With special interests trying to dominate the world, the
former barriers of distance and oceans being ineffective, and
our modern means of destruction which could annihilate all
civilization; there is a definite need for better understanding
throughout the world.
In its efforts to improve the individual Freemasonry urges
the practice of Brotherly Love, strives to promote Universal
Peace; and while it claims no monopoly on the worthwhile
virtues, it offers proven doctrines of moral living in
Masons, like other humans, sometimes apply Masonry to a part
of their lives but cast the teachings aside when it is
expedient; and they are cautioned and charged to avoid this kind
of double standard.
It is equally important to understand what Freemasonry does
There have always been those who oppose frate orders, and
when the objections of such individuals or groups have ended in
fragmentation, they have always resorted to classifying
Freemasonry as a "secret" order with the implication
that "secret" is also corrupt, deceitful, or sinful.
The purposes, aims, and doctrines of Freemasonry have never
been concealed, and have been well discussed in many
publications which remain available in public libraries. It is
also noted that corrupt and deceitful organizations soon
disappear while Freemasonry has withstood the tests of all ages.
It is not a secret order, and Masons have the same rights as
other people - one of which is the right of privacy. All human
groups and institutions have "secret" - or more
correctly stated - "private" affairs which they do not
make public. Families have discussions which are of no concern
to their neighbors or the general public. Church councils
convene in selected committees to resolve matters which require
prompt or discrete action. Civic organizations form special
committees and draft plans which may never be made public. In
labor and industry boards of directors make decisions which are
of no concern to their competitors.
While such actions are completed privately - or secretly -
this is certainly no evidence that they are in any way corrupt,
deceitful or unwholesome.
If these and other groups have matters which they discuss in
private, it is only reasonable to assume that Masons might also
wish to engage in the lawful pursuit of their own business in
Freemasonry is not a mere social institution even though it
provides social contact and many friendships have begun in the
Lodge; but its primary purpose has always been, and still
remains the advancement of its doctrines of Temperance,
Fortitude, Prudence, Justice, Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
It is not an insurance or burial society, or a vehicle to
increase one's personal business, ambitions, or special material
interests. Masons are not required to patronize each other, and
any material benefits which may come to a Mason will result from
the reputation he establishes and maintains, and not because he
became a member of a Masonic Lodge.
Freemasonry requires a belief in God, and while it is
religious in its concepts, it is not a religion or a substitute
for the Church. The Masonic Ritual teaches responsibility to God
and dependence on God, and should therefore strengthen one's
loyalty to his church.
Religious discussions often result in disagreement and for
this reason such discussions are prohibited in Lodge. That which
might disrupt the harmony among the members can not be
In the interest of harmony, partisan polities discussions are
also prohibited. A Mason's political beliefs are his own,
although they must conform to good citizenship. Even a member
running for public office has no right to expect the support of
other Masons merely because he is a Member of the Lodge.
Freemasonry means - that no man will ever introduce
controversial sectarian questions into the Lodge; he will pay no
heed to those who attack the Fraternity; he will adhere to his
belief in God and be ever loyal to his Church; he will remain a
good citizen, obeying the laws of Freemasonry, and the civic
laws under whose protection he lives.
-- From Grand Lodge of