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And yet so far, 16 of the ATS members who've replied to this specific thread claim to be Masons… (most of whom I can vouch for, a few are new to me…)
Originally posted by Starchild23
To be honest, I find myself still stuck at the words "I am a Mason". Surely if you were a Mason, they would not condone such a blatant admission?
In countries run by dictators we tend to remain underground. Masons were rounded up and killed by the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein, among others. But in the free world, there's usually not any reason for us to hide our membership.
To my understanding, the rather unsavory views of the Masonic organization (I myself support it while I am not a member) have resulted in an utmost secrecy as to the exact proportions, locations, activities, identities, etc. of the Masonic group.
Are you SURE you're a Mason?
There is no prerequisite knowledge to join.
What does one need to know to become a Mason?
Nope. You must be male; over either 18 or 21 years of age depending on the state you live in; must believe in a Supreme Being (though we won't ask you what you call Him); and must not have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude.
What are the prerequisites in Masonry? A bloodline? Rote memorization of ever Mason that has ever lived? A complete list of Masonic symbolry and rituals?
Why would "they" not condone our admission of membership? I didn't realize we weren't supposed to let out that we were Masons? I mean I wear a Masonic ring, I have a Masonic license plate with Masonic decals on my bumper, and I have many pieces of clothing that have Masonic emblems on them.
Utmost secrecy? The Masonic building I attend has a big square and compasses on it and says "Masonic Temple" on it. We do not hide our meeting locations and in fact, our Grand Lodge website even tells what day and what hour we meet. We have public meetings and have open houses so people can tour the Lodge.
We are surprisingly open about ourselves.
Often, it's not the Worshipful Master you'll want to talk to, but the guy who really runs the show, the Secretary. But yeah, you could call or email him saying you'd like to drop by and ask some questions. They'll probably have you come by on a night when they've got a meeting, invite you to stay for a meal, and meet some of the guys.
Originally posted by Starchild23
One more question. Would it be best to email the lodge leader if I decide I want to stop in, explaining who I am and my goals and everything?
Originally posted by xXxinfidelxXx
reply to post by KSigMason
Why should I supply evidence for you when information is so readily available at local libraries and thru google.
I have put in my time to learn what is really going on in the world, so why shouldn't you.
All I can do is plant the seed. It's your job to grow it.
That's why so many people never find the truth. They are too lazy to really look for it.
Originally posted by diamondsmith
reply to post by getreadyalready
It's no masonic conspiracy,is just a bunch of rich SOB that independently of one another try to multiply their money by acting like charity.
This Masonic Conspiracy thing is larger, and more rampant than even I imagined, and Thank God that it is!!
The charities are run separately from the lodges. The lodges themselves are not a charity, and donations to the lodges are not tax deductible. Lodges always have to pay for their own building's upkeep, and most often, property tax on their building as well. The charities like the hospitals ARE tax deductible donations, but the lodge doesn't see any benefit to that—individuals donate directly to the hospitals (so they get the tax deduction themselves). The lodges never touch the money. The lodges are tax exempt in the sense of income, and they are non-profits, but they're not charities, and the property tax is separate from an income tax.
Originally posted by Ausar
do organizations like the masons have to pay taxes and if the cost of maintenance of the building and land that the lodge is on is cheap how are these 5 millions of dollars per day effecting the surrounding areas of these lodges. if the organization does not have to pay taxes are their donations tax deductible? ge got back like billions this past fiscal year because they "donated" millions to green energy; but how does their "donation" effect the surrounding communities and persons regarding the loss in tax funds made available to the government.