The Secrets of Freemasonry!
There is nothing secret or secretive about Freemasonry and its organisations.
by WBro. Tony Harvey, PAGDC.
- We exist. We don’t pretend otherwise
- Our buildings are open to the public for meetings, tours and events.
- We appear in public at, for example, the Lord Mayor’s Show.
- We publish lists of our officers every year.
- We are active on social media and have many websites.
- We donate to local and national charities.
- We try to get articles in the press but for some reason they don’t always want to tell our story.
- Our members are free to disclose their membership providing they do not seek any personal advantage by doing so.
Our meetings are private, not secret.
- They are open only to members and candidates whom we have approved for membership.
- Candidates are approved on the basis of a belief in a Supreme Being (the deity of any religion) and adherence to a moral code.
- Meetings are contemplative environments built on the bond that comes from a shared experience.
- They consist of morality plays acted out by candidates and through which we learn to build ourselves to become better people.
- Many other organisations also hold private meetings with a restricted attendance (eg, boards of directors, other clubs and associations).
The secrets referred to in Freemasonry are dramatic elements within the morality plays, part of the script.
- These secrets are used within the plays as proof of a qualification as a Mediaeval Stonemason
- They are the equivalent of diplomas and arose when people were not literate.
- They act like passwords and PIN numbers.
- We don’t disclose the scripts of these morality plays because to do so will spoil the impact of the experiential learning involved.
Freemasonry is an enlightenment organisation.
- it arose during the age of enlightenment.
- Its founders were leading enlightenment figures.
- It promotes tolerance, mutual understanding, respect for each other and our differences.
- Discussion of religious or political dogmas and differences are banned at our meetings because they are divisive.
- It brings people together based on the good things that unite them rather those that divide us
- It formed the basis of the US constitution.
Women can be Freemasons.
- Women may join a women only or a mixed Lodge.
- The most popular Masonic organisations are single sex, partly because of history and partly because thats how their male and female members want them.
- Many women choose to spend some of their time in female only environments just as many men choose to spend some of their time in men only environments.
- Single sex organisations have a valid and important place in our society and do not imply misogyny or unfair discrimination.
Access to our membership lists are governed by data protection laws.
- We are not permitted to disclose membership details
- We are like all membership organisations in that sense.
- Individual members may disclose their membership providing they don’t seek personal gain in doing so.
- Members declare their membership in registers of interests in connection with public, charitable and statutory appointments.
Freemasonry is open.
- You can become a Freemason.
- You only have to ask.
- Like all private membership organisations we define qualifications for membership.
- If you profess a belief in a Supreme Being and live by a moral code, you will be welcome to join us
Freemasonry is not for everyone.
- if you don’t acknowledge the Creator, Freemasonry would make no sense to you.
- If you don’t recognise the source of morality is from “above rather than within” and that there is a force greater than ourselves, Freemasonry would be of no interest to you.
- If you don’t wish to be of better service to others, Freemasonry would be a waste of your time.
- If you don’t wish to work at your personal development and improve your understanding of self and others, Freemasonry is not for you.
Freemasons live by standards of integrity.
- If you use your membership for personal gain you will be expelled.
- If you are convicted of a criminal offence you will be expelled.
Freemasons have been stigmatised, attacked and persecuted since the 18th century.
- Like all organisations that stand for something, Freemasonry has always had its detractors and critics.
- There is a lot of misinformation about Freemasonry as a result.
- Myths and fantastical stories abound.
- Please check your sources and check your facts before perpetuating the rubbish.
- Best of all ask us or visit us to find out the truth.