posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 02:11 AM
Originally posted by Mintwithahole.
That brings up an interesting point. Do the different lodges compete against each other? Do some freemasons change allegiances and swap lodges? And if
This question is not without merit, and I don't believe the answer to this question is a straightforward "No".
In Europe, there is a (very) large section of Freemasonry, including the Netherlands and Belgium which broke away from 'Regular' freemasonry, and
are not accepted by 'regular' freemasonry because historically, they did not comply with ancient landmarks. (In particular, the belief in a living
God was not a prerequisite, and the presence of a bible (Sacred Volume) during lodge was not required.)
Membership across these constitutions is forbidden, and in many European countries, as well as African and Asian colonies (or previous colonies) such
as South Africa, there is fierce competition between these constitutions.
However, in context of this discussion, there is no competition between side orders of Freemasonry with each other or with craft or blue masonry.