Issue 12 – January 1997

Issue 12 – January 1997

The purpose of this newsletter is to help stop secret societies from abusing others and to help those who have allegedly been abused by the Masons and other affiliated groups.

This newsletter is not a substitute for other ways of recovery from ritual abuse. Readers should use caution while reading this newsletter. If necessary, make sure other support systems are available during and after reading this newsletter.

Important :

Resources mentioned in this newsletter are for educational value only. Reading the books cited may or may not help your recovery process, so use caution when reading any book mentioned in this newsletter. Some may have a religious or other agenda that may be separate from your own recovery process. Others may have valuable information on the Masons and other organizations, but have triggers or be somewhat sympathetic to that organization. Resources listed, quoted and individual articles, etc. and their writers do not necessarily support all or any of the views mentioned in this newsletter. Also, the views, facts and opinions mentioned in this newsletter are solely the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily the opinion of this newsletter or its editor.

“The Greatest Revenge is to Heal,
then Turn Around and Help Someone Else. “
– from The Grapevine

“The Greatest Revenge is to Stop
Abusers from Making Victims in the First Place”
(Copyright 1998 – All rights reserved. No reproduction of any material without written permission from the editor or individual authors.)

Corrections: In Issue #11, S.M.A.R.T. forgot to mention that the authors of Cult and Ritual Abuse are J. Noblitt and P. Perskin, Praeger Pub. 1995, (Greenwood Pub. 1-800-225-5800 to order). A review of this book is in Issue #9. (It is an excellent book.) Noblitt and Perskin are founders of ICCRT, International Council on Cultism and Ritual Trauma, 9601 White Rock Trail, #103, Dallas, TX 75238. Also, S.M.A.R.T. mentioned it is co-sponsoring the BTC conference in April, 1997. Others will also be co-sponsoring this conference, including: ICCRT, M.A.S.A. (Mothers Against Sexual Assault), S.A.V.E. (Survivors and Victims Empowered) as well as several others. S.M.A.R.T. hopes to have a full list of co-sponsors by Issue #13. S.M.A.R.T. apologizes for any confusion caused by these errors or unclear statements.

The 1st International SNAP conference
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests had a three day conference in Washington, D.C. November 8-10, 1996. The information presented there was excellent. Atty. Jeffrey R. Anderson discussed his experiences with the legal system while representing alleged survivors of clergy abuse. Dr. Paul J. Isley presented a statistical review of the data presented by a variety of articles/studies on clergy abuse. An excellent 5 page handout was distributed on “How to Build A Law”. This is available from : Legislative Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse, 3941 Park Drive, Ste 20-199 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 (301-793-0785)

Many other excellent people spoke at the Conference. A representative from SNAP discussed how to talk to the press (there was a protest by SNAP later that afternoon in front of the Omni Shoreham Hotel – where the National Conference of Catholic Bishops was). Part of this discussion is summarized below. Defer when you aren’t sure of something (say, “I don’t know” or “I’ll get back to you” (and get back to them)). Only say what you are sure of and secure of. Use “I” statements. Use short sentences (sound bites). Use simple words and sentences. Nothing is “off the record”, it could be used even if not written down or microphones may be on when the press says they are off. Stick with your message while being questioned. The conference was excellent. or more information on SNAP, write P O Box 438679, Chicago, IL 60643-8679, 312-409-2720.

During the conference, I realized the importance of going to survivor conferences and talking about ritual abuse as much as possible. There are many people out there looking for support and recovering from ritual abuse, many of them are at survivor conferences. I always try to (with permission) distribute literature, (via a literature table,) at as many conferences as I can. We can’t let the issue drop due to others’ perceptions of our credibility or the current media struggle proving the validity of memory or the existence of child abuse.

