That Freemasonry is the personification of wantoness in its most vile form is clearly demonstrated in the initiation ceremonies of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine, wherein, among other things, the candidate is subjected to:
'The Bung Hole Test'
"The large metal cylinder is then produced, stretched out about 30 feet. Each candidate is asked if he was ever called a coward, or turned his back on an enemy. He is prompted to say 'No, I perform all I undertake, and never back down or out.' They are then led to opposite ends of the big cylinder, caused to enter and are told to hurry up as the enemy is approaching. The center of the cylinder contains a strong network of cord or wire, preventing either from passing through. They meet in the middle of the cylinder and strive to pass each other while the Arabs pound on the outside with clubs and swords till they are satisfied, when they slide an opening in the door and ask if they wish to go on or back out. They of course back down and out, when they are given a lecture on their assurance, and told never to be too sure of a thing till they have tried it. They are one by one taken into another apartment, often stretched out on a plank to rest. While in this position a small dog or one who can imitate a dog, is caused to give a sharp yelp, just after a few drops of warm water has (sic) been squirted on the candidate's face, with the remark, "Take that dog out, he has just pissed in the face of Mr._'
when a general laugh takes place and the candidate is shown the trick.
"The 'Bumper' is next used: A box about six feet high; perpendicular on one 1Proverbs 8:15-16. 2Romans 13:1-7. 3St. Matthew 22:21.
side, and concave on the other side. A ladder is then placed on the concave side. The candidate ascends the ladder and is seated on the top, his legs hanging over the concave side. Then he is told to take hold of the end of a large rope, about two feet long: held by a small string or thread. He is told under no circumstances to let go of the rope, which he firmly grasps, when the box falls to pieces, and he is shot down the concave side of the box thumping his head and buttocks on a partition that is fixed to receive him. He is then conducted to the Grand Potentate, whom he is commanded to approach with humble and great reverence, stooping very low on his knees, his head near the ground, his buttocks elevated, where he receives the 'Grand Salaam' that is a blow on his buttocks with two pieces of board between which are placed some torpedoes that explode with a loud report when they come together. This is called the 'Grand Salaam' or 'Stroke of Introduction.' He is then introduced to the Grand Potentate, near whom is a Galvanic Battery, so arranged (under the carpet) that when the candidate is introduced to the Grand Potentate, he receives a severe electric shock. All those to whose lot it fell, in the casting of lots, are allowed to come into the room and be seated."1
Prior to taking part in the above 'ceremonies,' the candidate is required to take the (Oath and) Obligation of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, the concluding portion of which follows here below:
"...and now upon this sacred book, by the sincerity of a Moslem's oath I here register this irrevocable vow, subscribing myself bound thereto as well as binding myself by the obligation of the prerequisite to this membership, that of a Knight Templar or that of a Thirty-Second Degree A. and A., Scottish Rite Mason. In willful violation whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming sun shall strike me with livid plague, and may Allah, the god of Arab Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same. Amen, Amen, Amen."2
"A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness."3
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."4
"And that, knowing the time, that now it is hightime to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day
1The Mystic Shrine: An Illustrated Ritual of the ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications, 1950), pp. 25-26. 2Ibid., p. 22 Note: For the complete (Oath and) Obligation vid. pp. 20-22 of this work. 3Proverbs 12:23.
is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."1
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