Angels and Demons
The reason this is interesting to me is that, two years ago when I lived in Spokane, I worked at the Masonic Temple there in the non-profit Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders. Basically, it was a place that provided free speech and language therapy to children ages 2-7 who did not have accompanying disorders. For anyone who reads this blog, it's a good resource for people to know about because most cities have such a clinic, which is nice for people who can't afford upwards of $800 per month for private speech therapy.
To get back on track, though, I was always irritated when people would ask where I worked and I when I mentioned that I worked in the Masonic Temple, many of them said something like "Ohhhh... did you know they're a cult?". This always made me frown and wonder if there were shady dealings by the very nice elderly men who were the Masons, but I always dismissed any such notions. I know the book is fiction, but it mentiones in the foreword that many historical references mentioned in the book are factual. The book portrays the Free Masons as innocent - that the Illuminati infiltrated similar groups without the group members fully realizing what was happening. I'm not really sure if this is what happened, but so far when I google search "Illuminati + Freemasons", I get some pretty interesting websites that are pretty interesting, to put it mildly. It seems that, over the years, Illuminati was a name that was used for different reasons and that the actual group started to incorporate too many members that it was not "pure" in form like it was when the Illuminati was started. At any rate, I have more reading up to do in this area.
The other thing I found fascinating was that US currency says "In God We Trust", but also has Illuminati symbols and writing (Illuminati was a group that was for the advancement of science and were at odds with people of religion over the origin of man - that is the short explanation), such as the eye above the pyramid. The reason why such inconsistencies appear on our currency, supposedly, is because the phrase "Novus Ordo Seclorum" was translated incorrectly by a man to Theodore Roosevelt as meaning "New Deal". Coincidentally (or not), both men were Freemasons. (Play eerie music at this moment for effect).
Okay, okay - this book is fiction and it's purely for enterainment, but it makes me want to read up on more juicy tidbits that could be historically correct and significant. Honestly, I can see why people were so upset by the series when it first came out. I mean, if this book got people thinking and wondering .... then that leads to (gasp) the seeking of knowledge from other sources.... which could lead to (wince) people being enlightened about parts of world history that were not taught in our high school and college classes. All of this is what many people would hate to have happen because how can you indoctrinate people to all sorts of ideas/mindsets/cults/organized religions if they question what you teach them?