It is very important to educate survivors and the general public about ritual abuse. We must let people know that many of those fighting against the validity of ritual abuse and secret societies’ alleged involvement in ritual abuse are also fighting against the validity of incest memories. This increases the importance of working together. Some of those minimizing or denying the connections between secret societies and ritual abuse may actually be connected to those societies. The “other side” (the alleged Ritual Abusers) do not “play by the same rules”. This is crucial to remember when dealing with sources of information on ritual abuse. Also, if there are “plants” at conferences (sent by cults), or survivors who still have hidden cult alters, these people could perhaps undermine the progress of survivor conferences, and attendees of those conferences. Also, we need to keep reminding (politely, I hope) other ritual abuse and survivor groups that secret societies do exist and do allegedly ritually abuse. The strength of the entire survivor movement depends on all us working together, networking, etc. to stop child abuse in all its forms.

If you are going to a conference and wish to distribute S.M.A.R.T. newsletters, etc. (with permission of the group running the conference) please let us know and we will send them to you or to the conference.

The following excerpt was written by a survivor of alleged Masonic abuse.

I know what it is like to pull one’s life together. Fortunately I have not had to depend on my family or anyone else for financial support. I’ve been fortunate enough, and stubborn enough to never need government aid to be able to hold a full time job now with benefits.

I believe there is a reason for everything that happens to us. I don’t always like what happened to me, and I don’t recommend it as a child rearing technique, but I am stronger now because of it. Everything they did to me I have turned around to make the world a better place, to help others and to care about others.

I believe the world is becoming a better place. The more we speak out and tell the truth, the better a world it will be. Twenty years ago if I spoke like I do now, people would think I was crazy, lock me up or worse. Now some people hear me and believe me. Yes, it seems slow sometimes, but I think there is a logic and a process to it all.

The following article was sent to us by Kathleen Sullivan a survivor of ritual abuse. The words “alleged(ly)” were inserted by S.M.A.R.T. (May be triggering)

My dad’s side of my original childhood family had a millionaire in-law. I won’t give his name publicly, as I don’t wish to cause his unaware, surviving relatives any necessary pain or embarrassment about his criminal connections. I had a number of memories of the man, including that he was allegedly directly involved in the black-marketing of children. He was allegedly a pedophile, preferring young blond boys. Looking back, I have to wonder, because he ended up being a substitute father-figure for my young blond dad, who also became involved in the same activities with the man, and also allegedly became a pedophile, preferring blond boys.

The rich relative helped pay for my dad’s college tuition and for the deposit on dad and mom’s first house. I also remembered that the uncle allegedly introduced me to members of “Illuminati” at my age 18, after some very bizarre rituals in New York City. One alleged ritual included the use of hypnosis and a “Wizard of Oz” theme. Another alleged ritual was held in what seemed to be an isolated, upper-floor “hall” with one wall that was made of rounded crystals.

As the sun shone in through that wall, I was bathed in a pure white light. The “Illuminati” relative died several years later. I have recently received proofs that he was allegedly a devoted Mason, even staying in a Masonic sponsored student home during his own college education. I also discovered that he adopted a number of children. Gee, what a surprise.

I was often told, during my childhood, that I was a “daughter of Templar” and that my father was a “Knight Templar.” I understood that this allegedly referred to our assassin heritage. My main mind-control program was code named Omicron.” Just two weeks ago, I received crucial validation found in a type transcript of a speech back in 1991, where he shared that the code name “Omicron” allegedly represents connections to politicians and the mafia. I had already been remembering both, for years!

Remembering that my dad was known as a “Knight Templar” has remained a confusion, as my father was never, to my knowledge, a member of a Masonic lodge. He was, however, deeply immersed in Aryan/Teutonic belief systems and was both allegedly a satanist and a Luciferian. I have independently remembered that one of dad’s brothers was, and perhaps still is, allegedly connected to a Masonic lodge in Pottstown, PA or nearby. I have allegedly remembered being covertly, physically assaulted as a child in that building, upstairs and also allegedly meeting representatives from a military branch in the same part of the building.

I since had several other alleged “brushes” with Masonic connections. As an adult, my biggest ones took place in a room where I and a younger relative were both allegedly severely traumatized. I know for certain that the room is located in a building in the Washington, D.C. area. I have remembered being driven in a car, after the alleged assaults, past the Jefferson memorial and in the parking lot. I don’t know if I was driven around it to disorient me, or if it was where the assaults took place. I haven’t ever visited D.C. as a tourist under my own free will.

