Can you be in a Skull & Bones “secret society” and still be a Christian?
Question by trevathantim: Can you be in a Skull & Bones “secret society” and still be a Christian?
The Russell Trust Association is the business name for the New Haven, Connecticut based Skull and Bones society, incorporated in 1856.
In 1943, by special act of the Connecticut state legislature, its trustees were granted an exemption from filing corporate reports with the Secretary of State, which is normally a requirement.
From 1978 onward, business of the Russell Trust Association was handled by its single trustee, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. partner John B. Madden, Jr. Madden started with Brown Brothers Harriman in 1946, under senior partner Prescott Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush’s father.
On its 2004 Form 990, the Russell Trust Association reported $ 3,205,143 in net assets.
The business and political network of the Skull and Bones is well detailed by Hoover Institution scholar Antony Sutton in the expose America’s Secret Establishment. Social organizations connected to the Russell Trust covert activities network include Deer Island Club, which also operate as a corporation.
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Main article: List of Skull and Bones members
Skull and Bones 1947, with George H.W. Bush just left of clock
Judy Schiff, Chief Archivist at the Yale University Library and the most authoritative (and impartial) chronicler of secret societies at Yale has written that: “The names of (S&B’s) members weren’t kept secret—that was an innovation of the 1970s—but its meetings and practices were. The secrecy seems to have attracted fascination and curiosity from the start. The first exposé of Skull and Bones, published in 1871 by Lyman Bagg in his book Four Years at Yale, noted that “the mystery now attending its existence forms the one great enigma which college gossip never tires of discussing.” 
Notwithstanding that resourceful researchers could assemble member data from these original sources, renewed attention may have been paid to leading families in Skull and Bones because in 1985 an anonymous source leaked rosters to a private researcher, Antony C. Sutton, who wrote a book on the group titled America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones. This leaked 1985 data was kept privately for over 15 years, as Sutton feared that the photocopied pages could somehow identify the member who leaked it. The information was finally reformatted as an appendix in the book Fleshing out Skull and Bones, a compilation edited by Kris Millegan, published in 2003.
Many influential figures have been in Bones and influential families have often had multiple members over successive generations, much like other societies at Yale. Bonesmen include U.S. Presidents such as George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and William Howard Taft, Supreme Court Justices, and U.S. business leaders.
Both 2004 Presidential Nominees—Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and Republican President George W. Bush—were members of Skull and Bones. The nominees were interviewed separately by Meet the Press’s Tim Russert. When asked about the organization, both declined to give any details.
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