posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 06:21 PM
Originally posted by KSigMason
It's interesting. I'm doing research on social psychology and how the situation can overpower individual beliefs, to include ethical and moral
beliefs. I find examples of what social psychologist discuss pertinent as a few people decry Freemasonry and accuse it of pedophilia, and for no
logical reason or any scrap of evidence people jump on board.
I reckon it's a combination of of factors : the empowerment that comes from anonymity in a crowd (either real or behind the confines of a computer
screen), the fear of the unknown, deflection of internal self doubt/worry, the animosity *any* organisation that limits membership brings from those
who do not/cannot join.
And, because, as I previously stated, the accusation of paedophilia and child abuse is so terrible, it's easy to direct it at those who do not or
perhaps due to their convictions of belonging to a group that does not broadcast it's internal workings publicly, as they probably won't fight
In any case, it does sicken me to see my fellow brethren to be lumped into that category with no basis, no evidence, nothing but "Mob mentality".
By the logic exhibited by the anti-mason people, I could just as easily accuse *all* Catholics of paedophilia and covering it up, given the *real*
evidence and cases of priests abusing children over the years. And, as this thread as effectively said child abuser who *may* be a mason = all masons
are guilty, catholic priests who abuse children are catholic = all Catholics are child abusers. Seems rational enough to me.