Since then, I have shared this set of memories with a person who I later found out is not trustworthy. He told me that the room I described is allegedly a secret inner room in the D.C. Masonic temple. I have no way of knowing if his proffered information was valid or not. For safety’s sake, I will not share who alllegedly took advantage of me and my younger relative in that room. I am also going to deliberately leave some of the physical details out. The female/female rituals were allegedly under the auspices of “Golden Dawn” “queening” rituals. Golden Dawn was, to my limited understanding, allegedly a covert pagan organization that was under the umbrella of the leadership organization, “Illuminati.” I was taught to visualize Illuminati, Golden Dawn and Satanic Hierarchy as a triangle, with Illuminati at the top point, and Golden Dawn and Satanic Hierarchy being the two bottom points, equal and yet opposite in belief systems, both under the leadership of the members of Illuminati. It has also been my experience that Satanic Hierarchy is mainly represented by the color black, having 13 levels of ascension (the top level being Illuminati membership), Golden Dawn being represented by the color gold (symbolizing the sun’s light), and Illuminati being represented by the color white (white light). Whatever. It’s all symbolism. I also had noticed that where Satanic hierarchy seemed to allegedly include more criminal and mafia type personalities in their organization, the Golden Dawn seemed to include more people who were pols. Particularly bi-sexual and/or lesbian wives of politicians and their wealthy business associates.

Back to the ritual room in D.C. It was round. The walls, everything. Circular. The walls were quite high. At the top of the room were windows for the sun to shine in during the day and the moonlight at night. There was a stone altar near the center of the room. There were very unusual engravings on the walls. One could read them if one knew how. That’s all I am going to say. If anyone knows where this room is, and perhaps has documentation that one can share, please let me know, via S.M.A.R.T. You don’t have to tell me who you are. This need for verification is strictly personal. I have no intention of suing those people. I simply want verification of where the assaults took place.

S.M.A.R.T. wants to thanks Kathleen for this article.

The following article is from the Chattanooga Free Press, 11/23/96, Page B2. The article titled “Investigator of Masonry Joins Ga. Masonic Lodge” was written by the Associated Baptist Press (Atlanta).

“The author of a controversial Southern Baptist Convention study of Freemasonry has decided to become a Mason. Gary Leaser, whose 1993 study disappointed those Baptists seeking a condemnation of the Masonic Lodge and eventually led to his firing at the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board…”

“In the October edition of “CIS Masonic report”, a publication of Leazer’s Center for Interfaith Studies… reported that he had petitioned for membership in Masonic Lodge No. 492 in Clarkston, GA…He received…the first of three degrees in basic Masonry – Sept. 17.”

Larry Holly, a Texas physician, criticized Leazer’s study, alleging that Leazer “fraternized too closely with the lodge during his study, leading to bias in his report.”

“At the SBC annual meeting in 1993, messengers adopted a Home Mission Board report that drew on Leazer’s study, but they found some conflict between Christianity and Freemasonry. The report however refused a blanket condemnation of Freemasonry…”

Larry Holly alleges, “Gary Leazer has declared what has been true for a long time; he is now a public, out-of-the-closet Mason,”

Holly wrote in a posting dated Nov. 13. “Isn’t it wonderful that the HMB now has an official statement on Freemasonry which was essentially written by a Freemason….” Leazer defends the objectivity of his study, “I knew nothing about Freemasonry when I began the study, so I could hardly be called a closet Mason.”

The Home Mission refuses to revisit the study of Freemasonry, but the Interfaith Witness Department released a new pamphlet critical of Masonic teachings in “A Closer Look at “A Bridge to Light.”” written by William Gordon.

Additional information on the 1993 conference can be found in “The Dark Side of Freemasonry” edited by Ed Decker, Huntington House Publishers (1-800-749-4009), pages 217-223. The following information comes from this book.

“A letter surfaced during the study, written by Leazer to one of the Masonic leaders, thanking him for all the help and making several depreciating remarks concerning those who were opposed to the lodge.” (P. 217) Leazer was removed as head of the study, but he and the study continued on at HMB without correction.

“The Leazer affair proved that without doubt that the Masons…were involved with the report….” (P.219)

S.M.A.R.T. wants to thank a current subscriber for sending us the newspaper article, and encourages others to do so also.

