As a non-Christian and a non-Mason, I'll take the neutral ground and try to pull things back on topic.
Originally posted by Gerard:
As a Freemason I am fed up with the lies and wicked lies that these people tell about the society that I belong to.
Why do people speculate so much about Masonry?
* You cannot deny that Masonry is, if not a secret organization, then at least a secretive
one. The masons do not broadcast their rituals
on television like some religions do. They do not have a widely distributed scripture or book to explain their theories/doctrines. Masonic meetings
are not held at the local community recreation center. This secretiveness creates mystery, and people love to speculate about mysteries.
Why is there such a negative reaction to Masonry?
* Like any organization that is secretive or poorly understood, people will naturally fear it. It is human nature to fear the unknown more than the
known. People who are not afraid of spiders can still be afraid of ghosts, or the dark. If you have your hand in your jacket and refuse to take it
out, the police officer is not going to assume you have a gummy-bear in there. And in turn, it is human nature for fear to be replaced with anger or
hatred (I'm starting to sound like Yoda here). We fear what we don't understand or are ignorant about...just ask the KKK, or folks who think that
Islam = Terrorism.
* Throughout history, Masons have often held positions of power. We like our leaders to be 'transparent' in their dealings so we can trust them.
Having government and industry leaders who basically direct the way our lives and society develop as members of a secretive organization is
disconcerting and creates anxiety or fear. Refer to the point above.
If people have a problem with Freemasonry then they should be honest and say what it is and give factual evidence. The people who hate
Freemasonry never seem able to provide this evidence; I wonder why.
* The secretive nature of Masonry makes it hard to garner any evidence or truths. The only people who really know anything about concrete about
Masonry are Masons themselves, and when they say that there's nothing occultish or dark going on, people will assume that they are "in on it" and
trying to cover things up, or have been brainwashed, or whatever.
* Studys that have been made by scholars, some reputable, some certifiably paranoid, and some somewhere in between, have made allusions to Masonry's
connection with the occult due to
a) the startling similarities between Masonic and pagan/occult symbolism. The study of symbology is an anthropological and historical science, not
just people saying that the barcode on their Frosties box is the mark of the beast.
b) the fact that Masonry uses very religious-sounding terms. Masonic Temples, rites, rituals, calling each other Brother, etc, etc. It can't help but
seem a little occultish.
and c) the apparent denial of and even banning of any references to God within the society.
Gerard, you obviously are angered and frustrated by the perceptions and prejudices that the general populace exhibit towards your institution, so
maybe you can clear some things up for us and dispel some of the mystery here on ATS. (And I am not being sarcastic here) Why not take a video camera
into a lodge and film a few rituals, interview your brethren about their beliefs and the order, and then post it on the web for us to see? I for one
would be VERY interested to see that. I reckon it would make it to be broadcast on Discovery if it was done well enough.
I'm also curious as to what degree you have attained within the order. There are always rumours and myths to perpetuate rumours and myths, so if you
are not on the supreme council, then any attempt you make to clear up the misunderstanding will be brushed aside by doubters who will claim that you
are not one of the select few that are chosen to enter the upper echelons and thus have the secrets revealed to you.
I hope this makes you understand people's reactions a little better. With understanding comes forgiveness.