About Freemasonry
 
 
Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest fraternal non-political, non-sectarian societies. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can have a belief in a Supreme Being and who are of good repute. According to the legends which form part of the tradition of Freemasonry, the fraternity dates back to the time of the construction of King Solomon's Temple.

The United Grand Lodge of England describes Freemasonry as:

 "a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being.
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Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. At every Lodge meeting under the English constitution the Holy Bible known to Freemasons as 'The Volume of the Sacred Law' must be in evidence and open.

Discussion on politics or religion is not permitted at Masonic meetings as either can be a cause of dissension.

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God through his faith and religious practice; to conform to the laws of the land in which he resides; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to show care for his neighbour through charity and service.

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