The next three letters are part of an exchange between S.M.A.R.T., BTC and Sylvia Lynn Gillotte. Some information was edited for length. Believe the Children published the first letter by Neil Brick, plus the entire letter by Sylvia Gillotte. S.M.A.R.T. wants to thank BTC for publishing our letter in Vol. XIII, Issue IV, Winter 1996.

October 14, 1996

Believe the Children, P O Box 797, Chicago, IL 60013, Attention: Editor (note: BTC no longer exists as an organization)

I want to thank BTC for their excellent newsletter informing survivors and the general public about ritual abuse and its existence. I also want to thank BTC for referring survivors of alleged Masonic ritual abuse and their support people to our organization and newsletter. This has helped survivors of secret societies network and heal.

However, while reading “Believe the Children Newsletter” Volume XIII, Issue III, Fall 1996, I saw a paragraph that in the article “Ritualistic Child Abuse” by Sylvia Lynn Gillotte, Esq. that troubles me. This article has a lot of excellent information in it, and is very helpful in the fight against ritual abuse and the exposure of ritual abuse. On Page 7, Column 1, I read the following, “Myth 11: Satanism, witchcraft, the New Age movement, secret brotherhood societies such as the Masons are all engaged in ritual abuse and cult activity. Reality: Organized cults have been known to function and operate out of any group structure…. e.g. because Masons belong to a fraternal society which practices secret ritual and which extends membership by invitation, some cults have successfully used them as a cover for their activity. However, few Masons, …have any real connection to organized cults and ritual abuse…the majority of adult survivors of ritual abuse by cults which were operated out of well- established “mainstream” churches…”

Few, means “amounting to a small number”, or “not many”. My first question is, is there any data, e.g. a study of the Masons, to back this up. I have talked to “many” people that have suffered and survived alleged Masonic ritual abuse and/or alleged ritual abuse by Masons. Several personal accounts, and case studies are mentioned in our newsletter S.M.A.R.T over the past 10 issues. I am also a survivor of alleged Masonic ritual abuse and recall seeing hundreds of Masons allegedly ritually abusing over a period of at least 20 years.

Two studies come to mind. The first “Understanding Ritual Abuse” by Caren Cook – Ritual Abuse Project, 431 Auburn Blvd #215, Sacramento , CA, in a survey of 33 RA’s, 27 % mentioned that their alleged ritual abusers were Masons, and the Shriners were mentioned by others.

The second, a study by Margaret Smith in the book “Ritual Abuse” (Harper, 1993) mentions that 67% of survivors ritual abuse perpetrators were members of secret societies or fraternal organizations. 33% said that perpetrating family members were allegedly Masons. Her book lists possible connections between ritual abuse and the Masons, including a personal account and a section on Aleister Crowley (a high ranking Mason).

Locations of ritual abuse which allegedly occurred also included at least one Masonic lodge and Scottish Rite Temple. Some of my alleged ritual abuse occurred at a Masonic lodge also. Many rooms in the basement were allegedly devoted to torture and abuse, and there is no way this could have been hidden to those using these rooms.

In “Cult and Ritual Abuse” by J. Noblitt and P. Perskin (Praeger, 1995), “Many patients making such allegations (alleging histories of ritual abuse) have explicitly reported abuse where Masonic regalia where Masonic regalia, ceremonies, or members were present.” (pg 101) (The book does not conclude that Freemasonry is responsible for ritual violence.) Other books, studies and authors have personal accounts of survivors of alleged Masonic ritual abuse.

It is true that not all Masons ritually abuse. But the Masons come up again and in studies of survivors citing ritual abuse, in books discussing ritual abuse, and in books discussing the symbolism of Satanism and Modern satanism. From personal experience and those that I have talked to that have been ritually abused, I would honesty say that more than a few Masons have allegedly ritually abused others. The cover of a secret society and the dark, occult symbolism the Masons use during their rituals makes it very likely that ritual abuse allegedly occurs often in Masonic settings.

I hope that BTC prints this letter in its entirety to let others know that there is more than one opinion on this issue. I plan on circulating this letter to other survivor newsletters as well as printing it in my own, in order to correct this misperception.

