About Utah: Take a tour with Utah's not-so-secret Free Masons

Published: Sunday, April 24 2011 9:53 p.m. MDT

James joined 10 years ago, when he was 22. "I was drawn to the history, the pomp and circumstance, the medieval touches," he says. "But what kept me is the friendship."

The secrecy is overplayed, he insists. Yes, he's read Dan Brown's book about the Masons' powerful control of the world's fate, "The Lost Symbol," and while he says he enjoyed it — "because we're the good guys in the end, not the bad guys" — it's fiction; certainly not the Masonry he knows.

"You've been through the building," he says, "if we really controlled the FBI, the CIA and ran the government, why can't we keep the plaster on the wall?"

Good question. Good tour. Really good price.

Lee Benson's About Utah column runs Monday and Friday.

EMAIL: benson@desnews.com

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