What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest & largest fraternal societies with some 5 million members globally, about 75,000 in Australasia and over 9,000 here in Queensland.
The fraternity of Freemasonry encourages self-improvement, promotes patriotism and respect for the rule of law, sanctions equal rights under law, practices goodwill towards all men, respects the role of women and the family in society, contributes generously to charity and is actively involved in the community.
Freemasons come from all walks of life, however while they may come from different backgrounds and political and religious beliefs, all Freemasons have in common a concern for humanity and the maintenance of moral standards. Freemasonry is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-generational organisation. Freemasons live by the principles of integrity, goodwill, and charity.
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What Freemasonry is not
We are not a secret society.
All members are free to acknowledge their membership, and will do so in response to inquiries for respectable reasons. Our constitutions and rules are available to the public. There is no secret about any of our aims and principles. Like many other societies, we regard some of our internal affairs as private matters for our members. In fact, the secrets of Freemasonry are basically confined to our traditional modes of recognition.
We are not a religious order.
Freemasonry is not a religion and favours no religious practices or beliefs over others. You are not only allowed to practice your faith of choice but are encouraged to do so, whatever that faith may be. The discussion of politics and/or religion at Freemasonic meetings is strictly forbidden.
We are not Anti-Catholic or Anti-Semitic.
As outlined above, Freemasons are not only allowed to practice faith of their choosing, they are encouraged to do so. It does not discriminate against any religion.
We are not an invitation-only, exclusive membership.
Contrary to many popular myths, Freemasonry is not elitist and exclusive; nor do you have to have a relative in the Fraternity. See our Join Freemasons section for more information.
We do not use membership for material gain.
The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else’s business or personal interests is condemned. As an example, it is against our constitution for members to display their membership on business cards or during business dealings.
We are not a benefit society or a Charity.
We assist members in various ways through times of hardship, but we are not an insurance society with sickness, death, disability or old age benefits. We are actively involved in and support the community – see our News section for more information.
We are not associated with Satanic practices or the Occult.
While there is a great deal of symbolism and mythology associated with Freemasonry, and Freemasonry is referred to as a “craft”, the simple fact is that there is no association whatsoever with satanic practices. The symbolic scenarios and centuries-old rituals conducted during Lodge meetings or ceremonies, are in fact representative of the principles of Freemasonry – to live with honour and integrity, to be wiling to share with and care about others, to trust each other, and to place ultimate trust in a higher power or supreme being.
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“To advance Freemasonry, ensuring that it becomes relevant to today’s society
whilst maintaining its high moral, social and charitable standards. ”
“To practise Freemasonry as a progressive philosophy of life which encourages tolerance, integrity and self-developmet of its members, whiltst promoting service to the community”