Once again, I want to thank BTC for their continued fight against ritual abuse, and I plan on continuing my support of your organization in my newsletter.

Sincerely, Neil Brick

Copies sent to: Sylvia Lynn Gillotte, South Carolina Bar, Continuing Legal Education Division, Attention: Publications Division, P O Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202-0608

Edited copy of letter from Sylvia Lynn Gillotte 10/27/96

Dear Neil,

“Thank you for your letter on October 14, 1996, addressing your concerns regarding my article on ritual abuse in the latest “Believe the Children newsletter.”

At the onset, I would like to state that my phrasing of the paragraph involving the extent of Masonic involvement in ritual abuse was poorly worded. It was not my intent to suggest that “few” – as in actual number of Masons – are involved in such activity, but rather, that the majority of Masons do not engage in such activity. In fact, it is my belief that, statistically speaking, most Masons know very little about such abuse and would therefore have great difficulty imagining that others within their ranks might engage in behavior so offensive.

I am aware that many survivors report victimization within the confines of Masonic ritual and that such abuse is by no means rare. For some survivors, such abuse was exclusively connected with one or more Masonic groups. Because of the nature of their victimization, it is natural for such survivors to have an immediate distrust of anyone associated with a Masonic order. However, I believe that it is counterproductive for us to point fingers and condemn an entire organization when we know that the activity complained of is rampant in all areas of society….”

“….I have seen well-intentioned fundamentalist Christians label everything which is associated with the New Age movement as satanic. These experiences …tend to victimize innocent people …ritual abuse occurs within all levels of our society….The “bad apples” within an organization…should not taint the whole…”

“I would readily agree with you that we must not minimize the extent of abuse occurring under the Masonic “umbrella.” ….Therefore, to correct any misconceptions, I am rewording the paragraph in question for any future publication as follows:

“Organized cults have been known to function and operate out of any group structure which is convenient for their activities. E.g., because Masons belong to a fraternal society which practices secret ritual and which extends membership by invitation only, many cults have successfully used them as a cover for their activity. However, a majority of Masons…have no real connection to organized cults and ritual abuse…”

“For the record, we should all be aware that overall membership in Masonic and fraternal orders is drastically declining…the Shriners are losing 20,000 to 25,000 members a year….”

“I appreciate very much your desire to ensure awareness about Masonic abuse and commend you on your efforts to help victims. I will continue to spread the word about ritual trauma and abuse….”

Sincerely, Sylvia Lynn Gillotte

S.M.A.R.T.’s response, November 6, 1996

Sylvia Lynn Gillotte, State of South
Carolina, Office of the Governor 103
South Pine St. Suite 204,
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Dear Sylvia,

Thank you for your letter. I appreciate the fact that you were willingly to read the facts that I presented and change the paragraph in question to eliminate the word “few”. I want to thank you for validating survivors of Masonic ritual abuse by saying “that such abuse is by no means rare”. I agree with you that it is counterproductive and wrong to label everything associated in the New Age movement as Satanic. I also agree with you that ritual abuse may occur within all levels of our society.

However, I still disagree with the wording of the new paragraph for several reasons. One, how do we know that the Masons are used as a cover by other cults that ritually abuse? Most accounts of alleged ritual abuse by Masons I have heard include Masonic symbolism and Masonic lodge members. The symbolism of the Masons allegedly has many connections to dark and occult groups of the past that sacrificed or killed human beings and worshipped the dead. Also, several Masonic scholars identify with a belief in Gnosticism, which may cause some to practice a profound evil and good. Aleister Crowley was a high ranking Mason.(One good source of information on this is “Cult and Ritual Abuse”, Noblitt and Perskin, Prager, 1995, 1-800-225-5800, Chapter 10 in particular.) Two, how do we know that “a majority of Masons…have no real connection to organized cults and ritual abuse.” Is there any research in this area to back this statement up, or is this a common assumption? At least one of their rituals are highly disorientating and include death threats for those that divulge secrets of the group. Some of the aspects of the group are allegedly cult-like in nature and I know several people that have been allegedly brainwashed by the Masons (I was). My particular experience allegedly included Masons in a Masonic temple (or lodge) using Masonic symbolism. This was a very large lodge. Third, how will others use this paragraph and/or perceive it. Will some readers come to the conclusion that the Masons as a group do not ritually abuse?

