in America reached a high water mark in 1959 at just over four million. Since
then there has been a steady decline in numbers until today membership stands at
just under 1.5 million. It now appears that the decline will cease at between
one million and 750,000.
This decline led
to a great deal of soul searching and a reexamination of the Craft. There was an
understandable, all too human, preoccupation with numbers. This examination led
to doubt, criticism and significant change.
understandable that Masons would have looked inward in seeking the causes of
this decline in membership. But we were responding to a mirage, as was every
other fraternal and service organization in America. Robert D. Putnam’s
landmark essay and subsequent book both entitled “Bowling Alone: America’s
Declining Social Capital” established that our loss of membership is a
consequence of a general decline in social participation which has effected
every aspect of American civic life.
By focusing on
ourselves and failing to perceive the true cause of our decline in numbers, we
have gone down many false paths. One day classes, reduced proficiencies, and
lately a loss of respect for our obligation towards secrecy are all a part of
these changes. To stem this decline many Grand Lodges focused significant
resources towards charitable activities in the belief that Masonry should be
perceived more as a fraternal organization working for the public good. This, it
was thought, would serve to lift the veil from our private functions, to depict
us as another form of Elk or Lion. In recent years, lodges have opened
themselves up and allowed ritual to be recorded knowing it would be publicly
broadcast. This was done, as well, to say we have no secrets, when in truth we
The consequence of
these measures, however, has not stemmed the decline in membership. And today a
healthy reconsideration of what was discarded in the pursuit of numbers is well
underway. The issue for Masons in this first decade of the 21st
century is what are we going to do, not about our declining numbers which are at
last poised to turn, but for the future of Freemasonry? In short, what Craft do
we wish for ourselves and for the future? The answer to those questions lies in
a new and unexpected place.
Masonry has always
been based on community. Our membership has been drawn largely from those who
already have an existing association with a Mason. Historically, it has not been
unusual for a lodge to consist primarily of men who work together, or who live
in the same immediate locale. The percentage of a community who are Freemasons
has historically been higher in small towns than in big cities.
Until just before
the Second World War, America was still largely a rural nation with just under
half the population living and working on a family farm. With the war, and the
subsequent post-war industrial explosion, a profound migration occurred from the
farm to the city until today eight in ten Americans live in a city.
membership numbers did not suffer with this migration. The community of the
small town was largely transferred to that of the city neighborhood. But with
the advent of freeways and the increasing use of cars, significant numbers moved
from the inner city to the suburbs. This relocation coincides with the change in
social capital recorded by Putnam. Days now involved a significant amount of
commute time and wives began working in greater numbers. There was, as a result,
less of an opportunity to reestablish community ties and once broken by a
generation they were not restored.
As a consequence,
the traditional American community in which Freemasonry prospered has largely
vanished. Remnants still exist in certain areas of suburbia, small towns and in
sections of our large cities, but for the most part the communities from which
we drew members and new lodges were formed have disappeared. This has adversely
affected Masonic membership.
But a new form of
community has arisen to replace that which we lost. It is a community, however,
that is not widely recognized as such, though it is in large measure the future
of the Craft.
It is said that
the Internet is the best, and worst, thing to ever happen to Freemasonry. It is
the best because it makes the tenets of Masonry more widely available than has
ever been possible previously. It is the best because it makes for more
effective lodge communication. It is the best because it allows Masons removed
by distance to remain in active touch with their home lodge and lodge brothers.
It is the worst
because that which we’d prefer to keep secret has never been more readily
available. Every aspect of Craft ritual can be found with just the a few clicks
of a mouse. It is the worse because never before has it been so easy to
disseminate lies about us. It is the worse because never before has it been so
easy for the profane to pretend to be brothers and gain the unwitting trust of
those who truly are. It is the worst because never before has it been so
tempting for a brother to forget his obligation while in the comfort of his own
home, surfing in the artificial intimacy of Internet Masonry.
There exist today
Internet lodges, both regular but more typically irregular. There are also
individual websites, blogs, online forums and MySpace accounts. Anything and
everything about Freemasonry is available somewhere in the digital universe.
development the various Grand Lodges have reacted in widely disparate ways. In
some cases they have suspended or expelled certain brothers and ordered websites
shut down. In other situations they have taken a laissez-faire
approach, giving wide berth to the publication of information and activities
clearly covered by a Mason’s obligation. If any North American Grand Lodge has
yet adopted a formal policy related to the Internet it is not widely known.
