Originally posted by kildrin
I personally know many Shriners, as well as lower degree masons, and from what I have been able to ascertain from them, the society definitely is
secretive about things.
Freemasonry no doubt appears secretive to outsiders, but I am a bit surprised that you, a Knight of Columbus, made this statement. Masonry is not in
the least more secretive than KofC, or any other fraternity.
I've been to their meeting places and temples and to me they seem quite strange.
I realize that “strange” is relative, but I’m curious as to what you personally thought was strange about a Lodge. I’ve been to hundreds of various
Lodges, and never saw anything that I personally would consider strange.
On the outside it seems like a fraternity, but under all that, many claim there is much more.
In case you are unaware, opponents of fraternal organizations make the same claims in regard to the KofC. They even repeat a bogus oath supposedly
taken in the fourth degree of KofC, where the Knight of Columbus swears to rip open the stomachs of pregnant Protestant women, or something to that
effect. Such things can only be taken with a grain of salt.
One thing I can tell you, is once you become a high degree Mason, you are taken care of for life.
I hold the 32° in the Scottish Rite of Masonry, am a Knight Templar in the York Rite, a Noble in the Shrine, Past Master of my Lodge, and am a Tall
Cedar of Lebanon. Why isn’t anyone taking care of me
Personally I don't know what the highest degree Masons are up to, they don't speak anything of the matter, but the lower masons have nothing
really to hide.
On the contrary, so-called “highest degree Masons” have spent a lot of time and energy writing books and lecturing on the subject of Freemasonry. If
anyone wants to know what “highest degree Masons are up to”, they need only visit their library, or go to our websites.
For many people, the problem with the Masons is the fact that a person does not have to be a Christian to join, they merely have to believe in
the "architect of the universe" or something like that.
This, I think, is the real crux of the matter. Masonry challenges men to think for themselves, and when men actually begin to do this, they sometimes
question the status quo in matters such as religion, politics, etc. This is why tyrants have deemed Masonry as subversive and dangerous, and have
warred against her.
Yet the creed of our Fraternity is a simple one. There is One God who created all men to be Brethren, and it is our duty, while we continue our
pilgrimage through this world, to try to take care of each other as God intended. As for other religious questions, we leave it to our members to
decide for themselves, and encourage them to practice their religion outside of the Lodge. It is very possible for two men who are equally
intelligent, kind, liberal, and philanthropic, to hold opposing opinions concerning religion. Since no one can actually prove that he or she is
“right” about religion, and others “wrong”, Masonry holds that each individual has the right to his or her own religious beliefs, and that no one has
the right to persecute others for opinion’s sake.
If this is “heresy”, I gladly and willingly proclaim myself a Heretic.
“The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know it is round; I have seen its shadow on the moon. And I have more faith in the Shadow than in the
Church”. – Ferdinand Magellan