Some points about what Freemasonry is and is not, and what we do and do
Some Points About Freemasonry
...I hope this helps those non-members who have been wondering.
- Freemasonry is a charitable organization. Freemasonry, for just
one of many possible examples, is the largest contributor of blood to
Red Cross and other blood banks. The Shriners' Burns Institutes and
Hospitals for Crippled Children (at which all services are FREE!) are
well known, but it is less known that to join the Shrine, you have to be
- Freemasonry is a social organization. Freemasons enjoy meeting new
people and socializing with old friends. The Craft offers ample
opportunities for both.
- Freemasonry is an educational organization. It is one of our basic
principles that Freemasons should seek a greater knowledge of the
universe and their place in it.
- Freemasonry is a philosophical organization. Our ritual (which is
rich, complex, and endlessly inspiring) stresses certain fundamental
truths upon which, on reflection, men of many different backgrounds,
religions, and opinions can agree -- and have agreed for centuries.
This ritual forms the focus of our regular meetings.
- Freemasonry is NOT a religion. No atheist can be
a Mason, and we as Masons are obliged to honor the Deity we recognize,
but we preach no dogma and we neither offer salvation nor threaten
damnation for the observance or omission of any particular religious
- Freemasonry is NOT a political organization,
despite any fiction one might read concerning long-defunct splinter
organizations or those that met under the guise of Freemasonry, like the
Illuminati or P2. In fact, the discussion of political issues is
strictly forbidden at Masonic meetings.
- Freemasonry is NOT a secret organization. A
secret organization is one that keeps its existence, or at least its
membership, secret. Everyone knows Freemasonry exists, and
Masons are proud of being members. Freemasonry is an organization with
secrets -- mostly relating to forms of recognition, points of ritual,
etc. We do not have the recipe for the Elixir of Life, nor (despite
recent sensational publications) do we know where the Holy Grail is
The preceding is my own opinion. I am not a
spokesman for Freemasonry as a whole (there is no such person) nor for
any grand or subsidiary lodge or other subset of Masons.
The preceding essay is (CL) Copyleft Steven H. Mesnick
--- Wor. Steven H. Mesnick
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