posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 02:10 AM
Just to follow up on a lot of the questions and or concerns as a lot of this information has been covered already, but can be pretty tiresome sorting
through so many earlier posts.
A little long winded I know, Sorry.
Freemasons are “mostly” men due to its being a male fraternity, there is a female equivalent of the lodge called the Eastern Starts, which in a
lot cases both use the lodge building to conduct their meetings. My best example would be the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts. Both specific
to gender, not for “equality” just a sort of fraternal traditions.
The main purposes for the small amount of “actual” secrecy within the lodge is to preserve its ancient customs and traditions that have been
handed down in the same manner for a very long time. There is NO great secret of global takeover that we are entrusted with, no privileged knowledge
of secret treasures (unfortunately), and no eating of babies.
The lodge is not a means to which its members are granted special access to ascend through the ranks of fame and fortune. The only privileges one may
occasionally gain would be no different that two graduates from Texas A&M, or any other college might give one another, but that is on a person to
person level and has nothing directly to do with the lodge itself.
Being a member of the lodge does not place you above the law and make you immune to its judicial systems. As a former law enforcement officer, I have
encountered brothers in the breaking of minor laws (speeding, failure to signal lane change, ect) and have let them go with a warning, but no more
than I have let countless others go. I have also had to place some (or one rather) in the judicial system for drunk and disorderly, aggravated assault
and assault of a public servant. All of which are contradictory of acceptable Masonic behavior. I did, attempt to head the problems off before they
escalated, but again no different that I had done hundreds of times before.
The Masonic lodge is subject to the fact that there are good and bad people in the world. There are many checks and balances to prevent one who does
not deserve to, from becoming a Mason, but the actions of men are often unpredictable. I like to use the example of the battle of the Alamo, and yes
its because I am from Texas.
History, teaches us many things, and most are only the tip of the iceberg. For example, most people are aware of the Battle of the Alamo and the after
effects of it had on establishing of Texas. Most people are aware that, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, Sam Houston, Juan Seguin and others
were all Freemasons, but hardly anyone knows that General Santa Anna also was a Freemason. Attacking a mission and knowingly killing hundreds of
Freemasons isn’t exactly a good example of brotherly love.
The point being that not everyone holds true to honor the oaths that they have taken, Masons, Police Officers, Postal Workers, Priests, Politicians,
Military Members, School Teachers ect…. You can find bad examples of men in every possible scenario involving organizations and what not.