Originally posted by Afterthought
There's no law against speculating a person or group has any ties to corruption.
No one said there was. Legal status doesn't make something intelligent or productive.
If you folks don't want to be tied to banks and other places where corruption runs rampant, the Masons may want to consider distancing
themselves from such institutions by removing their symbols from their buildings.
Masonic symbols aren't copyrighted, and we have no authority to just say, "Hey! Take down that thing that either symbolizes that we used to own the
area, or looks like something enough that conspiracy theorists would connect you to us!"
Another thing is to do when selling a building with Masonic symbols is to write in the contract they the buyer is responsible for removing the
decorative fixtures no less than sic months after taking possession of said building.
I don't know if you've ever worked in real estate, but contractual conditions much smaller than this are what derail real estate deals. (This is
presuming that such changes are even possible; with historic edifices, that's a gargantuan presumption.)
If the Masons accomplished these two simple things, I'm sure people would scrutinize them less and give them more respect.
In this very thread, we've seen accusations that Canada is controlled by Masons because a hexagram fits over the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. In
other threads, we've seen accusations that the Great Seal is Masonic because one can draw a (geometrically unsound) pentagram connecting the letters
M-A-S-O-N (out of order) in a way that lines up with the image (poorly). People scrutinize Freemasonry for their own reasons, and the truth has very
little to do with it.
Keep in mind, a link to the IRS form to get any lodge or Grand Lodge's tax returns--any one in America
--has been completely ignored. People
who "scrutinize" Freemasonry very often don't actually care to find the truth; I doubt removing the "evidence" will make a bit of difference.