I wanted to post a discussion about recognizing tactics of anti-masons (and indeed anyone who naively challenges a person's belief system).
Our friends over at Anti-Masonry Points of View
have provided some examples.
I think you will find these examples over and over in this forum, and I think it will explain why Freemasons are so frustrated by this faulty
By way of disclosure: I don't really give a damn what people think about Freemasonry. Everyone has to make up his or her own mind. What I DO give
a damn about is unfounded accusations (which are refuted time and time again) about my brothers' beliefs, religion, experiences and the way they live
This little OP won't make a lot of the antis' happy, but I think they are a fair assessment of their tactics.
Changing the Subject
A poster challenges Freemasonry. A Freemason responds with the assumption that the challenge is from a person of integrity. The poster insults and
then changes the subject, "Well, what about..." and the original challenge is put aside unproven.
Guilt by Association
A poster brings up the bad actions of one person who is alleged to be associated with Freemasonry and concludes that ALL masons do the same, or
Using Different Standards
A poster uses an archaic text (Pike for instance) that may have been relevant 300 years ago and uses faulty logic to apply it to Freemasonry today.
If You Were...
A user proposes a scenario and then jumps to a conclusion about the one answering. "If you were to beat your wife..." is transformed into "You are
a wife beater."
Refuse to Answer
A poster says, "I can't elaborate but the Masonic potentate told me that anal probes are used...". When a mason challenges the poster by
questioning, "Who? What? When? Where?" the answers never come and the tactic of Change the Subject is employed.
Unfortunately, ALL of ATS suffers from this one.
"All of the cops in the UK are masons."
"I read Jack the Ripper was a mason."
"Albert Pike worships Lucifer."
"Leo Taxil exposed Freemasonry."
"The Jews and the Catholics and the Masons control the world."
"I am not an anti-mason, I'm just saying in the 89th degree of the Stonecutter ritual there is squirrel castration."
A Shriner cheated on his taxes.
All Shriners are masons.
All masons cheat on their taxes.
"If a mason hired an underage prostitute, what would you do?"
"Post all your ritual and give us the secrets!"
"I am a minister and I am a former mason and Jesus told me that I was worshiping the devil."
"I am a mason but I can't tell you where, but all of this is absolutely true."
Filling to conversation with so much hatred that a mason loses his temper and then the OP says, "That's not very Masonic."