The Discovery Channel took viewers behind-the-scenes hoping to reveal "Secrets of Secret Societies." According to John Salza, a former high-ranking Freemason who appeared on the show, members of that order have included Supreme Court justices and many presidents.
He talked candidly about his experiences with the organization, including the rather bizarre initiation ritual he was subjected to. He was told to strip naked, including his crucifix -- Salza is a devout Catholic -- and wedding ring. He was then pierced with a sharp point.
This, according to Salza, was a sort of warning. "You say, ‘I hereby solemnly and sincerely promise and swear,’ effectively to give your entire life to Freemasonry," Salza explained. "To give preferential treatment to brother Masons."
Salza went on to say that the ritual specifically states that "Freemasonry’s goal and aim is to rule the world." He left the organization because he felt their edicts conflicted with his Catholic faith.
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