posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 06:29 AM
Hazing goes against everything that Freemasonry stands for.
Perhaps the worst you ever see is the odd joke to a candidate regarding goats or the occult, before he takes a degree. These jokes are based upon the
lies that opponents of masonry spout - of course, there are no goats in masonry.
But even this is now frowned upon and in the UK we have been asked to desist from making such comments as they may disturb the candidate and because
our ceremonies are supposed to be taken seriously. That's not to say that you won't find mirthful banter within a Lodge. Any group of friends can
find humour amongst themselves. But as Freemasons, we laugh together, not at each other.
Hazing does not exist within the Order at all. Freemasonry is not about making jokes about or causing distress to another - wether he be a mason of
long standing or a new member.