Originally posted by The Oak
Sorry that I spelled freemasonry with a hyphen. I am only an EA and noone has told me anything about how to properly spell it. I am not even sure
what I am or am not suppose to talk about, I was only told not to show anyone the 1st degree handshake and sign. Other than that I wasn't told
Don't worry about it. A lot of the guys on this board get fired up too easily. Seriously, guys, he asked an inoccent question; we all know that our
group is a reflection of society, so there has to be racism, as we are all human.
I see no reason to have jumped all down his throat and insinuated from the first few replies that he was interloping. Even if he had been
me what kind of picture the first page of this thread paints?
I think the Anti-Masons are doing a good job, because we seem to be taking things way too personally and not reflecting long enough before responding,
apparently. It seems they have caused us to become flustered and willing to snap out and think the worst of people without giving them a fair shake
here, and that strikes me as a tad unMasonic.
Let's not let them get our goats...
(I'm sorry, I couldn't resist)
Maybe I am in the wrong lodge, because I get hammered on here for not knowing stuff I obviously should know. Apparently I have not received
the proper education from the lodge.
It's not your fault, and sadly, it's probably common. In fact, according to my mentor, I knew more about Masonry as a candidate for the
than most of the active members of my lodge. My thanks to Masonic Light, et al for that.
Don't worry about it. Read. Learn. Find a good mentor and enjoy your Masonry.
On another point, I don't see why it is so wrong to learn about freemasonry from ATS. I have explored other websites, but I find the
conversation on here more interesting. Like I stated previously, I felt I have learned quite a bit about freemasonry's ideals from reading masonic
light and axeman's responses to the conspiracy theorists. To me they appear like subject experts regarding masonry, and their clear and reasonable
rebuttals to the "conspiracy theorists" are what made interested in joining. Is that so wrong??
This is where I
first started to learn about Masonry, and I know there are other Masons here that can say the same thing, so it's not all that
outlandish a prospect as it seems to be to some.
And thanks for the kind words, but ML is the expert... I'm a student.
In response to your initial problem -- my advice is to find a brother who does not participate or condone this racist behavior in your lodge, and talk
to him about it, on the level. As an EA, you ARE a Mason, and your concerns, issues, problems and opinions are just as important as anyone's. Find a
mentor-type Brother, talk to him, and use your best judgement to handle the situation. I agree with the others who said that you won't make any
friends if you go into lodge like a whirlwind and start berating their behavior.
A moral offence is sickness, pain, loss, dishonor, in the immortal part of man. It is guilt, and misery added to guilt. It is itself calamity; and
brings upon itself, in addition, the calamity of God's disapproval, the abhorrence of all virtuous men, and the soul's own abhorrence. Deal
faithfully, but patiently and tenderly, with this evil! It is no matter for petty provocation, nor for personal strife, nor for selfish irritation.
Speak kindly to your erring brother! God pities him: Christ has died for him: Providence waits for him: Heaven's mercy yearns toward him; and
Heaven's spirits are ready to welcome him back with joy. Let your voice be in unison with all those powers that God is using for his
--Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma
Travel safely, and feel free to holler anytime.