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by Ed Halpaus
I came across the following information on the Philalethes List server, in a piece written by W.B. Eric Schmitz, I was so impressed with what Brother Eric wrote I asked if I might put a quote from his article in Masonic Matters, and Brother Eric gave his permission.
So here is what he wrote, I’m sure you will like it.
“Our Christian detractors have often made the assertion that "Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity." Christian Freemasons have vehemently denied this allegation. With all due respect to my brethren who have repeatedly stated; "Freemasonry is not incompatible with any religion," I must say the following:”
“If your religion, as you practice it, makes it impossible for you to peacefully coexist with anyone of a different faith than yours, under the spirit of universal religious tolerance, or to show respect for another's faith by reciting a non-sectarian prayer that does not name any specific Deity, and to which a brother of a different faith may readily add his "Amen;" if your religion, as you practice it, requires that you always be allowed to proselytize your beliefs to others, no matter what the forum; then Freemasonry is indeed incompatible with your religion, whatever it may be.”
“Here, it seems appropriate to quote one of my favorite authors:
"The major offense of Masonry to orthodox churches is that it, like our First Amendment, encourages equal tolerance for all religions, and this tends, somewhat, to lessen dogmatic allegiance to any one religion. Those who insist you must accept their dogma fervently and denounce all others as devilish errors, correctly see this Masonic tendency as [inimical] to their faith."- Robert Anton Wilson, Everything is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups, HarperCollins, 1998.
“But Freemasonry does not have to be incompatible with your (or anyone's) religion. Whether it is so is up to you, not us.”
The complete article that the above is excerpted from may be found at: http://www.indianamasons.org/imoanti/detract.html
The Masonic Altar – Coils Masonic Encyclopedia says; the presence of an Altar in
a Masonic Lodge is difficult to account for, and it is difficult to place the
time of, or occasion for, its introduction into American Lodges.
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