I'm really not sure how I feel about them. I know a lot of the founding fathers were freemasons and that's great. But my dh father was a shriner and dh is working on whatever degree now. I thought he had stopped all that stuff, and kind of upset he didn't, but he knows my feelings so I'm sure he just wanted to keep the peace in the family. One of their opening prayers, rites, or whatever they call it is when they look toward their leader with "Oh, Most Worshipful Master." (I'm not even "allowed" to know that much) I have a major problem with that as I believe it is worshipping a false God and for that reason feel it is pagan. All my husband says in reply to that is "actually not." I understand there's all this secret stuff and he can't tell me anything, but I'm really afraid my husband is beginning to practice a pagan religion. His mother was Eastern Star and will not talk to me about any of that either. Even though I did ask, as I was instructed, because it had to be done a specific way, about joining. I was all but ignored, and I feel she did this simply out of spite, to feel superior to me. However, that was a long time ago when my feelings about all this weren't clear, and I do not feel it affects the way I feel about it today. I am glad she did not "accept me" I have been to funeral services that have been very nice, but rushed in order to allow the masons to come in and do whatever pagan rite they perform graveside. I have told my husband straight out I will not have that b.s. at his funeral, and if they try it I will stop it immediately, not caring who I upset. I apologize if my lack of ignorance shows, I'm sure it does, but I really don't know what to do. I know hubby will continue doing it anyway and I guess that's what upsets me the most. I also apologize if I have offended anyone. Yes, I know they do good work.
UPDATE: Question, Does anyone know what the church thinks of this? Technically we are Episcopalian.