The consequence of
all this has been confusion about what a lodge and/or a brother as a Mason can
and cannot do on the Internet. There is today no coherent approach to digital
Freemasonry by the Grand Lodges or any national Masonic body. The state of
Freemasonry on the Internet is most accurately described as chaotic.
Today those men
interested in Masonry do not go the library or buy a book. They surf the
Internet. Likewise, contemporary Freemasons conduct their research largely on
the Internet. Though still in its infancy, the Internet is already the single
largest depository of Masonic information in history. Books long out of print
and once not commonly available are now displayed in full on various websites.
This body of work continues to grow every few weeks. This is, and will continue
to be, an enormous boon for Masonic research.
Internet is also the world’s largest depository of anti-Masonic information
and is the new home of clandestine masons and irregular lodges.
and Clandestine Masonry
The dark side of
the Internet as it relates to Freemasonry is that it allows irregular or
clandestine masons a wide audience. In fact, such masonry has latched onto the
Internet with a vengeance. Google the word “Freemasonry” and more often than
not at least half of the initial hits will be websites condemning Masonry or
featuring irregular masonry. Google “Freemason blogs” and many or most hits
will be irregular websites or those that provide irregular information and
opinions, or link to such sites.
Of the three most
popular Masonic websites on the Internet only one is regular. One of the other
two is decidedly irregular, even hostile to Grand Lodges and traditional
Masonry, while the other features links to such sites. The former, joined by any
number of Masonic blogs, endorsed a presidential candidate in the 2008 election,
which gave those not knowledgeable about Freemasonry the false impression that
the Craft is involved in politics.
In this confusing
digital world it can be very difficult for a non-Mason or a prospective Mason to
differentiate between clandestine and regular Masonic websites. Even regular
Masons can be easily misled. Popular Masonic forums often feature routine
postings from regular Masons, and from irregular European ones, as well as from
co-masons and feminine masons. All are mixed together and mingled in a way that
gives each equal credibility. Many blogging Masons, especially the most
prominent sites, tend to come from angry men with an ax to grind, men who want
radical change in the Craft.
allows regular brothers to post anonymously or under false flags and publish
information in violation of their obligation without being held to account. One
prominent poster, who is generally in support of regular Masonry, routinely
publishes the exact text of the California ritual to support his positions.
on the Internet is that irregular and clandestine groups have a representation
out of proportion to their true numbers. A single disgruntled former Mason can
change his Internet identity repeatedly, post messages and give the very false
impression that a certain site is representative of the feelings of large
numbers of Masons, or that a certain dissident point of view is widely held when
neither is the case. It is commonly thought that two popular sites hostile to
regular Masonry that often write in support of one another are actually authored
by the same malcontent expelled Mason, and that he is the force behind an
irregular grand lodge.
irregular Masons have languished because they’ve never had the numbers to
achieve real impact. The Internet has changed that. Disgruntled and expelled
Masons have formed several clandestine groups which have a strong presence on
the Internet. One expelled Mason founded or participated in the founding of the
Rite of the Rose Cross of Gold, the Modern Rite of Memphis, the United Grand
Lodge of America, and most recently the Grand Orient of the United States of
America which claims to have received recognition from the Grand Orient of
France. He and others present that they are the new wave of Masonry in the 21st
wave” has certain troubling aspects. The proponents veil their anger towards
regular Masonry by claiming to be supportive of traditional Masonry, when in
fact they are not. They tend to depict regular Masonic Grand Lodges as
monolithic and oppressive. They view subordinate lodges as dysfunctional and
archaic. They envision a future in which anyone claiming to be a Mason is
accepted as such, a world in which regularity all but ceases to exist. In the
name of what they term “universal brotherhood” they seek a Masonic world in
which anyone wearing a compass and square is accepted as a Mason. If they have
their way it will be the end of regular Masonry.
