Misconceptions about Freemasonry
- To the dismay of conspiracy theorists, Freemasons are not out to rule the world and affect politics. In fact, one of the obligations of a Freemason is to adhere to the Laws of the country he resides and the allegiance to his native land.
- He must be an upstanding citizen in his society. Though it is true that there are many Freemasons who are politicians, politics are strictly forbidden from being discussed within a Lodge or a Masonic gathering.
- There is also an assumption that our internal laws supersede the laws of the Republic of Lebanon. The reality is that our internal laws are made to aid with the governance of our bodies and in fact assert that the laws of the country have a direct precedence on the membership of any Brother.
- If a candidate or Brother is found guilty to any criminal offense, the said candidate’s application does not pass, or the said Brother is suspended or expelled depending on the criminal offense at hand.
- Respect for all religions under the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.
- Some of the misconceptions risen about Freemasonry are that we are a cult or a separate religion working against the church.
The truth is that we believe a man with no faith in a higher power is a man with no anchor in the ocean of life and as such a fundamental requirement to join Freemasonry is faith in God.
The path to enlightenment begins with a firm belief in that higher power, regardless of the institutional frame. Thus our members are comprised of all faiths that believe in a higher power which teaches love and goodness.
In Lebanon, we have Brethren of all Christian and Muslim denominations and Druze. In other parts of the world, you will find Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Taoists and other faiths, the common denominator uniting All these faiths being the Golden Rule; Do unto others what you would have done unto you.