In search of the Hill’s Freemasons
Eamon Javers - September 28, 2009
The reporter walked into his office expecting a normal day at work: cup of coffee, call some sources, the usual routine.
But this wasn’t going to be an ordinary day at all.
His editor had other ideas. Darker ideas.
The editor wanted an article on the new Dan Brown novel called “The Lost Symbol”, about a conspiracy by Freemasons in Washington.
The long-awaited book features Robert Langdon, the hero of Brown’s previous smash hits “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” on a dramatic quest in and around Washington’s most famous landmarks to find a secret hidden long ago by the Masons.
But the editor was intrigued by a real-world question: How many present-day members of Congress are Freemasons? And is any member of Congress also a Knight Templar — a famous subgroup of Masons that traces its lineage to the medieval crusaders?