Following is a
sample from such a site:
Masonry has always been a dictatorship, a benevolent one and in many Grand
Lodges guided by a voting body which is increasingly ignored. That seemed to
serve Masonry well for many years. Perhaps there has always been some back room
arm twisting and an Oligarchy working out of smoke filled rooms. But we always
had the sense that our leaders had our best interests at heart and that they
listened to the wishes and feelings of the average Mason.
had a simple system for simple times...
easy, fast communication has brought Masons from many different traditions
together, the rise of universal Masonry reaching out across jurisdictions,
seeking consensus and some kind of all encompassing identity has enjoyed an
interstate bonding. Brothers from many different jurisdictions with the ability
to communicate well on a daily basis seek to break down barriers of territorial
exclusiveness. Naturally when power is eroded, dispersed and questioned it seeks
to preserve the status quo, sometimes by whatever means.
appear weekly on various popular websites. Clandestine masons understand the
impact of the Internet and its potential significance to their cause. Consider
this, even more seditious posting from a recent blog, intended apparently to
lure regular Masons into attending irregular lodges of the clandestine Grand
Orient of the United States of America:
recognition is a hotly debated topic on the Internet these days but is it really
as important as it appears? In truth it’s a game played by Grand Lodges and a
few overzealous brothers. Most lodges give a wink and a grin to recognition to
keep their Grand Lodge from harassing them.
centuries Masons having been visiting one another in lodges whether recognized
or not, and the age old tradition continues to this day. Masons from the State
Grand Lodges and
UGLE have been visiting and joining the Grand Orient of France for over a
Other Masons have visited Price Hall lodges even in jurisdictions where
recognized. The GOUSA has members that still belong to their State Grand Lodge.
The bottom line is that most Masons
care more about the brotherhood than they do aboutMasonic recognition.
Such is the nature
of clandestine Internet masonry, but the threat here comes not from the
likelihood that, as one example, the so-called Grand Orient of the United States
of America will become a viable Grand Lodge with a competing network of
subordinate lodges. The clandestine and expelled masons forming such groups have
a history of dissent. They form alliances and fall out with one another with
frequency. On a practical level the Grand Orient of the United States of America
and such groups are not a threat to regular Masonry because they cannot get
along with each other. Having broken with regular Masonry they are by practice
rebellious and prone to active dissension, even from one another.
No, the threat
here comes in a different form.
prospective Masons and new Masons visiting the Internet cannot today readily
distinguish regular Masonry from irregular masonry and in many cases are
unlikely to know that such a profound distinction exists. The threat to the
Craft is that we have lost the Internet message to irregular masonry.
The state of
today’s Internet Masonic message is largely unrepresentative of regular
Masonry. Clandestine masons and disgruntled regular Masons engaged in unMasonic
conduct are primarily driving a destructive digital discourse. It is essential
to our future that regular Masonry take control of the digital Masonic message.
If we don’t, these forces will.
The reality is
that if the Internet Freemason message remains unchanged it will become
dominant. It will not only influence how non-Masons think of us, new members
will be influenced by it and will form an initial false belief in the actual
nature of regular Masonry, a belief that participation in lodge activities may
not alter. As they rise in leadership they will seek to change Freemasonry to
conform to this influence and, given time, these leaders will decide the
direction and future of Freemasonry.
and Regular Masonry
speaking, regular Masons are reluctant, or unwilling, to spread light on the
Internet. They are by nature reticent when it comes to discussing the Craft
outside of the lodge. Others are not certain what can be discussed or do not
know how to write certain matters in a form the profane can access. Still others
hold the opinion that we are a fraternity and that light, that is, our
understanding that comes from reading and study, can only truly be shared
exists a form of regular digital Freemasonry. The United Grand Lodge of England
has chartered an Internet lodge, as just one example. Certain long respected
research lodges and societies have blossomed in this new digital age. Masons all
over the world meet and communicate in chat rooms and in forums. Information is
exchanged, friendships are formed. The consequences for all this are not as yet
fully apparent, though the dangers are.
This is not to say
that the Internet and Internet lodges will replace the traditional Craft lodge.
They will not. Masonry depends on fraternity that can only exist within a lodge,
and upon our ritual, which can only be truly experienced there as well.
non-scientific polls conducted by widely read Masonic blogs reveal surprising
results. One is that as many Masons over the age of 40 as under it routinely
visited Masonic blogs. In addition, just as many Masons who have been members
more than 20 years visited the blogs as those new to the Craft. The polls
suggest results that are initially counterintuitive, that is, that Masons of all
ages express their interest in Masonry by visiting Masonic websites.
All North American
Grand lodges have websites and it is likely that most subordinate lodges have
them as well. It is clear from a review of these sites, however, that those in
authority are uncertain how to proceed. Craft lodge websites are noteworthy for
their haphazard design, unpolished appearance and utter lack of timely
information. The single most important function such a site can perform, that of
keeping brothers informed of events, does not take place. It is as if once a
site is constructed it no longer receives the attention of the Master. Though
more professionally designed, most Grand Lodge websites are little better. In
nearly every case, both for the Grand Lodges as well as for the Craft lodges,
the worth of websites is simply squandered.
