Too bad they don't teach about freemasonry in more American history classes. Once upon a time, one President after another was a Freemason, and many if not most of the founders were. Mason Ben Franklin went to France and helped initiate Voltaire into a lodge. He also used the Masonic network to recruit 2 Masons with military experience: France's Lafayette and a guy named Von Steuben who was from what would later become Germany. Masonry was a big part of overthrowing the established order in Europe. The established order equaled royalty and state religion. I think there is a reason Freemasonry is omitted from classes: It's a touchy topic! At the time of the nation's founding, few saw any conflict between Christianity and Freemasonry. The immigration of millions of Catholics changed that. Also, conservatism itself changed. Some say the USA is a Masonic project. 1) The first thing in the charter of freemasonry is a call for religious tolerance. 2) This, plus the desire to not repeat the problems Europe encountered when government and religion were mixed led the founders to separate church and state. This doesn't mean they were anti-Christian, just that they felt it GOOD for both religion and government to be separate. 3) At least one Pope decreed that any Catholic becoming a Mason was excommunicated. At the time, Catholicism was accustomed to being the state religion in large swaths of Europe, and did not like the new experiment overseas. The only part of the American revolution never tried anywhere before was separation of government from religion. 4) Masons helped fuel the French revolution, and who opposed that revolution? Royalty and the church. There you have it, in my opinion. The animosity between Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism makes the topic of Freemasonry's role in the founding a touchy topic, and Protestants who dislike secular government do not value what Freemasons created. Anyone have other theories? What is to become of a nation that doesn't learn a part of its history? What is to become of a nation in which many people consider a group that was essential to the founding of the republic a bad thing? http://www.examiner.com/article/the-intersection-of-free-masonry-humanism-and-secularism-part-i Wanna kill these ads? We can help!