Originally posted by CookieMonster09
The Lodge has historically been open to men and women - just in the form of different groups. Men attend the Blue Lodge, and women attend the Eastern
Star. This is more based on tradition than anything else. After all, Masonry is at least a few hundred years old, perhaps much older depending on
which historian you read.
It's STILL technichally a males only club, the female branches of masonry came long after the original male-only ones, I'm sure...
You could make the very same complaint against any number of "men's only" organizations, including the Catholic priesthood.
Indeed I could....and indeed I do.
Priesthood is even worse than freemasory, imo, and I have been a devout antitheist for quite some time now.
In my study of human nature, religion serves no purpose but to segregate and control the masses. Any useful spiritual function it once had (if it ever
had one at all) exists no more. But that's a story for another time...
First, Masonry never purports to be about spiritual development. Building men of good moral character does not imply a religious overtone. That's
like saying that the Boy Scouts is a religious group - It just doesn't make sense.
Ahh, but the boy scouts do not require one to believe in a higher spiritual being for them to join. Theres a thin line between religion and
organization, and they are often the same thing...the 'super being' prerequisite for joing the masons sounds fishy, imo...
Secondly, I listed the requirements for entry into the Blue Lodge. How on earth does it follow that entrance requirements indicate an aversion
Not an aversion to philantrophy per se. The acts of philantrophy done by the masons is to be commended...their claims on building moral integrity, on
the other hand...
Quite the contrary is true. Masonry wants men of good character because it is a charitable and philanthropic fraternity. Masons are, by far,
one of the world's largest - if not the largest - philanthropic organization in the entire world, devoting tens of millions of dollars to charitable
causes every year.
Again, that's very nice. Too bad women and atheists aren't allowed to contribute. You would only increase your philantrophic endeavours...
We provide free dentistry services to the handicapped, free hospitals for burn victims, free tutoring to dyslexic children, hospital care to
crippled children, scholarships to local high school students... and the list goes on and on.
At the same time, we generally keep to ourselves, yet we are viciously attacked by "conspiracy theorists" who come up with the most bizarre, twisted
lies about our fraternity.
I don't know about the conspiracy theories, nor do I care. The fact that the masons claim to instil moral values in men, and then put particular
prerequisites on that very morality just seems hypocritical to me. It sounds cliqued, pretentious and elitist. To deny access to atheists and women
sends out the message that ''we are better than you''. Also, what's this business on having to be heavily reccommended to get it? Fyi, I'm not a
woman, nor am I an 'atheist', (well, not exactly), and would also be in the right age bracket to qualify...so I'm not 'bitter', I merely see the
masonry for what it is; benevolent, but self-indulgent and deceptive.
My advice to the thread starter remains the same; if you want to be a philantropist, or if you want to expand your moral compass, there are better
ways to do that than joining the masonry. Again, all my opinion, but you can bet your eggs that's worth a lot.