Quote# 85220[On why atheists can't join the Masonic Lodge]
The first conclusion is that Atheists are incapable of following God's Moral Law, and they are therefore incapable of meeting on the Square. the most often-quoted example of this comes from James Anderson in his Constitutions of Free-Masons
(p. 50): "A Mason is oblig'd, by his Tenure, to obey the moral Law; and if he rightly understands the Art, he will never be a stupid Atheist, nor an irregular Libertine."
The effect of allowing Atheists entry into Masonry "would be to lessen confidence and weaken friendship, and no obligation would be regarded as binding among men ... Mankind would give way to the most unrestrained, cruel, and base passions of their worst natures. The very foundations of good order would be subverted, and society would soon degenerate into a state of anarchy." (Ernst, p. 69-70)
This is an even more prejudiced view than the view that Atheists cannot be trusted to uphold moral law, though there are connections between them. Anderson's reference to Atheists as "stupid" (meaning base, not of lower intelligence) implies the belief that non-believers are less of men. This, in addition to the aforementioned arguments, makes up the bulk of the arguments opposing the Atheist's admission to the Lodge.
Bro. Joshua L. Rubin, 32°, Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry 85 Comments
[12/14/2011 12:47:19 PM]
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Submitted By: Wykked Wytch