Can Freemasonry "Slogans" be used for Politcal use?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by VinnyC, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. VinnyC

    VinnyC Registered User

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    I was wondering if a Freemason who is running for any type of political office, would be able to use the slogans/motto/cliche's from Freemasonry?

    Example:
    Vote: John Smith for Senator
    "Making Good Men become better Men".

    or

    Vote: Joe Doe for Mayor
    Joe Doe says, We will all "Meet on the Level"

    Is it against the Laws of Freemasonry?
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011
  2. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson Registered User

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    here in TX it is a Masonic Disciplinary Violation to use one's status as a mason to attempt to campaign for office.
     
  3. cemab4y

    cemab4y Premium Member

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    None of the phrases or terms from Masonry are copyrighted. Brother Harry Truman had an economic program, called the "Square Deal". Masonic? maybe. You might see a political slogan' "Vote for John Smith, he is on the level".
     
  4. Mac

    Mac Moderator Premium Member

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    I don't think it's the phrasing so much as the intent and perception. If your big ugly mug gets plastered on a billboard to advertise your political campaign, and you're sporting a square and compass on your lapel and a slogan like the ones mentioned above, you're probably in violation of masonic law.

    As brother Charles points out, the phrases aren't copyrighted. In many cases, they're just plain old vernacular, which can sometimes confuse would-be researchers. If someone said something even remotely Masonic-sounding in their public station, then suddenly a simple speech might be analyzed as though it was a grand Masonic oration.
     

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