Portal for New
We routinely ask
where the new brothers will come from. They will come from the Internet.
The Internet is
already the portal for most prospects and those interested in researching
Masonry. In visiting the blogs created by new Masons and in speaking to new
candidates, it is apparent that the Internet is the primary means they employed
in making their decision to join. This is true for nearly any man today who
becomes a Mason.
As a consequence,
a striking and contemporaneous website is vital to the continued well being and
functioning of any lodge in the 21st century. New Masons and those considering
joining expect a lodge to have such a site. It is through websites they select
most of the companies with which they conduct business and they associate a
quality website with a worthwhile organization. More often than not, the mere
existence, as well as the condition of a lodge website, will of itself influence the potential Mason in deciding to submit a
petition and will determine to which lodge he will submit it.
Any primary focus
on membership other than on the Internet by the Grand Lodges and subordinate
lodges is misdirected. Digital Freemasonry is a significant dimension in the
future of Freemasonry. A well designed website that provides the right kind of
information and is kept current is not just a boon to the brothers of that
lodge, but it also plays a vital role in attracting new brothers to the Craft
and that lodge.
today of our haphazard, untimely, sloppy sites is to present a very poor image
of Freemasonry. It is so bad, in fact, the Craft would be better served if their
were no Grand or subordinate lodge websites at all.
and the Internet
The Internet and
Masonic websites within the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge can be an invaluable
resource for brothers, and can do a great deal to correct misinformation about
Freemasonry. In this digital age, Websites should be the primary educational
resource for Grand Lodges and their subordinate lodges and should receive
substantial resources of every Grand Lodge.
The Internet is
the present and future of Masonic education and it requires a significant
commitment by the various Grand Lodges. It is not a question of simply adding a
new program which will primarily serve to diffuse our traditional educational
efforts. What is required is a determined, balanced and comprehensive Internet
and website advocacy. It may even be necessary to divert resources from more
traditional educational programs because in the end what we do in brick and
mortar schools pales beside what can be accomplished, and needs to be
accomplished, on the Internet.
Though Grand Lodge
websites by and large are adequate, nearly all of them fall short of their
potential and of the role they should properly serve. There is an enormous lack
of vision when it comes to Freemasonry and the Internet. Grand Lodge websites
themselves must first be models of what a Masonic website should be. They should
be reservoirs of Masonic information to educate Masons and non-Masons alike.
They should as well provide information Craft lodge officers require to serve
their lodges. The Grand Lodge constitution and Grand Master edits should be
posted. The websites should also provide a wide-range of links to other
respected Masonic resources, contemporaneous
information on meetings and activities, and provide information about what is
taking place in Masonry throughout the jurisdiction. They should also provide
information to brothers that in the past has only been available by visiting the
Grand Lodge personally to obtain. This should include a list of all Grand Lodges
with which it is in amity. This is essential information to brothers active on
Every Grand Lodge
should make possible, and mandate, the construction of quality websites for
subordinate lodges and adopt policies designed to create the finest websites
that best serve Masonry within its jurisdiction. This means more than simply
having a Grand Lodge webmaster to consult with subordinate lodges. It means
making decisions about design and updating, about what can and should be
publicly posted. It means setting reasonable standards and following them, not
assigning the matter to a committee that meets a few times during the year,
reports progress at the annual Communication, but in the end does nothing.
There have already
been conflicts between Grand Lodges, subordinate lodges and individual Masons
over website content. Establishing clear standards so that everyone understands
what can and cannot appear on the Internet will go a long way in preventing such
It is not said
lightly that this is the most important challenge the Craft faces in the 21st
The Craft Lodge
and the Internet
Masons of all ages are turning to the Internet and websites for information.
They will tend to be more engaged, and certainly more informed, if their lodge
has a well designed, fully functioning, updated website. Lodges today lose
roughly half of all new members almost at once. While many remain dues payers
they are effectively nonparticipants in the life of the lodge. Others are in
time suspended for non-payment.
In terms of
membership our problem is not the passing of older Masons but rather our
inability to retain those we raise. Proper websites, both for the Grand Lodge as
well as the Craft lodges, can be an important instrument towards negating apathy
among newly raised Masons. Email, as just one example, is a simple, yet highly
effective, means of communication yet few lodges routinely employ it.
