Why are discussions of politics and religion forbidden in lodge?
The prohibition goes back to the early history of the Fraternity. It is written in the second paragraph of the sixth “Old Charge” (Behavior after the Loge is over and the Brethren not gone); “No private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State policy, we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion above-mentioned; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages, and are resolved against all Politicks as what never yet conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will. This charge has been always strictly enjoin’d and observ’d, but especially since the Reformation in Britain, or the Dissent and Secession of these Nations from the Communion of Rome.”
Freemasons today hold that the Old Charge prohibits lodge discussions of politics in the sense of partisan politics and religion in the sense of sectarian religion. [One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]
Something for Everyone
Advertise your fraternal affiliation proudly! The Harmony Lodge jewelry cabinet is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
From bumper stickers to lapel pins and anything in between, all you have to do is ask your Senior Warden.
Cash, check or money order, they’re all good. If you don’t see it, ask and it shall be rendered unto you via
catalog order or a quick look in a box or under something else. We have Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite
and Eastern Star paraphernalia and prices, unfortunately, are reflective of current inflationary spirals.
There are many aspects of the ritual for which the candidate can hardly be expected to be prepared, and this is as it should be. Yet, even after the new Master Mason is raised, he can look back upon his recent journey with considerable curiosity and wonder, asking such questions as, “What have I done?” or “What was this all about?” So many new words, so many new concepts, so much to deal with in such a short time!
One of these concepts, which I did not take the time properly to research before publishing it in this news-letter, was to confuse “Free & Accepted Masons” with “Ancient Free Masons,” to wit, this extract from the May 2011 edition:
“The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of South Carolina met in Greenville on
Thursday and Friday, April 28-29. After
all the formalities were gone through, the one shining star of the event was that
our very own Charles Weickhardt has been selected as
the new District Deputy Grand Master for District 4. Congratulations, Charlie!”
Of course, the Grand Master himself noticed this discrepancy
and made a call to our Worshipful Master Craig Dopson,
who notified me forthwith. Ignorance is
no excuse and I should have known better.
Lesson learned and thinking stimulated, I believe it is time for a new
I hereby offer this humble beginning to what I hope
will be a continuing effort toward improved understanding for all masons, but
more especially our newly initiated, passed and raised brethren in their
ongoing search for more light.
In the three lectures regarding the various working tools
of the EA, FC and MM, reference is made to “free and accepted masons,” to
wit: “But we as Free and Accepted Masons
are taught to make use of them (it) for (a) more noble and glorious purpose(s),”
1. Is there a substantive liturgical or
historical difference between “free and accepted masons” (F. & A.M.) and
“ancient free masons (A.F.M.)?”
2. If South Carolina masons are A.F.M.,
why does the Ahiman Rezon refer to “free and accepted
3. Is the Ahiman
Rezon specifically a South Carolina text or is it more broadly accepted and
used in other states?
From Right Worshipful Brother Charles Weickhardt,
DDGM, 4th Masonic District of South Carolina, these answers:
1. AFM is specific only to The Grand
Lodge of South Carolina and has been for at least 275 years. You will take note that this makes our Grand
Lodge unique, as other Grand Lodges characterize themselves as Ancient Free
& Accepted Masons (A.F. & A.M.) or Free & Accepted Masons (F. &
2. Suggested reading for this answer is
A.G. Mackey’s History of Freemasonry in South Carolina. You will note the Ahiman
Rezon was introduced to the Craft in 1737 by a Charter granted from the United
Grand Lodge of England. Research about
the Ahiman Rezon is readily available on line.
3. I suggest canvassing the other 49
grand lodges to find the answer. My
concern is for our Most Worshipful Grand Lodge. We operate by the 36th Edition of
the Ahiman Rezon with the Code and Constitution. You will note this was originally prepared by
Dr. Frederick Dalcho and revised over the years by
the Grand Secretaries.
* * * * * * *
It is hardly likely that I will begin a new effort to canvass the remaining 49 grand lodges in these United States; however, it is perhaps a task for future consideration. Many thanks are due to RW Brother Weickhardt for his astute and informative response to my inquiry and for providing further light in Masonry.
If there are brothers out there who are reading this column and are reminded of questions they may have had during their rituals and wish to seek more light by asking those questions, remember that every Master Mason you know is willing, even eager to provide answers. However, if you wish your questions to reach a broader audience, this Senior Warden and Newsletter Editor will be happy to receive them at 843-441-8317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard R. Harris
Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor
It has been a busy April and May for degree work at Harmony Lodge 22 and the Stewards and I have enjoyed the opportunities to participate and be involved. As we all go through Masonry, we perceive more and more regarding our Craft. To that end, I hope you enjoy as well as Master the quiz below.
MASTER MASON QUIZ – 10 Questions
1. What stage of Life does this degree
C. Middle Age
D. Advanced Age
2. What does the
Master Mason degree symbolize?
A. Culmination of your Masonic career
domination over man
C. Victory over
death and immortality of the soul
D. Mortality of
3. What are you
reminded of at your reception at the door?
A. All the lessons of Freemasonry
B. The tenets of Freemasonry
C. Your obligation
D. Your previous degrees
4. What is considered the
heart of this Degree?
Entry into the Lodge
B. The Sprig of Acacia
C. Placement of
5. What is a clandestine Lodge?
A. Lodge located in another state
B. Lodge without its own building
C. Lodge not in session
D. Lodge not issued a Charter by a Grand Lodge
is meant by the term “Dotage”?
A. Young man who is uninformed
B. Condition in which you were expected to be
C. Diminished state of mind
D. The loss of membership by the vote of the
7. What is a Libertine?
A. One who
believes in Liberty for all
B. One who acts
without moral restraints
C. A medal worn
by Lodge Officers
D. The sword at
the Tiler’s Door
8. What do Signs, Tokens and Words
mean to a Mason?
A. Methods of
B. Symbols of
C. The language
D. The rewards a
Free Mason can expect to receive
9. Who was Hiram Abif?
B. A tent
designer and builder
C. King David’s
D. The Widow’s
Son worthy of imitation
10. What is taught by the use of
the Three Ruffians?
A. Rewards can
not be attained by illicit means
B. Rewards can
be attained by illicit means
C. Good things
always come in threes
D. The three
principle stages of life
The 2nd half of the quiz will follow in July.
Fraternal Greetings Brothers, ,
This Masonic year has been busy for Harmony Lodge with degree work and our Capital Campaign. Attempting to raise the money to pay for the HVAC to be replaced is no easy task; however, our Worshipful Master Paul Griffin has met this challenge head on. We have collected around a quarter of what is needed to replace the HVAC within the last month. The work is being done and we should have more comfortable temperatures in which to meet by the time you receive this newsletter. If you have not contributed to our Capital Campaign please consider doing so.
We have a number of candidates in process at this time and the work being done is very good. Please come out and join us for some of this work or one of our Regular Communications. We can always use a helping hand.
Enjoy the upcoming summer months. See you at the Lodge.
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
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-- Poet Edward Young
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-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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-- H.L. Mencken
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-- Friedrich Nietzsche
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