Frequently Asked Questions

Is Freemasonry a Religion?

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.

Frère François Marie Arouet de Voltaire

La Loge des Neuf Sœrs (Lodge of the Nine Sisters), Paris, France.

Freemasonry is NOT a religion.

Freemasonry is a fraternity and NOT a religion.  Freemasonry is not affiliated with any religious organization.  In fact, religion is a topic that is off-limits while the lodge is in session.  While Freemasonry does include lessons in morality, there is no theology, nor any discussion of salvation.  The only requirement is the belief in a supreme being or higher power.  This means that men who identify with any belief system that incorporates this view are welcome, including, for example, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Judaism, Eastern Orthodox, Hinduism, Deism, and many more.

Is Freemasonry a Cult?

Again, Freemasonry is a fraternity.  Freemasonry is not a cult.  During the inquisitions of the 12th century, false charges of heresy were brought up against the Knights Templar.  Although the Knights were exonerated several years afterward, many myths spawned from the charges that have remained in some iteration to this day.  Freemasonry, by association with the Knights Templar, has been included in many of these myths.  Additionally, there have been anti-masonic movements over time that have also introduced more fictitious rumors with no basis in reality.