A Craft lodge
website must contain timely information about the lodge and its activities. It
should be linked to the reservoir of educational material contained on the Grand
Lodge website, and linked as well to that portion of the Grand Lodge website
that lists Masonic activities throughout the jurisdiction. It should go without
saying that the lodge website should be attractive, easily navigated and
worthwhile, both for brothers and prospective Masons.
The Internet has
created an enormous temptation for lodge officers and brothers that is very
destructive to the Craft. There already exists today video programs on the
Internet which can be downloaded and used within the lodge as part of its
education program. Many of these are quite engaging but they are often the
product of non-Masons and contain information which we are obligated not to
disclose. Because it comes from the Internet, and because anyone can view it
there, there is the tendency for Masters and brothers to disregard their
obligation. They justify this by arguing that because so much that violates
Masonic secrecy is readily available, there is no harm in their violating their
Setting aside the
utterly lack of judgment such a decision represents, it also reveals a failure
to understand the true nature of our obligation. One consequence is that newly
raised Masons who have been aggressively charged in the Third Degree to never
violate their obligation are then exposed to a cavalier disregard for it by long
standing brothers. They form from that the notion that the obligation is not to
be taken seriously, and if the obligation is not a serious matter than neither
are the other teachings of Freemasonry. The steady erosion of our commitment to
secrecy which has been encouraged by the spread of the Internet is a great
threat to our Craft. Every Grand Lodge should have an educational program to
impress upon all Masters and line officers what information they can, and
cannot, use in the lodge.
The Internet and
lodge websites will also draw to Masonry prospects who in some cases will be
very different from those traditionally attracted to the Craft. This will mean a
greater need for those serving on investigation committees to do their job
properly and for brothers to be more willing to exercise proper judgment when
voting. A suitable waiting period to allow brothers the opportunity to get to
know the prospect should be scrupulously observed, and ideally the lodge should
conduct regular Masonic education sessions with them. In addition, they should
be urged to attend all functions of the lodge which a non-member can, including
work days. The vetting process will of necessity be more involved than it has
been in recent decades.
and the Internet
The presence of
regular Masonry on the Internet should not be simply to recruit members but to
improve the public perception of the Craft in general. From that members will
come, as will a greater recognition and understanding of Masonry.
however, important issues unique to Freemasonry which are created by our use of
the Internet. These issues must be addressed by the various Grand Lodges. Here
are just a few of them:
- What constitutes Masonic communication in a digital world?
- Should a regular lodge website link to an irregular site?
- May a regular Mason post on a forum that allows irregular masons to post?
- Is it a Masonic offense to post on the Internet using an assumed identity?
There are many
perils for regular Masons on the Internet. It is easy to join forums that allow
irregular and feminine masons to participate. Discussions of disputes between a
Grand Lodge and a subordinate lodge, discussions that should not take place in
public, are widespread on the Internet. The greatest threat is that it is very
easy to form a false impression of Freemasonry because so much of what is widely
available on the Internet is irregular or clandestine. This false impression
then leads to counterproductive behavior within the lodge and will eventually
have an adverse impact on the Grand Lodge line and Grand Lodge itself.
Another peril is
the ready access of our ritual to anyone with an Internet connection. Returning
to the subject of our obligation, this can easily lead Freemasons astray. The
ritual of Masonry has always been available to the profane since the mid-19th
century to those willing to make the effort, and while we should safeguard that
which we do so that it does not become common knowledge, that is only one reason
for our obligation. The primary purpose of Masonic secrecy is the positive
effect it has on the nature and character of the brother who keeps his
obligation. The Internet is a potential threat to all Masons for many reasons,
but especially to those who have not yet fully developed the practice of secrecy
or who have ceased to appreciate its importance.
There are times
when doing nothing is the right thing. In fact, an argument can be made that
most action, in most situations, meant to create a positive outcome has had the
opposite or no effect. This is not one of those occasions. Inaction is not an
option. Freemasonry is already a reality on the Internet. Blogs, forums and
Masonic websites exist by the tens of thousands, and will soon number in the
hundreds of thousands. Freemasonry and the Internet are now, and will continue
to be, inexorably tied. The overriding question is: To what end?
ultimately, is not about the ritual, nor is it about the rich and vast reservoir
of knowledge that has been set down in print. Whatever Freemasonry is, or
becomes, is always determined by the dominate view of each generation of
Freemasons. The majority beliefs of Masons as expressed on the greatest means of
mass communication in world history, clandestine
or not, will inevitably determine the direction of Freemasonry in the 21st
century. It will influence thinking, identify issues and create change. This is
especially the situation because irregular masons on the Internet intent
to create that change.
