All the forces that have made America the richest and freest country in the world come from Masonic theory and I can see why the religious oppose them. As Thomas Jefferson said, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man. That is why the clergy oppose me." All that is on the Jefferson monument in Washington except the last sentence. They left that out in the interest of brevity. He was a primus illuminatus.