Originally posted by gvret
Check every single freemasonic brochure and look at the history section- it says freemasons were formed in England, wrong.
On the contrary, this is quite correct, and is a fact universally agreed upon by historians, both within and without the fraternity. The earliest
existent Masonic records date to 14th century England, when the fraternity existed as an operative stonemasons guild. We also know that the Masons’
Company of London, a lineal successor to the medieval guild, began admitting non-stonemasons into the fraternity in the 17th century, verified by both
Lodge minutes and personal diaries of the “accepted” (as opposed to operative) Masons of the day, most notably those of Oxford University antiquarian
Elias Ashmole. We also know that four Lodges originally formed by the Masons Company of London formed the first Grand Lodge in 1717, electing Brother
Anthony Sayer, a London attorney, as the first Grand Master.
Many wild theories have been put into print by not-so-discerning authors concerning the fraternity’s origin. Some writers pretend that Masonry was
formed by Crusaders, especially the Knights Templar. Others imagine Masonry’s beginning to be with the Hebrew Patriarchs, and others still have
believed that Masonry descended from the ancient Mysteries. All of these stories make great fireside tales, but do not consist of facts.
Yes I agree Grand Lodges appear to be independent, as are other secret society centres, they are not.
Each Grand Lodge is independent, and completely sovereign within its own Jurisdiction. Each Grand Lodge has a Constitution and Code of Regulations
that governs the Fraternity within its Jurisdiction. Most Grand Lodges meet annually, when amendments to the Constitution and Code, as well as new
legislation, can be introduced and voted for. The Grand Lodge is not very likely to concede any of its power to anyone else.
The Grand Lodge system of government is representative, and our American Forefathers used Masonic government as a model when drafting the US
Constitution. The members of the Grand Lodge consist of the Master and two Warden from each of the state’s Lodges. Therefore, each Lodge has three
representatives and three votes. Some Grand Lodges allow Past Masters to be voting members, but mine does not, limiting the vote to three per Lodge.
After voting on legislation, the delegates then elect Grand Officers for the ensuing year, including Grand Master, following the procedure as outlined
in their own individual Constitutions.
The Grand Lodge is the supreme Masonic authority in the Jurisdiction, and all Freemasons who reside within the Jurisdiction are bound to pay due
respect and obedience to its decisions.
In general most freemasons don't know about the link between these societies, that defies the purpose.
In reality, the opposite is true. Most non
-Masons do not know anything about Masonry, although they think they do after having studied
disinformation authored by either those who have been duped by anti-Masons, or the anti-Masons themselves. I separate these two classes because the
former class, although gullible, has not intentionally lied, and actually believe the things they write and say about Masonry. But the true
anti-Masons who feed them disinformation are well aware that it is false, but continue their propaganda campaign in order to meet their agenda of
discrediting the fraternity, which better enables them to control the minds of their followers. This is not a new tactic, but has been used by
anti-Masons for centuries.
[Edited on 25-5-2004 by Masonic Light]