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Freemasonry FAQs

     Q. What is a Freemason?
      A: A member of the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, existing in its present form since 1717. There are over 1,800,000 Masons in the United States and about 3,200,000 in the world (as of 1982).


     Q: How does a man become a Mason?
      A: A candidate must apply of his own free will and accord, since Masonry does not solicit members. A man interested in becoming a Mason should express that interest to a friend or acquaintance whom he believes to be a mason. He will then receive information leading to an application.


     Q: Does Masonry have any restrictions pertaining to race, creed, or color?
      A: No. Racial or ethnic background or religious beliefs are not considered when an applicant seeks admission. Membership includes men of all races and religions.


     Q: Is there a religious test?
      A: No. Masonry is not a religion. It only requires a belief in a Supreme Being.


     Q: Is Masonry political?
      A: No. The discussion of partisan politics in a Masonic Lodge is forbidden and there is no support of candidates for political office. However, every Mason as an individual is encouraged to perform his civic duties supporting our democratic system.


     Q: What is meant by a "Lodge"?
      A: It is the individual, local unit of Freemasonry.


     Q: What does it cost to become a Mason?
      A: Fees for the degrees and annual dues are set by each individual Lodge.


     Q: What philanthropies or charities does Masonry aid?
      A: Masons through concordant organizations provide scholarships to colleges and universities without regard to race, creed, or color; contribute to blood banks; maintain hospitals for crippled children; maintain facilities for research in diseases of the eye, childhood aphasia, deafness; and many more.