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Typical - Even I'm not an excomminicate and I'm pagan !!!
I come across Masons occasionally in every day life (my father used to be heavily involved, and was a Knight of the Red Cross), one of his good freinds, and other masons, when they realize that I have left the order, most always say "Once a Mason, Always a Mason"
Originally posted by PublicGadfly
I know of a few, some were also Shriners.
People quit for various reasons.
That old 'demit' thing is bunk.
Some call masonry 'free' but you've been there and you make that decision yourself.
No group that 'requires' anything is free.
I have a line on a couple used Fezs and rings if you want a good price
Originally posted by amike555
Sorry, I have a different view on this. Once a Mason, always a Mason, could mean that Freemasons hold certain morals and ethics that one will never lose. If you have learned anything of moral or ethical value, it is very likely that you will not forget it and therefore you will always be a Mason in this regard. This definitely does not mean that you are forever bound to Freemasonry; it simply means that you will always carry with you the morals and values which you have learned. (which is a good thing)
Masonry REQUIRES a lifetime membership fee, and if you want (optional), a monthly lodge due. It also requires a man to meet the conditions expressed previously on different threads.
Originally posted by LTD602
No yanking, Gadfly:
My financial obligations:
-One-time fee of $450 (an initiation fee, basically.)
-Lodge dues (optional) of $110 per year. If you don't pay lodge dues you can still attend lodge, but cannot vote on lodge business, as far as I know.
Originally posted by Masonic Light
"Once a Mason, always a Mason" is sometimes used as catchphrase, but is incorrect. If a member resigns, or is expelled, he is no longer a Mason per se.
I think the phrase probably originally alluded to the fact that even if a Mason resigns or is expelled, he is still bound by his obligations that he took in the name of Almighty.
Originally posted by mickee
It seems as though Freemasons have a "don't ask - don't tell" policy on homosexuality...
...I AM a Mason, I adhere to all the rules and tenets of Masonry - yet I do not feel welcomed BY Freemasonry. I miss the Lodge meetings and the portrayals, and I would like to still converse on Masonic subjects with (dues paying) members. It see,s though, that because I have demitted, I no longer am treated as a Freemason.
Should I not expect to be treated fairly? Why would an organization shun someone who was (and is ) dedicated to The Craft?
Originally posted by greshnik
Most of the masons are stupid and don't even know this...or they just pretend not to know it.