A friend of mine made a comment to me on one of my videos in reference to my saying that I have to pay attention to specific lodges to see if they violate my oath I took at conversion in my eyes. He stated:
“I have to admit that’s a large part of why I don’t feel Judaism is right for me. I understand and appreciate the role that restriction plays… it keeps Judaism from diluting too far. But it’s not a vow I’m willing to take right now.”
At first, I was surprised. My gut reaction was to say “No….you’ve got it wrong. I’m not being restricted!” but, then I realized… He was exactly right.
The first act of restriction I made was joining British Freemasonry….the “blue lodge system”. In doing so, I had to take an oath that I would not participate in “irregular” Masonry. Basically, “irregular” is Masonic talk to refer to any lodge that doesn’t fit all the qualifications and preferences of British Freemasonry. This includes all of French Freemasonry… all the co-Masonic lodges that admit women.. most Memphis-Misraim (although I’ve heard there are a couple of lodges out there that are regular in their states, I’ve seen no evidence of it)… etc. So, the minute I took that oath, I swore to God that I would not participate in anything BUT British Freemasonry and regular appendant bodies (such as the Scottish Rite, York Rite, etc.)
Now, one of my uncles was at my raising to Master Mason at my lodge. He is a Master Mason and pastmaster of my lodge. He sponsored me. I wear the ring of another uncle who is now dead… and he was pastmaster as well. My grandfather was pastmaster of another lodge. The roots run deep… I’m sure the Shriner’s Hospitals (a requirement to be a Shriner is that you first have to be a Master Mason…and they run Hospitals with free/low-cost care for children, so they’re naturally a place many Masons donate to) have received a pretty penny from my family over the years… (more…)