From: 'Texas Mason'
Subject: Shriners: Royal Order of Jesters
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005
Please post this anonymously! Please do not include my email address in your posting of this message. Masons and Shriners are pissed off about this email in Texas.
This was an email sent out about 3 weeks ago to all Texas Masons by a mason going by the name of Sam Houston. He charges that a secret group within the Shriners called the Royal Order of Jesters is involved in an illegal prostitution and illegal gambling ring. He chose a very fitting name since Sam Houston was the first Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Here is the email that was sent:
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
"OH LORD MY GOD IS THERE NO HELP FOR THE WIDOW'S SON!"
Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, Right Worshipful Grand Officers, and Brethren:
I’m a Shriner in Texas. I have been a Shriner for many, many years.
I am also a Jester in the Royal Order of Jesters within the Shrine. I have not attended Blue Lodge in ages. I am going to leave my name anonymous for various reasons. I am married to a wonderful woman (the 2nd one in my life thanks to the Shriners) and I have children who have moved on to lives of their own. However, what I am about to portray to you could endanger my life and the life of my family.
I have told a few select brethren the story I am about to relay to you. I am not sure who they told, if they told anyone. More than likely, when you are done reading this email, you will surely be in disbelief of what has transpired in the past, what is transpiring today, and what is planned for the future within the Shriners organization to the disgrace of Ancient Free and Accepted FreeMasonry.
When I started masonry prior to the mid 70's it was the best experience of my life. The brotherhood that I found was beyond belief. The blue lodge was truly the pinnacle of my Masonic experience. I became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason that same year, although I never really participated in the organization. I became a Shriner somewhere in that time period. This is where my story really begins...
While in the shrine I was very active. Taking my family with me on the weekends to events was a very exciting time in my life, and the life of my family. I was approached in the Shrine and was told that I was a good Shriner and that I was invited to join a secret society within the Shrine--The Royal Order of Jesters. This "secret society" was started back in the late teens of the 20th century. The motto was "Mirth is King" and was devoted to not brooding over sorrows, but to forget them as far as possible. This meant home life as well.
My brothers, I am a sinner. I have sinned against my family. I have sinned against myself. I have sinned against God.
The Holy Bible, Master Mason Edition, 1 Corinthians 5:11: But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such an one no not to eat.
During the initiation of new Jesters I was offered the opportunity by another fellow brother to sleep with a whore, even though I had a wife and kids waiting for me to come home. I was not strong at the time and I violated every oath I had ever taken with my wife. This did not stop at initiation. These were a constant occurrence at our Jester functions and they are a common occurrence today. The initiation practices have not changed as well. Prostitutes were offered/made available at our functions and often brothers would have sex in front of other brothers.
Oral sex competitions between brothers were considered “fun” activities to build a strong brotherhood bond between members of the Royal Order of Jesters. Potentates and Chaplains, Attorneys and Judges, Past Masters and brothers all participating or watching with open eyes, but closed minds. I often felt ashamed of what I was doing, but the pleasure outweighed the guilt. I had fallen within a deep hole and my cable-tow had been severed.
Sex, illegal gambling and Alcohol were and are the preferred order of business to ease the "pain" of brother masons. Prostitutes are available at Jester functions for the brothers to have their way with.
There is also illegal gambling at our functions where Masonic brethren are playing high-stakes games with hard-earned cash. I have seen it all brothers and it is going on today, right under your noses, within your communities, and these men are calling themselves your Masonic Brothers.
I am currently active in the Shriners and the Jesters. I am ashamed of what I have become and what the Shriners have become. I have seen threat after threat made against Masonic brothers who have not agreed or have spoken against the activities of our club. These activities are in every Royal Order of Jester’s club in the USA, and beyond our borders. You would be surprised if you knew who was Jester from your local blue lodges--outstanding, moral men--at least by their outwardly appearance. Our Most Worshipful Grand Chaplain of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas is a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, along with the Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas!!! I’m calling you out brothers. It is time for us to raise the bar of Masonry in Texas, even at the expense of our fraternity. Our Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphy of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas always talks about the character of a Master Mason and now he has the opportunity to present his true Masonic character when dealing with this issue given how close he is in relation to current active members in the Royal Order of Jesters.
The Jesters pride themselves in having control of all leadership positions at all of the Shrine Temples in the US and Canada as well as the Imperial Shrine leadership. Also, they have risen through the ranks in every body of Masonry including the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Rosicrucians, Red Cross of Constantine, Eastern Star and the Demolay Organizations. There have been numerous past masters of the Grand Lodge of Texas who have been Jesters, including our most recent Grand Master Boyd Patterson, Reese Harrison Jr., and Michael Nanny. Find out who these other Masons are brothers within your local lodges and hold them accountable for their actions. I have invoked the cry of a Masonic brother in need of help!
