Probably the finest definition ever devised for Freemasonry is: "It
is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols..."  This system of morality, or ethics, is as old as
civilization.. One must penetrate the allegorical veils, with the aid of symbolical emblems, and practice the moral precepts which have been
therein revealed to prepare ourselves, spiritually, "as living stones for that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."  Freemasonry is "aWay of Life."

     Freemasonry is a progressive science.  A Mason only advances by
taking every step.  He must acquire and apply the knowledge available to him on each level and perfect his skills so that each stone designed for that Spiritual Building might be square, level, and plumb.

     Candidates for Freemasonry must come of their own free will. 
American Grand Lodges prohibit the solicitation of members.  The applicant must have a sincere desire to unite with the fraternity dedicated to "Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth."

     Many centuries ago the craft so successfully protected its trade
secrets, consisting primarily of architectural and geometrical lore, that it developed stron attachments to the precepts of Truth, Justice and Liberty, and the religious establishment instituted the "Inquisition", the Freemasons became a secret society in fact.  Today this description no longer applies.  What Freemasonry teaches is written out for all to read. 
Masonic halls are listed in local directories.  The members wear
emblems publicly.  The only secrets of the craft today are the manner in which the degrees are conferred and the means of recognition among the members.

     Freemasonry is neither a religious nor a political organization.  It has been called the "handmaiden of religion"as it encourages all members to be active in the church of their choice.  No theological dogmas nor creeds exist in Masonic practice, other than a reverence for God and a spiritual concern for our fellowman.  While the Masonic craft does not support political candidates nor issues, it inspires each member to fulfill his civic responsibilities as an American citizen.  The discussion of sectarian religion or partisan politics is prohibited in all branches of Freemasonry in the United States except the Christian Orders which are not denominational.