Freemasonry has piqued the interests of many as this old and large organization has faced lots of controversies and that many people as well as groups and organizations have lots of assumptions about this organization. In fact, it has been named ‘secret society’ because most of its operation as well as membership is hidden or held secret.
The secrets of freemasonry has been a subject of curiosity by many. Even in the earliest times of the organization, it has been questioned and criticized and allegations have emerged here and there.
Although the members of freemasonry are not hiding their affiliation, in fact they often wear jewelry that identifies them as one, the total membership and the scope of the fraternity is not quite clearly established to many. They may not be a ‘secret society’ as freemasons themselves call it, but there are a lot of parts in the organization that remain hidden from the public. In fact, they hold secret meetings, they have secret codes, rituals and symbols in which meanings are hidden from the public.
One of the ‘secrets of freemasonry’ is also is their rites and rituals of initiating a new member into the organization and subsequently initiating him into the different levels or degrees of being a freemason. Aside from these aspects of the organization and their ‘secret society’ label, there had also been a lot of controversies and allegations thrown at the organization, from conspiracy theorists to groups and organizations.
The freemasonry was even discouraged by the Roman Catholic church among its members and the organization has been tagged as anti-Christian. It has also faced the issues on using their brotherhood to gain favors, especially that many members of the organization have high positions in the government, even prime ministers and presidents and many also are known and popular being sports heroes and celebrities.
The membership of the organization is also widely distributed worldwide and with that, the question of what really is their true common goal has been one of the major questions that bugged many.
Allegations about their being a religious cult or in another case, being the illuminati has also made against the organization. With the freemasonry only accepting men, they have also faced the issue of being discriminatory against women.
Probably because of the secrecy of the main purpose of their organization that some of their members may not even knew, there have been a lot of accusations thrown at them. Aside from being tagged as anti-Christian, they have also been accused of being Satanic, but of course, until the people have truly known what is the common goal of freemasonry, it will probably remained as a ‘secret society’ to many and may remain bombarded with accusations.
But of course, it is important to note that the freemasons have also been active in civic activities, in charitable work in any of their jurisdictions, and this has been their major activities. Of course, if you are too curious about the deep secrets of the freemasons, you can also find a lot of resources that tackle some of them.