While around the world what you say is true, Freemasonry has been a huge spectrum of many people. Here in the US that has been hardly the truth, for much of the 1800-1950 catholics in many place where not welcomed to join the fraternity. A Past Master of my Lodge who like me is also Catholic said when he when to the archives and read meeting minutes it was alway the same thing, when a Catholic name appeared for vote to join he would always be black balled. He said one man applied every year for ten years before the vote went in his favor. That begin said times have changed and will continue to change, as we see in today's time in MOST place Freemasonry is practiced the way it should have always been and we judge a man on who he is not how he was born.A big masonic and Scottish rite stereotype for people i personally know , and who obviously have no clue about the craft, is they think FreeMasons are a Protestant, W.A.S.P. Organization or fraternity. They also think the Scottish Rite is for Protestant Scottish Men. Im part Italian American and German American and proud of both Masonry has deep roots in Italy, Bavaria, Germany ect. And Europe as a whole. Has anyone else ever experience ignorant non brothers who lack knowledge in their daily travels ?
The name of the thread is stereotypes, so as not to be PC but keeping these thread REAL, I think you know what I mean and BryanMaloney did a good job in explaining it. It is easy to say why this stereotypes are wrong or no longer correct, but it is harder to say why they are right. Most stereotypes come with a hint of truth too. In many place in the USA we are seperating our selfs for the perceived thoughts behind this stereotypes, but in some state that could be farther than the truth. Prejudices to Catholic and immigrants as a whole was very real in the Freemasons of the USA, just as prejudices toward man of Color is still held in some place in the country within the fraternity.A "Catholic name?" I'm not sure what that means. Smith, Jones, Bergoglio, Ratzinger?
From what I have gathered so far is that the main thing that some Christian denominations have against Masonry is that we give equal rights and respect to all religions and do not promote Christianity above others. JMO.I usually find that they cling to these conspiracy theories bc it's easier to blame a shadowy world dominating organization for their problems than the fact that they only really have themselves to blame.
The Fundamentalist Christian hatred of Freemasonry, however, is more baffling to me, but I guess they hate anything that promotes reason and logic over blind acceptance. I feel sorry for these people bc they are so easily manipulated.
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Exactly! Isn't it strange that these non-Masons know all about these nefarious plans of ours but the millions of Masons around the world are completely in the dark concerning these things?They didn’t tell me when I became an Entered Apprentice.
They didn’t tell me when I became a Fellow Craft.
They didn’t tell me when I became a Master Mason.
They didn’t tell me when I became a Royal Arch Mason.
They didn’t tell me at Council, Chapter or Commandary.
They didn’t tell me when I took the Scottish Rite Degrees.
They didn’t tell me when I joined KYCH.
They didn’t tell me when I was awarded the 33°.
They didn’t tell me when I became Worshipful Master of my Lodge.
They didn’t tell me when I served as District Deputy Grand Master.
They didn’t tell me when I became Grand Master.
When the hell do I get in on all the secret plans for Masons to take over the world?