What a ridiculous video. Just in the first 10 seconds I had to stop the video several times to make sure I heard it right. Love the “theatrics”
Our members do not give up or leave their families to Freemasonry. We encourage our members to be great husbands and fathers. In fact, family should
always come before the Fraternity. Two of my officers were hardly ever around my year as Master because they wanted to focus more on their family. I
held no ill will and kept them in their positions.
The only money required by each member is the annual dues which for my Lodge are only $100, but as I decided to join the Eastern Star there goes $30,
$100 for the York Rite, and I think $25 for the York Rite College. So I am required to pay $255 a year. Oh God, how will my bank account survive?
My fellow Past Masters of my Lodge sometimes pull our money to assist in paying the dues of Brothers who were laid off during the economic downfall.
Any other money given is strictly voluntary. I’d say in the last 6-months I’ve given $1,000 to the KTEF, $300 to the YRSCNA Charitable Fund, and
$400 to the ID CHIP. Here’s the thing though, no one told me to, I just wanted to because it all goes to good causes; one of them I founded in
Idaho and the other I used to chair.
Give up our bodies? Such absurdity.
We do not ask for our members to give up their lives for Freemasonry. Maybe I’m playing simantics, but I say I’d rather have a dedicated member
than a devoted follower as the latter seems almost to infer a mindless drone. Freemasonry does not want mindless drones or “yes” men.
Nowhere do we consider any member, officer, or leader in Freemasonry to be God. We don’t worship anyone other than the God (the divine being) of
Nowhere has a Mason ever been instructed to go kill people. Such an order would be against my conscience and the law. It would be a criminal act and
I would not do it.
Freemasonry is not a cult and not an onion. If anything it’s a tree with various branches. The structure of Freemasonry is rather simple. We
don’t hide things from our members. Just because a Scottish Rite Mason doesn’t tell what he swore not to non-Scottish Rite Masons doesn’t mean
he’s hiding anything. It means he is keeping to his word. That is honorable and something not seen too much in this world.
We don’t promise to fulfill anyone’s dreams. Nor does Freemasonry believe that we hold the exclusive rights to teaching lessons of morality or to
self improvement. Nor do we think we will bestow on someone “special powers” – that’s just stupid. We are just one organization, one path,
out there. Some join and don’t think it’s for them, and we are okay with that. We bid them farewell.
When a member comes in and has question we do give them a free meal, but we do not do the “well least you could do in return is…”. If they are
interested and return that is their choice and their choice alone. We had a gentleman that wasn’t going to join, but just wanted to come talk to us
and question us, and we gave him a free meal every time. There is no “too late” coercion put on a potential member. To join the Freemasons you
must join of your own free will and accord. That is indisputable. We encourage them to think it over and for as long as it takes. We even encourage
them to bring their families along to dinner if they have questions. I’ve even been asked to go to someone’s house because they had questions and
wanted a one-on-one discussion. Sometimes the entire family would join in the discussion.
We don’t separate our new recruits. They in fact are often paired together in my Lodge to help each other. We do not segregate, we believe in
integration. We do get to know them, but why wouldn’t we? We want to know what kind of person is joining. We don’t do “personality tests”
like the scientologists do. That’s just weird.
Like I’ve said, Freemasonry is not the primary in one’s life. God, family/friends, country, work, and then Freemasonry for me. Freemasons live
outside the Lodge, meeting sometimes only once a week or sometimes less than that. We do not control their behavior or habits in anyway. I have
changed my habits or behavior one bit since I’ve joined. I still act the same way and still hang out with the friends I always have. Other than
when I was Master of the Lodge, if I didn’t want to go to an event, I didn’t go. I wasn’t ostracized. Love wasn’t withheld. There is no
rigid schedule. We do plan events to have, but those are often planned out months in advance and often change to meet others needs. None of these
events however are mandatory nor affect your standing within Masonry if you miss it.
We do not ask for our members to move into some barracks or living quarters. Everyone has their own residence and never is this private property
asked to be taken over by the Masons. We do not do sleep deprivation as some of our members are old and couldn’t do this. Why would we do this
anyway? Low protein food in the Masons? HA!!!! Anyone who has ever attended a Masonic event with food knows that we eat well, and if it’s like my
area, it’s homemade.
Freemasonry is no religion nor do we believe we can answer the questions of the universe ie the meaning of life. Again, we do not want drones,
someone who cannot think for themselves. We want individuals who seek knowledge on their own. We want someone who can contribute to the group.
Drones should be despised.
We do not do guilt trips or spread messages of fear. We do not spy, tail, or report on one another like the video suggests. We do not induce mental
Nowhere in Freemasonry do we claim divine authority to one’s salvation. As many of us have said, we are not a religion nor do we make promises of
salvation that you must do on your own according to your faith. Nor do we say our methods are proven by science or that we have special abilities or
powers. Nor do we say that without us they will die, get sick, or be ruined in life.
The methods in the video of spinning and dancing is just nonsense and Freemasonry doesn’t do “self hypnosis”. Ditto for breathing exercises,
chanting, or meditation. Again, we don’t want mindless obedience, drones.
This next part is something I touched on a bit earlier. We don’t want members to separate from their family or friends. We live separate lives
outside of Freemasonry and it should never interfere with those lives. I took leave last summer and on one day there was a Masonic BBQ, but I decided
to go floating the river with my friends instead. No one held ill will and in fact I was actually recently asked to sit as a Grand Lodge officer for
this upcoming GL year. We encourage the family to approve of one’s membership and encourage them to ask questions.
In Masonry there is some conformity, but to the usages, customs, and regulations; mostly to maintain order in meetings. Individuality is encouraged
though. We don’t do confessions nor do we say that before you joined the Freemasons your life was terrible.
At 08:35 the video mentioned something that you anti-Masons do. You have tried to demonize us and make us your scapegoat. By your logic and you
posting this video, you must belong to a cult. Maybe the anti-Masons are a cult? Freemasonry doesn’t believe in a us versus them mentality. Hell,
we even allow Catholics to join if they so choose, but the Catholic church on the other hand will excommunicate their members for doing such a
If someone wants to leave, to demit, they are more than allowed to do so. No tries to stop them. As Master I signed several demit slips. People
demit for many different reasons. They are not ostracized or made to feel guilty for it.
By this video, it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Freemasonry is not a cult.
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