masque known for pushing the limits of the day.  Built in 1931, the Halcyon Lodge was constructed by the Freemasons.  Its mix of auditoriums, ballrooms, and smaller venues makes it perfect for an event that’s part entertainment and part exploration.

Tickets start at $20. All Corporate $1,000 and Premier Level $100 are already sold out. For tickets visit

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Freemasonry as Paradox

If you, my brothers, want an eye-opening look into Freemasonry then you need to read this post over at Tracing Board. It will leave you thinking for a long while.

Liberal Freemasonry: Returning to our roots

John Locke, Classical Liberalism, Freemasonry
Liberal Freemasonry is a return to the roots of the Masonic fraternity and the protection of individual liberties. The term "Liberal Freemasonry" has become a necessity to help define the original classically liberal Masonic fraternity. There is a great post about this over at the Grand Orient USA. It helped with my understanding of the classical origins of American Freemasonry.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Esoteric Masonic Lodge

There's a new Esoteric Masonic Lodge forming under the Grand Orient USA. It will be dedicated to the pursuit of Rosicrucian and Western Mystery Tradition studies. To me this represents a return to our Masonic roots and I'm excited to be a part of the re-birth of real Freemasonry in America.

I've found many books about the Rosicrucians and their rituals at Halcyon, and read through them. Now I will have a lodge of brothers interested in the pursuit of understanding their esoteric traditions.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Your Freemasonry Your Way: Grand Orient USA

The breath of freedom is in the air for American Freemasonry. Thank God! It's been been imprisoned for half a century by petty dictators and ego-maniacs.

Read about how you can have your Freemasonry, your way.

Reform Freemasonry by Bro. Rich Graeter

Bro. Rich Graeter has written a landmark Masonic essay Reform Freemasonry, and built a website to make it available to all Freemasons. He goes much further and into greater detail than Laudable Pursuit, providing a clear path to Masonic renewal in the 21st century.

Not surprising Bro. Graeter supports the Masonic model utilized by the Grand Orient USA and Halcyon Lodge. These Masonic organizations have been at the forefront of innovation and change for several years. Now they are working together for the benefit of all American Masons.

If you haven't read Reform Freemasonry head on over to Bro. Graeter's new website: Reform Freemasonry.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Lost Fellow-Craft | Tracing Board

There is more to Freemasonry than most of us realize. Freemasons for Dummies is just what it claims -for dummies. After reading the essay The Lost Fellow-Craft, by Masonic historian Jeff Peace, I was left mesmerized by the profundity of our ancient and noble Order.

The Lost Fellow-Craft takes you on a journey through time and your own Masonic degrees to reveal the true Word of a Master Mason. It's the best Masonic post I've read in a long time.

The Lost Fellow-Craft at Tracing Board Freemasonry by Bro. Jeff Peace, Halcyon Lodge 498, Grand Orient USA.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spinoza Masonic Lodge

Spinoza Masonic Lodge is a new Grand Orient USA lodge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is a fantastic group of brothers! If you're in the area look them up and plan to visit.

For more information about Spinoza Lodge check out their website at

Monday, April 09, 2012

Freemasonry on the Move in the USA

Freemasonry never sleeps, it keeps moving forward continually refining the human spirit. I've put together a list of new and/or updated Masonic websites. All of these are worth a look.

Grand Orient USA

Tracing Board

Freemasonry 101

Halcyon Masonic Lodge