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Sorting Fact From Fiction

The September 15 release of Dan Brown's fictional novel "The Lost Symbol," set in Washington, D.C. and centered around Freemasonry, has created a surge of interest in Masonry - and whether the fraternity's most popular myths hail from fact or fiction.

Look for a special "Sorting Fact From Fiction" issue of California Freemason magazine, devoted to addressing and exploring Masonic myths. The special issue, which will mail to members December 1, will also be available to the public this December in the California Freemason online archives.

In the meantime, National Geographic News offers one possible resource: "'The Lost Symbol' and the Freemasons: 8 Myths Decoded".

Myths aside, Brown's depiction of Freemasonry seems rooted in a positive view of the fraternity's fundamental tenets.

"I have enormous respect for the Masons," Brown told The Associated Press during a recent interview. "In the most fundamental terms, with different cultures killing each other over whose version of God is correct, here is a worldwide organization that essentially says, `We don't care what you call God, or what you think about God, only that you believe in a god and let's all stand together as brothers and look in the same direction.'"
















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