Freemasonry Quotes

The twelfth article is of high honesty To every mason wheresoever he be, He shall not his fellows' work deprave, If that he will his honesty save; With honest words he it commend,

 
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This is a very impotant quoation in the history of Freemasonry. While most of the Freemason's moral positions were consonant with the essense of most religions, efen discrimination agaisnt the handicapped was part of a larger societal view, this quotation calles for Masons never to "deprave" fellow Masons. The extensoin of this together wioth the other weakness and controversial aspect of Masonic behavor of secrecy, produced a culture whereby one Mason would not trash the work of another, This had a much wider affect in most Western society professionals whereby professionals woill not testify against ithers of their craft. In America it was most negative and dramatic in the Medical profession where even into tje 21st century physicians would very rarlely tasify agaisnt another physician in a malpractice suit. Dentists, accountants, educators and others were similarly influenced by this Masonic tradition. Worst in America was when it spread into the police departments where they would very often cover upo for their fellows even in criminal cases. The Masons in America drew the ire of a large part of the population for covering up for other Masons who had commited murder. In England there has been a persistant beliefe with little or no evidence that Jack the Ripper, the English Serial Killer was a Mason who was enabled and protected by other Masons who were leaders in most improtant English institutions, The Regius Poem, often referred to as The Halliwell Manuscript, c.1390, is the oldest Ennglsh langiage document of Freemasonry, It was a long poem with a then classic rhyming scheme. It articulate 15 moral precepts and even more "principles" of the Engliosh Masons at the time, which was not terribley different from Masons today.
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Freemasonry, The Regius Poem. aka The Halliwell Manuscript, England, c.1390

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Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of Freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow, and Master Mason. The candidate of these three degrees is progressively taught the meanings of the symbols of Freemasonry, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other members that he has been so initiated. The initiations are part allegorical morality play and part lecture. The three degrees are offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organisations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies (separate from those who administer the craft degrees).

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