posted on Aug, 9 2011 @ 07:54 PM
reply to post by John_Rodger_Cornman
Being a Shriner has nothing to do with York Rite or Scottish Rite these days. There was a time when Shriner's were a smaller subset of the Scottish
Rite, but not any longer.
This is kind of like going to a University, and then majoring in one field or another, or deciding to just party and work on your social skills and
fundraise for the University. Shriners are the partying fundraisers, while the York Rite and Scottish Rite are studying away in their perspective
fields. They might have a few core principles that are the same, but the further along they go, the more their fields start to become unique.
All of this is completely voluntary and not important to becoming a Mason. There is no higher honor and/or degree than that of 3rd Degree Master
Mason. Everything else is just extra learning and extra social time with your brethren.
Prince Hall is a different sect of Masonry. In most states now it is exactly equivalent to Free and Accepted Masonry. In my state it is still not
recognized and is therefore not considered Masonry, or is considered "clandestine" Masonry. That is all just administrative babble from decades ago,
and it hasn't quite been worked out yet, but it will be soon enough as Masonry evolves into the younger generations and the older ones die
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