(by editorial board, The Courier Times, February 15, 2020)
Freemasonry traces its roots back to the Roman Empire and even ancient Egypt. The first known use of the word Freemason can be dated back to 1212 in Europe. It described craftsman that could move freely from servitude to build many wonderful churches and cathedrals, some of which stand today.
They formed lodges to teach the secrets of their craft to well-vetted apprentices. In this way they protected the need for their expertise. Over time the need for this work dwindled. However, the joy of brotherhood and the teachings of their rituals persevered.
Today, Freemansonry unites men of good character who live by the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. They care for each other and…