posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 03:28 AM
I'm an English Mason and I'm upset with my own Grand Lodge.
In my opinion, the United Grand Lodge of England is starting to lose the plot. It started several years ago in the late 1980s when they removed an
integral section of the 3rd Degree because they felt it may "offend" the public. Then they changed the obligation and removed parts of that. Then in
the Royal Arch, they changed one of the deep esoteric "secrets" because they felt it may offend some members.
Now, they have released a press statement saying that Masons are tired of being discriminated against (link below). They've even written to the Human
Rights Commission. Come on UGLE, we're Masons. For hundreds of years, our rituals have been designed to protect us against discrimination. Why use the
Human Rights Commission when we can use our Craft to protect us?
But that's not what really got me. In their explanation as to why we wear Aprons, in their official statement, they claim it's because the ancient
stonemasons wore them to protect themselves from stone chips. They say we meet in Lodges or Temples because that's where the ancient stonemasons met
while doing their work. Has the UGLE forgotten that we're speculative Masons and not operative? Do they want to remove all symbolism and esoteric from
our rituals in order to please the public. This would have the effect of turning Masonry from a deep philosophical system into a Gentleman's club.
I'm a Mason and I'm protesting against my own Grand Lodge. Quite frankly I've had enough with the English constitution's pandering to the public. If
this carries on long enough, I'm going to leave the English Constitution and join another constitution like the Scottish who still remember what
Freemasonry is supposed to be.
Here's the news article:
edit on 20/3/2018 by Saurus because: (no reason given)