I also do not believe it is counterproductive to “point fingers” at an organization that has had numerous complaints against it alleging occurrences of ritual abuse. I think it is good idea to do this. Maybe these occurrences should be investigated further.

I want to thank you for your letter again. I will print an edited (for length) version of it in my next newsletter. (attached) Through an exchange of information and a continuation of discourse hopefully we will be able to learn more about alleged Masonic ritual abuse and figure out how to stop all ritual abuse and child abuse in general.


Neil Brick,

cc: Believe the Children

The following letter was sent to the American Family Federation in response to an article adapted from “Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives” by Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich, Jossey-Bass, 1995. S.M.A.R.T. hopes to review this book in a future issue. At this time, no response has been received from AFF. Please use caution while reading this, it may be triggering.

AFF News, P O Box 2265, Dept 0
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
Attention: Patrick Ryan, Editor

Mr. Ryan,

I have normally enjoyed receiving literature from AFF, and have been more than happy to run press releases in my newsletter promoting the use of AFF services and literature. The work AFF has done to fight cults through education has been exemplary. I’ve also attended several conferences AFF has sponsored in upstate New York for ex-cult members, and have learned a great deal about how to avoid and fight cults.

However, after reading an article in VOL. 2, No. 4, 1996, I was very dismayed at what I read in the following paragraph of the article “Aspects of Recovery” (page 3, column 1, lines 28-40). And I quote, “And what is wrong with cults is not just that cults are secret societies. In our culture, there are openly recognized, social secret societies, such as the Masons, in which new members know up front that they will gradually learn the shared rituals of the group….In (cults), there is a deliberate deception about what the group is and what some of the rituals might be, and primarily, there is deception about what the ultimate goal will be for a member, what will ultimately be demanded and expected, and what the damages resulting from some of the practices might be. A secret handshake is not equivalent to mind control.”

Seeing this paragraph in your newsletter was very surprising, after I have tried to network with AFF several times about linking home pages and investigating the Masons for at least potential cult like aspects.

New members are alledgedly not told up front about many of the rituals or what will happen in these rituals. In “The Deadly Deception” by Jim Shaw (33rd degree Mason – a very high rank) and Tom McKenney (Huntington House, 1988), it is stated, “we were taken to a room….I had no idea where I was or why I was there…we were told to remove all clothing, and were then given…white material that looked like pajamas…we were given one sandal each…We were now prepared to receive the Entered Apprentice Degree, or the First Degree in Freemasonry….I was blindfolded. The blindfold is called a “hoodwink”…the candidate so prepared is …unable to see or know the truth of his surroundings or situation….A blue rope (called a “cabletow”) was tied around my neck….I began to experience real fear. I couldn’t see, didn’t know where I was, was half-naked among an unknown number of strangers, being held by a rope around my neck, and I certainly didn’t know what was going to happen next. There was a sense of unreality and helplessness and a rising groundswell of disorientation, insecurity and fear….”You are received into this Lodge of Entered Apprentices upon the point of a sharp instrument piercing your naked left breast, which is to teach you as this is an instrument of torture to the flesh”…the “sharp instrument” was actually a large compass with the two sharp points brought together as one….I began to feel a strange kind of numbness….I was beginning to feel as if I were being carried along, propelled by a force I neither knew nor understood…Then I heard myself saying that I was “binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots….should I ever willingly, knowingly, or unlawfully violate this, my Entered Apprentice Oath….”….Then the Worshipful Master showed me how to perform the dueguard…and the sign. The sign was performed by drawing the open hand from the left ear, across the throat to the right ear, as if cutting the throat across. I was still kneeling at the altar. The master then demonstrated the secret grip…and gave me the secret word.” (excerpts from pages 21 – 27)

This is only one of the rituals the Masons allegedly perform. This ritual has many aspects of an alleged cult, including a vow of secrecy, dissociating experiences, and threats of death for divulging secrets. Masonic rituals are not (to my knowledge) monitored by outside groups nor are their rituals a matter of public record. A secret handshake may not be equivalent to mind control, but highly disorienting rituals and death threats may be.

