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Originally posted by PhyberDragon
Maybe, if during the "initiation" if you refuse to desecrate time honored symbols and values (ie: spitting on a cross or other religious symbol or artifact; saying the Lord's prayer backwards; urinating on a flag; climbing into a coffin; etc. You are told that you have the strength of character and conviction they are looking for and you are guided down one path (ie: "the Blue Lodge") and if you do not, you might be told that you have the ability to shed off preconcieved notions and ideas and are able to be taught the significance of the deeper esoteric meanings and teachings and are lead off down a different path. Each candidate being told the opposite reaction would have disqualified them, so they don't believe an alternate path within the innner circles do not exist. The one being overt and public works, the other being overt and private works. Might explain the difference of opinions on the matter.
Originally posted by mystiq
Both my father and uncle were invited and refused. My brother joined. But he doesn't attend anything, so he's not really in.
[edit on 25-11-2008 by mystiq]