A believer wrote:
When I read this, I was minded of the oft-repeated Catholic charge that the private interpretation of the Scriptures by non-Catholics has resulted in thousands of so-called Protestant denominations. That particular claim not too long ago was a favored tool of Catholic apologists attacking the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. The more I ran against this fallacious argument; the more I noticed that those who used it did not agree in specific points.
When I would challenge the validity of the claims concerning thousands and thousands of so-called Protestant denominations, not a single Catholic apologist was able to identify to me the source of that information. Eventually, I was able to discover the source from which flowed the information that Catholic apologists have corrupted by the application of applied imagination and outright lies. As every believer should be aware, the number of denominations in the professing Christian church is significantly less than the 30 or 40 thousands that some Catholics claim.
I often check out claims that appear to me to be of questionable validity. When I do this, my intention is not to embarrass anyone. I seek only to discover the facts of the matter under investigation. In most cases, in my experience, the person posting the argument is unable to identify the root source of the information. Lacking a foundational information source, I initiate a search of my own.
I devoted what was, for me, a significant amount of time to searching for a historical record of the alleged, and undated, massacre of “thousands of Christians” in Fez. I found nothing. What I did uncover was a major pile of records of Muslim massacres of Jews in the Middle East, North Africa and Spain. In 1465, for example, Muslim fanatics murdered all but 11 of the Jews living in Fez at that time. I was unable to discover information relative to the slaughter of more than a few Christians in Fez in the early 20th Century, but no reliable information concerning the murder of thousands of Christians.
The above is not to suggest that I did not find any mention of Muslim massacres of Christians in Fez. Quite the contrary. I encountered innumerable references to the slaughter of “thousands,” “tens of thousands,” “30,000,” “42,000;” etc. I also encountered a variety of references to the fez hat and Christian blood. Some claimed the blood of slain Christians ran like a river in the streets of Fez. Other reports told of how Christians had been compelled to dig a huge pit, into which their murdered bodies were thrown, filling the pit with blood. Just about every one of these unattributed accounts mentioned how the Muslim residents of Fez dipped their white caps into the blood of the Christian martyrs, causing them to become red in color. The reports often informed that ever since that undated and apparently unrecorded pogrom, some Muslims have continued to wear the blood red fez in commemoration of the “religious cleansing” of Fez.
I believe it worth noting that I came across one questionable recounting of that Fez massacre tale from an undoubtedly unreliable source: A Catholic Sermon. This source provided information that added a Romish touch of anti-Semitism to the alleged massacre:
I was able to find one more or less reliable comment on the Fez story: Miriam-Webster, the dictionary and encyclopedia folks.
In the absence of a more definitive source and given the wide variety of details concerning the massacre, cold reason inclines me to go along with Webster's report. This is not to suggest that I am unwilling to change my understanding should reliable source data be provided.
Nothing in the foregoing should be viewed as supportive of Freemasonry. I consider Freemasonry to be an ecumenical and pagan religion that combines, corrupts and perverts the elements of foundational doctrines of Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Demon worship, etc. I do not believe that one can be both Mason and Christian, for the doctrines of the two bodies are antithetical to one another.
For those who question charges that Freemasonry is a pagan religion, I suggest you surf over to a site maintained by professing Christians who are former Masons. They offer a world of information concerning Freemasonry and appear willing to respond to specific questions. The site offers a number of Masonic books and documents for reading or downloading. Of particular interest, to me at least, are the manuals for Masonic conducting rituals of induction and promotion. Since these are straight from the horse's mouth, as it were, I believe the information they provide may be considered reliable. Clicking here will take readers to the site's index page, where you will read these words of introduction:
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