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The old Freemasonry groups which protected livelihoods and skills e.g. stonemasons, have been taken over by modern day clubs and such.
originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: mysterioustranger
I thought I was mostly asking questions.
Travolta is a Scientology nutbar too?
originally posted by: theatreboy
a reply to: network dude
Brother, thank you for spelling it out so well. We still need to meet up irl sometime...we are not far apart.
originally posted by: amtracer
As far as appendant bodies ("sub groups") go, the only one that requires one to be a Christian is the Knights Templar.
But nobody knows why you exist.
Why do you have to believe in a supreme being?
When people talk about masons they include all secret brotherhoods in their definition. I guess they shouldn't.
You want only members with a spotless record and you strive to be good men, right?
Don't forget the Jehovah Witnesses or the Church of Later day Saints.
And what are you teaching your members? Like Hubbard, a mason he came up with Scientology, which allegedly started as a bet, did he learn the methods to break and exploit people from your club?
These societies were the incubators of democracy, modern science, and ecumenical religion. They elected their own leaders and drew up constitutions to govern their operations. It wasn't an accident that Voltaire, George Washington, and Ben Franklin were all active members. And just like today's networked radicals, much of their power was wrapped up in their ability to stay anonymous and keep their communications secret.
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it
originally posted by: KSigMason
originally posted by: solve
a reply to: Peeple
Masons are good at making money. That is one of the main reasons to join.
Easier to start a small business for example,,
They also are great customers, for a bakery for example.
That is a selfish and horrible reason to join.