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“It is possible that the origin of Friday 13th in October 1307.  Europe and France in particular was worried by a religious group known as the Knights Templar.  These knights were a pan-national organisation that though created for religious goals, became an extremely powerful political and economic network with little allegiance to Earthly kings.  They were famous for wearing white with a red cross, now best known for the Flag of England.  King Philip IV of France issued a surprise decree in which hundreds of Templars were arrested, imprisoned and many executed on flimsy and false allegation on Friday the 13th and the organisation was effectively destroyed.”

– Writer Stephen Liddell

From:  Friday the 13th – Why is 13 the unlucky number?

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  The Knights Templar legacy resounds to this day in the form of conspiracy theories related to possible connections with freemasonry, which have been popularized by authors such as Dan Brown in his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.

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5 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Origins of the Friday 13th Superstition

    • I’m hip. The freemason family of my childhood best friend (which helped raise me) neither did masonry work themselves nor did they work for free. The father was a rental company executive, and the mother was a beauty salon owner-operator.

      Note: as a Catholic, I was not allowed to attend my friend’s regular DeMolay meetings. I suspect they were plotting to takeover the world, or something sinister like that… lol!

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      • Didn’t one of the popes declare free masons were the spawn of Satan or some such thing? I, too, remember during my Catholic upbringing being told to stay away from them. They promoted thought that was independent of the Church, and Pope, and cared about individual liberty and stuff. The bastards.

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        • It wasn’t just Catholics who demonized them, Protestants did too. If I recall history correctly, a witch-hunt that bordered on ethnic cleansing was launched against freemasonry in Antebellum America. Maybe it’s because of this animosity directed against them that they choose to meet in secret?

          My freemason step-family was kind of odd, though. They attended church, but rarely if ever spoke about god or their spiritual beliefs. They were very enlightened people, but strictly authoritarian and patriarchal. Outwardly, they were warm and sociable; inwardly, they were recluse and painfully repressed especially in the sexual sense. Many positive qualities yet many contradictions, I would say.

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