posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 11:04 AM
I am new here and happened across this post.
A little of my Masonic background;
Scottish Rite 32nd degree
Grand Lodge Committee member
We are not a Secret Society, we are a society with Secrets. In reality you can find just about all of our secrets easy enough, just Google it, they
are there. How hard is it to find a Masonic Lodge? Mine is in the town center.
Simple history - Original stone masons (operative) would learn the "secrets" of how the masonry work (craft) was done by proving they could do the
work and pass the tests of the simplest stone work, then they would learn the next level of skill. Just like any trade, you had to start off at the
bottom and prove yourself before you were given the next level of trade secrets. This is how the working men were paid, the higher their level of
masonry knowledge, the more they made. The "secret" handshake etc, was a way for one higher level stone mason would recognize another of the same
We as modern (speculative) Masons, live by the same system of knowledge and "secrets" of the lower levels "work". Our work is centered on charity
and service for our fellow man.
My lodge has Catholics (me), Christians of all denominations, Mormons, Jewish, Mizrahi Jews, men have sworn the oath on the Bible, Torah, and Koran.
The requirement is the belief in a Diety, that's it.
I hope this helps, and look forward to some interesting discussions