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Originally posted by theron dunn
There has been SO much written about this, but I will give you the twentyfive word answer:
Masonry is a fraternity of men with a faith in god, seeking to be better men, in service to god, their country, their families and themselves by the study of morality, taught by allegory and illustrated with symbols.
Its a group of good men, associating with each other, working toward commons goals, helping their community and each other. Its the world's oldest fraternity, and the model upon which all fraternities and service organizations are founded. The United States was founded on Masonic principles, and 17 presidents of this country have been masons, including George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Gerald Ford.
Paul Revere was a Mason, as was Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. Thirteen signers of the Constitution were Masons, and nine of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Masonry is not a service organization, though it does serve. Over $700 million USD are donated by Masonic organizations every year in the United States and Canada, primarily from the Shriners organization, which you have to be a Mason in order to join.
As a Mason, you automatically have friends and brothers around the world. I have a friend in Canada, in the Victoria lodge named Takis, whom I have never met, but have worked with on the internet on some projects. Being a mason, you will be a part of the greatest group of men I have ever had the privledge of knowing and associating with.
Give it serious consideration, as there is not a finer group of men or a better group to be associated with in your life.
Originally posted by RR
Being invited to meet with and to join are two totally different things. You may have been invited to a meeting that isn't closed to non members but I seriously doubt you were invited to join as masons do not approach non members for membership.
Originally posted by Pisky
I told him that the Masons are a decent bunch of people (well, the ones I know are) and that if I was invited to join, I would do so.
Originally posted by AlexKennedy
Pisky, seriously, in most places except Australia, it is considered anti-Masonic to invite someone to join. In my jurisdiction the penealty for "soliciting membership" is expulsion.
[edit on 21-6-2004 by AlexKennedy]
Originally posted by AlexKennedy
Pisky, seriously, in most places except Australia, it is considered anti-Masonic to invite someone to join. In my jurisdiction the penealty for "soliciting membership" is expulsion. So if you want to become a Mason, just ask!
Originally posted by The Axeman
Why is it different in Australia Alex?
Originally posted by Orangemonkey
I was always under the impression one could not be invited. Freemasonry is a choice you have to seek out. A true mason will never invite someone from my knowledge.
I think that is a wise choice. A few things I would like to point out to you, if I may. 1. Look at the men that make up your local lodge, and type of people they are in the community. 2. Look at the orginizations the Masons align themselfs up with, or created, and what those orginizations do. 3. Was your grandfather a good man?
The reason i have not done any internet research is i want the truth. I prefer to ask for info on this directly as there is obviously a bunch of misleading info out on it.