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What do you know about Freemasons?

Asked by youcancallmemoonman (137points) October 27th, 2010

I have been interested in the Freemasons for awhile, I’m pretty sure on my dad’s side we have some masons in our family. What do they do, and why is it beneficial for one to become one? (I don’t want to hear any conspiracy theories)

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MissA's avatar


Some of the finest men I’ve ever known, have been masons. Having said that, I’ll try to return tomorrow to answer to your question. This one can’t be done lightly. I am ‘taken’ that you care to know. My best to you.

Two family birthday parties in three days have left me a bit toasted!

youcancallmemoonman's avatar

Haha Completely understandable, thank you for the speedy response.

Cruiser's avatar

Honestly, not a lot. My Uncle and my cousin was/is Masons and I found out a great customer of mine is a Mason. All 3 could be cut from the same cloth….upstanding driven and nicest guys you could meet. I have no idea what they do other than some benevolent activities in the community. I do know it seems they are ultra secretive with some of their comings and goings.

AstroChuck's avatar

I inherited a pretty cool ring from my grandfather who was a Freemason. All I know about them is that you have to believe in a higher power to be one so that leaves me out.

truecomedian's avatar

Are the Shriners masons? I read that in order to become a Shriner, you know the guys with the fez hats that build childrens hospitals, I heard you had to be a mason of a high degree to become a Shriner. My grandfather was a Shriner so I was wondering if this was true.

BarnacleBill's avatar

The Freemasons have an interesting place in US history; many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons. Revolutionary Brotherhood is an interesting read on the history of Freemasonry.

MissPoovey's avatar

They may be nice individually. I know some also. I also know that women are not allowed to join. While I really believe in everyones right to have whatever group or club they like, I do not have to admire them. Whatever good they do in the community, I cannot find pleasant feelings for the group. This is my perception only. I am a woman speaking about a mens club.

Kardamom's avatar

I don’t know much about it other than my grandfather and at least one of my uncles were Freemasons. I know it is a charitable organization. One young man that I used to work with, he’s in his early 20’s now, is not only a Freemason, but also a Shriner and I think and Elk. He is one of the kindest most selfless and courageous people I know. He’s always going to meetings where they help the elderly and sick people etc. He also teaches young people self defense. Not sure what their exact mission/philosophy is, but they are definitely do-gooders and they get to wear very cool looking fez hats. I know he was legit, because all of us ladies asked to see his ring. He was so cute that he blushed when we asked to see it. I wish more young people would follow his example. My grandma was also a Rebecca, which is kind of the female equivalent of the Masons. She was a very kind and generous soul.

mrlaconic's avatar

@MissPoovey historically that is correct, but current times it really depends on the lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, the Order of the Amaranth, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Social Order of Beauceant and the Daughters of the Nile are women based / allow women.

mammal's avatar

Rather suspect and Elitist.

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