I lost my first wife due to her finding out what went on at one of my outings. Don’t let this happen to your Masonic brothers or your friends. I am not sure if anyone in the Blue Lodge really knows this is going on, but to those of you receiving this email, you are now armed with the knowledge and it is the truth. I challenge you to prove me wrong.
I ask the Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphey of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas to conduct a full Masonic investigation into these allegations. I ask you, my brothers, to do the same within your local blue lodges. I am guilty. Hold me accountable, hold your Masonic Brothers accountable, and hold our Most Worshipful Grand Master accountable!!!
I charge myself and every member of the Royal Order of Jesters in the State of Texas under the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Article XIII, Section VI, Paragraph 5. Behavior at Home and In Your Neighborhood
You are to act as becomes a moral and wise man; ...and by avoiding gluttoness or drunkenness, that your families be not neglected or injured, nor you disabled from working.
I also invoke the request to the Most Worshipful Grand Master under Title V, Discipline, Chapter 1
Article 498 (531) Accused's Lodges to Be Notified--notification to lodges of members who are members of the Royal Order of Jesters
Article 499 (532) Neglect by Lodge of Duty to Disclipline-District Deputy Grand Masters should obtain list of Jesters in their jurisdictions
Article 499a Powers of the Grand Master- Set this investigation in motion and work to re-establish our Masonic beliefs of "Making Good Men Better"
Charges I believe should be filed against every member of the Royal Order of Jesters:
Article 506 Certain Other Offenses:
2. Actions which disgrace masonry
5. To indulge in the intemperate use of intoxicating liquor, gambling or profane swearing.
8. To willfully abandon his family
13. To cohabit with lewd women
I encourage blue lodges in other states to conduct investigations of their own into these allegations as well.
I ask the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas to suspend all Master Masons in the State of Texas who are members of the Royal Order of Jesters, which would cease their activities within the various shrines across the state until a full investigation may be conducted.
This email is going out to every lodge in Texas that has a website, the Grand Lodge officers of every state, the York and Scottish Rites.
Please ask questions, talk about this in your blue lodge, and contact the Most Worshipful Grand Master Elmer Murphey and demand this be investigated by the Grand Lodge of Texas. This information will eventually go before the public eyes if it is not handled within our Masonic fraternity. Let every Master Mason who is in a position of leadership or anyone thinking of ascending to a position of authority be on notice that their activities in the Royal Order of Jesters and their adherence to the Masonic oaths and morality will be brought into the light.
Again I am pleading for an immediate statewide investigation and a purging of the Grand Lodge line, Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Shrine. I have collected 18 local chapter rosters as well as the national Kochina group rooster. I urge every mason to forward this e-mail to as many brother Masons and Shriners as possible. I also challenge my fellow Jesters to come out in the light and explain their actions as well as their failure to comply with their oaths to their brother masons and families.
I know this is hard for many of you to believe. Doubt me. Prove me wrong! This is my plea! Brothers, over the years I have traveled to numerous states and the same activities occur in NY, Florida, California, Wyoming, Texas, etc.
These are your Masonic brothers, just as I am, but we are not doing what is right nor are we following Masonic principles. Help me expose this atrocity within our fraternity brothers. I am helpless without your help and support.
National Court Royal Order of Jesters
Dennis R. Schueler
230 Jamie Lane
Lake Zurich IL 60047
Chicago Court No. 48
December 19, 2002
Jester Frank Baillie
1215Copper Lake Pt. PMB 144 Naples, FL 34114
Thank you for your prompt response to my e-mail.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that at a recent Board of Directors meeting of the Royal Order of Jesters, a resolution was passed which directed the abolition of all Jester-related bulletin boards and internet sites. The primary reason behind such action was the desire of the Board to minimize to the extent possible. our public exposure or its access to Jester information.
Royal Director Bill Ross appointed me to investigate all such sites and to request the webmaster to terminate them forthwith.
Frank. this directive does not in any way impact the use of e-mail between either individual Jesters or groups thereof.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.
MIRTH IS KING!
Royal Stage Manager
Cc: Bill Ross. Royal Director
Ron Pruitt, Chairman, Jurisprudence and Laws Committee
Official Shrine H.Q. Website shows that the entire Shriners Leadership to be members of 'The Royal Order of Jesters'
Update July 1, 2005: Link changed to Weblog Archive as Shriners HQ is found to have removed all masonic biographical 'career' data of current and past 'Divan'(Shrine Leadership) from their official website, including any reference to Royal Order of Jesters
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