Anti-Masonry (or Masonophobia as it is increasingly being termed) is almost as old as Freemasonry itself but why does it exist and what are the motives of its proponents? Do these change over time and what purpose does it serve?
These, and other questions, are the subject of this book. Initially the reader is asked to consider some historical examples from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (especially from the Nazi era), and ending with some contemporary manifestations of the phenomenon. Much of the latter is drawn from Cooper’s personal experience in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Attempts to engage in dialogue with Masonophobes in the hope of understanding the motives at play failed but in the process some possible reasons were revealed and these are discussed. These insightful glimpses into the world of the changing foundations of Masonophobia provide a starting point for further study of the subject.
It is to be noted that the subject of anti-Masonry is as large, if not larger, than the subject of Freemasonry itself and so only specific themes and possible causes are discussed.
Illustrated from the author’s own extensive collection of images and supported by several important documents (reproduced as appendices) what is presented here is an historical based analysis of a little understood dimension of Freemasonry.
Lewis Masonic, 2011