Masonic Influence in the EU
A communiqué from the French Federation of Le Droit Humain, posted at Le Salon Beige, reveals the influence of Freemasonry in the European Union. Le Droit Humain is one of several Masonic lodges in France. (Note: I am leaving "le Droit Humain" in French, since that seems to be customary. The words actually translate as "human right" in the singular or "human law", but neither one sounds plausible in English.)
The French Federation of Le Droit Humain represented by its president, Michel Payen, met on April 8, 2008 with the president of the European Commission, José-Manuel Barroso, in a delegation composed of the Grand Feminine Lodge of France, the Grand Orient of Portugal and the Grand Orient of France (...)
This meeting constitutes a major event regarding the place of Freemasonry in the construction of Europe; this place was underscored not only by the interest and attentiveness that President Barroso showed to the delegation and the time he accorded them, but also by the commitments he made to the values espoused by liberal and adogmatic Freemasonry, its positions and its opinions on subjects of concern. It was the first time that Freemasonry, as such, was able to express itself to such a high level European institution.
The delegation received assurances from President Barroso of his attachment to the spirit of "laïcité" and to the principle of separation of religion from the State. The delegation stressed the importance of the Enlightenment in the history of Europe, a dimension to be taken into account at least equally with its religious roots, and certainly more closely tied to the roots of antiquity.
Finally, a principle of communication between the liberal and adogmatic Masonic Orders and the services of the European Commission, to be used whenever needed, was decided upon. Thus the French Federation of Le Droit Humain will propose, in the near future, a recommendation concerning the principle of emancipation that ought to form the basis of all European education systems, in direct relation to a recognition of the contribution of the Enlightenment to the common culture of the peoples that compose Europe, and in accordance with the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Note: I assume "emancipation" refers to the breaking of bonds with religion, although it could refer to freedom for women. Le Droit Humain was founded primarily to allow women into Freemasonry.
Consequently, the Freemasons of the French Federation of Le Droit Humain are encouraged to debate fully the questions concerning Europe and to make known their opinions in order that an original, strong and well-informed voice characterizes our contribution to the discussions.