Masonic Controversies

Masons are committed to making good men better, and are expected to uphold high standards of moral character. The Lodge is primarily known for its charitable work, and between hospitals, scholarships, public works such as litter control campaigns and other good deeds, millions of lives have been improved by our efforts. Still, like any large and longstanding organization, there have been some controversies associated with the Lodge over the years. Most of these are overblown, and the worst of them have no association with Masons in this country today. Here’s a look at some of the more notable controversies associated with the Masonic Lodge.

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Who the Masons Aren’t

The Lodge’s commitment to tolerance and the brotherhood of all men has produced hostile reactions among many elements interested in keeping people divided and at odds with one another. For this reason, there are times when the Lodge has existed more or less underground. In most times, however, the Lodge operates openly, only keeping certain things private—means of identifying other Masons and details of certain rituals, for example.

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Political and Religious Opposition to Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a social and service club that has attracted attention for as long as it has existed. Members must believe in a Supreme Being and agree to abide by the moral laws of society and government, but these beliefs have long attracted opposition from many sources. Two of the most vocal groups have been those opposed to the group’s political influence, and religious groups who actively discourage their members from joining.

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Freemasonry – The Taxil Hoax

Freemasonry has been the subject of many hoaxes throughout the centuries. The most well known hoax is called the Taxil Hoax and was perpetrated in the late 19th century by a renowned French journalist. Despite the fact that this hoax occurred over a hundred years ago, its effects are felt even today.

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Masonic Myths – Fiction Not Fact

Many myths have surrounded Freemasonry for almost as long as the brotherhood has existed. As a part of the organization, Masons teach their lessons through symbols and allegorical plays, but these myths are lies that are repeated through the generations that critics of Freemasonry continue to feed on even today.

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