Club or Fraternity

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Is Masonry a CLUB or Fraternity to you, be honest!

  1. Club

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  2. Fraternity

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  1. jonesvilletexas

    jonesvilletexas Premium Member

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    Is Masonry a CLUB or FRATERNITY to you, be honest!
     
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  2. HKTidwell

    HKTidwell Premium Member

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    Re: Club or Fraterny

    There isn't a choice for my opinion because I don't think it is either. I think it is a life experience. Where both of the above options tend to be limited to time periods in a persons life.
     
  3. Nate Riley

    Nate Riley Premium Member

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    Re: Club or Fraterny

    Fraternity (a brotherhood)
     
  4. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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  5. TexMass

    TexMass Registered User

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    VERY nicely put Brother! I agree. Freemasonry is a way of life and the actions you take it just happens that we tend to take some of those actions together. You can join a lodge and never go to another meeting but live as a Mason in every sense of the word.
     
  6. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    If it's not a club or fraternity, why aren't women allowed? Is the light provided by Freemasonry limited to a specific sex?
     
  7. HKTidwell

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    In my opinion peace and harmony are best when it remains as it is. If I wanted to spend the evening with ladies I'd offer to go shopping, Lord knows that is always fun. While this may be taken as a sexist comment or any other way somebody may take it, it is meant as a simple reflection upon a sacred time with your brothers. Brothers who you can discuss anything with, free of the typical drama that may come from discussing the same thing with a person of the opposite sex.
     
  8. drapetomaniac

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    I think female masonry would be perfectly good. However, if the two were mixed - my meetings attendance would likely end. I don't see my wife enjoying the idea of me attending "secret meetings" with men and women in attendance.

    One Co-mason made a comment his marriage had "full trust" and it wouldn't be the issue. I recommend he leave a meeting early to go home and see how good it is..

    I have no problem with the phrase "fraternity" because the simple fact of the matter is, or seems to be, masonry *defined* the word fraternity for this time in history. We laid the cornerstone for modern fraternities in the Western world.
     
  9. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    If you look up "glutton for punishment" in the dictionary, you'll see HT's picture! :biggrin:
     
  10. HKTidwell

    HKTidwell Premium Member

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    lol!
     
  11. Bigmel

    Bigmel Premium Member Premium Member

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    It is a Fraternity, however, to get the full benefit you must Participate
     
  12. Wingnut

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    Id say it really depends on the lodge you attend and the Brothers you associate with. Ive been to some that are nothing but a dysfunctional social club, others that are the shining example on the hill of what Masonry is and should be...
     
  13. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Welcome back, Wing!
     
  14. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    Thanks Bill
     
  15. Papatom

    Papatom Premium Member Premium Member

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    HOW WISE. your vision is very much true, Masonic teachings are what you put into them.
     
  16. jimmuller

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    I agree with the brothers about letting women into the "fraternity". I am a member of the Elk's who allow female members and officers and have seen with my own eyes the pettiness, jealousy and downright mean spirited attitude of the women in the lodge. They spread rumors, backstab and create dissention amoungst the members for thier own petty reasons. Most of the time it is for personal gain or power and prestige for themselves at the expense of others. If I sound bitter it is because I have just recently seen an active and happy lodge brought to a near end from the actions of a few "well meaning" females who created and executed a witch hunt against another female member due to pure jealousy.
     
  17. Zack

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    Sounds like some of the Masonic Lodges around me. Sad to say.
     
  18. Timothy Fleischer

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    Brother, I have seen the exact same thing done in Masonic Lodges by Brothers who are interested more in their own political gain than in peace and harmony.
    I think that we are all still Rough Ashlars and still human as we travel to that undiscovered country.
     
  19. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    would you still be a member if Freemasonry accepted women in your lodge and your wife was blackballed?
     
  20. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Do you honestly think my wife would LET me remain a member if she was blackballed?

    :6:
     

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