Freemasonry is not a religion per se, but agnostics or atheists cannot belong, said Brent Morris, a Masonic historian, editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, and a 33rd degree Freemason.
"This is an organization of believers," he
said there are two types of people who want to promote the idea that the symbols are Masonic: "The pro-Masons and the anti-Masons -- and that pretty well covers the universe.
"The Eye of God is a common icon for God looking over the affairs of man," Morris
"You must be a Mason to become a Shriner," said Morris
8. The secret Masonic password originated as a job tool
Masonry began as a guild for stone masons who built the castles and cathedrals of Medieval Europe.
"If you were a baker, a miller, a brewer, you could spend your entire life in one village practicing your trade," said Morris
"Oh, secret handshakes, of course," replied Morris
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry
" by S. Brent Morris