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Sometimes I see "G_d" written by Masons instead of the complete name of the Deity. Why?
Actually, it's not only writings by Masons where you'd see this. Many Orthodox Jews will not write the Name of Deity in full in any place other than a liturgical usage for fear that the paper on which it is written might be destroyed in a manner that would constitute profanation of the Name, in violation of the third Commandment. Because Masons take their religious obligations seriously, those Masons of the Jewish faith may do this in a much larger percentage than the general population.