A Mason represents the Craft when he publicly displays the emblem of a Master Mason. It is almost like accepting the job of being one of the many the voices of the Fraternity when out in the public's eye as an individual.I know of a brother who was healed over into Prince Hall from international he has been a MM for at least 3 yrs under PHA and every time I see the brother he is Masonic from head to toe he has been warned several times by the craft not to ware anything Masonic until he can defend it he was tried by a brother and could not answer the question asked therefor his jacket was taken ... Long story short the brother is upset about his things being taken from him but what do you do when you have warned a brother about this issue time after time again he feels as if he is being picked on I think he is being tought a valuable lesson in knowing how to protect his emblems ijs ....what do the brothers here think on this subject..
You are going to be approached and asked questions by non masons. You best be able to answer those questions accurately otherwise you should not make yourself visible. Remember the name given to the Entered Apprentice.
Here is my take on it. If the questions are regarding his official proficiencies then he should not be a Master Mason until such time that he can prove it via examination in open lodge.
If these are chatch-a-kism questions out of a book not sponsored by the MWPHGL then shame on his Brethren for belittling him.