It is absolutely
essential that regular Masonry be the dominant view. We cannot concede the
message to those with greater motivation, computer skills and/or a desire to
transform our Craft for the worse.
What exists today
on the Internet as concerns regular Freemasonry is chaos, hence the title, Ordo ab Chao. This chaos places us not only at a decided
disadvantage but presents a negative face of Freemasonry to the world and to our
brothers. We must find a way out of the existing chaos, and that path will not
be easy. It requires new thinking and a willingness to embrace the opportunity
of this digital age and the Internet. Half measures and indifference will not
longer serve, and, in fact, are the path to our own demise.
Taking control of
the Masonic message on the Internet will be a demanding and long-term endeavor.
Efforts not sustained over time will fail. The forces desiring to change regular
Masonry will not go away. What is required is a set of Internet standards for
all regular Masonic websites, blogs and forums, as well as for the participation
of Masons on the Internet.
There must exist a
means for sanctioning the Internet presence of each regular Masonic website, of
whatever type. The Grand Lodges must agree to these standards and in America, at
least, a national body should be established to that end.
regular Masonry on the Internet means adopting an icon only websites that meet
this standard can display. The granting of this icon should be given by a
national body with the authority and the means to legally pursue sites which use
it improperly. Given our history absent national control the question of who
will do this is crucial. Equally important is determining what standards for
Internet regularity will be established.
changes, however, will be the responsibility of the Grand Lodges. Only they have
the ability to enforce rules of Masonic conduct on the Internet within their
jurisdiction. But to avoid 51 different set of standards it would be wise to
follow the lead of the national organization responsible for creating the
This is not about
control but about identity. It is about identifying those Internet sites which
constitute regular Masonry, and in so doing, indicating by exclusion those which
The most popular
blogs and forums tend to be the most heretical. When standards for regular
Masonic blogs exist, those without the icon will be identified as outside the
norm. This alone will have an enormous positive effect for both Mason and
From this new
Internet endeavor, Grand Lodges, Craft lodges, Masonic groups and brothers will
all know what they can and cannot do on the Internet. Those who elect to remain
regular in their digital exposure will be identified as regular, while those who
chose to go their own way will not and can call themselves what they will.
We cannot control
information on the Internet nor do we desire to. Clandestine and irregular
Masons are going to continue as they will. Regular Masons and lodges will also
continue to have a presence on the Internet. Identifying those sites that
represent regular Masonry, then, will serve at the least two important
- Visitors, both Mason and non-Mason, will know this site represents traditional, globally accepted Masonry, the kind of Masonry they see at the lodge down the street.
- It will in effect identify all other sites as irregular, clandestine or non-traditional. These sites will be recognized as outside the mainstream, comprising imposters, disgruntled Masons, or anti-Masons. Those seeking genuine Masonic information will tend to shun them. At the least, they will know them for what they are.
Whatever body is
given, or is recognized as having, the right to grant this icon to regular
Masonic websites should operate the way many similar Internet groups already do.
A standing committee, or group, would have a network of dozens, or hundreds, of
regular Masons who routinely visit Masonic sites of all types. These brothers
will be knowledgeable about the standards that have been set and will call
attention to those sites that have gone astray. There are any number of ways
this could work but ideally it should be a digital age version of “mouth to
ear”. This is a well established technique used, as just one example, by
Wikipedia to prevent certain information on its site from being misused. It is,
for example, how Wikipedia cleaned up much misinformation posted there by
persons hostile to Freemasonry.
There will be many
positive consequences as a result of establishing regular Masonic standards and
identifying regular Masonry on the Internet.
- Regular Masonic information will be delineated from irregular information.
- We will have a significant presence which will improve the public understanding of us.
- It will provide a more contemporary portal for new members and for ongoing Masonic education.
- Regular Masonic thought and research will spread at speeds unknown heretofore.
We can only
benefit from all these.
Freemasonry faces today is that the definition and practice of community has
been profoundly altered. The roots of the Craft have always been in the
community, and we must see to it that continues to be the case in the future.
needs on the Internet is an enormous undertaking. Bringing order which serves
our ends from the current state of chaos cannot be accomplished simply or in the
short-term. But if we do this right we are at the birth of a golden age for the
Craft we love so dearly.