Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Liberty,Equality,and Fraternity,still relevant?
Freemasonry continues to have a culturally and religiously exclusive approach in this society. We continue to give new brothers Bibles, without asking their preference. Importantly, it is well known that we do embrace men of all faiths, I merely point out that in practice we do not enforce the standard. We should offer other Volumes of Sacred Law. We continue to suggest that the body will be resurrected, when every new age bone in our body knows that the soul is immortal and doesn't require a body. We continue to be insular, to men of other religions and other cultures for members, and we don't make a serious effort to understand other religions and cultures, who now live in the communities where our near empty lodges go fallow. The Sikh and the Sufi, the Buddhist and the Hindu, the Zoroastrian and the Pantheist, all of course have perfectly legitimate belief structures which do not conflict with Freemasonry. Why are we reticent, simply because most of us believe in the teachings of the Master Jehosuah, to vary from the formal religions tied to their ancient dogma? This is a major stumbling block to the growth of the Fraternity. Someone once said you can not have two Masters. Primarily I believe that men from other cultures who would like to mainstream, have a perfect vehicle in Freemasonry, and we should somehow make it our mission to attract them to our society. Maybe they won't join right away. But maybe their sons will. The prohibition against so-called "recruitment" has to go away, before we go away.