(by John Hamill, i-NEWS)
For 300 years English Freemasonry has welcomed into membership individuals from all walks of life, of any faith, age, class or political persuasion. The masterstroke by those who formed and developed Freemasonry was to ban the discussion of politics and religion at Masonic meetings.
They knew that those were the most divisive of subjects and were more interested in bringing people together to set aside those differences and see what they had in common and how they could build on that commonality for the good of their communities as a whole.
We are quietly proud of the fact that during those 300 years we have been an inclusive organisation accepting as members groups who were discriminated against by society in general.
Discrimination against Freemasons
That is why we are saddened that there are individuals and groups in society today who seek to discriminate against Freemasons, their discrimination being based on old conspiracy theories, misinformation and lies.
As Freemasons we value honesty, integrity and service to the community above all else…