Originally posted by denythestatusquo
The members of the craft have to dispell the charges against it and not vice versa, I believe.
The reason why many of us are here is to put forward our own point of view. However, despite the quite impeccable behaviour of the two mods in this
area the forum itself is fundamentally skewed against
freemasonry by categorizing it as a Secret Society, whereas by any reasonable definition
of the phrase it would not be.
The vast majority of people don't give a monkey's about freemasonry one way or the other. A small group of people have taken it upon themselves to
slander and lie about the Craft for their own motives, sometimes financial, sometimes personal. The internet allows this viewpoint to be disseminated
widely and rapidly.
Grand Lodges have traditionally maintained a dignified 'no comment' over such matters - after all it is a private club and its members can do what
they wish within the law. But individual freemasons have become increasingly frustrated at the lies spread about the Craft that they love, and have
become motivated personally to meet that challenge. You will meet such individuals on this site and elsewhere.
As to the accusation that the majority of freemasons are OK but the 'leadership' is suspect - this too is a baseless allegation. Who would you
define as the leadership? Most conspiracy theorists, fed by misleading information from websites, might answer "33 degree freemason" or similar.
This fundamentally fails to understand the structure of freemasonry, as whilst a freemason's personal journey may take him through the Craft and side
orders, experiencing degrees as he goes, finally (perhaps) culminating his journey near the top of the Scottish Rite 'tree', the administration of
freemasonry works entirely differently to this. Craft freemasonry (the 'Blue' lodge, the first three degrees) is the administrative powerhouse, and
all side orders are subservient to it. Craft freemasonry is controlled geographically by Grand Lodges, and each of these is ruled by a Grand Master.
There's your leader. So if we're going to talk about leadership we must ensure we are talking about the same thing.
The 'charges' against freemasonry are trumped up, and have been dealt with consistently and repetitively on ATS for a number of years - just ask the
Talking of old-timers, I've been an active freemason for 13 years now. It constantly amazes me that folks will read garbage from any-old-web-site
(which may or may not have an ulterior motive) and believe it uncritically simply because it seems to make sense or because it strings together an
apparent logical argument. Ask the members - they'll tell you. And please do us the courtesy of not dismissing our knowledge and experience in these
matters because some mythical evil hierarchy is witholding stuff from us. Please! That's so convenient as it means our experiences can be dismissed
without being properly dealt with or critically assessed.
Y'know - people are just too suspicious these days. Altruism simply isn't recognized for what it is. Shame. I blame the government