The 1st group I discuss is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and I use them as a perfect example of how anything can be scary to someone who wants to be afraid. I read an excerpt from “Revised Odd-Fellowship Illustrated” written by professional crazy person J. Blanchard of Wheaton College. Blanchard was quite certain this order was nothing but devil worshipers because: A. they have closed meetings and B. they are not a Church. Sound reasoning, lol.
There’s no talking sense to someone that far gone, but thankfully I didn’t talk with Blanchard, I spoke with “Jerry” former leader of the IOOF of Washington, DC. and we joked around. While schmoozing with Jerry, we segue into my next topic- one I admit I know not as much about:
2nd Group: Ordo Templi Orientis
The OTO is maybe not even a secret society since it is an “exoteric” order, but the mainstream think it is, that’s why it’s here. I give a little bit of the history of it I know but I’m still pretty well in the dark on most of the core tenants and belief of the modern OTO, most of the materials I found are older:
I have recently found a newer resource which sheds a little more light on things:
http://www.speechinthesilence.com/ “Speech in the Silence” (on iTunes)
Any OTO members or affiliates that want to chat, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS and would love have you on the show!