"Originally written by the Past Masters at The Ashlar Company" http://MasonicMyths.com
- a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
synonyms: folk tale, folk story, legend, tale, story, fable, saga, mythos, lore, folklore, mythology
examples: "ancient Greek myths" traditional stories or legends collectively. "the heroes of Greek myth"
- a widely held but false belief or idea.
"he wants to dispel the myth that sea kayaking is too risky or too strenuous"
The Freemasons are invitation only.
FALSE - Well mostly false... In the United States and most other jurisdictions, invitations to join are never issued by anyone ever. If you want to join you must ask. In a few parts of the world, particularly where masonry is subject to persecution from hostile regimes, it is indeed invite only. That being said, there is much more to joining than simply filling out an application. Just as anyone can apply (in most jurisdictions), anyone can also object thus forbidding your application. To get local information on masonry in your area click here
Freemasonry is a religion.
FALSE - Freemasonry is NOT a religion. You may often see the word lodge and temple interchanged when referencing masonic lodges/temples. In this context, the word "temple" simply means a place where meetings are held. It carries no religious connotation. The Fraternity of Freemasons is no more a religion than the Boy Scouts, Kappa Sigma or the Rotary Club.
Women can join a regular masonic lodge.
FALSE - Freemasonry has always been an organization for men and it is a cornerstone of the fraternity. Although there are organizations that admit women and style themselves like the fraternity, they are not recognized by any regular freemasons. This remains a universal constant among all recognized lodges in the world. There are sister organizations such as the Eastern Star that women can join however membership in such organizations does not make it's members Freemasons.
The Freemasons can help me get my life going in the right direction.
FALSE - Freemasonry is not a twelve step program. It is not intended to elevate you socially, professionally or economically. If things are not going well in your life, you must sort that out yourself before looking any further into the fraternity.
I need to be wealthy and powerful to become a Freemason.
FALSE - The fraternity is uninfluenced by wealth, power, color or creed. However you should earn an honest living, take pride in what you do and perform it the best of your ability.
I can just write a check and become a Freemason.
FALSE - If you think you can do this or believe you have already done so, we are sorry to inform you that you have likely been a victim of fraud.
Becoming a Freemason will help my military career and get me perks.
FALSE - Sure, if you lived in the eighteenth century you would have had a pretty good ride in the military as a Freemason. Not now though and definitely not in today's military. These days you will more likely be held to an even higher standard as becoming a Freemason does not entitle you to special privileges but it does require you to set an example of excellence for others to follow.
The Freemasons want to create a new world order and one world government.
FALSE - This is an old one that will probably never go away. It's rather absurd from a logical, organizational, practical and just about every other standpoint. Freemasons mostly plan barbeques, often with great difficulty.
Freemasons worship the devil.
FALSE - In the 19th century a man named Leo Taxil wrote a fictional book about devil worshiping freemasons as a hoax. It was a false accusation then and it is just as false now. This ignorance lives on even today.
The Freemasons is a networking organization.
FALSE - The fraternity is definitely not a networking organization. Every once in a while a guy slips in who thinks otherwise and he is usually extremely disappointed. The lodge is not for exchanging business cards and you are not likely to benefit from it in that regard. If you are thinking of joining for that reason, save yourself and everyone else a whole lot of wasted time.
"The Craft" is a pagan, witchcraft or wiccan reference.
FALSE - Commonly accepted definitions of the word "craft" are centric to "skill in planning, making or executing", "occupation or trade requiring skill" or "members of a trade, guild or association". "Craft Masonry" is also the more universal term for "Blue Lodge Masonry" simply referring to the first three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
Freemasonry is a cult.
FALSE - Cults use psychological coercion to recruit. The Freemasons do not recruit nor do they use psychological coercion. A cult leader is usually self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic and not accountable. Masonic leadership is member elected and held to strict regulations. Cults typically do not benefit society. Freemasonry is an institution intentionally designed to benefit society.
Initiates are hazed and abused
FALSE - Any form of hazing is forbidden in all recognized masonic jurisdictions. This type of behavior is unmasonic and is prohibited.
It is ok for a non-mason to represent themselves as a freemason.
FALSE - Representing yourself as a member of an organization to which you do not belong may be considered to be fraud and even punishable by law in some areas. This is a result of the often close relationship with many fraternal organizations and insurance benefits. Even though most grand lodges do not offer insurance, the laws still apply. If your father was a mason and you are not, you may be tempted to wear his ring. Be aware that he would definitely disapprove of this.
The founding fathers were all freemasons
FALSE - Although MANY, MANY of the founding fathers were freemasons, they were not ALL freemasons.