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Freemasons Don't Plan to Take Over the World

Masons are forbidden to discuss politics in the lodge. Finalizing world-takeover plans among Freemason brethren is tough if you have to disguise it as discussion about Saturday’s fish fry or who’s supposed to cut the lodge lawn.

Lodge rituals differ from one jurisdiction to another. Grand Lodges disagree on a wide variety of issues. And there is no cohesive, international governing body of Freemasons. For a bunch of guys who are taking over the world, they're mighty incompetent.

Mainstream Freemasonry does not now, nor has it ever, aspired to be a world-dominating, secret empire. Nor does it aspire to be the controlling gray eminences behind the thrones, another common charge. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that simply seeks to improve men so that they may, in turn, improve society around them. It doesn’t tell them how to do that, nor does it give them political, commercial, or religious marching orders.

Some 18th- and 19th-century kings and religious leaders distrusted Freemasonry because it encouraged freedom of thought, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression, the very antithesis of what most conspiracy theorists accuse it of.

Have some Freemasons, or men who called themselves Freemasons, used the basic organization and ceremonies of the Craft to create their own secret societies that have less-than-virtuous goals? Certainly — and they were driven from the ranks of the fraternity when their activities were discovered.

Moreover, the Grand Master, the leading officer in a Grand Lodge, has the supreme power during his term of office to suspend Masons accused of wrongdoing, and even to suspend entire lodges if their membership engages in un-Masonic or illegal conduct.

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