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For centuries people have feared members of the elite who meet each other socially For the same reason some people are terrified of G8 conferences and the United Nations Are these heads of state conspiring to reshape the world to their megalomaniac views Secret societies inspire the same qualms because they are well secret Freemasonry is often the topic of choice for conspiracy theorists After all it is a dream come true for them But is Freemasonry different from other famous secret societies like the Illuminati the Ordo Templi Orientis or the Skulls Bones of which both Presidents Bush are members Lets see if theres really basis for concern First of all Freemasonry whose official name is Order of Free and Accepted Masons is not a religion Its a fraternal organization where the members get together to share their high moral standards Masons are required to believe in one ever powerful being a supreme God but it doesnt matter from what religion this deity emanates Members of all religions are welcome within the Masonic ranks Its a science that teaches morality and these teachings are based on symbols related to the building of King Solomons Temple around 1000 years BC They believe in principles associated with the Judeo-Christian faith but their meetings arent about worship They promote love faith and duty believing that a strong sense of honor makes people better Socially conscious they see their purpose as helping their fellow man and the community Basically Freemasonry is the mother of all personal growth seminars The brotherhood teaches the virtues of life which leads to personal and spiritual enlightenment According to Masons the stonecutters who erected Solomons Temple especially the mythical master builder Hiram Abiff who had been slain in the Temple planted the seed of Freemasonry 3000 years ago in the Middle East In the 13th century stonemasons would gather in their lodges for professional reasons They were educated men who
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