True, we have a few secrets in Freemasonry. Part of our ritual, our modes of recognition and the business of the Lodge. Portions of our ritual have been handed down within Freemasonry for centuries and form a part of our tradition. However, our purposes, ideals and principles may be learned by anyone who inquires. There are numerous books and information on the Web regarding the subject available to the public. All printed Masonic information, with the exception of our esoteric work, may be freely discussed in public. As Masons, we wear lapel pins and other Masonic jewellery, march in parades with our distinctive aprons and openly sponsor charities. We do prefer to keep our rites confidential, because keeping them sacred and solemn can only enhance their initiatory value.
It should also be mentioned that the true secrets of Freemasonry are contained within the repository of the Freemason’s heart and cannot be revealed to those who are not duly and truly prepared to receive them.
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY ?
Because of the nature of the teachings of Freemasonry we require our candidates to acknowledge a belief in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul, otherwise the ceremonies would be meaningless. There is no requirement that one belong to a particular religion or a particular church. That choice is a personal decision. It is the opinion of our Order that membership in our Fraternity will only enhance a man’s experience in whatever religious community he chooses to belong. An atheist cannot become a Mason, because he cannot express a belief in a Supreme Being, nor can he pledge an oath to anything greater than himself.
Masonic ideals are not set forth in written creeds. For the most part the individual Mason must interpret the rituals for himself and come to whatever understanding will satisfy his own mind and conscience, allowing others to do likewise. This is an example of Masonic tolerance, one of the primary principles of the Craft. Our Order seeks only to unite good men for the purpose of brotherhood.