Furthermore, I am a survivor of alleged Masonic ritual abuse. Ritual abuse usually consists of severe torture, rape, mind control techniques, etc. (I leave out other horrible things so as not to trigger others.) My newsletter, S.M.A.R.T. contains numerous reports, research articles, studies and personal accounts of alleged Masonic ritual abuse (usually Satanic). Much of Masonry’s symbolism is allegedly derived from dark ancient sources or Satanic sources.

I hope that AFF will be able to print a retraction of the paragraph about the Masons, and if possible print this letter in its entirety in its next issue. I believe that AFF and S.M.A.R.T. can continue to work together in our fight against cults and mind control. I hope to hear from AFF by November 15, 1996, otherwise I’ll have to print this letter in my newsletter and forward copies to others fighting ritual abuse. I hope to hear from you soon….


Neil Brick


Please use caution while contacting or using any resource listed below. Some may be triggering. Listing of these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement of them.

Here are books that have information on the Masons and/or ritual abuse.

“The Egyptian Masonic Connection” – Followers of Jesus Christ, P O Box 4174, Evansville, IN 47724 USA (PS – S.M.A.R.T. is non-sectarian)

“Cults and Ritual Abuse” J. Noblitt/P. Perskin, Greenwood PUB 1-800-225-5800 (USA) (has a chapter on gnoticism)

“Safe Passage to Healing” – C. Oksana, Harper/Collins – 1-800-822-4090 (USA) no info on Masons, but lots for R.A.’s and healing.

A current subscriber has sent S.M.A.R.T. information that an article by David W. Dunlap of the New York Times, 12/14/96, front page Metro section, has information on the Masonic lodge in New York. It is pro-Masonic and may be triggering to survivors. However it has descriptions of different rooms in the lodge and videotaping of children for parents for identification purposes.

S.M.A.R.T. wants to thank Beyond Survival for printing the article “Ritual Abuse and Secret Societies” by Neil Brick, in their Issue #20, a reprint of our article in Issue #10. Beyond Survival is an excellent newsletter for survivors of ritual abuse. To order: P O Box 85, Annandale NSW 2038 Australia, phone 02-566-2046.

SMART wants to thank SNAP for linking home pages with SMART. For information on SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) write: SNAP, P O 483679, Chicago, IL 60643, URL:

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: An Historical and Contemporary Review is an excellent article. For more information, write: Dr. Paul J. Isely, Ed. D. Riverside Community Care, 190 Lenox St. Norwood, Ma. 02062

Christians for Christ had a “Healing and Renewal” retreat (Nov. ’96) to help the recovery process of those who have unmet emotional needs caused by abuse (sexual/ physical/verbal) or dysfunction. Write: 2685 Penbrook Ln., State College, PA. 16801, 814-238-3777.

Spring Hill of Ashby, MA. has workshops for survivors of sexual abuse. Call 1-800-550-0244, 508-386-0244, or SpringHill.

S.O.A.R. (Survivors of Abusive Rituals) is written by and for survivors of abusive rituals. The newsletter contains letters, poems, articles and resources for survivors. For more information, write SOAR, P O Box 1776, Cahokia, IL 62206-1776 (note: this is an old address)

Disciplining Ritual Abuse Survivors In Resolving Dissociation, Demonization, and Programming is a Christian Conference presented by the Morning Star Testimony Church in Tulsa, OK in cooperation with others. It will be at The Southern Hills Marriot Hotel, Tulsa, OK, March 21-22, 1997. For more info. , write or call Morning Star Testimony Church, Inc. P O Box 4484, Tulsa, OK 74159-0484, fax 918-744-0680.

Voices of Incest Seminar, “Healing from INCEST in 15 steps” will be held Saturday, February 22, 1997 in Santa Monica, CA. Call 310-452-8996 for details.

S.M.A.R.T. is looking for additional articles about alleged Masonic abuse. (including affiliated organizations) and alleged ritual abuse.