This came over the transom and I just had to post it and chime in:
Back in the 1960’s I lived on Long Island and one of the guys in our group was a member of DeMolay. Funny thing is that I remember his name, Steve Xxxx.
“The Order of DeMolay is for young men aged 12 to 21 for the purpose developing civic awareness, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. Focusing on building a bond between members, the DeMolay has grown to more than 1,000 chapters worldwide. All chapters of the DeMolay are sponsored by a Masonic Lodge or another Masonic group such as the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, or the Shrine. The sponsor provides the chapter a place to meet and adult leadership.”
Anyway, one afternoon Steve invites a bunch of us down into the basement of his home and proceeds to break out his father’s reel to reel tape selections and begins rolling – it was my first introduction to porn. So much for DeMolay.
So when I was 13 and in Job’s Daughters, the Bethel (that is what each local chapter is called) had a sleepover at the Masonic Lodge on Ft. Leavenworth. We went downstairs and set up our sleeping bags on the floor in the big rec room, and then, with the adult women Bethel leaders fully participating, sat around while the Honored Queen told pornographic jokes and showed us her pornographic keychains. She “came out” as a lesbian a couple of years later.
The other big activity was Job’s Daughters-DeMolay dances, also held at the Ft. Leavenworth Masonic hall. It was gross, because it was all 14-18 year old boys and girls going out on the dance floor and licking each other’s tonsils, vigorously, ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Ew!!!! In full view of the adult chaperones, who were all Masons and Eastern Star. Needless to say, I did not participate in any of that crap. But, um, CHASTITY was NOT being encouraged. On any level.
That email just jogged my memory of all of that. And yes, I have confessed my involvement with a Freemasonic organization when making a General Confession, even though I was only 13 and didn’t understand what the deal was.