What Freemasonry Is Not?

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Is Masonry a secret organization?
Masonry is NOT a secret organization. Masonry is an organization with some secrets. Masonic temples are clearly marked with the name and symbols of the organization for all to see. Members wear rings and pins that proudly show that they are Masons. The secrets, for the most part, are words, signs, handshakes and definitions of the meanings of certain symbols. The secrets serve to distinguish Masons from non-Masons. A Mason may visit Masonic lodges around the world. He may be quizzed on the secrets. If he clearly knows the secrets, it proves he is a Mason and he will be admitted to the lodge. There is nothing nefarious regarding the secrets.

Is Masonry a religion?
Masonry is NOT a religion. Masonry is non-sectarian, allows members of all religions to join its ranks and does not observe the practices of any particular religion. In fact, religious discussion within its lodge meeting is not allowed. The only ties to religion are that a candidate for its degrees is asked if he believes in a Supreme Being (God) and he is asked to take an oath or obligation over a bible. If he states that he does not believe in a Supreme Being, he is not allowed to continue, for an oath over a bible or holy book would be meaningless. It may be a Christian bible, Jewish bible, Koran or any other holy book of the candidate’s choice. The lodge usually furnishes the holy book or the candidate may provide his own book if it has special meaning to him. In Chicago Lodge, a copy of the holy book is presented to the candidate at the completion of his degrees as a memento that he was made a Mason. Also, non-sectarian prayers are said at the opening and closing of meetings and parts of the ritual during the presentation of degrees have their roots in the Old Testament. A bible is placed upon an altar in the center of the lodge room during meetings.

Is Masonry a political organization?
Masonry is NOT a political organization. In fact, political discussions are not allowed in its lodge meetings. Masonry is a popular fraternity, spanning members of every occupation. It stands to reason that many of its members were and may be politicians. In fact, some of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution where Masons. Fourteen presidents, and many members of congress were and are Masons. So are office workers, laborers and others. Politics has no place in Masonry.

Are Catholics allowed to join Masonry?
Masons have NEVER restricted Catholics from joining its ranks. However, in the past there has been much discussion, including Papal declarations and Canon Laws within the Catholic Church, stating that Masonry is incompatible with Catholicism. Today, many Catholics enjoy the benefits of Masonry.

Is Masonry anti-Christ?
Masonry is NOT anti-Christ. Some have felt that masonry is anti-Christ because Jesus or Christ is not mentioned in its opening and closing prayers or rituals. Jesus is not mentioned because Masonry is completely non-sectarian. There are members of all religions within its ranks, some of whom are not Christian. Mention of Jesus would favor one belief over others.

Are Masons devil worshipers?
Masons are NOT devil worshipers. Satan or the devil is absolutely never mentioned favorably in any of its prayers or rituals.

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Updated: 09/3/2017