posted on Nov, 3 2003 @ 02:49 PM
April 15, 2001
Sunday Comment: Freemasons' shocking secret
By Andrew Roberts
Does a freemason have the right to keep his membership of the craft secret? The Welsh Assembly thinks not and insists that its members declare whether
they are also freemasons. Freemasons believe they are being discriminated against by the assembly and are even considering prosecuting it under the
Human Rights Act.
They certainly should do so. It is a touch hypocritical for Welsh politicians, of all people, to denounce masons as a conspiratorial group of people
who are out to help their own, but this question does go to the heart of a Briton's right to privacy and to keep secrets. As a former mason myself, I
am convinced of their right to be left alone.
Soon after I left university, I was approached to join a rather grand lodge, whose romantic name I will not reveal in case - as the regulations
stipulate - my guts are cut out of my still-living body and buried in the sand of a beach at low-tide. I had rather assumed that freemasonry was a
dangerous conspiracy against the public, and had heard the usual rumours about how it subverted the democratic and legal processes. I was therefore
tremendously keen to join, and duly underwent all the ceremonies necessary to become a full and active mason.