Episode 158 – Conduct In and Out of Lodge

Are there differences in how Masons behave inside and outside of the doors of a tiled Lodge? Should there be? This week, the Hosts of The Masonic Roundtable welcome special guest Bro. Jason Charles Miller, member of Reseda Lodge No. 666, musician, and voice-over artist, as they discuss Masonic conduct within and without the Lodge room!

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2 Responses

  1. Alex Madsen says:

    It’s nice to hear from another Buddhist Mason!

    I thought I was the only one, haha.

    I know there’s a lot a mixed opinion on Shriners, both good and bad. Would your podcast consider an episode on it?

    It could be difficult to cover, but I think there’s value there.

    I know that as a Shriner, I’ve seen both sides of the body. Here at Luxor Shriners, many young Masons have joined in an effort to reform some of the less-saavy aspects of it.

    We see Shriners as a way to give back to the community and help children. BUT we also emphasize with our newer guys that it’s a pointedly second place to Blue Lodge.

    I recognize that we’ve earned a bit of ridicule over the years. But I do believe we have value.

    HOWEVER – we are in dire need of reform.

    Humbly submitted, Brothers.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Helio Da Costa says:

    Depending on culture, the interpretation of what constitutes “political discussion” in lodge may vary. It is well know that in Latin America and even some European countries, “politics” is, according to Anglo-Saxon Freemasonry, very much present in lodges and grand lodges considered regular.
    For example: last year when visiting for the first time a lodge that my great-great-grandfather found in South America and for which I had written a paper on him to present, I was pre-empted because since the city was having elections for mayor, one of the candidates, being a Mason but not of that lodge, came to visit and explain his platform for 15 minutes or more in the hope that the brethren would support him in his endeavour. Not only that, but once he finished his presentation, the Grand Master of that jurisdiction, who happened to be present as member of that lodge, stood up and said to the brethren assembled that he was going to vote for him and hoped that the brethren would also do so!
    I was flabbergasted, because even in South America, although what can be considered politics here is not there and societal issues in general (such as abortion, euthanasia, gay rights, corruption in government, etc.) are openly discussed in lodges as long as no sides are taken, that is, as long as there is no support for one party over another, this seemed too much. That is how they interpret the prohibition of political discussion in lodges, that is, no partisan politics. I can accept that, but listen to a political rally in lodge and have the Grand Master personally openly support the candidate and urge others to vote for the candidate was really a shock!
    To be fair, and taking in consideration the cultural environment, I can only rationalise that this happened because politics at all levels in that country are so corrupt with many politicians being sent to prison, impeached, the public coffers raided with the consequence that there is no money to pay the public servants and pensioners having their pensions in arrears for months and then payments being disbursed in bits and pieces, that in this context, the fact of having Masons running for office, it is a way to try to change things around in the country by having men that are upright and honest to take office which will benefit the collectivity at large. As a matter of fact, the leaders of the entire Masonic jurisdiction in the country have made official statements against corruption in government, of course without naming names or supporting any political party in particular.

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