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Many Freemasons were mighty relieved when The Lost Symbol was released - for months they'd expected Dan Brown to portray the Craft in a negative light. Instead, the novel was a big love-in - a fact that surprised many people, including Maureen Dowd (in the New York Times).
If Brown's admiration for the Brotherhood wasn't overt enough in the pages of his latest novel, now comes a letter he wrote to the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C. Asked to speak at a meeting of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction (they of the 'House of the Temple' in D.C.), DB couldn't appear in person, but did offer these words (h/t/ to Chris Hodapp's Freemasonry for Dummies blog:
Guests of the Southern Jurisdiction,
It is my great honor to be invited to greet you via this letter. I had hoped I might be able to join you in person tonight, but the launch of my novel The Lost Symbol has me far from Washington.
In the past few weeks, as you might imagine, I have been repeatedly asked what attracted me to the Masons so strongly as to make it a central point of my new book. My reply is always the same: "In a world where men do battle over whose definition of God is most accurate, I cannot adequately express the deep respect and admiration I feel toward an organization in which men of differing faiths are able to ‘break bread together’ in a bond of brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie."
Please accept my humble thanks for the noble example you set for humankind. It is my sincere hope that the Masonic community recognizes The Lost Symbol for what it truly is…an earnest attempt to reverentially explore the history and beauty of Masonic Philosophy.
Wonder if they'll make it official one day...