posted on Aug, 22 2004 @ 06:01 AM
I don't think anti-masonic material should be ignored at all.
Freemasons tend to be very curious people and we like to see both sides of the argument. There is a big difference between ignoring something and
studying and rejecting.
By reading anti-masonic material we are also made aware of the fears of different groups and sometimes it is possible to point out to them that their
reasons for hating Freemasonry are based on falsities.
Believe it or not, reading anti-masonic arguments can be a major learning experience for Freemasons. There are some points that the anti-crowd raise
that I have no answer to because I have never seen that particular angle of discussion or explored that avenue of thought. I then go away and study
and with my knowledge of Freemasonry, am able to make sense of certain subjects and ideas. Half the time these new avenues of exploration open up new
places to explore, and I find myself learning things in history, ritual, religion, geography - all sorts of different things connected with the Craft
that I might have missed or not thought to have looked at, had an anti-mason not guided me there with their argument.
There are sites like Freemasonwatch.com that are nothing but pure bile, hatred and lies, and reading the putrid contents therein is a toil. You don't
tend to learn much from a place like that as it contains too many lies, but I would say that even Freemasonrywatch.com serves a purpose to me. I've
read some things there that are so outlandish and followed them up and actually learnt how people will go to any length to blacken the name of
As I've stated, Freemasons tend to be very curious about their own subject. A guy called William Hannah wrote an anti-masonic book called Darkness
Visible over 50 years ago and, to this day in the UK, the vast majority of people who have purchased it are Freemasons. My own library actually
contains just as many anti-masonic books as it does those that are neutral or pro. It's all part of the learning process. I get annoyed with people
who think that masons just follow blindly like sheep when the fact is that we've probably studied and answered more anti-masonic material than they
So I would never suggest to anyone that they avoid reading anti-masonic material. In fact, I would suggest that they do. But the important thing to
remember is that you must always follow it up. Always try to find out the truth behind it. Never just sit there and swallow it blindly. Use it as a
means to aid study, but always look at the other side, and always keep an open mind.