We have to remember that this is a secret society so expertise on them is hard to come by, unless one of us on here is a Mason and decides to share with us. However, we know that's impossible because that's part of there bylaws - secrecy.
From what I know from studying Crusaders and the origin of the Masons, they are a private society of "free-thinkers" with an apparent hierarchy and a certain set of bylaws that stem from their religious backgrounds and unyielding moral compass.
Basically, they were founded under the principles of Middle-Age stonemason's under the ideology of building and crafting. Building structures, foundations, but not what you may think. Social structures, new ways of thinking, and primarily government. They strive for supreme knowledge of everything, life, God, you name it. Do they pose a threat? Hardly. For all we know this is just another excuse for aristocrats to further separate themselves from the common man.
There is another theory that the last few Knights Templars and their descendants eventually turned into The Freemason's to avoid further prosecution from the Church.
Edit: I better get some rep son
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BTW, I would still like to see the link showing me that there are actually tons of jobs available in Atlanta, and the only reason the city is seeing +10% unemployment is that the people are just too lazy.
back in my sophomore year of high school, our yearbook had this 'mystery thriller' theme thing to it with and ongoing story throughout the entire yearbook. it was something about there being a masonic lodge in the city where i'm from (waukegan, il) and something to do with some student.
i think everyone expects to go into a masonic lodge and see a temple nicolas cage would stumble across in a movie. but like sunsfan said, it's pretty much a frat house for middle-aged men. and it's funny how everyone talks about "SECRET" societies.. but damn near EVERYONE knows about them. i don't know how much i really believe in this stuff, i went through the whole phase my early high school years of being obsessed with conspiracy theories. however, i really can't deny that kanye, jay-z and rihanna use symbolism in their music videos that's way too related to masonic symbols to be a coincidence.
All I know is that they are definetly not killing people or planning coups.
Seriously, what they most do is charity work and help its members who are in trouble. I know they have secret handshakes to know if the person is a freemason. Of course I don't know how to do it cause I'm not part of it.
And it's not that elitist at all. You might be a rich man and have a poor guy above you in hierarchy. You will have to call him master and all that. And they all must believe in God, regardlesse of what religion.
They're mostly catholic where I live as well. The fundamentalist christians usually hate the freemasons, they say it's satanic and all. Believe me, my father is a religious man. He does not love Satan.
I heard that president Lula of Brazil and Bush are freemasons. One is a lefttist, the other is, you know, Bush. It might tell why they are so different, yet had good relationship when Bush was president.