posted on Jan, 22 2007 @ 03:10 PM
Originally posted by carslake
In the city i live i know of no working class people that are masons or ever have been.
How would you know this? Are you a freemason? How many freemasons generally do you know in your city?
In my lodge there is a retired refuse collector and people who are unemployed. There are also retired policemen and professional men. There are also a
large number of people who work for themselves with varying degrees of success. This mix varies lodge to lodge, with the further North you go the more
likelihood of there being "working class' members.
In Scotland freemasonry is far more working class, whereas in England the RAOB is colloqually known as the 'working mans freemasonry'.
I used to live near the freemasons lodge and believe me the car park to the lodge was not full of cars the general public drove. Maybe this was
a more exclusive lodge than most ...
Possibly. It wouldn't be very hard to find this information out - lodges vary enormously in their membership profile.
... but either way your a secret society with invitation only membership that lacks transparency.
Masonic lodges are private clubs that are under no obligation under present UK law to disclose their membership. They share this protection with all
other private clubs in the UK, and you will be equally hard pressed to find a list of members of your local golf club, WMC or Rotary club. In all
these cases, including freemasonry, membership lists are available for the use of the members only but sometimes these can be obtained on request.
I should point out that in common with other clubs, masonic lodges are fully audited each year and comply with all relevent legislation.
Under a different political climate you would be persecuted for being an unknown threat.
This is quite true, freemasonry was seriously persecuted under the Nazi regime in Germany and many freemasons were killed. Even today in the UK
freemasons are persucuted by being singled out for 'special treatment' by some government bodies.
However, I don't agree with your assertion that freemasonry is an unknown threat. The aims and goals of freemasonry are well documented and available
for all to see. I recommend a visit to www.grandlodge-england.org...
for some background reading but there will probably also be a lot of
information on your local province's website, wherever you are located in the country.
Get wise man you act all secretive then stand around going 'theres nothing to see here move along' or start ganging up on people to shut them
up. Ofcourse you raise our suspicions and theres no need for it if you have nothing to hide, nobody is above scrutiny although masons seem to think
Not sure what you mean. Freemasons are among the most scrutinized groups in the country. If there is anything specifically you would like to know
about freemasonry now I would be pleased to oblige.