For one they ask Christians to betray their religion.
To join Freemasonry, you must state that you are joining of your own free will and accord. If you or anyone else would ever feel like you are
betraying your religion, then you would never join the Craft. No one is ever forced to do anything in the Lodge.
Seems like you have your mind made up that Christians are hypocrites and Catholic priests sodomize little boys. That kinda contradicts your claims of
tolerance, fellowship and all that other garbage. By "charitable works" do you mean having to accept money from another man to buy back your own
First, I don't tend to make blanket accusations against a group of individuals, as the original post suggests. Secondly, I find it somewhat humorous
that the Catholic Church - by far the most vocal opponent of Freemasonry - has the audacity to criticize a great fraternity when it can't keep its
own adherents in line, let alone its priesthood.
By charitable works, I refer to the millions of dollars that Masons donate every year to philanthropic works. Shriners Hospitals is just one example.
There are others.
How many ex-Oddfellows or ex-Elk have come forward with accusations? For what reason should anyone condemn any of those groups?
First, why are you singling out Freemasonry, and not these other fraternities? Surely these other organizations must have skeletons in their closets
- I am sure that their secret rituals involve worshipping Satan and blood sacrifices, no? I mean, the Rotary, Elks, Moose, K of C, all meet behind
closed doors in a private setting and engage in strange rituals, right? They must be Satanic, no?
How is that?
Ask any Mason if he would help a brother in need, or if he would help a widow or orphan - or anyone in need for that matter. It is his duty and
obligation to help others - It is built into the moral expectations of the fraternity that we help others.
By contrast, and of course, my own subjective personal opinion (which is what I was attesting to, by the way) has been that Masons are much, much more
brotherly, friendly, open-minded, tolerant, respectful, and helpful than what is found in many, many so-called "Christian" churches. I have
witnessed this both personally and professionally.
Condescending, like the racists and elitists who inhabit the Masonic lodge.
Elitist? Racist? Proof please. Masons are very tolerant - It's built into the organization itself to accept others of differing faiths and
Now, historically, if you want to talk racism, the Prince Hall Masons have remained a separate order of Masonry by choice, though there are some
inroads even in this area as of recent date.
Elitist? No. Most Masons are everyday work a day folks. Farmers, lawyers, businessmen, insurance salesmen, bartenders, assembly line workers,
policemen, firemen, etc.
It's a shame that you've never found friendship, fraternity, moral support and help in a church.
I never said that. What I said was that most churches could learn about friendship, fraternity, and moral support by their local Masonic Lodge. Not
all churches. Some.
Don't even go there with the Shriners. They force you to make an oath to Allah on the Qur'an.
Too funny. No, they don't. Would love to see where you learned this from. The Shriner initiation is actually a series of practical jokes and
pranks in an afternoon of levity. There is no force involved. Hilarious.
Yes, because a little bit of philanthropy goes a long way.
A long way towards what? Towards taking over the world and conquering all? Is that what we're after? Or are you just creating slogans for the