Religious Opposition to FreemasonryFebruary 2, 2007
When one searches on the Internet for “Freemasonry”, you are inundated by many anti-masonic websites. Personally, not one person in my hometown of Calgary has raised a single religious concern about Freemasonry to me.
Of course, I haven’t talked to hundreds of Calgarians about this, but I figure there are two reasons why I have not come across opposition. The first reason is that most people I have talked to have never heard of Freemasonry except for the references in The Da Vinci Code. The second reason is that I live about 1500 miles (2400 km) away from the “American Bible Belt”.
I’ve discovered that there are definite differences in religious opposition to Freemasonry from country to country, state to state, and of course religion to religion.
One of my Brothers in my Lodge became interested in becoming a Freemason a few years ago when he lived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He soon discovered that the religious Islamic government there had outlawed Freemasonry. Soon after moving to Canada, he exercised his new freedom, and became a Mason.
I find it interesting that Americans in general find Islamic Religious States so offensive, yet the “Religious Right” in the U.S. wants a Christian Government under a Christian God – eerily similar? I’m sure that an American Christian government would ban Freemasonry just like the U.A.E’s government did – but for different reasons of course.
What really got me interested in this topic was a number of comments in an earlier post. The post “Entered Apprentice Requirements” resulted in a series of comments dealing with religious opposition to Freemasonry.
“Eric” responded that he was very strongly considering becoming a Freemason, and that I was only a few steps ahead of him. He then raised his concern about joining. He stated that Freemasonry was “an organization that recognizes “a supreme being”, without… acknowledging the sacrifice of or the existence of Jesus as the Son of God.” He then read sections from the book of Revelations, John and Jude and discussed how his interpretation of these passages swayed his interest away from Freemasonry. His comment was actually 7 paragraphs long and very well written and thought out.
“Carter” responded by saying ” … good-faith Masons do not deny Christ. Out of respect for non-Christian brothers, it is not a topic for lodge to avoid conflict.”
“Bill” also responded “Your references to the 2nd Book of John would necessitate Masonry to be only Christian in its nature. That is not the case as Masonry accepts those who are Hebrew, Hindu, Muslim, Bhuddist or any other religion that recognizes God or a Supreme being by any name. I know of Lodges that have rather diverse memberships made up of many races, cultures and religious sects. … To not associate with or fraternize with another group of men because of their non-christian beliefs I believe is counter to what Freemasonry is about.”
I do agree with those points brought up by Bill and Carter and could not have said it any better.
I really wanted to know more about the history of religious opposition to Freemasonry, so it was suggested to me that I read “A Pilgrims Path, Freemasonry and the Religious Right” by John J. Robinson. It was a quick read, and quite and eye-opener. The first part of the book dealt with the religious opposition and the second related to ways of improving Freemasonry.
The most surprising thing that I learned in this book is how some people, such as Pat Robertson, can take quotes from proven forgeries or misquoted individual Masons, and then say that they speak for all of Freemasonry to try and prove their own anti-masonic agendas. These are people of faith who are blatantly lying about historical references and twisting obscure facts, and not to mention simply making things up. They are so concerned with their hatred of Freemasonry, that their hate has blinded their own honesty and integrity. … As you can tell, this book got me fired up!
At the time of writing this book, and his previous one “Born in Blood, The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry”, the author was a historian and writer, and was not a Freemason. At the end of “Pilgrims Path”, he states that after all of his research into Freemasonry he has now decided to become a Freemason himself.
This is my 12th post on Freemasonry and my experiences as a Freemason. Here is the Table of Contents of my Masonic Journey.