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Old 04-15-2006, 06:45 AM
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Thanks Roberta

I know my hubby has talked about the Shriners and the Scottish Rights. I think he's leaning more toward the Shriners because we're not super far from one of the big Shriner's Burn Hospitals and with him being a burn patient as a child---he would really like to work with the burn kids and help raise money etc. for them.

Everything is kinda up in the air right now-he hasn't even heard if he's going to be accepted yet--altho there should be no reason why not. Just waiting to see.......
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:11 AM
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Well, who can and who cannot be eligible? Is it a religious fraternity thing, or ethnic based thing, or open to all?
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:04 PM
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Mason's are a Christian Fraternity, many of the founding fathers also Masons. They are not a "secret" society (how secret are the Shriners in the cute little hats?) but they do have "secret" rituals during their meetings.

Mason's have scholarship programs, sponsor Special Olympics children, the Shriner Hospitals & Burn units, and many more local projects.

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Old 04-15-2006, 01:39 PM
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I don't know what the membership requirements are for the Masons. I do know that Catholics are not permitted to join the Masons. But that is a church requirement, not a Masonic one.
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My dad and my husband belong to the Blue Lodge. My dad also has a 32nd degree, no clue what that is.
Ellen, any one (male) can petition to be a Mason, but they can "blackball" you for any reason.
The Stone Mason's are African Americans. Our Blue Lodge accepted and conferred (I think the term is) a black man. When this happened numerous members dropped out. I myself am proud that they didn't allow bigotry.
Catholics are allowed to be Mason's according to Masonic Law. I think the church would fall apart if it knew how many Catholics are Mason's. My husband is one of them.

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Old 04-15-2006, 03:18 PM
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Oh, they aren't really a secret society, I just call them that because there are things that we as women and non-masons aren't allowed to know. Its more like a club, with a secret handshake and stuff like that. Like I said before,they do nothing harmful to any one.

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Old 04-15-2006, 10:15 PM
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I read the article on the link that Barbszy posted. It was informative and I thought balanced. It does make more clear the roots, structure, organization, and confusion of Masonry and Catholicism and other religions. Now I understand the controversy stimulated by the recent novels, Angels and Demons etc. And I understand about what I encountered in college about Rainbow Girls, Acacia, etc.
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:45 PM
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Freemasons ( commonly called Masons) are a non-sectarian fraternal order that has a world-wide member base. It is by no means a Christian group, nor are they supposed to engage in amy religious activity or subscribe to any particular religioius affiliation. My grandfather, who was Jewish, belonged to the Freemasons in Germany, and continued his membership in the US. The Masons began as a guild membership stemming from the Freemasons ( or non-slave stone-builders) in Europe at about the 17th century.

The order of the Eastern Star is a Freemason off-shoot to which both Masons and women related to Masons can belong. The only difference between the Masons and The Order of The Eastern Star is that the Order stipulates a belief in a supreme being. While not a Christian organization, it's fundamental religious elements stem from Judeo-Christian monotheastic ethics. My Gramdmother was a memebr of the Order.
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Old 05-12-2006, 11:06 AM
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Are Rainbow Girls part of this or is that a DAR thing?
yes rainbow girls is a part of the Masonic organization. Its for girls who's family are in the masonic organization and want to join before they are 18. (you have to be 18 in order to be eastern star or Mason(depending on your gender))
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Old 07-17-2006, 08:12 AM
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i have been an easternstar for about 25 years.it is all from the bible.we have a great time,sponsor [email protected] in the minstery(sp)
young girls become easternstar at the age of 18.rainbows 11 till 18.it is so good for for them.
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