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But there is nothing in these points that is in conflict with any major religion of the Western world.
(To be sure, there are branches of Buddhism that are non-theistic, and there are those who do not believe in an afterlife, but they need not become Freemasons, nor does Masonry seek to dissuade them from their beliefs.) Most of these are complete fabrications; the rest are misunderstandings of the institution and its rituals.
Masonry is a fraternal organization that encourages morality and charity and studies philosophy. This does not mean that they are religious institutions. (Masonic buildings are also called Lodge Halls and Masonic Centers as well as Masonic Temples.
Freemasonry strongly encourages its members to belong to an established religion, although that is not a requirement for membership (only that a candidate profess a belief in a Supreme Being).
Ignorance of Masonry allows misinformation to spread.
For example, it is claimed that Freemasonry has a "plan of salvation" that is in opposition to that of the Christian Church.
A non-Mason insisted that Isaiah 14 is a chapter with a prophecy against the kings of Babylon, specifically Nebuchadnezzar.
The quoted verse is rendered, in my Bible, "Day-star, son of the morning, how hast thou fallen?
Quite the opposite, in fact: Masonry does not recruit members, does not compel attendance at any of its meetings, charges modest dues and fees (some little changed from sixty years ago, when the dollar was worth a lot more), encourages community service and participation in civic and religious organizations, and allows any member to quit (demit) at any time (providing he has no outstanding financial obligations; otherwise, he is liable to be suspended, but in either case, he would no longer be a member).It has no clergy, no sacraments, and does not promise salvation to its members. Some Scottish Rite buildings are called "Cathedrals," but that is from a Greek word meaning "chair," and referring to the seat of authority of any sort.) The term "worshipful" stems from 18th century English usage, when Freemasonry in its present form was being organized.The term has nothing to do with religious worship but is an old synonym for "honorable" or "respected." Check any good dictionary!Similarly, Freemasons engage in group prayer and have a chaplain, just as do the armed services and the houses of Congress. There is nothing in Freemasonry that conflicts with most religions.
However, Freemasonry does insist on religious tolerance.
But there is nothing in Masonry to support such a statement; it is complete fiction.