The Oakland Scottish Rite is a local organization only open to Freemasons. They own the Scottish Rite Center and run the Childhood Language Center. If you've ever heard conspiracy theorists talk about how the 33rd degree Freemasons control the world, they're talking about these guys. Despite its name, it doesn't have anything to do with Scotland, but is actually based on a French tradition that came to America through the Caribbean and Louisiana.

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