Mommie Dearest – The Trouble with “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E Church
Wednesday of this week, the news media informed the world of another apparently senseless, mass murder taking place in America. The victims were all black men and women gathered in an historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the oldest cities in the United States. According to the mainstream press, and an array of commentators, the perpetrator, allegedly a white male, 21 years of age, blindsided a peaceful group of devoted Christians gathered for Bible study and prayer. The young man came in, reportedly sat with them for nearly an hour during their meeting, and then pulled out a gun and began shooting.
The pastor of the church, 41 year old Clementa Pinckney, who also is a senator in the South Carolina Legislature, has been eulogized by his peers as “the moral conscience of the General Assembly” and “the moral compass of the South Carolina Senate.” When it comes to the media, and to the government, things are not always as they are made to appear. Manipulation of the public mind occurs daily. This is especially true where atrocities occur that serve a political agenda such as the disarming of Americans and the fomenting of racial strife which will lead ultimately to anarchy and civil war in the streets and towns of America. The old order will be destroyed by inciting the citizens of the nation to attack one another. Divide and conquer.
One thing that troubled me about this story from the beginning was the name of the church in which this shooting allegedly took place. It is referred to as “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. church. The name Emanuel is found in the Bible. It means “God with us.”
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
What disturbed me is that Emanuel is a reference to the “Son” of God, not to a mother. The Biblical gender is masculine, not feminine. Attaching the word “Mother” to Emanuel is discomfiting. It creates an incongruity, a contradiction. This deserved further investigation to uncover the reason that this church is referred to as “Mother.” The answer would lead back to Freemasonry.
Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America traces its roots back to the city of Charleston, South Carolina. In 1801, a Kabbalistic Jew by the name of Hyman Isaac Long reportedly brought a statue of Baphomet (Satan) to Charleston, South Carolina and established a foothold for Freemasonry there. Freemasonry would blossom later that century when a much more renowned Freemason, Albert Pike, also made the city his residence. Charleston geographically lies along the 33rd parallel of north latitude. The number 33 being the highest degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
The oldest lodge of any rite of Freemasonry in a nation is referred to as the “Mother” lodge. The term “mother” is also used to denote the lodge where a Mason received his first degree.
In Great Britain, the term Mother Lodge is used to identify the particular Lodge where the individual was first “made a Mason” (i.e. received his Entered Apprentice degree). ‘Mother Lodge‘ may also refer to a Lodge which sponsors the creation of a new Lodge, the Daughter Lodge, to be warranted under the jurisdiction of the same Grand Lodge; specific procedures pertaining to this vary throughout history and in different jurisdictions. Lodge Mother Kilwinning No 0 in the Grand Lodge of Scotland is known as the Mother Lodge of Scotland…
We see that a Masonic lodge that gives rise to other lodges, issuing charters and warrants, may be referred to as a “Mother,” so we might also expect Freemasons to apply the same terminology to churches. Kilwinning Lodge No. 0 became known as “Mother” Kilwinning, and Emanuel A.M.E. Church of Charleston, SC became known as “Mother” Emanuel.
It is fitting that the Freemasons should denominate a church in Charleston as “Mother” since this city is considered the original seat of the “Mother Supreme Council of the World” for the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
The Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA (commonly known as the Mother Supreme Council of the World) was the first Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. It claims that all other Supreme Councils and Subordinate Bodies of the Scottish Rite are derived from it. Its official full name is “The Supreme Council (Mother Council of the World) of the Inspectors General Knights Commander of the House of the Temple of Solomon of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.” It is also commonly known as The Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction… The Supreme Council was founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1801.