Is Freemasonry A Religion Or A Fraternity? ( Legal precident)
In a 1921 decision, the Supreme Court of Nebraska, in the case of the
Scottish Rite Building Company vs. Lancaster County, ruled that
Freemasonry was not a religion.
"The true interpretation of the Masonic attitude in that respect
[religion] is that no religious test at all is applied as a condition
of membership. The guiding thought is not religion but religious
toleration. The order simply exacts of its members that they shall not
be atheists and deny the existence of any God or Supreme Being. Each
member is encouraged to pay due reverence to his own God, the Deity
prescribed by his own religion.... The Masonic Fraternity, in other
words, refrains from intruding into the field of religion and confines
itself to the teaching of morality and duty to one's fellow men, which
make better men and better citizens. The distinction is clear between
such ethical teachings and the doctrines of religion."
Scottish Rite Building Company vs. Lancaster County, 106 Nebraska 95,
184 N.W. 574 (1921), pp. 102-106.