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Legacy of Our Founding Fathers

This nation’s founding fathers were all Masons. Masonry began in England 1717 and in Scotland in 1770. During this era, the Old World authority regulated the exchange of religious ideas. Wanting to break from the past, Masons sought ecumenism and religious tolerance. They didn’t agree with the sectarian divisions that have caused dissension among many organized faiths. To become members, all have to claim allegiance to something bigger than man himself.

Mason’s Great Seal on the One Dollar Bill

The design for the Great Seal of the United States features an eye and a pyramid. On July 4, 1776, the seal was created by an order of the continental Congress under the direction of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The seal was used as a government stamp for official business until 1935. During the Great Depression, at the behest of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace, both Masons, the Great Seal appeared on the back of the dollar bill.

The Latin sentence surrounding the unfinished pyramid states, Annuit Coeptis (Providence Has Favored Our Undertakings) and Novus Ordo Seclorium, (A New Order of the Ages). That symbolism correlated with Masonry ideals; the pyramid is a worldly achievement that’s incomplete without the blessing of Providence. During the Renaissance, occultists viewed ancient Egypt as the source of primal, ageless wisdom transcending nations and dogma. The eye and the pyramid sought to achieve that ideal.

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