Is being a Freemason all that much worse than a JW, a Mormon, a Catholic, etc?
Well...I suppose it depends on how you look at it. If you look at World history, and American history. Freemasons are very involved in EVERYTHING, especially power and govenment. They have a strong connection to the Rosicrucians (you will see the same symbolism used by them as the Masons). And the banking systems of the Knights Templer going back to the inquisitions.
Just take a look at buildings in Washington... STRONG Freemasonry influence.
And the American dollar
And then take a look at the influence freemasonry had on EARLY publications of the Jehovahs Witnesses. There is NO denying the connection. You would have to be deaf dumb and blind not to see it. Along with the pyramid monument near Russels grave. There IS a connection. How strong that connection is I do not know. But THAT is why it crops up all the time. Was Russell just a social freemason? Was he a member? Was he just interested in their teachings? Hard to know. Because people deeply involved in freemasonry do not necessarily admit to being members.
There is an interesting thread on JWN with all the publications and JW meetings that were held in Masonic halls. If someone could link it that would be a great help. It is an awesome thread with some well researched information.
My father was a Mason too....lots of people have family members that are or were Masons. But THAT is not what REAL freemasonry is about. THOSE members were in a sort of social club which sometimes offered job opportunities. The elite are in it for more than just a few friday drinks. ITS BIG BUSINESS. $$$$$$$$$$ and POWER. That is why the Rosicurians have been involved with British Royalty and governments going back thousands of years. Even going back to the Roman empire. Free masonry was originally about building...but it hasn't just been about building for centuries.
Here we see the symbol of the cross and crown of the Knights Templer and Freemasons on the pyramid by Russells grave.