Religion and Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization and is not considered to be a religion. The single religious requirement is the belief in a Supreme Being. For this reason Freemasonry has members from all major religions of the world.
There’s a pervasive misconception out there, that Freemasonry is a religion or religious cult. This is partly due to misunderstandings and partly due to Freemasonry being the the shadows for quite some time. It’s understandable why this mistake is made.
Freemasonry is not a religion. Its a brotherhood of Freemasons who come from all religions.
No talk of religion allowed
During Masonic meetings and events, any talk of religion (and politics too) is strictly prohibited. You see, Freemasonry was born in a time when alternate religious views were suppressed. For this reason, Freemasonry has always been open-minded and accepting.
In order to prevent argument between the brethren and to create harmony and solidarity, its been a long held rule that all talk of religion or politics be prohibited. Even today you can see how quickly talking about these subjects can quickly turn into bitter arguments.
Freemasons from all religions
The ideals of enlightenment found in Freemasonry cross religious boundaries, with the only requirement being that you believe in a Supreme Being of your own choice. This has historically has attracted notable figures from all faiths into Freemasonry.
Even today, there will be Freemasons around you who are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist.
No Religious practices
There are rituals in Freemasonry specific to our organization. These much beloved and guarded rituals are not religious in nature, they are unique to Freemasonry. The only times religion may appear to enter Freemasonry are the following:
- King Solomon is mentioned and features as an important part of our legend and folklore.
- A generic prayer (non-denominational) is given to the Supreme Being at the open and close of Masonic Meetings.
- There are some optional branches or offshoots of Freemasonry that require specific religious beliefs, but these are optional. The vast majority of Freemasons aren’t part of these additional branches.
Freemasonry is not a religion but it teaches its members to value learning and experience. It also teaches its members to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and to regard each man as their equal, deserving both their respect and their assistance.
Freemasonry is far from indifferent toward religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his Duty to God above all other duties. Its moral teachings are acceptable to all religions.