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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895554550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895554550
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant expose of the hidden power that Freemasonry has in the past and still is exerting so successfully to de-Christianize America. This is must reading." -- Father Vincent Miceli, former professor at the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities, Rome, Italy, October, 1989

"Fisher knows how to do research and how to weigh facts. Those skills give his work a sense of balance and sobriety that make it as persuasive as it is alarming." -- Michael Schwartz, The Wanderer, America's oldest national Catholic weekly, April 12, 1990

"I recently obtained a copy of Behind The Lodge Door through my library book-loan program, and needless to say, I could not put the book down. It is very enlightening. I would like to pass some of the knowledge in the book on to my four grown children, and hence, my grandchildren." -- A reader, Center Line, MI, March, 1998

"One of the most important books I have ever read." -- Stan Monti, Radio Liberty, May 20, 1998

"This study is particularly valuable, not only for its thoroughness, but also for the sources on which it rests. -- Peter D. Felner, OFM, Miles Immaculata, Rome, Italy, December, 1989

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"Behind the Lodge Door is at once an in-depth and probing analysis of Masonic activity in four principal areas of influence, especially as they relate to the United States, but it is also an overview of the Masonic fraternity in general that will enlighten and inform the reader and make a perusal of this book most worthwhile. Those four areas are: 1)the religious education issue in the U.S.; 2) opposition to the Catholic Church; 3) the molding and directing of national political and social policy; and 4) how the Masons attract their members.

"But further, the author who documents thoroughly everything he writes touches upon a host of interesting topics, such as the birth and rise of Freemasonry, its roots in the ancient mystery religions and gnostic cults, the Catholic Church's early and traditional condemnation of the Craft, its scope and influence in American national social and political life, its opposition to the practice of religion, its activities in various other countries (Italy, Germany, France, Japan, China, the Philippines,etc.), its rapprochement with the Catholic Church (especially during the 1960s), how it is in a very real sense a religion of its own, how it is politically extra-national, and many others.

"This book shows how for over 150 years the political policy of the United States was marked by governmental cooperation with and encouragement of Christianity in the schools and in social and political life. However, the situation changed dramatically beginning in 1941 when the Supreme Court for the first time in its history became dominated by justices who were members of the Masonic fraternity. It was a dominance that continued for the next 30 years, and resulted in the imposition of an alien secular humanism on American education and upon the country's political life."

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Borgman on December 17, 2006
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At one point I had to remove all of my reviews from Amazon because the harrassment became so much! This all happened after I posted a postive review of this book by Paul A. Fisher. The date of this review shows the date of the original review, however, I am posting this new review on August 21, 2010.

I found this book to be extremely interesting, truthful and well researched. What is so powerful about this book is that a vast amount of information in it was actually taken from Freemasonry's own books, magazines and writings. Basically, these "craft" fellows are indicting themselves while factual history does the rest.

The book is a real eye openner and when all these facts are put together, it actually explains a lot about history and current affairs. Mr. Fisher, proves that Masonry is, in fact, a religion. It shows how members will lie, cheat and pressure people to get their way and will do almost anything to keep their antics secret or to discredit their opponents, which they consider their enemies. I found this out in a very real and somewhat frightening way when I started being harrassed here at Amazon and even on other websites. I was accused off this website at Wikipedia of hating Jews and Freemasons. Many of my reviews were stalked and lies were written about me. One of the lies can still be seen on the forum page under my film The Deserter. I'm not saying that every member of this group behaves like this, I am saying that I have experienced some of the tactics that Fisher wrote about in his book.

Frankly, I'm perplexed why so many people would want to be a member of a group with so much to answer for in their beliefs and behavior. A very good book that every library should contain.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tozer on September 3, 2005
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Paul Fisher's important book is thoroughly researched, meticulously documented, and well written. Certainly, it is the clarion call of a Catholic against the dangers of freemasonry in American society. But that is no reason to condemn the book. Rather, understanding the perspective of the author helps us to appreciate more fully what is reflected in the corpus of the work.

And there much in the body of this work that is extremely important and revelatory. For instance, Mr. Fisher shares startling, sensational, and well founded examples of many of America's leaders who were both freemasons and prominent members of the insidious Ku Klux Klan. When the author delves into the influence of secret societies on American history, the work is absolutely great and powerfully important. A small criticism is that, in this reviewer's opinion, too much space is devoted to the supreme court and its penetration by the aforementioned freemasons and Klansmen. This notwithstanding, the book is, in the whole, important and well recommended. May the Lord richly bless the author, his publisher, and any future readers.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
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I have tracked this book on Amazon's web site, and, frankly, am amazed that there have been several quite negative comments to the effect that the book is not based on facts, or is "the same old story of half-truths," innuendos, etc.
The fact is the book is copiously documented with over 1000 end notes, primarily from Masonic sources. Indeed, the author makes known that he read every page of each monthly issue of the former flagship magazine of Scottish Rite Masonry of the Southern Jurisdiction, titled, "The New Age," for each of the years from 1921 through 1984. The book is based primarily on that work, and documents from "New Age" articles that Masonry has been for nearly 300 years a subversive secret cabal to overthrow church and state in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Within two years after "Lodge Door" was published, the magazine's title was changed to, I believe, "The American Freemason."
Further, "Lodge Door" is augmented by numerous citations from a Scottish Rite "Bible" titled, "Morals and Dogma" by Albert Pike, who was found guilty of treason to the U.S. during the Civil War. He was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, a Mason, who was awarded the fourth through the 32 degree in Masonry in his White House bedroom. That President's pardoning of Albert Pike was one of the reasons for the House impeachment of him, which was rejected in the Senate by one vote, following a full court press by Masonry in America.
I strongly urge every American to read the book which has sold well over 25,000 copies.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2001
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BEHIND THE LODGE DOOR. Paul A. Fisher. A probing analysis of Freemasonry in the U.S. in general, but especially relative to religious education, opposition to the Catholic Church, directing national social policy and how Masons attract members. Thoroughly documented. Immensly revealing. Covers the birth and rise of Freemasonry, the Catholic Church's early and traditional condemnation of it, its scope and influence, how in a real sense it is a religion of its own, etc. Essential to understanding the forces behind the scenes.
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