Jul 28, 2017

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Freemasonry Is…A Builder of Society Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a fraternity of men bound together by vows of morality in both public and private life, who believe in God and the constitutional rights of members to free choice of religion and political persuasion. Masonry strives to make good men better — to teach its members to be “better than themselves.” It accepts only men of high moral character. Freemasonry encourages self-improvement, promotes patriotism and respect for the Constitution, sanctions equal rights under law, practices good will towards all men, and contributes generously to philanthropies. Its basic tenets are Brotherly Love, Relief, (philanthropy), and Truth.

Through the improvement and strengthening of the character of the individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community. Masonry is not a benefit society, or a charitable institution. It assists members by many means through times of hardship, but it is not an insurance society with death, disability or old age benefits.

Masonry is most certainly not a secret society. It is a well-known, world-wide fraternity whose members declare their membership and proudly wear the emblems of the Craft. Masons meet in buildings plainly identified as Masonic Temples, and there is no attempt to hide the names of community leaders who are Masons.
Masonic ritual is often considered by Masons as having been one of the most moving experiences of their lives. Employing the tools of the stone mason as symbols of basic moral truths, Masonic ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality.

Masonry is voluntary! A Mason is forbidden by Masonic law to invite a friend to join. The friend must voluntarily seek membership by contacting a Mason and indicate his desire to join.

The bond of faith and confidence among Masons is largely the result of the common knowledge that all, having experienced the memorable rituals, accept the high ethical standards as guides to their conduct. Within a Masonic Temple Masons do not discuss religion, politics, or any other subject likely to excite heated discussions. Masonry teaches men to be religious without advocating a particular doctrine, or creed. It requires its members to be good citizens, but free to choose their medium of political expression.

Throughout the history of North America the Masonic fraternity has supported free public schools in all possible unofficial and non-political ways … as an expression of good citizenship. “Let there be light” is a famous Masonic motto in support of this philosophy.

Adapted from: web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/