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Originally posted by Enigma Publius
reply to post by Mintwithahole.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for saying that masons tend to be helpful and nice. I do not know about the highest degrees, but my brother is a mason(for good or ill) and there is nothing evil about him whatsoever...he is as wholesome as the Beav! what i do find questionable is that the good guys that i know in the masons NEVER seem to get past 32nd degree, and if they do, they are a 33rd degree with nothing exciting happenig in the organization for them ever again. my brother told me that he's heard many horrible rumors about what must be done to get advancement after you reach a 33, but he of course doesn't know any more than we do. he heard one story where the member will be asked to desecrate a cross by spitting on it, if they don't they get "well of course you wouldn't do that, no good mason would, very good" but they never advance anymore ere as the ones who do desecrate the cross a awarded. let me stress that this is PURELY justthings we discussed that is ALL HERESAY. i just thought i should add that even members like my brother don't know what happens for those most high in the organization, and that by and large: Masons are folks like you and I that wish to help the community.
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I've had some great debates with the masons who regularly post on here and while one or two wont admit that theres something decidedly dodgy going on in the upper tiers, I found them all to be polite and courteous. . . which is something you can't say about some of the posters who throw ridiculous accusations at anyone connected withe the masons.
I look on it this way; I believe that to find out more about a subject it is better to listen to what they have to say and reply to them rather than insult and abuse them and then cry foul when they refuse to answer your questions.
I don't think theres anything wrong with the normal, everyday freemasons. They do a lot for charity. Its only the upper levels that I find slightly macarbre.
[edit on 6-9-2008 by Enigma Publius]